The Union County Freeholder Board is pleased to announce a new virtual education initiative aimed at teaching children about animals and the important role they play in the environment. 

Wildlife Wednesdays kicks off on Wednesday, July 22nd with a program entitled “Frogs, Toads and Turtles” which will explain the difference between frogs and toads and turtles and tortoises.   The second program, Mammals, will be the following Wednesday, July 29th.  The presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately 45 minutes. 

Participation is free and open to all county residents.   Pre-registration is required and capacity is limited to the first 100 families who sign up.  The programs will be held on Zoom so a valid email and Zoom access are necessary to participate.

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Wildlife Wednesdays is a collaboration of efforts between the Departments of Parks and Recreation and Engineering, Public Works and Facilities.  Rizzo’s Wildlife World has been invited to bring the classroom to you and present a myriad of wildlife critters.  The Bureau of Recycling is utilizing clean communities grant funds to sponsor programs of this nature in an effort to raise awareness on how litter can harm wildlife.  These programs aim to discourage littering to protect the diverse wildlife found in County parks.

“The Freeholder Board is pleased to offer these virtual presentations of wildlife to our residents,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “With parks reopening and outdoor activities resuming, it’s important to remember to keep our parks clean and litter free so that we can enjoy the space while respecting the wildlife by keeping their habitats safe.”

Residents wishing to pre-register can do so by visiting ucnj.org/ww. Once registered, attendees will receive a confirmation and Zoom login information via email.                                                                                                        

For more information on programs and facilities within the Union County Parks and Recreation System, please visit: https://ucnj.org/parks-recreation/.  For more information on recycling events, please visit www.ucnj.org/recycling