Trailside Nature & Science Center

 
Trailside Nature & Science Center, in the Watchung Reservation in New Jersey, provides the perfect classroom for fun while learning about the environment and natural world. Topics feature the natural and human history of the Watchung Reservation and foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world. Professional staff members teach in a safe, enjoyable and educational manner. Programs offerings for schools, scouts, homeschoolers, and youth groups meet a range of NJ core curriculum standards.
 
Contact Info
Address: 452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside, NJ 0709. Union County.
 
Tel: 908-789-3670. 
 
 
 
Hrs: Programs can be scheduled daily 9AM-4PM.
 
SCHOOLS
Students will tour exhibits, take nature hikes, and enjoy hands-on activities while learning about topics in science and history. Educational programs allow students to look at insects up close with magnifying glasses, catch and release fish, listen to bird calls, examine rocks, tour a life-sized Lenape wigwam, and much more. Maple sugaring activities are available in February and March. Learn more about educational programs
 
Contact Info
Contact: Susan Herron, Scheduling Receptionist. 
  
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 14-25 maximum.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies according to age and interest level.
  
Cost: Fees vary for length of program and age group. Please visit website for fee schedule. PreK-1st – Ages 3-6 : 45 minutes - up to 14 students: $35.00 In-County; $45.00 Out of County. Grades 1 & up: 60 minutes - up to 25 students: $50.00 In-County; $60.00 Out of County, 90 minutes – up to 25 students: $60.00 In-County; $70.00 Out of County, 2 hours – up to 25 students: $85.00 In County; $95.00 Out of County.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Science.
Topics Covered: Biology, geology, conservation, environmental studies, habitats, animal science, ecosystems, marine life, insects, animals, dinosaurs, Native Americans.
 
SCOUTS
Scouts can work on Insect Study, Nature, and Hiking badges at Trailside Nature Center. Through educational programs, scouts will have the opportunity to examine insects up close, observe birds, hike a variety of trails, and more. Learn more
 
Contact Info
Contact: 908-789-3670, ext. 7912.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies according to age and interest level.
  
Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGE IN: Science, Physical Education.
Topics Covered: Nature, hiking, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, insects, biology, geology, conservation, environmental studies, habitats, animal science, ecosystems, marine life, animals, dinosaurs. 
 
HOMESCHOOL
Homeschoolers can explore science and history through hands-on educational programs at Trailside Nature Center. Activities include examining bird feathers, exploring a life-sized Lenape wigwam, collecting rocks, using dip nets to catch insects, and more. Learn more
 
Contact Info
Contact: 908-789-3670, ext. 7912.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: Varies.
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies according to age and interest level.
  
Cost: Fee.
 
Topics Covered: Biology, geology, conservation, environmental studies, habitats, animal science, ecosystems, marine life, insects, animals, dinosaurs, Native Americans.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue