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Edible Wild Plants Will Be Discussed at Trailside, May 31

Union County Office of Public Information

Friday, May 16, 2014 • 6:04pm

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Department of Parks and Recreation are pleased to announce a special program about edible wild plants for adults, ages 18 and older, at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. The lecture and demonstration, “Spring Wild Edibles” will be offered on Saturday, May 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee for this program is $15 for Union County residents and $20 for out-of-county participants.

“This program about edible spring plants is sure to give you a renewed appreciation of wild vegetation,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak. “You’ll probably never look at a weed the same way again.” 

Participants will learn to identify some common plants of the Watchung Reservation. Trailside senior park naturalist Joe Filo will teach how to collect and prepare familiar backyard greens.   The program offers an opportunity to sample delicious foods including “Cossack asparagus,” wild salad and mint tea.

For additional information about this lecture or other adult programs and upcoming events at Trailside, call 908-789-3670 or visit www.ucnj.org/trailside. Trailside Nature and Science Center is located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside and is a service of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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