Turtles and Pine Snakes

…and fun, oh my, at the Salt Brook Elementary School in New Providence. Naturalists from Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center recently visited second graders at the borough elementary school to talk to them about reptiles.

While naturalist Ruth Yablonsky showed the children “Piney,” the Pine Snake, naturalist Ginger Case showed the children some of the different kinds of turtles, including an Eastern Box Turtle and an Eastern Painted Turtle, that can be found in the 2,060-acre Watchung Reservation where the museum and science center is located.

Last year, naturalists from the science center spoke to an estimated 550 youngsters at schools around the county.

Schools interested in having Trailside’s staff bring one of their programs to the classroom can call the center at 1-908-789-3670.

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