BASKING RIDGE, NJ - "A Bug's World," exhibiting 445 pieces of children's artwork, will continue through Feb. 7 for the 24th annual "Nature's Through a Child's Eye" environmentally themed art show at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Elementary school children from 15 schools around Somerset County contributed the pieces to the show, which opened this weekend with a reception for the young artists.

The exhibit is free to the public, and will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the EEC's exhibit hall 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. The EEC will be closed on the federal holiday for Martin Luther King's birthday on Jan. 18.

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The pieces produced by Somerset County kindergarten through sixth grade students from 14 Somerset County schools communicate their views of nature and the environment though application of textures, shapes and colors. Adults and children alike can take an opportunity to explore the creative minds of Somerset County's public and private schoolchildren.

Participating schools this year include St. James School in Basking Ridge; the Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville; the Van Holten School in Bridgewater-Raritan; the Angelo L. Tomaso and Central schools in Warren Township; and others.

For information on "Nature Through a Child's Eye" or other Environmental Education Center activities, call 908-766-2489 or NJ Relay 711 for individuals with a hearing or speech impairment.

Schools that wish to participate in next year's exhibit should contact naturalist Vanessa Darras at the EEC.


 
Past projects have included fall leaves printed with tempera, nature landscapes in pastels, and impressions of trees, all of which demonstrate the children's relationship with nature, according to the Somerset County Park Commission.
 
The Environmental Education Center offers numerous entertainment opportunities for the entire family including the Environmental Library and Store, trails through the Great Swamp, maple sugaring and a full calendar of special events and programs through the year.
 
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is encompassed by 450 acres of the western portion of the Great Swamp Basin of the Passaic River. A swamp vivarium, and an environmentally based library are located within the EEC itself.
 
Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org