BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - More than 400 pieces of artwork produced by Somerset County students, including children from Basking Ridge and Bernardsville, are part of the 23rd annual "Nature Through a Child's Eye" exhibit that will continue through Feb. 8 at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Sixteen Somerset County schools, both public and private, participated in the exhibit of artwork with an environmental theme produced by students in kindergarten through Grade 6. Local schools include St. James School and Olam Academy in Basking Ridge, the Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville, and the Angelo L. Tomaso and Central schools from Warren.

The free exhibit will be on display daily at the EEC, which is part of the Somerset County parks system, at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. Artwork may be viewed between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week through Sunday, Feb. 8.

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This year's theme is "Wild New Jersey."

The works produced by the young artists communicate their views of nature and the environment though application of textures, shapes and colors. Adults and children alike will have an opportunity to enjoy exploring the creativity of Somerset County schoolchildren.

This year's artwork includes portraits of animals and birds, in multiple mediums. Students at the Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville, part of the Somerset County Park Commission, contributed photography of plants growing in a garden at the school.

The Environmental Education Center offers a wealth of 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.

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.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at www.somersetcountyparks.org