BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Nature Through a Child's Eye, the 26th annual exhibit of children's art with an environmental theme will be on display at the Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center (EEC) at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge through Sunday, Feb. 4.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Monday, Jan. 16.  Admission is to the exhibit is free.

Bedwell School is largest contributor to countywide exhibit

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Hundreds of pieces of art have been created by Somerset County kindergarten through sixth grade students from 17 Somerset County schools.

The school with the most contributions to this year's exhibit is the Bedwell Elementary School in Bernardsville, with 92 pieces of art included in the show, according to Rich Reitman, a spokesman for the Somerset County Park Commission. Students from The School of St. Elizabeth School in Bernardsville also contributed artwork, he said.

Each year, the students' works communicate their views of nature and the environment though application of textures, shapes and colors. Adults and children alike will enjoy exploring the creative minds of Somerset County school children.

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. Students have also displayed birds, fish, and other wildlife.

The Environmental Education Center offers many 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 the EEC and the school is also available on the Somerset County Parks Commission website.

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located within Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, and is nestled within 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 center itself.