January 10, 2017 at 5:00 AM
BASKING RIDGE, NJ - The 25th annual "Nature Through a Child's Eye" exhibit of children's artwork showing how they experience the world of nature is underway at the Somerset County Park Commission's Environmental Education Center (EEC) in Basking Ridge, where it will run until Sunday, Feb. 5. The exhibit is free and open daily.
Students from St. James School in Basking Ridge; St. Elizabeth School in Bernardsville; and the Bedwell Elementary School from the Somerset Hills School District in Bernardsville were among those whose artwork is displayed.
Hundreds of pieces of art have been created by Somerset County kindergarten through sixth grade students from 16 Somerset County schools. The works submitted by participating classes communicate childrens' views of nature and the environment though application of textures, shapes and colors.
Adults and children alike are invited enjoy exploring the creative minds of Somerset County student artists daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the EEC, which is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge. The EEC will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday.
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.
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.
The Environmental Education Center offers many educational and 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.
The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center is located in Lord Stirling Park, in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township, 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 EEC itself.