BERNARDS TWP., NJ – The Ridge High School’s Advanced Placement Studio Art class presentation of “Birds of a Feather,” an exhibit of large scale drawings and paintings, will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Environmental Education Center (EEC), in Basking Ridge.

 The exhibit is set to be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day, through Sunday, March 15. The EEC is located at 190 Lord Stirling Road.

A reception is scheduled to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (Snow date is 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 13.)

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The exhibit is free.

With the number of birds in the United States and Canada having fallen by 29 percent since 1970, Ridge High School AP Studio Art class students have chosen the theme to bring attention to the issue by exploring the relationships of structure, pattern, and form of birds for large-scale drawings and paintings.

Students from National Art Honors Society and Social Skills Club collaborated on larger than life size sculptures presented in the exhibit. The students pushed the concept of “Birds” in a unique format, experimenting with materials to yield a truly remarkable presentation.

This is the second student art show held at the EEC this year. The 27th annual Nature Through a Child's Eye exhibit of Somerset County children's art with an environmental theme, was at display at the EEC from January through early February.  

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 500 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.

Information on this event and other Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found online at, or by calling 908-722-1200, ext. 5002.