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April 10, 2017

Chandler celebrates Earth Day with unveiling of new Community Sensory Garden

Dig in and do a world of good from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 22, at Chandler’s 9th Annual Earth and Arbor Day Celebration at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road.

At 9:30 a.m., Mayor Jay Tibshraeny will preside over the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of a new Community Sensory Garden where visitors are invited to make take-home planters, participate in garden crafts and more.

“The garden is a shared vision of the community’s residents and educators,” said Danielle Rodriguez, recreation coordinator at the EEC. “It will serve as a catalyst for social interaction, encourage self-reliance, produce nutritious food, and create opportunities for exercise, education and fun.”

The unique garden invites both children and adults to explore nature in all seasons through interaction with plants and natural materials. Budding botanists will discover new sights, sounds and textures as they help care for the planet and learn the interconnectedness we all share.

The free, fun-filled morning includes hands-on Earth Day activities, including games and giveaways, live animal presentations and educational demonstrations highlighting sustainability, water harvesting, composting and entomology. Attendees also will have a chance to exercise their green thumb by entering to win Go Greenery Plants donated by community partner Arizona Public Service Company.

The EEC will be open normal business hours during the event so the community can experience the latest exhibits in the lobby, including entries from the EEC’s 2017 Nature Photo Contest. Guests also can enjoy an array of vendors, like Paletas Betty fruit-flavored popsicles and shopping at the Owl’s Nest Nature Store featuring eco-friendly products and nature inspired books and toys.

“Come explore your garden senses as you learn easy and simple ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle,” said Rodriguez.

For more information on the Earth and Arbor Day celebration, call 480-782-2894 or visit chandleraz.gov/eec.