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Sept. 8, 2017

Chandler Can Give You Butterflies
Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash returns Sept. 23

Communing with nature is second nature at Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC), home to nature-oriented programs and Veterans Oasis Park. The Center’s annual Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash returns at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, with a chance to get up close and personal with butterflies and dragonflies attracted to the 113-acre Sonoran Desert landscape.

“Dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies flutter over the wetland habitats at Veterans Oasis Park during the late summer,” explains Daniella Rodriguez, recreation coordinator at the EEC. “As a steward of native and riparian plants, the park actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of these habitats to promote the return of these magnificent insects each year.”

This free, high-flying festival invites both children and adults to be social butterflies as they explore the various species at all life stages. As festivalgoers stretch their wings across guided nature walks they’ll discover the enchantment of dragonflies from on-site experts. Participants also will learn what types of flowers and plants will attract butterflies in order to create an oasis in their own backyard.

The fun-filled morning continues until noon with hands-on activities, crafts and giveaways, presentations and educational demonstrations by vendors, such as Arizona State University’s Natural History Collections and My Nature Place, a local vendor promoting the importance of milkweed for monarchs and Butterfly Wonderland.

The EEC, located at 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, will remain open normal business hours during the event so the community can experience the latest exhibits in the lobby, including Feathers and Fangs. Guests also can enjoy shopping at the Owl’s Nest Nature Store featuring eco-friendly products and nature-inspired books and toys.

“Take the opportunity to learn about our fluttering friends and explore the picturesque Veterans Oasis Park, which is always gorgeous in the late summer,” says Rodriguez. “Be sure to bring your camera.”

For more information on the Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash, call 480-782-2894 or visit www.chandleraz.gov.eec.