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Nature Photo Contest logoWelcome to the Environmental Education Center (EEC) located on Veterans Oasis Park

The City of Chandler Environmental Education Center (EEC) serves as a gateway to Veterans Oasis Park, a 113-acre Sonoran Desert landscape. The EEC offers a variety of programming for all ages engaging guests with their natural surroundings through art, science, fitness, and outdoorsmanship. Inside the EEC, guests can explore exhibits, meet a few desert animals, relax in the lounge, reserve classroom and pavilion spaces and register for classes. Several annual signature events offered by the EEC include the Sonoran Sunset Series, Star Party, Earth Day, Butterfly and Dragonfly Bash, and the Fall Fishing Clinic and Outdoor Safety Event. 

The Park
Veterans Oasis Park covers 113 acres and feature both lush wetland and arid habitat suitable for the diverse plants and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert. This "non-traditional" facility capitalizes on the divergent and plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities at the site created by the park land, lake, and wetlands/groundwater recharge basins. The shallow basins infiltrate high quality reclaimed water to the subsurface aquifer for storage and recovery as part of the City's comprehensive reclaimed water management plan. The park also includes 4½ miles of trails, wildlife viewing areas; ramadas and picnic areas; a butterfly and hummingbird habitat; an outdoor amphitheater; a unique, learning-oriented playground; a 5-acre “Community fishing” lake; a Solar System Walk; equestrian trails; and interpretive signs and exhibits. 

Map of Veterans Oasis Park (PDF)
 

The Owl's Nest Nature Store
The Owl’s Nest Nature Store, inside the EEC, offers environmentally conscious products including reusable lunchboxes, walking sticks and seeds. 

Please Don't Feed The Wildlife - excerpts from the National Park Service

Most people know that hunting and trapping are not allowed in City parks. However, the City recommends that people rerain from approaching or feeding animals in City Parks. These actions can be harmful to both animals and people.  When you approach wildlife too closely, you may cause them stress and interfere with behaviors necessary for their survival.  Animals that are fed by people become dependent on human food, and may lose their natural fear of humans and their ability to forage for natural foods. There is a lot of truth to the saying, “a fed animal is a dead animal.” In addition to losing their foraging ability, feeding animals puts everyone in potentially hazardous situations. People who feed animals may be bitten or otherwise injured by the animal they are feeding. Other visitors are at risk as they may be harmed by aggressive animals that have previously been fed.

Seemingly tame animals are still wild, and may behave unpredictably. Animals may use their teeth, claws, hooves, antlers, or horns to defend themselves. View wildlife from a safe distance. Leave animals enough room to make an escape if they feel threatened. You are too close to an animal if your presence causes them to move.

There are other serious hazards associated with wildlife. Numerous species, including rodents, squirrels, coyotes, fox and bats may carry infectious diseases such as Hantavirus, rabies, or plague. In some situations, these diseases may be transmitted through simple contact, such as touching or feeding wildlife.

By treating wildlife with respect and not approaching or feeding them, you are aiding their chance for survival. By keeping wildlife wild, you are protecting their safety—and yours.

 

The mission of the Environmental Education Center is to be an outstanding resource for life-long environmental education through the provision of innovative, creative, effective, and scientifically- and experientially based programs, services, exhibits and events to people from all walks of life. 
 

Phone & Fax Street Address Mailing Address Hours of Operation
480-782-2890 General
480-782-2888 Fax
ariane.francis@chandleraz.gov
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
Map & Directions
Mail Stop 420
P.O. Box 4008
Chandler, AZ 85244-4008

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.