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March 28, 2018

Chandler’s Environmental Education Center (EEC) will celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and the facility’s 10th anniversary from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 21.

The free event will educate the community on easy and simple ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle and include hands-on activities, live animal presentations and educational demonstrations highlighting the importance of Earth Day.

“Every day is Earth Day at the Environmental Education Center,” explains Daniella Rodriguez, recreation coordinator at the EEC. “Our facility offers a unique chance for children and adults alike to learn how to care for the planet and discover the interconnectedness we share.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet special guests, like Wayne the Raindrop, courtesy of the Water Use It Wisely campaign, and exercise their green thumbs by entering to win Go Greenery Plants donated by long-standing community partner Arizona Public Service Company. Anniversary activities will include commemorative giveaways, eco-friendly crafts and special photo opportunities.

The EEC will be open normal business hours and invites the public to experience the latest exhibits in the lobby, view entries from the 2018 Nature Photo Contest and shop in the Owl’s Nest Nature Store featuring a variety of eco-friendly products and nature-inspired books and toys. In addition, there will be merchant displays, prize giveaways, special outdoor activities and Mexican ice and cream pops available from Paletas Betty.

“For the past 10 years, the EEC has been connecting the community with nature through its traveling exhibits, hiking trails, demonstration garden and classes,” said Rodriguez. “Every day the center and park welcome hundreds of patrons from across the Valley. Be it a park-goer or student, our ‘outdoor classroom’ encourages lifelong learning.”

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