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The Sensory Arts Garden

The Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion is a 13,000-square foot therapeutic and educational destination for children and adults, providing a meaningful experience through the exploration of nature and stimulation of the senses.  Motor, cognitive, sensory and social skills are stimulated through the variety of plantings, hardscape and water features. The water wall was completed in early March 2019 and is now one of the most stunning and captivating features of the garden.

Purposely designed to offer varying levels of sensory experiences, while minimizing sensory overload, the garden sets a precedent for specialized outdoor environments for people with autism and other related disabilities. When individuals with autism engage with nature, they develop not only a special interest in birds, animals or plants, but also opportunities to develop their social skills. Download the brochure with map.


The Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion are located within The Els Center of Excellence campus and are open to the community by appointment only. The spaces can be rented for both business and social functions.


Artist Showcase in the Pavilion

The Pavilion is used as a multipurpose classroom/studio for art shows, events and other gatherings. Within the pavilion, the Foundation continuously features new artwork by artists with special needs or supporting those with special needs.

Learn more about the Pavilion and view current artwork 


Book an Event in the Sensory Garden & Pavilion

The Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion is a beautiful location to host your next event. From intimate weddings, to business lunches & wine dinners, this space can be rented for both business and social functions.


Naming Opportunities in The Sensory Arts Garden

Become a part of this tranquil place that allows visitors to engage with nature in their own way, on their own terms, and at their own pace.

View naming opportunities

Photos of The Sensory Arts Garden