The Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion is a 13,000-square foot therapeutic and educational destination for children and adults. The garden provides a meaningful experience through the exploration of nature and stimulation of the senses. A variety of plantings, hardscape and water features stimulate motor, cognitive, sensory and social skills. The water wall, completed in 2019, is a beautiful and captivating feature, providing yet another opportunity for interaction and stimulation.
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.
The Sensory Arts Garden and Pavilion are located within The Els Center of Excellence® campus. It is open to the community by appointment only.
The Pavilion is used as a multipurpose classroom/studio for art shows, events and other gatherings. Within the pavilion, the Foundation features a rotating exhibit of new artwork created by artists with special needs or supporting those with special needs.
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.