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.