If you're into butterflies and diverse wildlife habitat, you need to check out Chandler's Veterans Oasis Park. The 113-acre facility - home to the Environmental Education Center, urban fishing lake, wetlands, a water recharge facility and police substation - received two top conservation honors this summer.
The National Wildlife Federation awarded Certified Wildlife Habitat recognition to the Environmental Education Center for its "robust natural habitat," according to a news rlease.
And, the University of Kansas placed Veterans Oasis Park on the International Monarch Waystation Registry created by Professor Orley Taylor, one of the nation's foremost monarch butterfly experts. Monarch butterflies stop at such waystations during migration to rest, eat and lay eggs.
Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road, is open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., every day of the year. Information: www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or (480) 782-2890.