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Gathering Place will host guided tours of the garden | Home & Garden

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Gathering Place is partnering with AARP Oklahoma to offer guided tours of the gardens starting this spring. The free guided walks will take place once a month in May, September and October, and each walk will focus on a different part of the park in full bloom during the season.

“A stroll through the gardens of Gathering Place is delightful in so many ways,” said Sarah Van Zandt, director of education and programming at Gathering Place. “From the natural beauty of our native plant species to the variety of habitats, the opportunities for learning are endless while walking through the park. We are grateful for our partnership with AARP Oklahoma, which allows us to offer free tours that educate and engage the community about a variety of ecosystems and wildlife in the park.

A nature expert will lead each guided walk through a specific garden and end with a hands-on activity themed around the tour, creating a keepsake for participants. Refreshments will be served.

“Gathering Place is a beautiful public space that is accessible to everyone and is truly an all-ages park,” said Sean Voskuhl, state director for AARP Oklahoma. “Healthy aging has been a priority for AARP since its inception more than 60 years ago. Activities like guided walks contribute to a person’s health and well-being, and studies show that physical activity reduces rates of depression, dementia and other problems. AARP Oklahoma has been a proud community partner since the park opened and very happy to support the new garden tours.

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Tour dates:

Thursday, May 26: Wildflower Walk, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 29: Monarch Migration & Pollinators Party, 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 13: Fall Foliage Tree talk, 9:30 a.m.

For more information, visit gatheringplace.org/events.