SHORT HILLS, NJ - Service dogs, a skunk and a Wallaby mother and baby were among the highlights of the annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary.

Attendees at the May 5 event got to spend time learning about the role service dogs, and puppies in training, play in enhancing the freedom and improving the quality of life for an individual with disabilities through Canine Companions for Independence.

Eyes of the Wild brought in some more non-traditional animals including a groundhog, skunk and the Wallaby pair. All the animals were rescues that helped drive home the message of how people of all ages can take a proactive role in protecting wildlife.

The Millburn Middle School Peer Leader group, S.O.A.R. (Students of Art Respond), under the guidance of MMS Art Teacher, Claudia Sohr, created a magnificent Mandala out of flowers and natural materials. The flowers were donated discards from local nurseries.