Our family-friendly winter wonderland glows with thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights and holiday fun: Festive arts and crafts for kids, photos with Santa, cookie decorating, train and reindeer (pony) rides, live entertainment…
Wings Over the Springs – Live Bird of Prey Show
"Wings Over the Springs" brings the audience up close and personal with hawk eagles, falcons, owls, cravens and more during dramatic free-flight presentations. This exciting new show that can only be seen at the Springs Preserve will explore the role these majestic birds of prey play in sustaining our environment. Visitors will see: Eurasian Eagle Owl, Saker Falcon, Barbary Saker Falcon, Lanner Barbary, African Hawk Eagle, Barbary, Red Necked Falcon, African Crow Raven. Shows take place Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. throughout December with additional shows scheduled for Clark County public school holidays. Show is included with general admission and free for Springs Preserve members. For more information, visit springspreserve.org
Night at the Museum: All Aboard the Polar Express
Drop off your pajama-clad kids for a night of fun while you do your holiday shopping. We’ll make crafts and write our Santa wish lists during this night of safe and fun entertainment, then watch the “Polar Express” movie. Santa (yes, Santa!) will drop by to visit and collect wish lists, and pizza/snacks will be served. Friday, December 10, 6 -10 p.m. Ages 5-12 only. $25 (includes dinner). Purchase advance tickets on-line or in person by Dec. 8. Space is limited!
Christmas Tree Recycling - Free
Bring your cut Christmas tree to the Preserve or recycling stations valley-wide:
Kids get all the breaks!
Share the Springs Preserve with your favorite kids! Children receive free general admission during Clark County Schools scheduled winter break. Monday, December 20 - January 3, 2011, General admission for children is free when accompanied by paid adult, does not include Holiday Spectacular admission.
Fun with Snowflakes
Winter is here! Drop by the Nature Exchange for a snowflake-themed activity. Saturday, December 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, December 5, 1:30-3 p.m. $3 all ages; members take $1 off.
Kids Winter Crafts and Games
Kids ages 5-11 will make crafts with natural materials and play games with a winter theme. Parents, take a break in the Cafe during this kids-only class! Saturday, December 18, 10:30 a.m.-noon, and Sunday, December 19, 1:30-3 p.m. $6 members, $8 non-members.
SMART LIVING: HOME AND GARDEN
Solar Nevada Monthly Meeting - Free
Visit solarnv.org for details. Thursday, December 2, 6-7:30 p.m. Free.
Create a handmade holiday gift inspired by nature and learn how to make many other quality, do-it-yourself gifts. Saturday, December 4, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $12 adults, $10 children 12-17; members take $2 off.
Go Solar- Free
Experts from Bombard Renewable Energy show you how you could have an $8 power bill every month. Bring a recent power bill for free analysis! Thursday, December 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Free.
Gardening with the Family
Gardening = family bonding! Keep kids interested in gardening with a planting schedule that keeps you harvesting from the first radish to holiday pumpkins. Saturday, December 11, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $9 adults, $5 children 5-17, members take $2 off
Sustainable Pantry: Protein Alternatives
From chicken to fish and legumes to whole grains, alternatives to red meat abound. Join Chef Erin Fouhey of the Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck to sample and explore delicious alternative protein sources. Wednesday, December 15, 6 - 8 p.m. Cost per class is $30 members, $35 non-members. To reserve your space call 822-7786.
ARTS AND CULTURE
Periphery (36 12’N x 115 19’W)
Walking the boundaries of Las Vegas, Emily Silver's artwork builds up layers of paint and mixed media that explore the relationships between the physical, spiritual, and atmospheric essence of the land. Periphery examines where the city meets the desert, with each site-based piece portraying a sense of geography, erosion, flow, sedimentation and topography. On display through January 16, 2011, 10 – 6 p.m. daily in the Big Springs Gallery in the Origen Experience. Free for members or included with general admission.
The Bridge at Hoover Dam
Jamey Stillings has photographed construction of the bridge at Hoover Dam since March 2009, documenting the historical importance and technical achievement of the evolving structure. His amazing images challenge us to examine the juncture of nature and technology on a scale both grand and human. On display through January 23, 2011, 10 – 6 p.m. daily in the Patio Gallery. Free for members or included with general admission.
TOURS AND NATURE
Birds at the Springs Preserve
Spot birds at the Springs Preserve with help from the Red Rock Audubon Society. Bring binoculars! Saturday, December 4, 8 – 9:30 a.m. Free for members or with general admission.
Leave No Trace
Learn the seven principles of Leave No Trace and how to apply them in the desert to minimize our collective impact on Southern Nevada’s natural areas. Saturday, December 11, 1:30-3 p.m. $10 adults, $8 children 5-17; members take $2 off.
Plant Introduction Tour
Experts highlight new and unusual Mojave native and Desert Southwest plants for your landscape. After the tour you’ll have a chance to buy starter versions of these plants. Thursday, December 16, 10-11 a.m. Free for members or included with general admission.
Springs Preserve Admission Prices:
General admission cost for Nevada residents is $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for students, seniors, teachers and military, $4.95 for children ages 5 – 17, kids 4 and under are free. Springs Preserve Value Memberships are $25 for individuals or $60 for a family, which includes annual access for two adults and all dependent children under the age of 18 within the same household. Donor level memberships are also available. Memberships are good for one year from the date of purchase and include additional benefits outlined on the Springs Preserve website. Admission for non-resident adults is $18.95, $17.05 seniors, students and military, $10.95 for children ages 5 – 17, kids 4 and under are free. Cost for admission to special events and classes vary and can be found at www.springspreserve.org.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dawn Barraclough / Jim Johnson 702-822-7733/