Día de Muertos
Celebrate life and experience the rich customs of the Day of the Dead at the Springs Preserve. This 3,000-year-old Hispanic celebration honoring loved ones is full of joy and tradition. This family-friendly feast for the senses blends rich customs with exciting activities: live entertainment, mariachis, storytelling, traditional Mexican food, face painting, sugar skull decorating, an art exhibition and more, including publicly created altars. Día de Muertos is made possible in part through the generous contributions of our sponsors: Century Link, NV Energy, Nevada State Bank and El Tiempo Libre/Review-
EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Wings over the Springs – Live Birds of Prey Show
Meet and greet hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, ravens and more, and witness free-flight demonstrations at the Springs Preserve’s Wings over the Springs live bird of prey show. This exciting demonstration will expose you to the beauty of these amazing creatures and enhance your understanding of the role these majestic birds of prey play in sustaining our environment. Visitors will see a variety of birds that includes: Eurasian Eagle Owl, Gyr Falcon, Saker Falcon, Barbary Saker Falcon, Lanner Barbary, African Hawk Eagle, Barbary, Red Necked Falcon, African Crow Raven. Shows take place Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., through February 2012 (except December 24), as well as on select major holidays and Clark County School District holidays, check www.springspreserve.org for more information. Show is included with general admission and free for Springs Preserve members.
Wings over the Springs Backstage Pass - A Bird Encounter
Love our raptor show? Then make sure you get a Backstage Pass to spend quality time up close and personal with these unique and rarely seen raptors. Offered Saturdays, Sundays and on specially scheduled holidays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. throughout November (check www.springspreserve.org for holiday dates offered.) **Backstage Pass: $10 members and non-members with paid general admission. Children under 5 must be accompanied by a paying adult. All guests 2 years old and up must be ticketed for the Backstage Pass and children’s classes.
Animal Feeding Demonstrations
Join our zoologists for feeding sessions with the animals in our native and desert-adapted live animal exhibits. Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm throughout November. Free for members or included with GA.
The Scoop on Poop
Get down and dirty! Fish do it, frogs do it, pythons, eagles and elephants do it, yet poop is one of those subjects we find difficult to talk about with a straight face. “The Scoop on Poop!”, a fascinating, investigative exhibit based on the book by Dr. Wayne Lynch, invites kids of all ages to learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind. A tactful blend of good science and fun, the exhibit was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland. Exhibit on display through January 8, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily in the Origen Museum. Free for members or included with GA.
Challenging conventional notions about rural life, the rituals of the hunting tradition, home, and the innocence of childhood, artist Bryan Christiansen transforms discarded household furniture that he finds in neglected areas into assemblages that stand in for the trophies, antler mounts, and pelts so often prized by hunters. Stalking the prey for his sculptures takes Christiansen into forgotten city alleyways and parking lots in search for discarded furniture that he then takes back to his studio and transforms into sculptures. Exhibit on display through January 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily in the Origen Museum. Free for members or included with general admission.
From Poop to Profits – Feature Film
Dairy farmer turns entrepreneur!
WEEKEND CLASSES, ACTIVITIES AND TOURS
Kids ages 6 - 12 will enjoy hands-on fun in this ultimate club experience that brings science and nature to life every Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - noon at the Springs Preserve. Parents drop off the kids for 2 hours of activities - so run those errands and have some grown-up time while the kids are safe and happy with our youth education staff. Enroll for a full month or pick the Saturday you need! November topics include; Nov. 5 - Outdoor Exploration, Nov. 12 - Extreme Geology, Nov. 19 - Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!, and Nov. 26 - All About Animals. 10:00 a.m. - noon every Saturday in November. Cost is $72 per month or $20 per session and includes museum admission. Discounted cost for members is $65 per month or $18 per session.
Magic Color Leaves
Scratch these leaves to create your own message or design. Drop in anytime for this activity. Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout November. Non-members:
Handprint Fall Craft
Use your own handprint to create a Thanksgiving turkey frame. Drop in anytime for this activity. Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout November. Non-members:
Create your own bouquet garni—a herb bundle used to prepare savory soups, stock and stews. Drop in anytime for this activity. Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout November. Non-members:
Easy to grow, versatile, delicious...herbs are marvelous plants! Our 2-hour workshop on growing herbs shows you how to add fragrance to your garden and gusto to your meals. Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. throughout November. Non-members:
Archaeology Dig Workshop
Join our archaeologist for 2 hours along the banks of the Las Vegas Creek here at the Preserve. You’ll help unearth valley history under our cottonwoods!
Gardens Plant Tour
Our experts highlight new and unusual Mojave native and Desert Southwest plants for your landscape. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. throughout November. Non-members:
Discover how easy it is to grow aromatic herbs and learn simple techniques to care for herbs year-round. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout November. Non-members:
It’s hands-on, gross fun for kids as we learn about silly things that make nature so cool. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout November. Non-members:
Stand Back! Fun with Science
Kids, get ready to ooh and aah as we conduct fun science experiments. Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. throughout November. Non-members: