Bet on the Farm – Farmers Market at the Springs Preserve
Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s truly sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday at the Springs Preserve. In season offerings, regionally and locally grown include fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, agretti, pistachios, dates, locally roasted coffee, and many more delectable treats. Thursdays through January, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Access to the market is free. Purchases are cash only.
Black History Month Festival
Commemorating the contributions of African-Americans to Southern Nevada's history and culture, the Springs Preserve presents its annual Black History Month Festival. This family-friendly event includes a children's film festival and art competition exhibit, historic black Las Vegas photography exhibit, arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, fire truck tour, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and much more. Saturday, February 25, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.
Bike Rentals on the Exploration Loop Trail
Let the good times roll as you rent bikes and wheel on down our 2.2 mile Exploration Loop Trail! Keep your eyes open for birds, wildlife and breathtaking views as you follow in the path of adventurous explorers and ancient peoples drawn to the artesian waters of the spring. Weekends and holidays, 10:00 a.m. – dusk. Bike rental is $6 members/ $8 nonmembers per hour, includes helmet. Child carrier rentals are available. Personal bikes are not permitted on the Trails.
EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Wings over the Springs - Live Bird 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 include: 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 a.m. and 1 p.m., through February 2012, as well as on select major holidays and Clark County School District holidays, check 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 and Sundays at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. throughout February. **Backstage Pass: $10 members and non-members with paid general admission. A paying adult must accompany children under 5. All guests 2-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 p.m. throughout February. Free for members or included with GA.
SPACE: A JOURNEY TO OUR FUTURE
Ignite your desire for discovery and dream of the possibilities that lie ahead... in SPACE! Find yourself launched into the future of space exploration in this out-of-this-
89th Annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
Co-hosted by the Springs Preserve and The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Southern Nevada Regional Competition entries will go on display in the Big Springs Gallery starting February 4. Experience the best artwork from our local students grades 7-12 in various formats, from photography to painting, jewelry to digital design. See the Gold Key winners from the region before they are submitted for the national awards! Founded in 1923, the awards are the oldest, most prestigious recognition program for student achievement in visual arts and creative writing in the United States. Exhibit on display February 4 – March 4, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily. Free for members or included with GA. For additional information about the contest visit www.artandwriting.org.
SPACE: A Journey to Our Future – Feature Film
SPACE: A Journey to Our Future (6 min.) shares how the space travels of today and yesterday help us to look far into the future of our exploration of the universe. Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00, 12:15, 2:00, 2:15, 4:00 and 4:15 p.m. throughout February. Free for members or included with General Admission (GA).
WEEKEND CLASSES, ACTIVITIES AND TOURS
What’s cool at school? Your own pencil case that you personalize and decorate! Make one! Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout February. Non-members:
Kids, make a flying rocket! If you liked the SPACE exhibit, this makes a great souvenir. Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout February. Non-members:
Valentine for the Birds
Craft a take-home treat for birds as you string popcorn onto a heart-shaped wire. Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout February. Non-members:
Container Gardening Workshop
Learn container-gardening basics, low-maintenance care tips and discover unconventional containers that add style. Make a take-home garden treasure! Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. throughout February. Non-members:
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 February. Non-members:
Join in high-flying adventures by creating and launching mini rockets! Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. throughout February. Non-members:
Container Gardening Basics
Learn easy steps to container gardening in this condensed version of our morning workshop. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout February. Non-members:
Love in Nature
Kids learn about the quirky, fascinating ways animals find a “date.” Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. throughout February. Non-members:
Springs Preserve Admission Prices
General Admission (GA) 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. General admission also includes access to the Nevada State Museum, which is open Fridays through Mondays. Admission for non-residents 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/