Target Free Days
Enjoy the Farms & Families Festival at the Springs Preserve courtesy of Target, Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Access to all galleries and museums are free. Community Food Council, partners Three Square and the Springs Preserve, will host family activities including arts and crafts, story time, films, lectures, cooking demos, Zumba and yoga, seed planting and much more throughout the weekend. A canned food collection will be located at the main entrance for anyone wishing to donate to Three Square.
Ice Cream Festival
Cool off with all-you-can-
Bet on the Farm – Farmers Market at the Springs Preserve (Extended Hours)
Hours extended to 3 p.m.! Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s truly sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday at the Springs Preserve. Seasonal offerings, regionally and locally grown include fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee, and many more delectable treats. Every Thursday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. inside the Desert Living Center. Access to the market is free. Purchases are cash only.
Bring your little ones for kid-friendly activities and stories—new themes weekly! It’s a perfect time for family fun before or after you shop at our Thursday Farmers Market. Ages 5-under recommended. 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Activity Center. May 3 – In the Garden we Grow. May 10 – Little Naturalists. May 17 – Shake, Swing and Bounce. May 24 – All About Animals. May 31 – Puppet Mania. Free for members or with general admission (GA).
Southern Paiute Cultural Sharing
Local tribe members share stories, traditional arts and crafts, food customs, drumming and dancing. Funded in part by Nevada Humanities. Saturdays May 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free for members or with GA.
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 a.m. – 6 p.m. or dusk, whichever comes first. Bike rental is $6 members/ $8 nonmembers per hour, includes helmet. Child carrier rentals are available. Personal bikes are not permitted on the Trails.
Sign Up Now - Summer Adventure Camps
NEW activities weekly: nature, archaeology, animals, plants, history, drama, crafts, even swimming at the nearby Y. Education experts lead the fun, so skip day care and explore 180 acres of summer adventure! Presented in partnership with Drama Kids International and the YMCA. Ages 6-12, New sessions weekly, Mondays-Fridays, June 11 - Aug. 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily* $180 members, $200 non-members per week *Extended after-hours care available 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. -6:30 p.m. for an additional $25/week.
EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
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-
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. Continuous showings daily, starting at 10 a.m. Free for members or included with GA.
Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964
This moving exhibit explores the lives and times of Bracero workers and their families providing rich insights into the Mexican-American experience—and a historical bridge to modern guest-worker debates. Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 was developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. This exhibition received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Exhibit on display Friday, May 18 – July 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily in the Origen Museum. Free for members or included with GA.
Trash to Treasure – The Sculptures of Dave Thompson
Artist Dave Thompson transforms old metal into magic. His recycled-object sculptures fill the Gardens with wonder and whimsy. Take a stroll and see what hidden treasures await! Exhibit on display in the Gardens through September 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. Access to this exhibit is free.
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 throughout May, check www.springspreserve.org for more information. Free for members or included with GA.
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 p.m. and 2 p.m. throughout May. **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. throughout May. Free for members or included with GA.
WEEKEND CLASSES, ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS AND TOURS
Design and create an authentic-looking arrowhead necklace. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout May. Members: $2.00. Non-members:
Have fun painting a flowerpot to make a shell for your very own tortoise. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout May. Members: $2.00. Non-members:
Big kids, design and take home your own personalized garden gloves. Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily throughout May. Members: $2.00. Non-members:
See www.springspreserve.org for more!