Tails and Trails
The Springs Preserve is going to the dogs when we host our second Tails & Trails event featuring unguided hikes for humans and their canine friends (dogs only; sorry, no cats or other animals) on the Springs Preserve's 3.65 miles of trails. Enjoy demonstrations by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's K9 unit, an adoption fair and exhibitors with plenty of treats and goodies for pampered pooches. Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free. Regular admission prices will apply for access to museums and galleries. Dogs are not admitted indoors.
Autumn Plant Sale
Desert-adapted plant species can be yours for a song at our semi-annual sale. Find plants the nurseries simply don't have, plus get tips from the experts on planting and care. The sale will feature limited quantities of about 2,500 native and drought-tolerant plants, which will be sold in one- and five-gallon sizes, as well as a handful of larger specimen plants. Plant groupings are available to assist visitors in choosing species that will complement each other, either in color and textures, or tolerances to environmental conditions, such as plants that thrive in full sun or in shade. Bring a wagon or cart! This event is made possible through the generous contributions of our sponsors NV Energy and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. Saturday, September 22, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission, plant prices vary. Regular admission prices will apply for access to museums and galleries. Springs Preserve members receive early admission at 7 a.m.
Asian Harvest Moon Festival
Celebrate the beginning of autumn and one of the world's most time-honored holidays at the Springs Preserve’s third annual Asian Harvest Moon Festival. The family-friendly event features art and crafts, food concessions, live music and dance performances, a children's lantern parade, and much more. Observed by numerous cultures throughout Asia, the Moon Festival parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar and is an occasion for family and friends to reunite for lantern parades and to eat moon cakes, the festival's traditional food. This event is made possible through the generous contribution of our sponsor MGM Resorts International. Saturday, September 29, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. $5 adults, $3 children (ages 5 - 12). Family packs are available for $12 (includes two adults and up to four children). Regular admission prices will apply for access to museums and galleries.
Bet on the Farm – Farmers Market at the Springs Preserve
Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday. Regionally and locally grown seasonal offerings include fruits, vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, honey, nuts, dates, locally roasted coffee, and many more delectable treats. Every Thursday, 10 a.m. – 1 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 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Activity Center. September 6 – Young at Art. September 13 – Whiskers and Tails. September 20 – Follow the Leader. September 27 – Butterflies, Butterflies. Free for members or with paid general admission.
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 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. throughout September. Members receive early access beginning at 8 a.m. 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
Take a bite out of summer! Slither over and explore this exhibit revealing the surprising secret lives of beautiful and venomous snakes whose reputations are based more on fear than fact. Envenomators tells the story of four venomous snakes indigenous to North America: Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Coral and Rattlesnake. Exhibit created by Wonderworks Exhibit Company. Exhibit on display daily through September 16, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Wings over the Springs
Soar with the raptors! Our live show—a visitor/member favorite—engages you face-to-face with hawk eagles, falcons, owls and more, highlighting how raptors behave in nature. On weekends and select holidays, two live shows presented each day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., September through December 2012. Check springspreserve.org for show schedule. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
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 weekends and select holidays at 2 p.m., September through December 2012. **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.
Southern Paiute Cultural Sharing
Local tribe members share stories, traditional arts and crafts, food custom, and drumming and dancing. Funded in part by Nevada Humanities. Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: September 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Origen Museum, Native American Village. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
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 through September 9, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily.
Springs Preserve Photo Contest
Marvel at how professional, amateur and youth photographers have captured “Las Vegas at Work”—that’
Reptiles in the U.S. and South America – Feature Film
Reptiles in the U.S.and South America (30 min.) takes you on a two-continent journey with host Jeff Corwin. See some of his favorite cold-blooded, air-breathing vertebrates, including rattlesnakes, crocodiles, green anacondas and more—all from the safety of your theater chair! Showing at 3:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday throughout September. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Animals Behind-the-Scenes Tour
Get up close to lizards, bugs and snakes with zoologists in the animal care area. Saturdays and Sundays, at noon throughout September. Members: $3. 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, open Fridays through Mondays. Admission for nonresidents 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 springspreserve.org.