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 art competition exhibit, historic black Las Vegas photography exhibit, arts and crafts, face painting, carnival games, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and much more. Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.
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 February 2, 9, 16 and 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Lost Frog Finds a New Home
Hear the success story of the rare relict leopard frog, which is finding a new home at the Preserve, from experts Zane Marshall, Dr. Ray Saumure and Thomas O’Toole. Believed extinct in the 1950s, the frog was rediscovered in springs near Lake Mead in the 1990s. These resilient frogs join the Preserve’s Living Collections and along the trails, a restored pond system may soon provide a protected home for a new relict leopard frog population. Join us to learn more about this amazing amphibian and new Preserve exhibit. Big Springs Theater, Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Bet on the Farm
Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday. New for 2013, Bet on the Farm serves up weekly cooking demonstrations where guests can hone their inner green chef with tips and tricks for creating amazing edibles from growers and vendors. 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. February 7 – Cowboy Story Time. January 10 - Birds. February 14 - Be My Valentine. February 21 - Birthday Party. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Ride the Trails
Pedal down our 2.2 mile Exploration Loop Trail! Bike rentals are available weekends and select school holidays, $6 members/$8 non-members per hour. Last rental at 3 pm, personal bikes not permitted.
EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
CSI: Crime Scene Insects
Crime-solving insects crack the case, and you’re the witness! Inspired by the hit television series, this hands-on exhibit invites you to investigate the fascinating field of forensic entomology (the use of insects to help solve crimes). Developed by ExhibitIQ. Exhibit on display daily February 3 - May 12, 2013. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Dating back to 1923, these awards are the nation’s longest-running, most-prestigious recognition program for creative teens. We proudly host the Southern Nevada Region competition and exhibit. Exhibit on display daily February 2 - March 3, 2013. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Art in the Gardens - Art in Motion: The Kinetic Wind Art of Mark White
Mark White’s kinetic wind sculptures will grace the Springs Preserve Botanical Gardens beginning this February. Designed by the artist to encourage self-reflection, the sculptures whimsically move with the winds. They are precisely balanced to respond to the lightest of winds, yet strong enough to withstand 100 mph winds. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to relax and contemplate nature and art, while the Springs Preserve Botanical Gardens bloom around them. Exhibit on display daily February 9 - September 30, 2013. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Wings over the Springs
Soar with raptors! Our high-flying live show features an ever-changing cast of hawk eagles, falcons, owls and more—as well as the ONLY yellow-billed black kites in the U.S. Learn how birds of prey behave in nature. On weekends and select holidays, two live shows presented each day at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through February 2013. 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. through February 2013. **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.
About the Springs Preserve
Located three miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is the best place to explore the Las Vegas Valley's vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking trails and animal shows. Indoor experiences include exhibition galleries dedicated to showcasing cultural, art and traveling exhibitions of local and national significance, on-site technologically advanced learning centers, the Springs Cafe operated by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas and the Nevada State Museum. The Springs Preserve also hosts seasonal special events including concerts, arts shows and holiday experiences. Visit springspreserve.org or call 702-822-7700. Follow us on-line via Facebook/Twitter/