The Springs Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day); hours vary for classes and special events. Gardens and trails close at 4 p.m. or dusk (whichever comes first).
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
New year, new you! Join instructor Ashley Erickson to integrate breath and movement into your daily life. We’ll practice Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in the serene Origen Rotunda. 9 a.m. Sundays, January 5, 12, 19, 26. $8/class members, $10 non-members.
Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling
Don't be a pain in the drain! Bring your used cooking oil and grease to the Springs Preserve to be safely recycled this holiday season. It's easy to recycle your cooking oil. Just use a funnel to carefully pour the used oil back into its original container, seal it, and then bring it to the Preserve's South Ticketing parking lot during regular hours where a special collection receptacle will be available. The holiday cooking oil recycling program is a component of the Clark County Water Reclamation District's "Don't be a Pain in the Drain" campaign. To learn more about how you can keep our sewers free of blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit, visit paininthedrain.com. December 26, 2013 to January 15, 2014 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
Christmas Tree Recycling
The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee is giving our community a gift: Recycle your tree. Each year following Christmas and into the new yearyou can take your Christmas tree to one of more than 30 convenient drop sites throughout the valley, including the Springs Preserve. Before dropping off your tree, remove all non-organic objects such as lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments and nails. Flocked trees cannot be recycled. For more information go to springspreserve.org. December 26, 2013 to January 15, 2014 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily.
Bet on the Farm
Join us for Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich's sustainable farmers market, Bet on the Farm, every Thursday. Weekly cooking demonstrations from growers and vendors give guests tips and tricks to hone their inner green chef and create amazing edibles. 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.
Ride the Trails - Train and Bike Rides
RIDE THE TRAIN: $3 members, $5 non-members. Narrated life-size locomotive ride around our historic 2.2 mile Exploration Trail departs daily. Check onsite for times. BIKE THE TRAILS: $6 members, $8 non-members for 1-hour bike rental, helmet included. Weekends, last rental 1 hour before close. Personal bikes not permitted.
Bring your little ones for kid-friendly activitiesand 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. January 2 – New Year's Almost Eve Party. January 9 – Silly Art. January 16 - Dinosaur Roar. January 23 – Animal Adventures. January 30 - Far Away Places. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
We love a good story, and your young ones will, too! Share snowy stories with us to celebrate the season. 1:30 - 2 p.m. Mondays in the Library. January 6 – “Penguin and Pinecone" by Salina Yoon. January 13 – “Little Cub” by Olivier Dunrea. January 20 – “Widget” by Lynn Rossiter McFarland. January 27 – “How do Dinosaurs Play with their Friends?” by Jane Yolen. Free for members or with paid general admission.
EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
These stunning black and white photographs, shot by Cody Brothers, illustrate the past, present and future of water resource challenges faced by the Southern Nevada community and beyond. Showcasing landscapes from a perspective rarely seen, Brothers beautifully captures the rugged landscape that is Nevada, and the fragile resources of those that call it home.The artist resides near Santa Fe, New Mexico and has a large body of work that focuses on the history, culture and wilderness of the southwestern landscape. On display daily 10 - 4 p.m. through January 20, 2014 in the Big Springs Gallery. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion
Experience genius in motion as you interact with 40 machines from the mind of Leonardo da Vinci. Visitors may touch and set most in motion, creating a captivating hands-on experience with an exploration of the principles da Vinci utilized to create each machine. On display January 26, 2014 - May 4, 2014, daily 10 - 4 p.m. in the Origen Museum. Free for members or included with paid general admission.
Mad Science MANIA live show
Mad Scientists are roaming the Springs Preserve! You’re invited into the “lab” for weird, wild and wonderful science fun in this live, interactive show. We’ve got NEW experiments and explosive antics every month! Two shows presented Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. through February 2014 inside the Big Springs Theater. Included with paid general admission.
Mad Science MANIA - Backstage Pass
Want more Mad Science MANIA? A Backstage Pass earns you a prime seat in the lab for extra-exclusive, up-close science adventures and free takeaways. Every young Einstein needs a spark! Saturdays and Sundays at noon and 2 p.m., following the live shows. Through February 2014 inside the Big Springs Theater.$10 members and non-members with paid general admission.