Escape To The Springs Preserve In January 2013

ESCAPE TO THE SPRINGS PRESERVE IN JANUARY 2013 New year, new fun in nature with classes, exhibits, live shows and activities
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Dec. 20, 2012 - PRLog -- EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

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. 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.

Toddler Time

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. January 3 – Happy New Year. January 10 - Birds. January 17 - Princess Party. January 24 - Getting Dirty. January 31 - Animal Tracks. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Gear up and ride a bike on the Trails
Pedal into the New Year on 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.


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 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), 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 December 26, 2012 - January 15, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling
The Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee is giving our community a gift: Recycle your tree. Each year from December 26 to January 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., you can take your cut Christmas trees one of more than 20 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


Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders

Step right up and behold the Devil with Two Heads! Witness scorpions that glow-in-the-dark! Experience the offending stench of the Giant Vinagaroon! Freakish, bewildering marvels of the insect world are on display in "Dr. Entomo's Palace of Exotic Wonders." Resembling an old-fashioned circus sideshow, this exhibit explores the truth, myths and mysteries surrounding some of nature's most curious creatures -- many of them alive and on view. Live insects on display include: Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, Zebra Tarantula, Emperor Scorpion, African Millipedes, Giant mealworms/Darkling Beetles, Giant Sonoran Centipede, Goliath Bird Eating Tarantula... and many more! This exhibit is organized by Outhouse Exhibit Services. Exhibit on display through January 13, 2013. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Stillman: Architecture as Art
Stillman and Marilyn Clark's photography shows that the architecture of Las Vegas is art itself. They have been photographing the architecture of Las Vegas for 25 years, most recently documenting the construction of the Lou Ruvo Brain Center, a Frank Gehry project. Exhibit on display through January 21, 2013. 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. through February 2013. Check 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.

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. Special event and class admission prices vary and can be found at

Springs Preserve Membership

Springs Preserve memberships are the perfect way to share the Springs Preserve with family and friends and are available on-line or at the Springs Preserve Ticketing Office. All memberships include year-round access to the Springs Preserve (half-off admission to select special events), early hours entry to gardens and trails, discounts to classes and workshops, the Gift Shop, the Springs Cafe, operated by the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas, access to the Nevada State Museum, and a subscription to the Springs Preserve member newsletter. There are a variety of gift options to choose from starting with an Individual membership ($25), a Family membership ($60) which includes two (2) adults and up to 6 children or grandchildren in same household ages 5 - 17 (children 4 and under are always free), or a Bronze Family membership ($100) which includes all member benefits plus extras including free stroller rental, preferred parking, and 2 free guest passes. Visit for a list of additional donor options and details.

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 or call 702-822-7700. Follow us on-line via Facebook/Twitter/YouTube. Find us on Google Maps.

*Fall/Winter Hours - Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. seven days a week (except 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.) The Springs Preserve is located at 333 South Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107.
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