We’re back in the Nevada desert for this week’s edition of Blogging Through the Alphabet. This time we’ll be visiting Spring’s Preserve, a 180-acre oasis in the city itself, not too far from downtown and easy to access off the 95 on S Valley View Blvd at the site of a spring mound that was created by blowing dust over the moist soil of the Las Vegas Spring before it dried up.
We like to visit Springs Preserve both for the permanent and special exhibits. It is a fun spot where you can spend a couple of hours or the entire day. A family membership is quite reasonably priced and allows for admission to 300 gardens, arboreta, and conservatories through the American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program (we love using reciprocal membership benefits to help extend our travel budget, it can make quite a difference).
Another bonus is admission to the Nevada State Museum that shares this site(. In act, it was a visit to the museum that introduced us to Springs Preserve. We hadn’t realized how it was all set up and ended up purchasing a family membership that day in anticipation of a return visit.
After seeing how much there is to see at Springs Preserve, we finished exploring the Nevada State Museum and headed over to have a look at the temporary exhibit Shipwreck!
This amazing exhibit featured treasures that have been rescued from deep beneath the ocean plus the rescue pods that were used to retrieve them. There were also windows where kids (and adults) could learn about wind currents and what might make a ship sink. There was just a ton to see. (The current exhibit is Dinosaurs Unearthed, another one popular with kids and adults alike.)
Besides the high-quality temporary exhibits, Springs Preserve boasts several permanent ones as well. While the Origen Museum does house the traveling exhibit space, I always think of it as the area where kids can learn about the history of the area and the generations of families who have lived there.
There is a mock and auction and a rail car that represents transportation available in the early years of settlement in the Las Vegas Valley. You can even see dinosaur tracks that were discovered right at the park.
One of our must-visit spots is the flash flood exhibit. The kids love it and it’s a safe way to teach them the dangers of extreme weather conditions. I took the video below on one of our previous visits, sadly the sound isn’t too good but it gives you an idea of how you are really inside of the experience.
Since we have friends in Las Vegas that we like to visit with we never miss spending some time in the playground. It has recently been renovated and is a wonderful spot for kids aged 5 – 12 to blow off some steam and stretch out their legs before continuing on through the day.
As you can see it is easy to spend more than one day at the Springs since I’ve only talked about a small portion of what is available there. In addition to what I’ve already mentioned you can visit:
- Boom Town
- The Botanical Garden including:
- Rose Garden
- Cactus Alley
- Herb Garden
- Palm Garden
- Deserts of the World
- Enabling Garden
- Wildlife Garden
- Butterfly Habitat
- Solar House
Each of these areas offers a wonderful learning experience for your family and make Springs Preserve a perfect spot for homeschool visits and field trips. The icing on the cake is the staff of knowledgeable folks who are happy to answer questions and help you to understand the various displays and exhibits.
We like to finish our afternoon off with a stop at the Divine Cafe. The food is definitely a cut above what you would normally expect at a venue like this one. The quality is terrific and well priced as well. I haven’t attended myself but I have seen cooking classes and other special events on the activity calendar there.
Before I close I’d like to mention as well that kids can earn a different nature badge each month by completing a book your child is provided. This is included with regular admission or for members. This is just another potential homeschool activity that allows you to expand your students’ learning without doing a lot of extensive prep yourself.
So there you have it, a small glimpse into our visit to Springs Preserve in Las Vegas Nevada. If you are ever in the area I strongly recommend a visit there. You won’t regret it.
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