We are all about taking advantage of learning opportunities when we travel. We like to go to museums, science centres, interpretive centres and art galleries. We like to go to them even more when they are free so after a brief internet search on “Things to Do in Vegas with Kids” we thought we would check out the Clark County Wetland Preserve. We were pretty impressed with what we found!
The Wetlands Preserve in Las Vegas is exactly what it is named for, it is a preserved wetlands. Hard to believe there could be a marsh in Las Vegas! The folks at the Preserve are doing some amazing things with habitat restoration and environmental education. The interpretive centre, staffed with the most friendly volunteers, is a state of the art facility full of interactive displays for kids and adults alike. We learned all about the negative impacts big city Las Vegas is having on the local environment (hello habitat encroachment, urban run off, coal fired plants, and pollution!)
All of the displays were hands on. We built our own habitats on a video game, peered into what nests look like, played a “what’s that smell game” and found out that beavers and coyotes stink, matched up mothers to eggs, and dozens of other games and explorations.
What floored me most was that this exhibit was totally free. What a great resource for the people of Las Vegas and those of us lucky enough to find this little gem!
After our hours in the interpretive centre we filled our pockets with snacks as we had now officially skipped lunch and went for a leisurely walk through the wetlands. The park has numerous, well maintained, wide trails some of which are gravel and some of them paved. Apparently there is even a trail from the Wetlands Preserve all the way to Lake Mead. Too bad we didn’t have bikes with us!
If you find yourself in Vegas the Clark County Wetlands Preserve is well worth the trip!