Wetlands Park to Host World Wetlands Day Celebrations on Feb. 6, Feb. 9
Clark County Wetlands Park will host World Wetlands Day events on Thursday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 9. World Wetlands Day is celebrated in February to promote the ecological value of wetlands, which help prevent flooding by absorbing water. Wetlands also purify water by removing pollutants and provide breeding grounds for plants and animals.
“Clark County Wetlands Park is an ecological treasure that we encourage our residents and visitors to explore and enjoy,” said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, whose District E includes the park. “It has a unique history and purpose that you can experience as you hike in the park or visit the exhibits on display at the Nature Center complex.”
On Feb. 6, nature walks and other activities will be held in the park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a visit from up to 300 Clark County School District students. The Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee organized the activities. A video highlighting the excavation of Bishop Ranch and the agriculture history of the Las Vegas Wash also will be shown throughout the day in the Nature Center Auditorium. A root cellar discovered during the excavation work was relocated to the Clark County Museum at 1830 S. Boulder Highway. Renovations were recently complete and the cellar is now on display on the museum grounds.
A World Wetlands Day celebration will also be hosted at Clark County Wetlands Pak on Feb. 9, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., with fun, nature-based activities for visitors of all ages in partnership with the Nevada Watercolor Society. Activities will include paper-making, ceramic painting and a series of nature quests set up at education stations within the 210-acre Nature Preserve to teach visitors about the importance of wetlands. Volunteers from the Watercolor Society are assisting with activities.
At 2,900 acres, Clark County Wetlands Park is one of the largest urban wetlands in the Southwest and serves as a popular destination for hikers and bird watchers. Most of Clark County Wetlands Park is undeveloped and shaped by urban water runoff and reclaimed water that flows through the Las Vegas Wash and into Lake Mead. Visitor activity centers around the Nature Preserve, which is located on the west side of the park, and includes the Nature Center complex.
More than 200 species of birds and 70 species of mammals and reptiles have been spotted in the park, including beavers, coyotes, bobcats and snakes. The park features more than 13 miles of trails, including six miles within the Nature Preserve. The Nature Center was built with several eco-friendly design elements and features an exhibit center, auditorium with orientation film, and informational kiosk.
Clark County Wetlands Park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. The telephone number is (702) 455-7522. Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk. Information about the park’s programs and activities is available on Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/Wetlandspark. You also can like Clark County Wetlands Park on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at Twitter.com/CCWetlandsPark.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark County is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.