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About the Wetlands Park

 

The Clark County Wetlands Park includes 2,900 acres of water, trails, and trees along the Las Vegas Wash.  As well as the Wetlands Nature Preserve, Nature Center, and access from multiple trailheads, the Wetlands Park includes walking and biking trails in designated areas, plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography, and simply escaping to a unique natural environment.  The Park is a shaded, green oasis overlooking the city of Las Vegas.

Nominated for America’s Great Outdoors recognition in Spring 2013, the Clark County Wetlands Park is free to enter at all access points. The Park is open from dawn to dusk every day. The Nature Center is open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm every day except New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The Wetlands Park is overseen by Clark County Parks & Recreation and a dedicated, passionate group of staff and volunteers.   

 

 

Volunteering at the Wetlands Park

At Clark County Wetlands Park, we rely on our wonderful volunteers to provide the best experience possible for visitors and protect this beautiful region. Volunteers are always appreciated!  There are many ways Volunteers help the Wetlands Park:

  • Information Host: Exhibit Hall & Information Kiosk
  • Education Facilitator: School Field Trips
  • Wetlands Watch
  • Wetlands: Hands On! Team Leader
  • Outreach & Special Events Help
  • Program Aide

Volunteering at Wetlands Park Brochure (PDF)

Volunteers Make Visiting Clark County Wetlands Park More Enjoyable (YouTube)

 

 

 

Staff at the Wetlands Park

Elizabeth Bickmore - Senior Program Administrator
Ben Jurand - Program Supervisor
Crystalaura Jackson – Recreation / Cultural Specialist
MaryAnn – Program Assistant/Administrative
Jody - Program Assistant
Michelle - Program Assistant
Alice – Program Assistant
Sheila – Program Assistant
Tim – Program Assistant
Margot – Program Assistant​
Jan – Program Assistant

CC – Program Assistant

 

Elizabeth Bickmore - Senior Program Administrator  
Liz grew up in Las Vegas and has spent a lot of her time exploring the nearby natural areas.  She was first introduced to the wetlands by Vern Bostick and has been enamored ever since.  Liz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/Biology and has been with Clark County for 8 years managing environmental resource and technical contracts with federal and state agencies, nonprofits, and private contractors in compliance with the Clark County Multiple Species Conservation Plan.  Previously Liz worked with the Southern Nevada Water Authority; helping to develop the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, Study Teams and participating in the initiation of the restoration, maintenance and bioengineering programs on the Las Vegas Wash and Wetlands Park. Her ideal day would start early in the morning birding in the Wetlands Park.

Ben Jurand – Program Supervisor  
Ben fell in love with the desert shortly after moving to Las Vegas from the east coast in 2007. Since then, he has worked in public lands all over southern Nevada including Ash Meadows NWR, Lake Mead NRA, and Spring Mountains NRA. After receiving a Master’s degree in Environmental Science at UNLV, Ben also worked with the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, the Great Basin Institute, and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation. He enjoys connecting people to the amazing natural and wildlife resources of the area through his experience in research, environmental education, and interpretation.

Crystalaura Jackson - Recreation / Cultural Specialist
Crystalaura joined the staff of the Wetlands Park in May of 2013. She loves being apart of a team of staff and volunteers who love what they do! She can often be found lurking around the Exhibit Hall, ready to answer questions or share factoids. Her favorite part of the Wetlands Park are the Duck Creek Trails, and she can often be found there with her two canine friends.

MaryAnn - Program Assistant/ Administrative
With a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Services, Mary Ann has been with Clark County Parks and Recreation since 1995. She is responsible for behind-the-scenes administrative services including purchasing, budget, staff schedules, and safety. She likes to hike the trails and take photos of nature and events in the Park. Her favorite place: the Upper Diversion Weir because it is the best place to observe aquatic wildlife and take pictures.

Jody - Program Assistant/Education
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jody has lived in Las Vegas since 1960. Having studied Physical Education and Recreation at UNLV and Graphic Design at Mesa State University, Jody has been in the recreation/aquatics/fitness profession for over 40 years. Jody began working in the environmental education and interpretation field in 2010 and enjoys leading and educating people about our beautiful natural areas and public lands in and around the Las Vegas valley. She is certified as a Nevada Naturalist and in Environmental Education and Interpretation (Nevada). Jody loves swimming, hiking, kayaking, camping, photography, and watercolor painting.


Her favorite place is the dirt trail leading to the Cottonwood Grove from the Nature Center. “Close your eyes and imagine walking along a quiet trail - big trees, dappled sunlight, bird song, leaves fluttering in the breeze, a bird nest discovery, then catching a glimpse of a white egret wading in a hidden stream - just a perfect experience. Every day, every season, rain or shine, alone, or with friends – this place makes me smile.”

Michelle - Program Assistant/ Administrative
Michelle comes to the Wetlands Park from UNLV Continuing Education, where she was a personal enrichment program coordinator. She has resided in Las Vegas on and off since 1960 and earned both her B.S. and M.A. from UNLV. Michelle is excited to begin a new chapter in her life, working at the Clark County Wetlands Park. She particularly loves being outside, walking the trails, smelling the smells, talking with park visitors, and observing the plants and wildlife.
Alice– Program Assistant/Education
Alice is a third generation Henderson native, currently pursuing a degree in Biology. All her life, her family has enjoyed exploring the natural beauty of the Las Vegas Wash. She likes seeing the expression on a child’s face when they discover something new. When time permits, Alice especially enjoys watching for beaver in the ponds of the Nature Preserve.
Sheila – Program Assistant
Originally from Wisconsin, Sheila has called southern Nevada home since 1983. She was a volunteer trail ambassador for seven years prior to joining the staff in the fall of 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Science from UNLV. Sheila enjoys sharing what our natural environment has to offer with park visitors and our community. Some of her particular interests include the Monarch butterfly and native milkweed plants. Her favorite walk is from the nature center though the cottonwood grove and then out to the bridge where there is a good chance you will see an egret. Some of her hobbies include hiking, camping, sketching, photography, architecture and design, dancing, learning new things and exploring new places.
Tim – Program Assistant
A native-born Las Vegan and Eagle Scout who grew up in Henderson, Tim joined the Wetlands staff in November of 2014.  He enjoys working at the wetlands as it combines his love of the outdoors while using his skills working with computers and technology, and as a graphics designer creating graphic arts such as brochures, flyers, posters and more.
Margot – Program Assistant /Education/School Field Trips
Margot was born and raised in the Netherlands and came to Henderson three years ago. Impressed by the beauty of the desert landscape she started to volunteer as an education facilitator at the Wetlands Park. She joined the staff in May of 2015 organizing everything to do with the school field trips. Margot holds a Master Degree in Human Geography and previously worked in urban planning, tourism and as a tour guide in Dijon, France. She is a Certified Interpretive Guide. Margot loves travelling and everything outdoors, spending a lot of time cycling, hiking and camping in the Las Vegas Valley and beyond. Her favorite moment at the Wetlands Park is walking up the big bridge with a group of kids to look at the wide open view.

Jan – Program Assistant /Education
Jan is a native of Las Vegas. In those early years she played in the Las Vegas Wash and surrounding area and ​developed an interest and affection for the desert. She attended Las Vegas High School and graduated from Voc Tech. Later she received her certification in Human Resources and Payroll administration offered by the continuing education department at UNLV. Jan worked in the gaming industry for over 30 years. About 10 years ago, following years of indoor work, she stumbled across the Wetlands Nature Preserve. The Wetlands of her youth had served as a dumping ground. Now it has been miraculously converted into a nature preserve and wildlife habitat. As a volunteer, she has worked on many projects over the years to promote community stewardship and educational programs for school children. She is currently employed as a part time Program Assistant. Her favorite spot is an area in the park we call the Grand Canyon.

CCCC  - Program Assistant
An East Coast transplant, CC found herself immediately drawn to the profound beauty and awesome spectacle of Wetlands Park.  She loves the sharp contrast it offers to life in the Greater Las Vegas Valley.  After a successful career in communications (PR, advertising, marketing and sales), she is delighted to pursue more natural and environmental interests.  With a BA degree in Journalism/Sociology​​​ from Syracuse University and a Post-bac degree in Agronomy from Oregon State, she hopes to contribute to visitor experiences, programs and “getting the word out about one of Las Vegas’ best kept secrets” (Wetlands Park).  An avid hiker and mountain biker, you’ll undoubtedly find CC out on the Park trails on her days off.

 
 


 

Partners

The Clark County Wetlands Park engages the community through conservation efforts and education programs. These efforts are made possible through collaborative partnerships with these organizations:

Las Vegas Wash Coordinating Committee 

The Nature Conservancy

Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW)

Red Rock Audubon Society

UNLV School of Environment and Public Affairs

 

 

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