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Programs at the Wetlands Park

All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted!

 The Exhibit Hall offers a companion to exploring the trails of the Wetlands Park.

 The Auditorium offers immersive short movies playing continuously from 9am to 4pm. These movies showcase the wildlife, amazing habitats, trails, human history, and the river-like Las Vegas Wash.

 Studio WP: Art programs for adults and families

 Family programs: Kid-friendly classes and programs for multiple ages

 Recreation/fitness: Stay fit programs

 Learn: Special presentations covering topics like wildlife, water, plants, and other resources

 Ongoing: Stop by any time to participate

 Guided Walks: Join a nature guide for themed walks

 Park Volunteer Events: Help us maintain and improve Wetlands Park

 School Field Trips: Programs and resources for school groups

 Special Events: Now accepting registrations for Haunt the Wetlands on Friday, October 28.


Download Fall 2016 program brochure

View and register for available programs


Studio WP

Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program (Kids Age 5-18)

Experience a dynamic art and science program about wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Kids create an entry for a nationwide art contest. With US Fish & Wildlife Service. Free. Ages 5-18. All supplies provided. Advanced sign up required. Register Here

  • Tuesday, October 11, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 10, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 20, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Charcoal Drawing (Ages 6+)

Learn how to use charcoal to capture fall at Wetlands Park and see the beauty in "negative space." Free. Walk in.
  • Sunday, November 13, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Family Pro​grams

Young Explorers (Kids Age 5+)

The Young Explorer Program introduces you and your young adventurers to a variety of plants and animals that call the Wetlands Park their home through various activities, live animal demonstrations, crafts, story time, and outdoor exploration. Advanced sign up required. Register Here

  • Sunday, September 25, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Senses: Sensssational Snakes
  • Sunday, October 30, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Animals That Give You Chills
  • Sunday, November 27, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Wetlands Feast


Nature Tales

Parents and kids of all ages enjoy a nature themed story time and craft or art activity in the comfort of the Wetlands Park Café. Free. No need to sign up in advance, just walk in. 

  • Saturday, August 13, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 27, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Fall 2016 (please note new time):
  • ​Saturday, September 3, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 17, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 1, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 8, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 15, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 29, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


Who Goes There (Kids Age 7+)

Investigate scat & tracks found in the park and create your own plaster mold of wildlife footprints. Advanced sign up required. Register Here

  • Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am to 11:30 am


Nature Tykes (Ages 3-6)

Nature Tykes is an all-outdoor program for kids and parents featuring science, story time, wonder and discovery. Advanced sign up required. Please choose your dates carefully as Saturday programs are repeats of Wednesday content. Register Here

  • Wednesday, October 5, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 12, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 19, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, October 26, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 2, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 9, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, November 30, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Saturday Nature Tykes programs will repeat content from Wednesday programs.
  • Saturday, October 22, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Saturday, November 12, 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Saturday, November 26, 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Story Walk (All ages)

Follow a nature themed children's story through the paths of the Nature Preserve. This is a self-paced program that families will do independently on a clearly marked route. Check in at the Exhibit Hall for instructions. Free. Walk in.

  • Friday, November 25, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Discovery Walks

Join a nature guide for a themed walk to experience Wetlands Park in an inspiring and entertaining way. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Be prepared to walk two to three miles and keep a sharp lookout for wildlife. Locations will vary. Age 12+. Free. Advanced signup required. 

Fall Discovery Walks: Register Here
  • Introduction to Wetlands Park 
    Saturday, September 3, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Woof Walk. Dog-Friendly
    Sunday, October 2, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Connecting to Place
    Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • All About the Animals
    Saturday, November 19, 9:30 am to 11:30 am


Nature is for Kids! (Age 7+)

Kids and parents will enjoy this Discovery Walk designed just for kids. Explore the hidden corners of the Nature Preserve. Free. Advanced sign up required. Register Here​

  • Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am to 10:30 am


Java Jaunt Birding (Age 12+)

Great for beginner birders or anyone interested in wildlife. Walk with a Red Rock Audubon Society birding expert and a Wetlands Park nature guide, then enjoy a cup of java and discuss what you've seen and heard. You will get to know other bird enthusiasts and learn about birding resources. Advanced sign up required. Register Here

  • Fall Migration Wells Trailhead
    Sunday, September 18, 7:30 am to 9:00 am
  • Birds of the Las Vegas Wash Pabco Trailhead
    Sunday, October 16, 7:30 am to 9:00 am
  • Coming to Terms with the Little Brown Birds Nature Preserve
    Sunday, November 20, 7:30 am to 9:00 am


Senior Golf Cart Tours

Don't let mobility issues prevent you from enjoying all Wetlands Park has to offer. Learn about the history and wildlife of Wetlands Park and visit scenic overlooks of the Las Vegas Wash. Ability to transfer to/from a golf cart is required. Space is limited. Free. Advanced signup required. Register Here

  • Sunday, September 11, 8:30 am to 10:30 am FULL
  • Monday, October 17, 9:30 am to 11:30 am FULL
  • Sunday, November 13, 9:30 am to 11:30 am


Meet​up Walks

Walk with a nature guide and get to know other frequent visitors to Wetlands Park while you explore new areas. Miles count towards the Wetlands Walkers program. Free. Advanced signup required. Register Here

  • Monday, October 10, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Monday, November 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Welcome Walks

Join a nature guide for an introductory tour of the Nature Preserve. Great for first time visitors or those interested in learning more about Wetlands Park. Free. Walk-in for individuals and families.

Groups: Please call ahead to (702) 455-7522 or email wetlands@clarkcountynv.gov to reserve space.


  • ​​Every Saturday & Sunday in October & November, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    Except Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, November 19


Wetlands Walkers

Walk with family, friends, or on your own in the Wetlands Park. Keep track of your mileage and we’ll add your individual mileage to the ‘Wetlands Walkers’ group mileage.

The Challenge: Can we, collectively, walk the distance of a species that migrates through the Wetlands Park.

The Current Challenge: To walk the distance of migrating bats.

Participants will receive a mileage tracking card and a detailed mileage map of the Nature Preserve.

Sign Up: Stop by the Nature Center or contact us at wetlands@clarkcountynv.gov.



Wetlands U

Learn about the plants, birds, and history of Wetlands Park in an informal discussion-based learning session in the Nature Center Exhibit Hall. Free. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Common Plants of the Wetlands Park Nature Preserve
    Saturday, August 27, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Nesting Birds of the Las Vegas Wash
    Saturday, September 3, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm



Wetlands Overlook Talk
Every Saturday & Sunday, September 2016
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Ideal for new visitors! Join us for a short orientation talk at the Nature Center Overlook, where you can see stunning views of the scope of Wetlands Park and neighboring Rainbow Gardens and Frenchman Mountain. Gain insight about Wetlands Park's history and how water flows through our desert oasis, providing habitat for hundreds of birds and other wildlife. All ages. Walk in.

Phenology Phun
Watch for this citizen science program at The Big Bridge. We will be recording wildlife sightings and discovering their natural cycles. Wednesdays, 9:00 am.

Trail Interpretation
You may encounter Wetlands Park staff as you explore the Nature Preserve. We are available to help with navigation and bird, plant, and animal identification. Feel free to ask questions!

Come prepared to get dirty and make a difference! Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please print out and bring a waiver form (PDF).

Be prepared! Please wear closed toed shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Be sure to bring water for every member of your group.

Wetlands: Hands On! (W.H.O.)

Pre-registration required.  To sign up as an individual or group, email wetlands@clarkcountynv.gov or call (702) 455-7522.​

Saturday, September 17
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Location: Pabco Trailhead
Print and share an event flyer.

​​Saturday, October 8
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Duck Creek 

Saturday, November 12
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Nature Preserve


Become a Wetlands Park volunteer!

Looking for a long-term volunteer opportunity? Volunteers are needed year-round in a variety of jobs. Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of eight hours per month. Learn more.

Contact us to schedule a volunteer interview or attend a Volunteer Orientation Class:

Friday, October 14, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm​
RSVP to: wetlands@clarkcountynv.gov

About Our Field Trips

  • We will begin accepting reservations for the 2016/2017 school year on August 24, 2016. Our field trip schedule fills up rapidly. Reservations will be scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Guided field trips are available to Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade classes ONLY
  • Field trips are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, October 1 through April 30.
  • We will be launching our new Fifth Grade trip this year which includes a pre-visit lesson plan to prepare students for their visit. Once at the Park, Fifth Grade Students will collect data while on their nature walk and bring their findings back to the classroom for a post-visit lesson.
  • Applications are available for download here: Field Trip Application.
  • Once a field trip is scheduled, teachers receive an advance packet containing needed information about the Clark County Wetlands Park, tips for planning their field trip, and an orientation video to share with the students in preparation for their visit.
  • For more information, or to inquire about scheduling a school field trip, send an email to Margot.VandenAcker@ClarkCountyNV.gov.

Field Trips are outdoor explorations led by Wetlands Park staff and volunteers, weather permitting. Students have direct experience with the Nature Preserve plants and wildlife.  Visits generally last 2-3 hours, and groups should plan to walk an average of 2.5 miles.  Working in small groups, students use all their senses to gather information about the plants, animals, water resources, and weather in the Park on the day of their visit. 

They may use magnifying glasses, binoculars, thermometers, measuring tapes, and other tools loaned by the Park in the course of their exploration.

Special Events

Haunt the Wetlands 2016
Friday, October 28​

Evening Event: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Daytime Activities: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Free, family friendly! 

Registration is required for Haunt the Wetlands evening event.
Register Here

Print and share an event poster.

Evening Event
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sign up to arrive between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm or between 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.

Experience the spooky side of Wetlands Park in a holiday themed event for kids of all ages.
Explore a Haunted Maze and Spooky Walk with discovery stations about creatures of the night.
Costumes welcome! Adults are requested not to wear full face masks.

Wetlands Park is proud to support Village of Hope, a nonprofit organization located on the campus of Whitney Elementary and offering wraparound services to students and their families.  Attendees at Haunt the Wetlands are requested to bring a donation of your choice:

  • A nonperishable food item (canned or packaged)
  • Clothing for a child age 3 to 12 years, or 
  • An unwrapped gift for a child age 3 to 12 years

Daytime Activities
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Walk-in, no registration required.
Come to the Wetlands Park Nature Center between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to attend a storytime and craft at the top of each hour and explore the daytime maze on your own. 

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