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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: Fun and educational events for the public


Download Summer 2016 program brochure

View and register for available programs


Studio WP

Watercolor Painting (All Ages)

Learn the basics of working with watercolors and have fun painting a nature scene. Free. All ages. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Saturday, June 11, 11am to 12:30pm


Snowflakes in July (All Ages)

Come beat the heath and learn how to create beautiful nature-themed paper snowflakes. Free. All ages. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Saturday, July 23, 10am to 2pm


Watercolor Flowers (Adults)

Give it a try! No painting experience is needed to learn techniques for capturing the beauty of desert wildflowers and pen & ink. Free. Adults age 18+. All supplies provided. Advanced sign up required. Register Here

  • Saturday, August 20, 11am to 12:30pm


Nature Watercolor (Kids Age 6+)

Experience nature through art and have fun with watercolor. Free. Ages 6+. All supplies provided. Advanced sign up required. Register Here

  • Saturday, August 20, 11am to 12:30pm

Family Programs


Hooray for Ants!

Kids age 6-10 take part in an indoor science-based exploration of ant anatomy and behavior. Free. Advanced signup requested. Register Here

  • Saturday, June 4, 11am to 12pm


Wild Science

Explore the wild world of science through hands-on math and science based lessons and activities. Free. Advanced signup requested. Register Here

  • Sunday, June 12, 1pm to 2:30pm
  • Sunday, July 3, 1pm to 2:30pm
  • Sunday, July 24, 1pm to 2:30pm


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, program meets in the Nature Preserve Café on Saturdays from 11am to 12pm.  

Scheduled dates include:

  • July 30, 11am
  • August 13, 11am
  • August 26, 11am


Plaster Painting

Your imagination is the limit. Paint plaster figures of birds and bugs. Free. All ages. Walk-ins welcome.

  • Saturday, August 6, 11am to 12pm

Discovery Walks

Join a nature guide for a themed walk. 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. Free. Advanced signup required. Register Here

  • Summer Morning Walk. An Introduction to Wetlands Park
    Saturday, June 18, 7 am to 9 am
  • Evening Bat Walk. In Partnership with NV Department of Wildlife
    Monday, June 20, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Evening Bat Walk. In Partnership with NV Department of Wildlife
    Tuesday, July 5, 7 pm to 9 pm
  • Hot Summer Night Walk.By the Light of the Moon
    Saturday, July 16, 7:30 pm to 9 pm
  • Summer Morning Walk.Beaver: An Unexpected Resident
    Saturday, July 23, 6
  • am to 8 am
  • Summer Morning Walk.All About the Animals
    Saturday, August 13, 7 am to 9 am
  • Evening Bat Walk. In Partnership with NV Department of Wildlife
    Saturday, August 20, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


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, June 12, 9 am to 11 am
  • Sunday, July 10, 8:30 am to 10:30 am
  • Sunday, August 14, 8:30 am to 10:30 am



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.

  • What Happens in the Watershed Stays in the Watershed
    Saturday, July 23, 10 am to 10:45 am
  • Common Plants of the Wetlands Park Nature Preserve
    Saturday, August 26, 10 am to 11 am



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.

Wetlands Overlook Talk
Short orientation talk on the patio at the Nature Center, ideal for new visitors. By request and depending on staff availability. Inquire at the Exhibit Hall information desk.

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).

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

Be prepared by wearing closed toed shoes, wearing sunscreen and a hat, and bringing plenty of water.

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

Join us in the fall for the next Wetlands: Hands On! event. Check back soon for next season's schedule.


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.
  • Check back in the coming weeks for updates about the field trips. Applications and other supporting materials will be available for download on August 20, 2016.
  • 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

Experience the spooky side of Wetlands Park in a holiday themed event for kids of all ages.

  • Friday, October 28, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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