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Visiting With Children


Your Walk

Be realistic about the distance and length of your stay outside.  Take time to allow children the opportunity to stop frequently to observe insects, tracks, plants, and animals.  Your goal is not a single destination, but rather to allow your child a chance to experience the wonder of nature, whether it be the path of a single ant or a soaring Great Blue Heron.

Suggested sample short routes for families with young children:

 ROUTE A: Boardwalk   1/3 mile round trip

Visitors often see turtles, fish, birds, and dragonflies from the accessible viewing platform.  

 ROUTE B: Island 1/2 mile round trip

Visitors will see evidence of beaver, and often cottontail rabbits and water birds. Part of the route is unpaved.

 ROUTE C: Gooding Willow 1/3 mile loop

Leave the paved trail to explore around an ancient, sprawling Gooding Willow near a stream.

 ROUTE D: La Petite Academy 1/5 mile loop

This unpaved trail gives early walkers a chance to explore off the beaten path. 

 Route A: Boardwalk

 Route B: Island

 Route B: Island

 Route D: La Petite Academy

Visiting with Children PDF


  • Water! Each visitor should carry drinking water, children, too.
  • Sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • Hat with brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Magnifying hand lens
  • Guide books to identify plants, birds, and other wildlife

Ask about borrowing a Family Backpack at the Nature Center Exhibit Hall at no charge for use of some of the above items.

Exercises to do with your children

You don’t need to be an expert in order to help your child discover nature!


  • Ask your child: is it a tree, bush, or grass?
  • Look for flowers, seed pods, berries, thorns, and cocoons. (Please leave them where you find them.)
  • Do any plants have a distinctive smell?
  • Compare the shapes of the leaves of several different plants.          



  • Stop and close your eyes.  Ask your children to identify three different animal sounds.  Do you think they are insects, birds, or mammals?
  • As you walk, look for animal tracks. If you find them, ask your children what direction they think the animal was going. Challenge your children to come up with a story explaining what happened.
  • Look for animal scat.  What can you tell about an animal from its droppings?
  • What evidence do you see or hear that tells you animals have been present?  (You may see trees that have been chewed by beaver, hear rustling in the underbrush, or find a feather.)  

Park Information

Share your Wetlands Park memories!

Clark County Wetlands Park
7050 Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89122
(702) 455-7522

Park Hours:
Dawn to Dusk

Nature Center Hours:
9:00 am—4:00 pm

Family Backpacks
Check out Family Backpacks at the Nature Center Exhibit Hall to help parents enhance the learning experience for their children. The Backpacks include binoculars, a magnifying lens, and handouts to help identify plants, birds and other animals while walking the trails of the Nature Preserve.

"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”- Rachel Carson


Please make your visit to the Wetlands Park a positive one by checking the weather before you come.

The best time to view wildlife is at dawn and dusk when most animals are active. For the best experience:

  • Be as quiet as possible on the trails to improve chances of seeing wildlife.
  • Stay on the trail for safety and to protect the Wetlands.
  • Do not collect plants, rocks, or other items. Everything has a purpose!
  • Do not touch, capture, or injure insects or other animals.
  • Do not feed animals or leave food scraps behind. Never leave litter behind.

Include time in your schedule to visit the Nature Center! Our staff and volunteers will gladly answer questions and help identify what you have spotted on your walk.

The Exhibit Hall and Wetlands Park movie of great opportunities to learn more about the plants, animals, and Las Vegas Wash.

Learn more about discovering nature with your children at www.enature.com.  

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