Clark County Wetlands Park is hosting some spooky fun and special hours on Nevada Day, Friday, Oct. 25, with its 6th annual "Haunt the Wetlands" events.
The daytime "Spooktacular" will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and includes crafts, storytelling, fortune telling, and exploring the Haunted Maze. Admission costs $1. The "Creatures of the Night" event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and costs $5 for ages 4 and up. Admission for the nighttime event includes a glow necklace or flashlight for the kids. Activities include a night walk to discover the eerie side of nature, visits through the Haunted Maze, close encounters with live, creepy, crawly animals, and experiments in the Mad Scientist's Laboratory. Participants also will get to test their night vision in the Room of Perpetual Night, if they dare.
Tickets for both kid-friendly events are on sale now. Advanced purchase is recommended because attendance is limited. Purchases can be made online from the park's website at events.ccwetlandspark.com, or in person at Wetlands Park Nature Center located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue. For the "Haunt the Wetlands" special event day, the Wetlands Park Nature Center, Exhibit Gallery and Nature Store will have holiday hours, open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for ticketed participants. Participants young and old are encouraged to wear costumes, although adults are asked to not wear full face masks.
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. More than 300 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 20 miles of trails, including six miles within the Nature Preserve. For more information, contact Clark County Wetlands Park at (702) 455-7522 or visit its website at ClarkCountyNV.gov/Wetlandspark. The Nature Center's regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on non-holidays. Outdoor hours in the park are from dawn to dusk. Information about the park's programs and activities also can be found as well as on social media such as Facebook and on Twitter at Twitter.com/CCWetlandsPark.