Clark County Wetlands Park is celebrating the 5th anniversary of the opening of its popular Nature Center complex from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
A Nature Fun Run and Stroll, 5K and 1K starts at 9 a.m. with KLAS TV's Nate Tannenbaum serving as master of ceremonies. Participants can register online on the Wetlands Park website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. The fee for the event is $30 online with advanced registration, or $40 on event day. Participants will receive a t-shirt, bib and raffle entry, and registration is limited to 250 participants.
The route of this untimed event winds through uneven terrain in some of the most scenic areas of the Nature Preserve. People and strollers are welcome, dogs are not. Sponsors include The Nature Conservancy, Land Rover Las Vegas, REI, RealWater and Sparkling Ice.
In addition to the Nature Fun Run and Stroll, participants and the public are welcome to enjoy a free celebration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center. Festivities, hosted by Wetlands Park and the Department of Parks and Recreation include live animal interactions, games and activities for children, light refreshments, music and raffle. Raffle items include nature art from local artists, tickets to Las Vegas Little Theater, golf for four at the Club at Sunrise, Sporting Clays Outing for four at the Clark County Shooting Complex, swim passes, and more.
"The opening five years ago of the Nature Center at Clark County Wetlands Park was a milestone for our community because it made the natural beauty and resources of Wetlands Park more accessible to the public," said Clark County Commission Vice Chair Chris Giunchigliani, whose District E includes the park. "The Nature Center and its Exhibit Hall provide a fun and educational setting to learn about the unique role that wetlands areas have in Southwestern region of the United States and in our local history and desert ecosystem."
The Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center serves as the visitation hub for the 2,900-acre Wetlands Park. Located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue, the 45,000-square-foot complex includes the exhibit gallery, 85-seat auditorium, and information center. A deck outside the Nature Center offers panoramic views of the 210-acre Nature Preserve, which has six miles of hiking trails. The creation of the 2,900-acre Clark County Wetlands Park dates to the 1990s. It was formally established in 2001 to preserve natural wetlands and habitat area for wildlife, and to improve water quality and control erosion along the Las Vegas Wash. The park is home to approximately 310 species of birds
and more than 70 species of mammals and reptiles. The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. The phone number is: (702) 455-7522. Outdoor park hours are sunrise to sunset.
Since the Nature Center opened on April 20, 2013, almost 138,000 people have visited the facility and more than one million visitors have been drawn to the Park. The Nature Center has nearly quadrupled the number of its program offerings since 2013. In 2013 the Park hosted 127 programs and in 2017 more than 415 programs and events were offered reaching over 15,000 participants. As the demand grows for parks and open space, the Wetlands Park Nature Center has been able to provide award winning programs and facilities surrounded by natural areas for enjoying wildlife, hiking and a place to get away from it all.