Clark County Wetlands Park is offering a full schedule of free activities during the winter months including watercolor classes for adults and children, nature hikes and senior golf cart tours.
The winter program guide for Clark County's largest and most rustic park is posted on the Wetlands Park pages of County's website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. New watercolor classes for adults and children are being offered through the Studio WP art program. Adult sessions on Saturday, Dec. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. focus on painting winter landscapes, sunsets and silhouettes. A watercolor class for children ages 6 and up will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All supplies are provided. The classes are free, but due to space limitations, advanced sign-up is required by calling (702) 455-7522 or registering on the park's website.
"We encourage residents of all ages to explore and enjoy all the unique programming that Clark County Wetlands Park offers the community during the winter months," said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, whose commission District E includes the park. "This truly is a beautiful time of year to visit Wetlands Park because it attracts migratory birds throughout the Western United States."
The main entrance of Clark County Wetlands Park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. Most activities are held or begin at the Nature Center, which includes an exhibit area, auditorium and meeting rooms. Guided park tours, birding walks, science programs for children and golf cart tours for senior require advance sign-up. Every Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the "Nature Tales" program, which features a nature-themed story and craft, is open to families on a walk-in basis. A free, story time and craft program with the Las Vegas Clark County Library District will be held on Sundays Dec. 11, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22 from 1 p.m., also on a walk-in basis.
Clark County Wetlands Park spans 2,900 acres between urban Las Vegas and Lake Mead and is home to 312 species of birds and 70 species of mammals. The Las Vegas Wash flows through Clark County Wetlands Park, making it an attractive oasis for wildlife. The centerpiece of the park is the 210-acre Nature Preserve, which includes the Nature Center and most of the park's 20 miles of hiking trails. The Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk.