Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Check out the Groups page to schedule a one-hour Safari Cart tour for groups of 2-5.

Visit the Online Activities page for for kids. Kids earn prizes! Free. 

Have you joined Wetlands Walkers yet? Our free walking club is a great way to get your steps in, explore the Park, and learn about a new migratory species every year. Earn prizes at milestones!

Guided Walks & Tours

Discovery Walks
Bat Walk
Search for bats on this full moon walk with a Park naturalist. We will use a Bat Detector to hear their echolocation calls and make identifications. This walk starts at dusk, a great time to spot other Park creatures who don't venture out in the heat of the day. 
Advance registration required. Ages 8+. Fee: $5.

Register here.  
   Wednesday, August 10 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm  FULL


Beaver Walk
Did you hear that splash? Join a Park naturalist on an early morning walk to spot beavers hard at work. Mornings are an ideal time for sightings of many other animals that make Wetlands Park their home, too. 
Advance registration required. Ages 10+. Fee: $5.

Register here. 
Saturday, July 30 - 5:00 am to 6:30 am  
Saturday, August 20 - 5:30 am to 7:00 am
Saturday, September 10 - 6:00 am to 7:30 am

Wetlands Birding Walks
Walk with a Red Rock Audubon Society birding expert and a Wetlands Park naturalist to practice spotting resident and migratory birds. Get to know other bird enthusiasts and learn about birding resources. Be prepared to walk up to two miles, stopping frequently. Binoculars available to borrow. Great for beginner or more experienced birders.
Advance registration required. Ages 10+. Fee: $5.

Birding walks will resume September 2022. For early morning and evening summer walks, check out the Discovery Walk schedule.
Register here
  Saturday, September 17 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am
  Saturday, October 15 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am
  Saturday, November 19 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Studio WP Art Programs

Arts & Crafts for Kids
Nature Art for Kids
Kids of all ages will learn basic art techniques and practice kid-friendly painting and drawing skills. Parents participate. All materials provided.
Advance registration required. Ages 4-17. Fee: $5 per child.
Register here.  
  Watercolor Dragonflies
    Sunday, August 7 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Watercolor Desert Sunsets
    Sunday, September 4 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Watercolor Arachnids
    Sunday, October 2 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
  Watercolor Autumn Leaves
    Sunday, November 6 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Critters & Crafts
Live reptile encounters with a lesson and painting craft.
Ages 3+. Fee: $10 per child.
Register here.
    Sunday, August 21 - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
    Sunday, October 16 - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Kids Create - with Plaster, Clay & Molds
All supplies provided. Advance registration required. Ages 3+. Fee: $10 per child.
Register here.  
  3D Desert Sunsets
    Sunday, September 18 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
  Clay Leaf Impressions
    Sunday, November 20 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

For more crafts, check out the section on this page called "Storytime."

Art Programs for Teens & Adults

Charcoal Drawing

Learn how to draw the trees and bushes of Wetlands Park by looking at the empty spaces in between leaves, stems, and branches. Indoors. All Materials Provided. Ages 15+. Fee: $15.
Register here
  Saturday, July 16, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  Saturday, August 20, 9:00 am to 11:00 am

For more art programs great for all ages, check out the "Art for Kids to Adults" tab!

About the instructor:

Daniel Ogletree is an artist and Part-Time Instructor at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, as well as a Program Assistant at Clark County Wetlands Park. He earned his MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014, and has exhibited artwork around the world. He resides in Las Vegas with his wife, Kay Leigh Farley, and their McNabb Sheepdog, Laika. His favorite outdoor activities include hiking, backpacking, climbing, and nature journaling.

Guest Artist Workshops


Introduction to Plein Air Landscape Painting with Lee Lanier
Saturday, August 6, 2022 | 11:00 am to 12:30pm
Register here

In this workshop, participants will use acrylic paint and watercolor paper to capture a landscape in a relatively short period of time - working from an indoor observation deck to avoid the summer heat. Participants can choose between a stylistic or realistic approach. Ages 10+. Fee: $20.

About the artist:

Lee Lanier is a contemporary figurative and narrative painter who lives in Boulder City, Nevada and manages a gallery in the Las Vegas Arts District. His colorful paintings breathe new life into historical, literary, and mythological characters. When traveling, Lee also enjoys painting en plein air at national and state parks. You can see his work at lee-lanier-paints.com.


Cut Paper Patterns Workshop with Bobbie Ann Howell
Saturday, August 13, 2022 | 10:00 am to 12:30pm
Register Here

Create your own cut paper drawing inspired by nature, the plants, bugs, and birds that may be found at the Clark County Wetlands Park. This workshop explores cut and folded paper techniques. Students will create their own imagery using the design elements of symmetry, repeated pattern forms, positive shapes and negative space. Ages 10+. Fee: $20.

About the artist:

Bobbie Ann Howell grew up in beautiful Lee Canyon, Nevada, a mountain community northwest of the Las Vegas valley. Born in a state that has dramatic contrasts from the desert valleys to high mountain vistas, from crowed urban centers to the open windswept spaces that are a part of her life and in turn her art. Howell attended school in Indian Springs, NV, and graduated from Western High School in Las Vegas, NV. Her bachelor of fine arts is from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. She received her master of fine arts in sculpture and drawing from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Ill. and she has been fine arts faculty at Steven F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, and the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, teaching sculpture, foundry, drawing, life drawing, two and three dimensional design, and printmaking.

Her experience includes working in the arts and humanities as a cultural center director, museum director and educator, curator, collection design and management, artist in residence, art faculty, and she is currently a program manager for Nevada Humanities.  She works and teaches workshops and classes for a wide range of students in the community and from her studio, B.E.S.T. Arts 4 U, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her artworks are in public and private collections and exhibited in regional and national group and solo exhibitions, and through public art projects. Howell was part of the 2017 ArtPop Street Gallery where one of her artworks was displayed on a billboard along Interstate 15 in Las Vegas, NV, and in 2018 she was awarded the Nevada Arts Council Visual Art Fellowship Award.


Mixed Media Batik Style Watercolor Workshop with Laura Runco
Saturday, September 3, 2022 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Register Here

Inspired by beautiful batik fabrics, participants will use melted wax and learn how to use tjanting. Color will be added to their pieces with vivid watercolor and colored pencils and finished with India ink and paint pens to really make it pop. What a fabulous way to explore a new medium! This workshop is suitable for ages 12 and up. Still life items will be available for inspiration or come up with your own choice of subject matter. 

About the artist:

Laura is a local Las Vegas artist and homeschooling mom. She shares her process-based artist workshops with children and adults around town. She loves working with mixed media and is also passionate about ceramic art. Follow her on social @lauraisartsy

 

Family Programs

Storytime

Join us for a story and age-appropriate lesson about Wetlands Park animals.
Free, Walk-In. Space is limited.
Location: Lizard Lounge (picnic room) in the Wetlands Park Nature Center.
All ages.

Sunday Storytime with a Librarian
Engaging storytime and craft with a librarian from Whitney Library.
   Sunday, August 14 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, August 28 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, September 11 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, September 25 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, October 9 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, October 23 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, November 13 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, November 27 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Sunday, December 11 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Nature Tales
Nature themed story and craft with a Park naturalist, with an age-appropriate nature lesson.
  Saturday, August 6 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Frogs
  Wednesday, August 10 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Owls
  Wednesday, September 14 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wetlands Explorers
Wetlands Explorers is a program for tots to young readers, with age-appropriate activities for all participants. Young adventurers explore the Park and learn about plants and animals through fun activities. Winter-Spring 2022 programs will be all outdoors!

Ages 3-8. Parental participation required.
Fee: $5 per child. Program fee is discounted to $4 per child after three sessions per season.

This program is on hiatus due to the summer heat. Wetlands Explorers will return in the fall.
Fun with Animal Tracks
Fun with Animal Tracks

Discover the fun of painting the exact footprint, (track) in plaster of your favorite animal. You can collect all the footprints of the animals in the park as we do more programs. We will also take a short walk (in the shade) and look for prints. This will allow your painted track to dry so your can take it home with you the same day.
Advance registration requested. All ages. Fee: $5 per child.

Register here
  Sunday, July 31 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  Saturday, August 27 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Wild Science
Wild Science

Wild Science is a summer class for budding young scientists to discover more about their world through fun, hands-on experiments.
Ages 6+. Parents participate, too!
Fee: $7 per child.

Register here.

Liquids, Solids, and Gasses: All Matter to Us

Learn about states of matter - and change a liquid to a solid when you make your own ice cream!
   Saturday, July 16, 10:00 am to 11:30 am



Programming at Wetlands Park reflects our commitment to connecting people to nature. The unique and amazing resources of the Park are not only important to the residents and visitors in the Las Vegas Valley, but also to wildlife. Join us for one of our educational or recreational programs. Programs are offered to a variety of ages and interests.

Program fees help support continued Wetlands Park programming. Wetlands Park requests 48 hours notice of cancellation prior to start of class for refund of program fees.

Are you new to Clark County Parks & Recreation?

To set up your Household account, click here. You will be prompted to enter your Household information. Once you submit this request, your household will be activated within three business days and you will receive a confirmation email. If you have any issues with this system, please call us at (702) 455-7522.

Note: Scholarships are available for fee-based programs. Learn more here.


Clark County Wetlands Park
7050 Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Maps
Phone: (702) 455-7522
Email: wetlands@clarkcountynv.gov

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