Clark County is celebrating spring with the opening of the Nature Store at the Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center, 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway, and a week of fun-filled activated over spring break.
The center's information station overlooking the Nature Preserve was converted into the new store. Merchandise in the 550-foot-square foot shop includes jewelry, shirts, hats, children's books, finger puppets, mugs, nature guides as well as snacks, sunscreen, souvenirs and other convenience items. The store is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and Monday, April 15, when the park hosts its annual BioBlitz science day event. The store doubles as the park's information center. On days when the shop is closed, visitors can get information about the park in the Nature Center's Exhibit Gallery. Revenue generated from items sold in the store will stay within the park and because the County is a government agency, there is no sales tax charged.
"The Nature Store is a great new addition to Clark County Wetlands Park," said Commissioner Tick Segerblom, whose Commission District E includes the park. "It's a convenient place to shop for a book or souvenir and any other items you might need before you hit the trails, and all the proceeds benefit the park."
"Our visitors have been asking for a store for a long time," added Elizabeth Bickmore, who manages Clark County Wetlands Park for the County's Department of Parks and Recreation. "We're happy to have it up and running in time for spring break because it's a very popular time for kids and families to visit the park."
Monday's 5th Annual BioBlitz from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. is a free, family-friendly event that gives participants the opportunity to be a naturalist for a day, recording observations of the diverse life present within the habitats found in the park. Experienced scientists and naturalists will host science stations to help participants identify as many plants, mammals, birds, and insects as they can in a four-hour window, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Findings are entered into iNaturalist, an online database and worldwide community of naturalists. From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., participants will share their findings and watch observations populate the online map. Findings from the 2018 Wetlands Park BioBlitz event are linked at www.ccwetlandspark.com.
BioBlitz partners include Red Rock Audubon Society, Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Nevada Division of Forestry. To participate, check in at the Nature Center between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. No advance registration is required. Visit the park's website or call (702) 455-7522 with questions.
BioBlitz events continue on Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., where visitors can continue BioBlitz observations on their own and take part in a daily Photo Scavenger Hunt starting at the Nature Center. Other nature-themed programs offered throughout the week include Nature Tales & Storytime at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17. Story times are free and open to walk-in visitors. The park also offers free spring-themed walks, art programs for kids, and a golf cart tour, advance signup required.
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. Clark County Wetlands Park is open from sunrise to sunset each day. The Nature Center at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.