Clark County Wetlands Park is bringing the great outdoors inside for "Discovery Day" on Saturday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help residents beat the summer heat. The event will be held in the Nature Center, located at the park's main entrance at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. No advance registration is needed for this free event.
"Discovery Day is a family-friendly opportunity to appreciate nature in Southern Nevada even during our summer desert heat," said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, whose District E includes Clark County Wetlands Park. "We want to thank our partnering agencies for helping us host this event, and we encourage frequent visitors and first-timers alike to come out and enjoy the fun."
"Discovery Day" is open to participants of all ages. Highlights include encounters with live desert creatures, crafts and activities, and a full range of interpretive and interactive exhibits. Mascots Mojave Max and Tommy the Turtle will share in the fun. Inside the Nature Center, kids will enjoy hopping through the Cottontail Challenge and learning about animal tracks and birds. Partnering organizations will offer suggested activities families can do all summer with their kids. The newly opened Wetlands Park Nature Store will be open during the event, where shoppers can find nature themed gifts, apparel, books, jewelry and more.
The telephone number for Clark County Wetlands Park is (702) 455-7522. Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk. Summertime visitors who plan to hike or walk are encouraged to come early to enjoy the coolest temperatures of the day. Visitors also should wear sunscreen, hats with a wide brim, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water.
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. Information about the park's programs and activities is available on its website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. You also can like Clark County Wetlands Park on Facebook and follow the park on Twitter and Instagram at CCWetlandsPark.