Springs Preserve offers variety of activities

Residents can discover, play and learn at the Springs Preserve — a true desert oasis in the heart of Las Vegas, located just a few miles from both the Strip and downtown. The 180-acre Springs Preserve offers a full day of fun for all ages with indoor and outdoor attractions, world-class dining and sustainable shopping.

Upcoming events include the opening of “Last Stand: America’s Virgin Islands.” Organized and produced by the National Geographic Museum, the images on exhibit are drawn from a National Geographic book of the same name by award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths Belt and noted author Barbara Kingsolver.

Griffiths Belt’s images take viewers from the tall grass prairies of Kansas to the Artic tundra of Alaska and from the deserts of the Southwest to the Oregon Coast, bearing passionate witness to the few wilderness areas that remain. The exhibit will be at the Desert Living Center from July 24 through Oct. 26.

The popular Café Concert Series at the Springs Café by Wolfgang Puck returns Sept. 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. and includes thematic signature drinks and seasonal appetizers, a fantastic view of the Strip and the best local musical entertainment in Las Vegas. For a complete schedule of performers and special menu offerings, visit www.springspreserve.org.

Museum Nights also begins Sept. 3 with discounted admission prices to the galleries and museums each Thursday evening through Oct. 8. Admission is $5.95 for adults; $4.95 for seniors 65 and over, military and students with identification; and $2.95 for children (5 to 17).

The Green Street Fair will feature a gathering of “green” vendors offering eco-conscious arts and crafts, food and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable life. Live music and entertainment will be a part of the festivities as will special discounted admission to the galleries and museums, scheduled for Sept. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5.95 for adults; $4.95 for seniors, military and students with identification; and $2.95 for children (5 to 17).

The Springs Preserve’s second Haunted Harvest features a “boo-tanical” garden, haunted hayrides, storytelling and entertainment from Oct. 15-31, Thursday through Sunday evenings.

The Springs Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There’s an entrance fee to the museums and galleries; many areas of the Springs Preserve offer free entry, including the gardens, trails, resource library, Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck, gift shop and children’s playground.

General adult admission for Nevada residents is $9.95 and $4.95 for youth ages 5-7. Children under 5 are free. Admission is $8.95 for seniors, students, military and teachers.

The Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. For more information, visit the Web site www.springspreserve.org or call 822-7700.

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