An Outdoor Classroom
While our website provides a wealth of information about the Las Vegas Wash, there is nothing better than actually going there and seeing what it is all about. Through the Nature Preserve at the Clark County Wetlands Park, you can explore miles of paved and unpaved trails that meander along the Wash. The Nature Preserve also provides opportunities for teachers and students to explore the Wash as an outdoor classroom.
The visitor center at the Nature Preserve offers field trips for elementary classes. Resources are available for high school students as well. Contact the visitor center at (702) 455-7522 for more information.
Trained volunteers at the Clark County Wetlands Park conduct facilitated programs for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade elementary school students from October to April. The guided 2-hour visits are conducted on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Teachers must call in advance to reserve a date. They are then mailed an information packet with suggested pre- and post-visit activities, along with park rules and general park information.
When the group arrives, they are divided into smaller groups of 12 or 15 students. Each student is given a Wetlands Park Naturalist Notebook to use during the visit and to take home. Students also are provided a pair of binoculars to use during the tour. A volunteer facilitator guides the group and teaches the students about vegetation, wildlife, weather and soil at the Wetlands Park. Students also learn how wetlands function and the importance of wetlands habitat. This year, more than 2,000 students have visited the Wetlands for the guided field trip program.
In addition to the school field trips, numerous other guided tours are provided throughout the year to both youth and adults. For further information call (702) 455-7522 or (702) 455-7560.
Clark County Parks and Recreation
Wetlands School Programs
Wetlands Nature Preserve
7050 Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89122