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Nature Center opens to public

After more than two years of construction, the Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center finally opened to the public and hosted its first round of quarterly meetings associated with the Las Vegas Wash.

The Nature Center, a gold-level Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building, comprises 30,000 square feet of gathering, exhibit, classroom and office facilities as well as an auditorium. The entire complex is surrounded by a raised observation deck, offering a view of Clark County's largest park.

Nature Center

Although the Exhibit Gallery is still being installed and is expected to be complete in spring 2013, it is already the centerpiece of the Nature Center. Eventually, the gallery will be filled with metal reeds and other wetland plant species, each up to 16 feet tall, along with a 12-foot snake, ride-able dragonfly and a children's play area.

The park itself features 13 miles of hiking trails and is home to more than 200 species of birds and more than 70 other vertebrate species, including beavers and coyotes. Check back on our website for more information on the opening of the entire facility.

The initial phase of the Wetlands Park took shape in 2000 in an area known as the Nature Preserve. Located in the western portion of the Wetlands Park, this interpretive area lets visitors explore the many facets of the dynamic Las Vegas Wash environment.

The Information Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be reached at (702) 455-7522. The Nature Preserve continues to be open from dawn to dusk, daily.

Las Vegas Wash Project Coordination Team • 100 City Parkway, Suite 700 • Las Vegas, NV 89106 • (702) 822-3300