The Spring Preserve is a 180 acre place for tourists to get a little education. The preserve has been designed with cultural exhibits and also to explore the history of Las Vegas. There are museums, galleries, outdoor concerts, events, and botanical gardens on the premises. The Spring Preserve has been a national historic place since 1978. It is three miles from downtown Las Vegas and the Strip.
The Preserve is open from 10 to 6pm. There are trails to walk around the preserve which close at dusk or 6pm, whichever comes first. Concert hours will vary depending on the season, but they are always during the evening hours. Admission can be done through an annual pass or per event. The preserve also hosts classes, lectures and tours for guests to enjoy. General admission will vary depending on resident or non resident. For residents admission for adults is $9.95 and $4.95 for children. Non residents pay $18.95 and $10.95. Tickets can be bought online or at the center. A ticket is required to walk on the trails.
Spring Preserve is separated into different areas and experiences. The Origin Experience depicts a gallery filled with the history of Las Vegas. The earliest settlers of Las Vegas combined with the earliest Anglo European settlers can be found in this exhibit. There are three galleries in the Origin Experience with 75 different displays. There is also an indoor theater and traveling space exhibit. Within the Origin Experience is the Natural Mojave, People of the Springs, New Frontier, Special Displays, and Live Exhibits. The Mojave displays geological and biological information regarding the desert with a 5,000 gallon water display created as a flash flood to rush through a canyon. Live exhibits have mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates popular to the desert. There are even tortoises, kangaroo rates, gophers, and other small desert dwellers.
The Desert Living Center is another section of the Preserve. The DLC is the "green'' section of the Springs. It is all about preservation, protecting our resources, the global community, and helping life on earth survive. There are 43 interactive exhibits, classroom, meeting rooms, and gardens to explore. The exhibits are in the Sustainability Gallery, Leed Certification, Inside Out Gallery, and the Design and Dialogue Center.
For individuals who want to explore the outdoor world there are a number of trails and gardens. The trails offer 1.8 miles of different landscape where it is possible to see the national historic site Cienega. Birds, plants, and animals native to Nevada can be seen on the trails. The gardens make up 8 acres of the preserve's desert landscape. There is a Watering Can Theater teaching irrigation, the Tool Shed theater for children, and a weather station offering real time information.
The last section of the Preserve is the Nevada State Museum. This museum tells visitors about the state in more depth. They discuss the exhibits, current works in progress, and show a variety of aspects from the past important to the state of Nevada.
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