Even before we moved here I heard about the Springs Preserve through another blog (eighteen25) as they have given away memberships a time or two. It sounded like a cool place, plus we got a coupon for discounted admission in the mail, so we decided to check it out.
The place is part Nevada history, part science, part desert education, with some critters thrown in for good measure.
Our favorite was the flash flood exhibit.
Payton has always wanted his own burrow.
Getting up close with a lizard. This little guy was nuts. Staring the boys down and furiously clawing at the glass. The kids also liked the glow in the dark scorpions (seriously, they glow green), black widow spider, fox, and kangaroo rat.
We sat down in a theater to watch the live Bugs Show. Anna decided to take notes (just like a college student). This is a vinegaroon.
The Venominator exhibit was a huge hit. It probably had something to do with this 20 foot long rattle-snake.
I think Payton just became lunch. I bet he tastes good.
Getting friendly with the early Nevada settlers.
We learned that hotels consume only 10% of the total water usage for the Las Vegas Valley. That was surprising to me.
Payton is already asking when we can go back. There is definitely more to explore and see during the cooler months -- desert gardens, walking/biking trails, a bird show. We began walking to the desert gardens and then turned back after 2 separate staff members warned us to be careful because it was really hot out there. One of those staff members was nice enough use his net to catch a cicada from the trees so we could see one up close. They are much bigger than I thought they would be.
And that's all I got, folks. Yay for history and creepy desert bugs!