Springs Preserve NV
The Springs Preserve is Nevada’s only natural and cultural history museum. It includes a visitor center, outdoor gardens, the Living History Farmstead with an authentic 1900s farmhouse and barnyard animals (including sheep), and more than four miles of trails that lead visitors through some of the most stunning scenery in Southern Nevada. The Preserve also offers educational programs for all ages at its Discovery Center, as well as performances by artists-in-residence.
The mission of the Springs Preserve is to inspire people to understand, value and care for the natural world by connecting them with nature on their doorstep. Located just minutes from downtown Las Vegas in historic Old Town Spring Valley, this beautiful 434 acre oasis features a wide variety of plant and animal life, including 35 endangered and threatened species. The Springs Preserve has become a focal point for protecting the most important lands in Southern Nevada. In addition to being a very popular tourist attraction, it is also an educational and research resource for students, scientists and historians alike.
The Springs Preserve’s core mission reflects its ties to Las Vegas Springs, which was once one of the largest springs complexes in North America. Springs issued from over 275 different springs vents within an area encompassing about 20 square miles across what today are downtown Las Vegas, unincorporated Clark County (including present day Henderson and Boulder City), and parts of Laughlin. This complex of wetland habitat supported abundant native wildlife typical of desert springs—birds, fish, turtles, lizards, and mammals such as deer and bighorn sheep. Springs provided a rich food source for local Native American populations in Southern Nevada for thousands of years before European arrival in the 1800s.
The Springs Preserve is part of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve – an organization that serves as steward to this precious natural resource. The Springs Preserve owns approximately 1,700 acres at the northern end of these springs along Valley View Boulevard (formerly West Washington Avenue) near downtown Las Vegas. It provides habitat protection and education programs to inspire visitors to value and care for their natural surroundings.
In 2003, the State Legislature designated the Springs Preserve as Nevada’s official conservation education facility by statute (NRS 232B). That same year, a Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) study documented Springs Preserve to be the largest natural wildlife area within the Las Vegas urban corridor.
The Springs Preserve and NDOW have since cooperatively maintained Springs Preserve as a wildlife preserve. Springs Preserve management programs are designed primarily to benefit and maintain water quality, control invasive species, and provide habitat for eared grebe nests and ground-nesters that had been previously displaced by development along Valley View Boulevard. Management also includes monitoring population trends in nesting birds, restoring native plants, eliminating non-native exotic vegetation, site cleanup for trespassers, removing trash at night from drainage areas near homes, evaluating contaminant loads entering the springs ecosystem from historic sources.