Nature just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Want to get out of town? Are you dying to just get away? Go east on Tropicana Avenue. When it runs out, you'll find yourself in another world. A place the whole family can enjoy if you'd like to bring some people with you. Otherwise it will be just you and the owls, bats, coyotes, birds and the beauty of the Wetlands Park.
"This is the way the plant sends it's seeds out into the world."
Twice a week, school kids flock there to watch for birds, animals and plants that won't seem to grow anywhere else in our city.
"They would harvest these mesquite seeds and they would make flour."
The Nature Preserve at the Wetlands Park is home to many animals including bats, coyotes and more than 300 bird species. They make homes here because of the water.
Curator of Education Christie Leavitt said, "Most people don't realize this water is brought to us courtesy of Las Vegas Valley. 90-percent of water in the park is reclaimed water that has already been through the water treatment plant on it's way to Lake Mead."
Field trips focus on teaching kids to be good citizens in nature. Appreciating and protecting Nevada's wildlife. But for those of you who want to go wander, you can do it sun up to sun down seven days a week. The Nature preserve has miles of paved trailways.
Stacy Dahl is an educator facilitator for the nature preserve, "This park is right here and most of the kids haven't had the outdoor experiences as some suburban or rural kids have. They haven't seen birds, water, owl pellet. That's the most exciting thing about this job."
Many kids and adults too think they have to travel hours to get out of the city and into nature. But it's right here, just waiting for you to enjoy. "I believe people need to be out. Something in us that needs to be in nature. We can't exist if we don't have an open place to go and get with wild things just for a little while."
You can enjoy the Wetlands Park with your family sunup to sundown seven days a week.