Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Check out the Groups page to schedule a Safari Cart tour, private group guided walking tour, or a Nature Craft with Friends birthday program for kids.

Having difficulty with the online registration system? Call us at (702) 455-7522 to register by phone (payment not accepted by phone); come into the Nature Store, open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm; or complete this form and email it to: (do not send payment information by email). 

Tip: In Webtrac, the online registration system, if you see a gray paragraph describing the program without the date and time, click on it once to view dates and details. If you are viewing it as a table, click the little box on the left, then "Add to Cart." If you are on a screen with an "Add to Selection List" button, clicking that will allow you to add the program to your Cart. We can help you recover your username or reset your password if needed.

Visit the Online Activities page for kids. Kids earn prizes! Free. 
Have you joined Wetlands Walkers yet? Our free walking club is a great way to get your steps in, explore the Park, and learn about a new migratory species every year. Earn prizes at milestones!

Guided Walks & Tours

Discovery Walks

Discovery Walks
Explore Wetlands Park on guided walks with a Park naturalist and Certified Interpretive Guide. Spring 2024 walks are open to all ages. Fee $5.

Register here.

    Bat Walk
    Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Bat Walk
    Sunday, July 21,  7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Stalking Twilight
    Saturday, August 17, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Tip: At the registration links above, click the description box to expand and show the available dates. Click on the box for the selected date and click "Add to Cart." If you go to a single program's page, click "Add to Selection List" then "Add to Cart."

Birding Walks
Birding Walks
Walk with a Wetlands Park nature guide and a birding expert from Red Rock Audubon Society. Each program begins and ends with an informal social gathering where the session’s topic is discussed and light refreshments are served. Great for beginners and more experienced birders! Ages 10+. Fee $5.

Locations vary and will be announced. Registered participants will receive detailed driving directions.

Summer 2024: Java Jaunt Birding will return in September! Registration link coming soon.

Studio WP Art Programs

Arts & Crafts for Kids
Nature Art for Kids
Kids of all ages will learn basic art techniques and practice kid-friendly painting and drawing skills. Parents participate. All materials provided.
Advance registration required. Ages 4-17. Fee: $5 per child.
Register here.  

   Watercolor Butterflies
     Sunday, June 2 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

   Wetlands Waterways
     Sunday, July 7 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

   Watercolor Dragonflies
     Sunday, August 4 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Critters & Crafts
Live animal encounters with a lesson and painting craft.
All materials provided. Advance registration required. Ages 3+. Fee: $10 per child.
Register here.
   Snakes & Lizards
     Sunday, June 16, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Kids Create - with Plaster, Clay & Molds
Get creative with plaster and clay!
All materials provided. Advance registration required. Ages 3+. Fee: $10 per child.
Register here.  
   Waterways Wildlife in Clay
     Sunday, July 21, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

For more crafts, check out the section on this page called "Storytime."
For more to do with kids, check out Discovery Walks and Wetlands Explorers.

Art Programs for Teens & Adults
Watercolor Painting for Adults
A beginning and intermediate watercolor trials class that encourages students to explore different watercolor painting techniques. Each class will focus on a specific nature theme/topic. Ages 18+. Fee: $10.
Instructor: Amy Monson

Register here
Theme: Native Butterflies in Motion
   Thursday, June 13, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Theme: Nature Journaling

   Sunday, July 14, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Theme: Native Dragonflies
   Thursday, August 15, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Wetlands in the Summer: An Evening Lecture Series

Evening Lecture Series Summer 2024
Presented by Wetlands Park Friends & Clark County Parks & Recreation
Wetlands in the Summer: An Evening Lecture Series is a free program. No advance registration is required. All ages are welcome; content is geared towards adults. Light refreshments.

Lecture: The Amazing Geology of Frenchman Mountain and Rainbow Gardens (and why this area needs a higher level of protection)
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Rowland is a professor emeritus, UNLV Dept. of Geology
Wednesday, June 12
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Just beyond the Park’s northeast boundary lie Frenchman Mountain and Rainbow Gardens. This area holds many of the answers to Southern Nevada’s unique history from a geological standpoint. As our region’s urban sprawl continues, Dr. Roland will provide a compelling discussion as to why we need to protect these treasures.

Speaker Dr. Stephen Rowland
Steve-Rowland_headshotDr. Stephen Rowland is a professor emeritus in the Department of Geology. He received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1978. Professor Rowland's primary studies are in the areas of paleontology, paleoecology, stratigraphy, and the history of geology.

Lecture: Outstanding Hikes in Southern Nevada
Speaker: Jim Boone, naturalist and educator, and creator of
Wednesday, July 17
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Southern Nevada is a mecca for incredible hikes throughout the seasons, offering rich geologic, biological, and cultural experiences for those who choose to “follow the trail or no trail at all.”

Speaker Jim Boone
Headshot Jim Boone - CopyAn outdoorsman since before birth, Jim camped and backpacked throughout the western US with family and friends. Jim worked 12 seasons in western National Parks and attended Humboldt State University (B.S. in Wildlife Management, 1987) and the University of Georgia (M.S. in Forest Resources; Ph.D. in Ecology, 1995). Arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, Jim did ecological research on the Nevada Test Site, spending 11 years with the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Project. In 2002, he began building, a website that helps people to find peace and
solitude in wild places and there by gains public support for protecting these places for future generations. In 2006 Jim started an environmental consulting company primarily engaged in desert tortoise surveys and enforcing environmental laws on construction sites. Now retired, Jim and Liz hike, camp, watch birds, work on the website, knock down abandoned birdkilling mining claim markers, and agitate for land conservation issues.

Lecture: The Diversity and Function of Butterfly and Moth Color Patterns
Speaker: Dr. Richard Gawne, Curator of Natural History, the Nevada State Museum, LV
Wednesday, August 7
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dr. Gawne will provide answers to these and other questions: How have butterflies and moths evolved throughout the ages? How have color and patterns on the wings of these insects impacted the world around them? He will tie his presentation into our local environment.

Speaker Dr. Richard Gawne
Rick_Gawne_NSMLV_Photo-819x1024 - CopyDr. Richard “Rick” Gawne is Curator of Natural History for the Nevada State Museum. He is an entomologist who works in the field of evolutionary developmental biology. Richard completed his Ph.D. at Duke University, and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (Vienna, Austria), and Tufts University (Boston, USA). In addition, he has been a visitor at several national  and international institutions. This includes a Fulbright fellowship awarded to study at the University of Copenhagen’s  Center for Social Evolution, and a stay at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Family Programs


Join us for a story and age-appropriate lesson about Wetlands Park animals.
Free, Walk-In. Space is limited.

Location: Lizard Lounge (picnic room) in the Wetlands Park Nature Center.
All ages.

Nature Tales
Nature themed story and craft with a Park naturalist, with an age-appropriate nature lesson.
     Wednesday, June 12 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Desert Tortoises
     Wednesday, July 10 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
     Wednesday, August 14 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
     Wednesday, September 11 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
     Wednesday, October 9 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
   Night Animals
     Wednesday, November 13 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
     Wednesday, December 11 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wetlands Explorers
Wetlands Explorers
Wetlands Explorers is a program for tots to young readers, with age-appropriate activities for all participants. Young adventurers explore the Park and learn about plants and animals through fun activities. Wednesday activities are all outdoors; Saturday activities may include indoor activities and always feature outdoor exploration.

Ages 3-8. Parental participation required.
Fee: $5 per child. Program fee is discounted to $4 per child after three sessions per season. 
Register here.

   Habitats & Homes
  Wednesday, March 6 - 10 am to 11:30 am
   Who Laid That Egg?
  Sunday, March 31 - 10 am to 11:30 am
   Buzzin' for Bugs
  Wednesday, April 3 - 10 am to 11:30 am
   Flower Fun
  Wednesday, April 17 - 10 am to 11:30 am
   Busy Beavers
  Sunday, April 28 - 10 am to 11:30 am

Programming at Wetlands Park reflects our commitment to connecting people to nature. The unique and amazing resources of the Park are not only important to the residents and visitors in the Las Vegas Valley, but also to wildlife. Join us for one of our educational or recreational programs. Programs are offered to a variety of ages and interests.

Program fees help support continued Wetlands Park programming. Wetlands Park requests 48 hours notice of cancellation prior to start of class for refund of program fees.

Are you new to Clark County Parks & Recreation?

To set up your Household account, click here. You will be prompted to enter your Household information. Once you submit this request, your household will be activated within three business days and you will receive a confirmation email. If you have any issues with this system, please call us at (702) 455-7522.

Note: Scholarships are available for fee-based programs. Learn more here.

Clark County Wetlands Park
7050 Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Phone: (702) 455-7522


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