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A Vegas Oasis: Natural Home Goes to the Springs Preserve

Just minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural, educational and historical park built on the site of a natural oasis that sustained American Indians and travelers on the Old Spanish Trail.
By Lisa Plummer
September/October 2010
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Springs Preserve holds irrigation classes in the Watering Can Theater. Its "spout" reaches over a gravel path in the botanical garden.
Photo Courtesy The Springs Preserve


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Just minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural, educational and historical park built on the site of a natural oasis that sustained American Indians and travelers on the Old Spanish Trail. The Springs Preserve offers state-of-the-art galleries, exhibits, hiking trails, botanical gardens, live desert wildlife and entertainment. 

The preserve’s seven buildings received elite Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Green practices include recycling, composting, using solar electricity and reclaimed water, and serving local, organic food.

Learn culture and history

The Origen (from “original” and “generation”) Experience offers a theater and more than 75 interactive exhibits about the desert landscape, indigenous wildlife, the valley’s past and a vision for its future. 

Explore green

The Desert Living Center’s five buildings contain exhibits on protecting the desert’s resources and green living, galleries, a library, a classroom and a meeting space.

Get outside

More than 2 miles of walking trails border desert wetlands, home to hundreds of native plant, bird and animal species. The 8-acre botanical garden features desert landscapes and an educational theater.








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