Celebrate the fall season with new events, exhibits, live shows and more

 

HOURS 
The Springs Preserve is observing spring/summer hours - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily. Hours may vary for classes and special events. Nevada State Museum hours of operation are Tuesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

EVENTS

Grapes & Hops 
Join wine connoisseurs and beer enthusiasts from throughout Southern Nevada–and help raise money for a good cause–at the Springs Preserve's annual Grapes & Hops Festival. Benefiting Par for The Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for breast cancer research, Grapes & Hops pairs tastings of amazing wines and a unique selection of beers with live music and complimentary food. The event is open to guests 21 and over. Saturday, October 1, 2016, 5 - 9 p.m., VIP admitted at 4 p.m. Tickets in advance: $45 individual ticket, $80 for a pair of tickets. Day of: $55 individual ticket. Ticket includes unlimited beer, wine, and food samples. $115 VIP ticket includes early admission at 4 p.m., a designated VIP section with a private bar, and specialty food samples. See additional details and purchase tickets at springspreserve.org. Your ticket includes unlimited beer, wine, and food samples.

Haunted Harvest 
In October, spooktacular fun for all ages awaits those who dare enter the Spring Preserve's annual Haunted Harvest. The family-friendly event features trick or treat stations, carnival games, a petting zoo, circus play area, wicked live entertainment, and much more! Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 14 - 30, 2016, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Admission $8. Children age 2 and under free. Springs Preserve members receive 50% off. This event is likely to sell out. Purchase tickets at springspreserve.org. For an additional fee of $3 per rider for members, $5 for non-members, take an out-of-this-world journey on our "Intergalactic Express" train ride. These sci-fi inspired train rides sell out fast - be sure to get your tickets as soon as you arrive!

ONE DROP Walk for Water 
On October 15, ONE DROP joins forces with Barrick Gold Corporation to host the fifth annual ONE DROP Walk for Water. The walk kicks off at Symphony Park at The Smith Center and ends at the Springs Preserve, where participants will enjoy complimentary food and refreshments, live entertainment, raffle prizes and more. Participants are encouraged to pay tribute to those who suffer from lack of water by carrying weighted buckets during the walk, illustrating the difficulty that millions of women and children endure every day for water. Saturday, October 15, 8 a.m. registration at The Smith Center, 9:30 a.m. the walk begins. Registration fees are $20 for individual and team walkers and $15 for students and seniors. Participants who register before Oct. 1 will receive a $5 off each registration.

EXHIBITS, SHOWS AND FILMS

Butterfly Habitat Fall Season 
We're all aflutter! Hundreds of butterflies and an array of plants have returned to our seasonal exhibit for fall! Wander through our unique Butterfly Habitat and witness the fascinating dance between free-flying butterflies and the plants that sustain them. You'll emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals. The habitat will be open daily 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. through the fall season starting September 10 - November 20, 2016 weather permitting, subject to change. The habitat is located in the southern end of the Botanical Garden. There is a separate entrance fee to enter the habitat: $3 for non-members; $2 for members. All guests ages 2 and up must be ticketed.

Science Fiction, Science Future 
Science Fiction, Science Future brings the science of the future into the present, sending visitors on a unique journey filled with science exploration, curiosity and adventure. Discover interactive, engaging exhibits that challenge the mind and body including: moving objects with your mind, becoming invisible, playing games with robots, experiencing augmented reality, and more! Science Fiction, Science Future is a co-production of Scitech Discovery Centre and Imagine Exhibitions. Exhibit on display daily in the Origen Museum through January 8, 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

The American Society of Scenic Railway Artists Annual Juried Show 
Exhibit showcases art that emphasizes and illustrates the diversity of American Society of Railroad Artists (ASRA) member artists and portrays the presence and contributions of railroading in various eras. Exhibit on display daily in the Big Springs Gallery in the Origen Museum through January 8, 2017, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Copycats and Other Critters – Fall Live Animal Show 
Copycats and Other Critters explores the amazing talents and special skills found among Mojave Desert animals that have inspired, or play an important role in future technologies. Guests attending the show may have the opportunity to participate in experiments and activities highlighting incredible examples of biomimicry and other adaptations these critters display that have led to new scientific innovations. Meet the stars of the show up close, including pocket gophers, geckos and snakes, and more. Weekends, Saturday, October 1 - Sunday January 29, 2017, two shows 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free for members or included with paid general admission.

Feature Film – Natural World – The Bat Man of Mexico (60 minutes) 
This uplifting conservation success story follows a man named Rodrigo, whose childhood love of bats leads him to brave hurricanes, snakes and a sea of cockroaches to save the bats that play a crucial role in the local ecosystem and economy. Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. inside the Big Springs Theater. Free for Springs Preserve members or with paid general admission.

KIDS AND FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Southern Paiute Cultural Sharing 
Native Americans - and local Paiute people specifically - play a central role in the story that the Springs Preserve has to tell. Experience stories, traditional arts and crafts, food customs, drumming and dancing shared by local tribe members. Saturdays in October, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Origen Museum. Free for Springs Preserve members or with paid general admission.

Family Night at the Museum ? Hocus Pocus 
Adults and kids can kick-off the spooky season together with dinner and a showing of the classic witch's tale from 1993, Hocus Pocus. Halloween games will accompany dinner and the movie, making it a night full of fun and nostalgia. Saturday, October 8, 2016, 5 - 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person for members, $15 non-members. Free for kids under age 2. Reservations required. Purchase tickets online at springspreserve.org.

Springs Preserve Mining Camp 
Experience the thrill of mining your own minerals, gems and fossils. Choose what you want to mine, and take your treasures home! Daily in the Gift Shop. Cost is $9 for members, $10 for non-members.

Toddler Time 
Bring your little ones to the Springs Preserve Thursday mornings for kid-friendly fun with a new theme every week! Ages 5 and under recommended. 11-11:45 a.m. Thursdays in the Partnership Room. Free for members or with general admission.

Monday Story Time 
Stop by the Nature Exchange for story time every Monday 1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Mondays in the Nature Exchange. Free for members or with general admission.

Ride the Train: $3 members, $5 non-members. Take a narrated ride on our life-size locomotive around the historic 2.2 mile Exploration Trail. Daily — weather permitting. Check onsite for times. $3 for members, $5 for non-members.

Bike the Trails: $3 members, $5 non-members. Take a narrated ride on our life-size locomotive around the historic 2.2 mile Exploration Trail. Daily — weather permitting. Check onsite for times. $6 for members, $8 for non-members. Personal bikes are not permitted.

Walk with a Doc: Kids 
Get out and get moving with the kids! Join the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics for a free nature walk and health talk on our trails. Meet up with the group at the southern end of the Amphitheater. Sunday, October 9, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. FREE. Regular admission prices apply for access to museums and galleries.

Walk with a Doc 
Get out on the trails with a physician for your health! Meet up with the group at the southern end of the Amphitheater for a free nature walk and health talk. Thursday, October 20, 8 - 9 a.m FREE. Regular admission prices apply for access to museums and galleries.

DROP-INS

Crack A Geode 
Choose it, smash it, keep it! Crack open your own geode to discover treasure inside. Drop in to the Nature Exchange DAILY, last "crack" half hour prior to close. Members: $2. Non-members: GA + $3, ("mega" geodes $5 for members, $6 for non-members.)

Alien Pumpkins 
These multi-eyed, antennae pumpkins are out of this world! Drop in to the Origen Rotunda on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Members: $2. Non-members: GA + $3.

Owl Hangers 
Scratch in some fluffy, rainbow feathers on your very own ornament. Drop in to the Origen Rotunda on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Members: $2. Non-members: GA + $3.

GARDENS AND MORE

Pop-Up Science! 
Science in the Garden! Sometimes explosive, sometimes icky – but always fun! Our new science in the Garden adventures will feature fun aspects of the Garden. Whether it's garden explorations, meeting animals that call the garden home or a science experiment – you'll have a blast! Weekends in October at 10:30 a.m., 12:30, or 3 p.m. Free for members or with paid general admission.

Botanical Garden Guided Walks 
Join our experts for a guided walk through our beautiful Botanical Garden. Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2 p.m. Free for members or with general admission.

Youth Garden Series: Let's Get Growing – Seeds of Knowledge 
Seeds this opportunity to learn about these perfect packages. These sow-sow classes will be bursting with new ideas so we can get growing in the garden. Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19 - 10 a.m. - noon (6 - 8 year olds), 1 - 3 p.m. (9-12 year olds). $24 for members, $30 for non-members per person for series. Enrollment is limited.

DIVINE CAFÉ

Hands On Cooking Class – Let's Mix It Up 
Wine braisin'...Whiskey blazin'...Glass raisin'...! October is all about celebrating and entertaining in style as we pair gourmet small plates with boozy favorites in this month's hands-on culinary class. You'll learn to entertain and schmooze with the best as our professional chefs teach the art, skill, technique, and taste of cooking with wine, beer, and spirits in our commercial kitchen. Have fun with family and friends as your favorite beverages permeate your palate in ways you didn't even know were possible! Inviting menu course preparations include small plates ideal for entertaining, including Tequila Caramel Corn, Limoncello Shrimp Bruschetta, Pinot Lentils, Carrot Osso Bucco, Grigio Tomato Roast, Penne Vodka, Asparagus & Pea Pasta Blanc, Madeira Mushroom Ragu, Whiskey Glaze Ribs, Beer Chicken, Cedar Rum Salmon, Bourbon Blueberry Crisp and Drunk Bread Pudding. Saturday, October 8, 6 p.m. ? 9 p.m. 80.10 for members, $89 for non-members, plus EventBrite fees. Price includes beer and wine pairings. Gratuity not included. No cancellations. Reservations are required. Register.

Divine Café Happy Hour 
Happy hour comes to the Springs Preserve! Join us every Thursday for live entertainment, 4 - 8 p.m. Happy hours feature ever-changing specially-priced food and cocktail menus including Divine sliders, street tacos, a blood orange cosmopolitan and more. Drink prices start at just $2 for beer and $6 for wine. Thursdays 4 - 8 p.m. in the Divine Café.

Sunday Brunches at Divine Café 
Join us Sundays at the Divine Caf? for a delicious breakfast before heading out to explore the Preserve! We open every Sunday at 10 a.m. for spectacular views and a special brunch menu including quiche, frittatas, French toast, and more. Sundays starting at 10 a.m. in the Divine Café.

Springs Preserve Admission Prices 
General Admission (GA) for Nevada residents is $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for students, seniors, teachers and military, $4.95 for children ages 5 - 17, kids 4 and under are free. General admission also includes access to the Nevada State Museum, open Thursday through Monday. Admission for nonresidents adults is $18.95, $17.05 seniors, students and military, $10.95 for children ages 5 - 17, kids 4 and under are free. Special event and class admission prices vary and can be found at springspreserve.org.

Springs Preserve Membership 
Springs Preserve memberships are the perfect way to share the Springs Preserve with family and friends and are available online or at the Springs Preserve Ticketing Office. All memberships include year-round access to the Springs Preserve (half-off admission to select special events), early hours entry to gardens and trails, discounts to classes, workshops, the Gift Shop, access to the Nevada State Museum, and a subscription to the Springs Preserve member newsletter. There are a variety of gift options to choose from starting with an Individual membership ($25), a Family membership ($60) which includes two (2) adults and up to 6 children or grandchildren in same household ages 5 - 17 (children 4 and under are always free), or a Bronze Family membership ($100) which includes all member benefits plus extras including free stroller rental, preferred parking, and 2 free guest passes. Visit springspreserve.org for a list of additional donor options and details.

About the Springs Preserve 
Located just three miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is an award-winning 180-acre family destination dedicated to exploring green-living, desert life, and Las Vegas' vibrant history through botanical gardens, interactive science and nature exhibits, animal shows, and trails offering hiking, biking and train rides. Indoor experiences include exhibition galleries dedicated to showcasing art and traveling exhibitions of local and national significance, on-site technologically advanced learning centers, the Divine Café and the Nevada State Museum. The Preserve hosts seasonal special events including concerts, arts shows and holiday experiences. Plan your visit at springspreserve.org or explore via your favorite social media sites and find us on Google Maps. Hours of Operation – Seven days a week Spring/Summer: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Fall/Winter: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day) hours vary for classes and special events. The Springs Preserve is located at 333 South Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107.