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May 15, 2019 Site Tour

May 15, 2019
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
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Springs Preserve - Cienega Conference Room (Next to Divine Cafe)
333 S. Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107

"Behind the Scenes Tour of the Springs Preserve"

Here is your opportunity for a Behind the Scenes Tour of the Springs Preserve.  Come join us on May 15th as we get an early morning tour of the Springs Preserve!

The Springs Preserve is one of Las Vegas' Number 1 attractions.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978, the Springs Preserve is a 180-acre cultural institution designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future.  The Preserve features museums, galleries, outdoor events, a colorful botanical garden and an interpretive trail system through a scenic wetland habitat.  And it located right in the center of Las Vegas!

As you walk through the Springs Preserve's 3.5 total miles of trails (we won't be walking all of the trails.....) and meander through 110 acres of native habitats and archaeological sites, you will follow in the footsteps of adventurous explorers and ancient peoples.  Look for birds and wildlife during your journey. Themes of the American West and local history, along with ranching, water and—of course—railroads have all shaped what you'll see.

Along the trails, a wealth of evidence reflects not only thousands of years of local history, but major historical themes of the American West. Native American peoples, European exploration and settlement, ranching, railroads and of course, water, have all shaped what you will see on your journey. Sites of interest include:

  • Desert Tortoise Habitat
  • Rare plants and Mojave Desert wildlife
  • Little Spring House that once sheltered the water supply
  • Bird watching in the Cienega and throughout the site
  • Chicken coop, caretaker's house and other remnants of early settlers
  • Archaeological dig of pithouses

Our tour guide will be Aaron Micallef.  Aaron is the Curator of Exhibits at the Springs Preserve and has been with the Preserve since shortly before it opened.  Aaron holds a Bachelor’s in History and Master’s in Applied U.S. History with an emphasis in Museum Studies, both from George Mason University.  Aaron interned at both the Smithsonian Institution and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.  His work experience has included stints at Historic St. Mary’s City Monterey Bay Aquarium, Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum before coming to the Springs Preserve.  Aaron has also taught U.S. History and Museum Studies classes at various universities and colleges.

Make sure all of you wear comfortable shoes, comfortable clothing , a hat, and sunglasses.  Don’t forget to bring along camera or phone to capture beautiful photo opportunities.

Breakfast will be provided from Farmer Boy's.  Make your meal selection during registration.

Attendees will receive 1 CEH.


$20.00 Member

$25.00 Guest