Springs Preserve Re-Opening Plan

This is an entrance sign at the Springs Preserve.

Photo Courtesy of: Reviewjournal.com

This is an entrance sign at the Springs Preserve.

Mallory Priest, Journalist

The Springs Preserve plans to reopen on March 19, 2021. Only certain sections of the preserve will be open. All indoor galleries will be closed except for the Nevada State Museum, which will be open on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations must be made if a person would like to go.

“The Outdoor Natural Areas of the Springs Preserve (including the Botanical Garden and Trails) will reopen on Friday, March 19. The Nevada State Museum will reopen on Saturday, March 20. All other indoor galleries and attractions remain temporarily closed. We continue to monitor current COVID-19 conditions and recommendations from health officials, and look forward to fully reopening all areas of our campus as soon as safely possible,” exclaimed Springs Preserve. 

The hours of operation are 8am-4pm for members and 9am-4pm for non-members. Prices are different for members and non-members. For members it is free, but for non-members it is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 3-17. Children 2 and under are free. There are strict rules that must be followed at all times. 

“Only the trails, gardens, playground and outdoor areas, which will include the animal exhibit, will be open. The train will be running. The education department will have pop-up activities in the main amphitheater every half hour and the gardens team will have garden pop-ups and tours throughout the day as well. The Nevada State Museum will only be open Saturdays and Sundays with the same time and rules,” states Pete Priest, the Preserve Education Supervisor.

Some of the rules that must be followed include, face coverings must be worn at all times, children must stay with their adults, a social distance of 6 feet, one-way traffic areas are designated, hand sanitizing stations will be placed all around the property, and finally, high-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.

There will be nature tours and science demonstration pop-ups that anyone is welcome to enjoy. Both are included with a timed-entry admissions ticket. The tour schedule is subject to change, so prospective guests need to check in on the day of to confirm availability, time, and topics. If a person is going on the nature tour, they need to make sure they wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring water, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. 

“Friday-Monday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Springs Preserve is excited to announce a new pop-up series, presented by expert staff. Topics include desert gardening and plants, sustainable architecture, and local history and archaeology. Due to social distancing requirements, each tour will be limited to 10 guests. Guests are encouraged to learn more about the Springs Preserve and the world with free and fun activities with the Springs Preserve’s educational experts. Guests can experience storytimes, experiments, games, scavenger hunts, and more daily,” said Vegas Living on the Cheap.

There are lots of things to expect when patrons arrive at the preserve. The indoor areas, such as the Origen Museum, Gift shop, and Nature Exchange will be closed. Also, wheelchair and stroller rentals are not available at this time. Bottled water will be available to purchase, and refill stations for reusable water bottles will be available because water fountains are not available. Cash will not be accepted to limit person-to-person contact. Finally, trails and train rides will be closed if heat warnings of 105 or higher are issued by the National Weather Service.

All outdoor natural areas will be open starting on Friday, March 19. Even though not all of the fun and exciting features will be open, the Springs Preserve is happy to have its guests back.