Located in the Spring Preserve's Ori-gen museum, this new attraction is the perfect reason to re-visit or discover for the first time, the birthplace of Las Vegas. Venom is a temporary attraction that will on display until July 15, 2012 accompanied by a live animal show in the Big Springs Theater. The exhibit features interactive displays educating visitors about the historical relationship between venomous animals and humans. Several kiosks offer information about how people have used, eaten and interacted with this misunderstood group of animals. Kids will enjoy the snake bridge and oversized rattlesnake model that they can crawl through. Perfect for all ages, the exhibit and show is especially exciting for children. The live animal shows are held twice a day at 11 AM and 1 PM and feature some of the Mojave's most venomous animals including the Gila Monster, Mojave sidewinder and the Great Basin rattlesnake. The exhibit and show is free for members, and is included in the general admission for the museums.
After exploring the Ori-gen Galleries stretch your legs and make your way across the facility to the Sustainability Gallery. This is another museum gallery that that houses exhibits and interactive displays about sustainability. Kids of all ages will enjoy all the hands on exhibits, the Garbage Truck Theater and the Compost Crawl. Don’t miss the Nature Exchange, which is on the way to the Sustainability Gallery from the Ori-gen Experience.
When you first arrive at the ticket booth, an insiders' tip is to look at the membership. Depending on your family’s demographic, it may be cheaper to get a membership than a one day entry per person. For only $60 your immediate family can enjoy the Springs Preserve for a full year. Plus there are additional benefits and membership can be tax deductible.
By becoming a member of the Springs Preserve it means you feel it is important to contribute to the "green" cause by choosing activities that benefit the environment, and support companies whose missions are eco-aligned.
The pathways leading you to the different building attractions go through water efficient landscaping and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified buildings. This means an extraordinary effort went into the construction of the facility. Construction waste was kept to a minimum, recycled products were used in the building material and several energy efficient systems were installed to maximize cooling in the summer and warming in the winter. Even the building's positions were strategically placed to take advantage of sun and shade seasonally. The structures covering the parking lot are the park's solar panels producing electricity from Las Vegas' ample supply of sunny days.
The Springs Preserve teaches locals and tourists alike, the real history of Las Vegas, the future of Las Vegas, and what it means to be sustainable in the Mojave Desert. This is accomplished through interactive museums, over three miles of trails and eight acres of botanical gardens.
With the new addition of revolving attractions inside the museums, the Springs Preserve has created new reasons to visit often especially this summer. In addition to the new exhibits and shows, you can now rent a bike and explore the trails. Vast and extensive, it is difficult to see all there is to see on the trail system, but now with a bike you can navigate the trails and see the historic ruins of many of Las Vegas' first attempts at making the Mojave livable for people.
Although historically people have lived in the area for thousands of years, it wasn't until water was managed that the area could be officially settled by ethno-Europeans. The Springs Preserve is the location of the first water management system for the newly arrived settlers. You can see the old pump house and many of the historical buildings associated with getting water from the underground aquifer to the local ranchers and homesteaders who were the founding families of Las Vegas.
If you would like to grab lunch while you are there, the Springs Café is upstairs. If you want to start or end your visit with lunch the cafe can be easily accessed at the entrance/exit of the facility. Check with the admissions booth when you arrive on the cafe hours, which are sometimes different than the rest of the facility. The cafe's menu is diverse but all entrees are made with the same philosophy of using organic, local and natural ingredients. The hamburgers, pizzas and kids menu items are worthy of recommendation. The portions are enough to share making it an economical treat. Step out on to the balcony to see the excellent view of Downtown Las Vegas, where “the city” all began. You can also get an appreciation of how beautiful this property is, right in the middle of urban Las Vegas. For more information visit http://www.springspreserve.org.