For a rare oppotunity to bring your dog to the Springs Preserve, take part in their "Walk Your Dog Day," Saturday June 9, 2012. Normally dogs are not allowed on the Springs Preserve campus but the Springs Preserve is opening up their trails and gardens to the public and their pooches from 10 AM to 6 PM. For those who are participating in Walk Your Dog Day entry is free and is limited to the gardens and trails. Only service dogs are allowed in the museums.
The gardens are a beautiful start for your walk and offer over 8 acres to explore. Pathways go through water efficient landscaping displays, shade trees and over a wetland bridge.
For an extended hike, visit the extensive trail system they have at the back of the property that guides you past historical ruins and preserved buildings from the beginning of Las Vegas. You can see the pump house, a preserve chicken coop and several well marked displays explaining the history of the area. You could spend the entire day on the trails so be sure to bring plenty of water for you and your four-legged companion.
Visiting the Springs Preserve also allows you to contribute to the "green" cause by choosing activities that benefit the environment, or support companies whose missions are eco-aligned. One of the best all around eco family destinations in Las Vegas is the Springs Preserve.
Pathways wind in and around 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 calculated 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.
For more information visit http://www.springspreserve.org.