Go green (and enjoy green) at Springs Preserve

springs2Maybe one of your New Year’s resolutions is to go green and treat the planet better. Or maybe you just want to spend more time admiring nature. Either way, visiting the  Springs Preserve  is a great way to start.

Growing up in Seattle, I saw greenery, colorful flowers and so  many other beautiful elements on a daily basis. I really took it for granted. In Vegas, you’re not going to see evergreen trees, tulips and lakes. I really missed my everyday surroundings in Washington. But walking through the gardens at Springs Preserve not only reminds me of how remarkable Mother Nature really is, but it also gave me a new appreciation for desert beauty. Sure, it’s completely different from what I was used to in the Northwest, but I did find things I liked.

Here are a few events to kick off your new year on a greener path:

  • Christmas tree recycling: Don’t let your friends or family members throw their Christmas tree in the trash. Through Jan. 15 (from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.),  Springs Preserve can recycle your tree for free. Recycled Christmas trees will be chipped into mulch and used for environmentally-friendly landscaping projects at Springs Preserve and throughout the valley. All you’ll need to do is remove your tree stand and decorations. (Note: Flocked trees cannot be recycled.)
  • Sandhi Schimmel Gold: Junk Mail Art: This year, instead of throwing your junk mail and old greeting cards in the trash, why not work them into a piece of art? Become inspired by this exhibit. Artist Sandhi Schimmel Gold creates portraits using take-out menus, junk mail, postcards, business cards, trip itineraries and much more. Through March 14, this exhibit is free with paid admission.
  • springs1Dr. Greenthumb’s Pruning Clinic: Owning and growing plants takes more than just watering. This class teaches you how to improve plant quality, regulate plant growth and maintain plant health. Horticulturists will share demonstrations on proper pruning for trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, perennials, roses, herbs and fruit trees. This class will only be offered on Jan. 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and is $3 for non-members.
  • Birds at the Springs Preserve Tour: Grab your binoculars! On Jan. 2 and Feb. 6 and 8, join members of the Red Rock Audubon Society as you spot birds and learn how to attract them to your landscape. This event is free with general admission.
  • Desert Animals Tour: Explore the live animal exhibits and discover what makes these animals call the Mojave Desert home. This exhibit is available on Jan. 23 only, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. The tour is free with general admission.

Whatever it may be, Springs Preserve offers plenty of events that’ll make you love and care for our earth more. In addition to these events, you’ll also get a chance to stroll through all the gardens. Take a look at some of last fall’s flowers here.

My new year’s resolution? To appreciate this world more from nature’s perspective. I’m already thinking of future hiking trips, visiting parks and adding plants to my balcony. Have a great and green new year!


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.