Conserving Water and Natural Resources in Las Vegas, Nevada
Visit this new attraction in Las Vegas, and you'll want to return. Just a few miles west of the Strip is the Springs Preserve, a 180-acre botanical garden and educational facility. Their mission is to teach the community about the urgent need to conserve water, protect the environment, support recycling, and live with "green" products. Exhibits demonstrate the benefits of using alternative building materials (a favorite is the "haystack bale house"), the impact of wasteful energy, and how to rely on wind and solar power. Another exhibit replicates flash floods during lightning storms. Pictured above is the parking lot, where the carports are shaded by 200 solar panels. A two-mile trail offers bird and wildlife spotting, leading to an 8-acre Xeriscape garden, where gardeners learn how to grow drought tolerant plants and shrubs.