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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: March 13, 2017
Release No.: 2017-08
UPCOMING EVENTS AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA March 18-APRIL 30
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The following events are happening at Lake Mead National Recreation Area March 18 to April 30.
BBSC St. Patrick’s Day Run, March 18
Around 900 athletes will participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon March 18. The race includes a half marathon, 12K, 5K and one-mile run along the Historic Railroad trail. For more information on this permitted event, visit http://www.bbscrun.com/#!stpaddysdayrun/c1and
Ranger Program: Bats of the Night, March 18
Join a ranger at 5 p.m. March 18 at the Boulder Beach Amphitheater to learn about the many Mojave Desert bats that call Lake Mead National Recreation Area home. A variety of bats migrate through the park during the year, including the Mexican Free Tail bat. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Great American Clean-up, April 1
Come and help the park clean up a popular area of the park. Individuals, families and groups are welcome. For information and to register, contact Nancy at (702) 293-8714 or e-mail us.
Ranger Chat: Tule Springs: Ice Age Fossils Revealed, April 1
Join a ranger at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 1 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center to learn more about Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. This unique paleontological resource was once a wetland where Ice Age animals such as the Colombian Mammoth, ground sloth, camel, North American lion and the saber-toothed cat roamed. Replicas of some of these animals will be on display. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Walk: Bugs and Blooms, April 1
Join a ranger at 10 a.m. April 1 for a spring wildflower walk near the Lake Mead Visitor Center. Spring blooms and insects share an interrelated and dynamic relationship enhanced by the recent winter rains. For more information and to make a reservation, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Hike: Liberty Bell Arch, April 8
Join a ranger April 8 for a moderate six-mile hike in Arizona that passes the remains of an old WWII-era mine before reaching a natural arch and a Colorado River overlook. For more information and to reserve a space, call the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 702-293-8990.
Ranger Chat: Public Lands - Treasures of Southern Nevada, April 8 and 9
Stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 8 and 9 to learn about the variety of public lands that surround the Las Vegas Valley. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Fee Free Days, April 15-16 and 22-23
Entrance fees will be waived at Lake Mead National Recreation Area April 15-16 and 22-23 in celebration of National Park Week. Fees for camping, lake use or use of concessions still apply.
National Junior Ranger Day, April 15
Join rangers at the annual family-friendly National Junior Ranger Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 at the Boulder Beach Picnic Area. There will be fun science activities, games about history, a singalong with live music, K-9 demonstration, live reptiles, bird watching and more. Meet Smokey Bear and Bark Ranger “Charlotte.” After participating in various activity stations, kids of all ages can become Junior Rangers for Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Admission is free for all activities. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Hike: Hamblin Mountain Sunrise, April 16
Join rangers April 16 for an early morning hike cross-country for a sunrise view of Boulder Narrows, Pinto Valley wilderness and beyond. Bring binoculars to capture a glimpse of wildlife. This hike is rugged and steep and for experienced hikers only. For more information and to make a reservation, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Program: Bats: Fascinating Creatures of the Night, April 22
Join a ranger and park bat specialists at 6:30 p.m. April 22 to learn more about the bats that migrate to the park and live in the park year-round. Learn from the scientists that monitor bat activity in the park and the techniques they use to study them up close. For more information and to make a reservation, call 702-293-8990.
BBSC 15th Annual Rage Triathlon, April 22
Around 900 athletes will compete in the Rage Triathlon April 22. Rage is one of the biggest triathlons at Lake Mead, featuring a Sprint and Olympic distance triathlon. The race will begin with a sunrise swim at Boulder Beach, followed by a hilly bike course along Lakeshore and Northshore roads and a run along the River Mountains Loop Trail. Visitors to Lake Mead may experience delays. During the race, the bicycle course in Lake Mead National Recreation Area is an open road. Please use caution when driving alongside cyclists. Share the road, and do not pass in no passing zones. Cyclists are reminded that they must bike in single file on the roadways. Cycling abreast is not permitted with Lake Mead National Recreation Area. For more information about this permitted event, visit http://www.bbsctri.com/rage.
National Park Rx Day and Outdoor Fun, April 23
April 23 is National Park Rx Day – a day set aside to promote prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center April 23 to learn about a variety of trails children and adults can discover and explore in celebration of Park Rx Day. Learn about other trails throughout the Las Vegas Valley by downloading the Southern Nevada Health District Neon to Nature app at http://www.gethealthyclarkcounty.org/neon2nature.
National Park Treasures: Celebrating Conservation, April 29
Please join Scott Abella, UNLV ecology professor and Alice Newton, park vegetation manager on Apr. 29 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lake Mead Visitor Center as they share the conservation challenges and successes of the National Park Service restoration efforts. The work restoring the plant life along the shorelines of Lake Mead NRA will be highlighted. Scott is the author of Conserving America’s National Parks and will be signing books after the presentation. For more information please call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Program: Junior Scientist Explorer, Apr 30
Join a park ranger at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 30 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center for “Science Is Everywhere Day.” Discover the wonders of animals and plants of the Mojave Desert and their special adaptations, while using science equipment. Receive a special patch for completing the activities and become a Junior Scientist Explorer. This free event is part of the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival. For more information, call 702-293-8990