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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Media Advisory
For Immediate Release: Jan. 23, 2017
Release No.: 2017-03
UPCOMING EVENTS AT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA JAN 28-APRIL 1
BOULDER CITY, Nevada – The following events are happening at Lake Mead National Recreation Area Jan. 28 to April 1.
Ranger Program: Energy Innovation at the Park, Jan 28
Stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 for Energy Innovation Day. Join rangers and local experts for programs and art activities that explore the changing energy needs of the Southwestern United States. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
10 a.m. - Water Power
Drought and its Impacts on Lake Mead Bureau of Reclamation Hydrologist Daniel Bunk
Learn about declining Lake Mead reservoir levels and what Reclamation is doing to mitigate these impacts on the Colorado River Basin and the Southwest.
11 a.m. - Shifting Energy Generation
UNLV Professor George Rhee
Scientists modeling earth’s climate argue that we must shift energy generation to renewables by 2050 to avoid the extreme consequences of climate change (storms, droughts and sea level rise). Join a discussion about the implications of this change.
1 p.m. - Harnessing the Sun and Wind
National Park Service Renewable Energy Specialist Barb Graves
Explore the National Park Service’s complex role in promoting, using and protecting park resources relative to renewable energy.
2 p.m. - Green Power
National Park Service Education Specialist Elizabeth Skinner
The Lake Mead Visitor Center showcases a solar panel system that tracks the sun throughout the day to maximize energy output. Learn about this and other ways the park has lowered its carbon footprint.
Ranger Program: Star Party - Chasing the Stars, Feb 4
Join rangers and the Las Vegas Astronomical Society at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Boulder Beach Amphitheater to learn about the night sky and discuss the impacts of light pollution in national parks. Tips on how to protect and view the night sky in the local community will be shared. Telescope viewing of distant constellations and far-away planets will follow from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Chat: Black History Month, Feb 4 and 5
Stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5 to learn about the diverse groups that helped build Hoover Dam and how today’s diverse workforce supports the National Park Service mission across the United States. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Chat: The Mojave Desert: A Magical Land, Feb 11 and 12
Stop by the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12 to learn about the animals and plants that call this vibrant desert home. From the desert bighorn sheep found in the rugged mountains to the smallest beavertail cactus, life is abundant and thriving in what many think is a barren landscape. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Saints and Sinners Half Marathon, Feb 18
Around 1,000 athletes will be participating in the Saints and Sinners Half Marathon Feb. 18. The race includes a half marathon, relay and fun run along Historic Railroad Trail and Boulder Beach. For more information on this permitted event, visit http://saintsandsinnershalf.com.
Ranger Hike: Bowl of Fire, Feb 18
Join a ranger Feb 18 and explore the vivid colors of the Bowl of Fire. The hike wanders among a variety of Aztec sandstone formations that are scattered through the area. Limited space available. For more information and to register, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Program: Coyotes: What You Should Know, Feb 18
Join a ranger at the Boulder Beach Amphitheater at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 to learn more about the wily and opportunistic coyote. Find out why people should observe coyotes from a distance. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Chat: Outdoor Fun: A Child’s Nature Perspective, Feb 18 and 19
Bring the kids Feb. 18 and 19 to learn the variety of ways they can learn about Lake Mead National Recreation Area and get in touch with nature. Chats are at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Volunteer Event: Mustard Busters, Feb 25
Help preserve rare and endangered plants at Lake Mead. Volunteers are needed to remove Sahara mustard, an invasive plant, so native plants can thrive. Volunteers will meet at the Callville Bay Marina dock and travel by boat for a short, peaceful trip to Sandy Cove. Volunteers will learn how to identify and remove Sahara mustard. Bring a lunch or snack and enjoy the beauty of the lake before returning. For more information and to reserve a spot, please contact Courtney Lancaster at 702-293-8717 or e-mail us. Space is limited.
Ranger Chat: Public Lands: Treasures of Southern Nevada, Feb 25 and 26
Learn about the variety of public lands that surround the Las Vegas Valley at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. People from all over the United States and the world have explored these treasures – stop by and learn what is in your own backyard. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Ranger Chat: Southern Nevada Wilderness, March 4 and 5
Discover the numerous wilderness areas that surround the Las Vegas Valley at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 4 and 5 at the Lake Mead Visitor Center. For more information, call 702-293-8990.
Cottonwood Cove Ecology Walk, March 11
Come and help the park clean up the Cottonwood Cove area. Volunteers are needed to clean up the roadway from the Cottonwood Cove entrance station to the shoreline. Lunch will be provided by Forever Resorts. For information and to register, contact Nancy at (702) 293-8714 or e-mail us.
Ranger Hike: St. Thomas-A Town Revealed, March 11
Join a ranger March 11 and walk back in time to the days before Lake Mead covered this small farming community. Explore the remnants of life in earlier times and learn about the lifestyles of times gone by. For more information and to register, call 702-293-8990.
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.