Springs Preserve to reopen outdoor areas to public Oct. 1

Posted at 12:56 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 16:01:15-04

With restrictions and precautions in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Springs Preserve will reopen its outdoor natural areas, trails, animal exhibits and the Botanical Garden to the public for scheduled visits beginning Oct. 1.

Outdoor areas at the Springs Preserve will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday; the facility will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Before arriving, visitors must purchase timed tickets in advance at SpringsPreserve.org and are required to wear face coverings and observe social distancing protocols on site. The number of visitors allowed on the property at one time is restricted. Hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the property, and frequently touched surfaces, including restrooms, are sanitized throughout the day.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. Members are allowed to access the property at 7 a.m.

In addition, the Springs Preserve’s trackless train ride will operate until 3:30 p.m. with limited passenger capacity. Visitors can join garden talks, take in garden tips, and enjoy fun science pop ups and the outdoor animal exhibits.

The Divine Cafe is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Monday; reservations are not required to dine at the café. The Nevada State Museum is open for members only Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.; online reservations and tickets are required.

The gift shop remains closed although a small vending area is open at the train station for bottled water. Bicycle rentals, the playground, and the splashpad remain closed.

Bowles said the Springs Preserve anticipates a phased reopening of museums, exhibits and other indoor attractions as conditions allow.

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