This weeks’ #FridayFieldTrip was a trip to the Springs Preserve and the Nevada State Museum. It was just too hot to walk the 4 miles of trails–the Preserve had heat warning signs posted. So, I’ll have to visit again to explore the gardens, tortoise habitat, and all of that.
For this visit, I stuck to the inside stuff. There’s an exhibition on how “light” works that was hands on and great for the kids. I revisited the local history area with new respect for the recreated adobe home (after visiting the Lost City Museum a few months ago). I always like the land auction exhibit with the lifelike statues that talk.
My new experience though was a visit to the new home of the Nevada State Museum. It’s been open for a while, but this was the first time there for me. The old museum had dusty diorama set ups that were a bit sad. Yes, all the stuffed animals made it into the new space, as did the wonderful fossils and fossil castings (like Christopher, here) but so did talking holograms, cool video installations, hands-on mining exhibits, and wonderful, brief story boards written in great prose with lots of pictures. There’s also an excellent retrospective of the history of gambling and casino life, too. Kudos to the curators and anyone else who helped to create this exhibit.
On this trip, we became members of the Springs Preserve, so I suspect there will be many more Field Trips there over the coming months.