Our Mission

Protecting, preserving, supporting and promoting responsible stewardship of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and Ice Age Fossils State Park.

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News About Protectors
It’s Time to Hit the Trail at TUSK!

It’s Time to Hit the Trail at TUSK!

The Aliante Loop Temporary Trail is now open at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK)! Follow the markers to navigate the roughed-in trail to waypoints with QR codes linking to interpretative content of the sights along the 3.25 miles of desert terrain....

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Unbridled Passion for our Park: Meet the Horse Patrol!

Unbridled Passion for our Park: Meet the Horse Patrol!

Do you like horses, yay or neigh? Well the Protectors sure do! Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) recently launched the Tule Springs Fossil Beds Mounted Horse Patrol Volunteer Program to complement and expand park services to the front country trails....

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Our Dogs Are BARKing!

Our Dogs Are BARKing!

As part of a National Park Service program, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument had a swearing in ceremony in February for a very special pack of volunteers – our B.A.R.K. Rangers! The B.A.R.K. Rangers’ commitment includes: Bag your pet’s waste Always leash...

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Our Story
Protectors of Tule Springs was informally founded in 2006 in an effort to preserve the last of the undeveloped portions of the Upper Las Vegas Wash basin in the northwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley.

In the early 2000s, those areas were proposed as a disposal area for the further development of the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and unincorporated Clark County. During a meeting held to finalize the proposed disposal of these lands, a small group of citizens became aware of the unique paleontological and biological resources that would be forever lost to more roads, housing and commercial development should the proposed disposal boundary be approved.

This small group of North Las Vegas residents began an 8-year effort to forever protect what was nearly lost.

Protectors of Tule Springs became a formal non-profit corporation and recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2012.

Southern Nevada will soon have an iconic, life-sized Columbian Mammoth sculpture, inspired by the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument! The Monumental Mammoth will be permanently installed at Ice Age Fossils State Park, slated to open later this year. But we need your help to make this happen!

The “I’m a Protector” program engages residents and businesses near the Fossil Beds to join in the effort to preserve the beauty and protect its resources for all to enjoy. Learn how you can join this important public safety initiative.
Partnerships and Support
Protectors’ public awareness campaign evolved into a partnership with a diverse group of organizations and a broad base of public support. Managed by the National Park Service, the effort to make this area a national monument attracted the unanimous support of local elected officials, the United States Air Force, the Las Vegas Paiute tribe, tourism industry leaders, educators, scientists, conservation organizations and community groups. In addition, thousands of citizens registered their support.

Four local government entities – the Clark County Commission, the Las Vegas Mayor and Council, the North Las Vegas Mayor and Council, and the Tribal Council of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe – voted on and unanimously passed a resolution in November 2009 asking Congress to make Tule Springs a part of the National Park System.

Following the unprecedented passage of the resolutions, county and city officials and staff members worked closely with an active coalition of National Monument supporters to define boundaries and evaluate acreage, with considerable foresight and enthusiasm to help map a park management plan that will well serve an urban population.

In December 2014, the efforts of Protectors of Tule Springs and our coalition partners culminated in the designation of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, and nearly 23,000 acres of Nevada was forever preserved!

The creation of this National Monument demonstrated a model of cooperation between Clark County, the City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, the National Park Service, the State of Nevada, Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Air Force, Clark County Schools and other educational institutions, tourism-generating initiatives, and citizen groups.

Protectors has a strong member base and continues to welcome new members to help us with the important work of developing Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and Ice Age Fossils State Park for future generations.

Become a member today!

Community Outreach and Activities
Come see the Protectors at REI in Boca Park on Saturday, March 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for REI’s spring kickoff event. Join us on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration in the Downtown Las Vegas arts district. You will find Protectors at a wide variety of community events, particularly those focused on connecting people with outdoor spaces. We are grateful for our many partnerships throughout the community.
Get Outdoors Nevada Day. You will find Protectors at a wide variety of community events, particularly those focused on connecting people with outdoor spaces, like the annual Get Outdoors Nevada Day event held in the spring each year.
Join us at the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival on May 2 at the Boulevard Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival attracts over 10,000 kids and their families to this free week of events each year, culminating in the huge science festival day. Protectors has been a participant in this annual festival since its inaugural event! Protectors provides hands-on learning activities for children as well as written materials for adults.
Mammoth Penny Push. This event with the Clark County School District (CCSD) and a local Girl Scout organization introduces local students to the National Monument and engages them to support the National Park Service’s conservation and protection efforts. The program provides educational materials and teaching tools [link to Educational Outreach and Resources section], and incorporates a penny drive fundraiser to further invest the children of CCSD in the process of “building THEIR park.” In the program’s first two years, CCSD students contributed over $36,000, which is being used to facilitate clean-up efforts on Monument land and to develop classroom materials.

For the past two years, Protectors has partnered with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum and CCSD’s outreach office, to hold an annual art contest in celebration of National Fossil Day. In this program, students learn about the Pleistocene and submit artwork depicting the Ice Age mammals that once roamed Las Vegas. Winning students and their teachers receive money and other prizes for their efforts.

Group and Classroom Presentations. Protectors speaks to community groups and school classes to educate them about the resources of Tule Springs. Since 2007, we have been speakers at over 100 community organization meetings and have presented to dozens of classroom groups. We partner with the Nevada State Museum and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum on National Fossil Day and other ice age fossil educational programs for the public.
Protectors of Tule Springs served as the main driver of the broad public outreach efforts that were necessary while seeking the National Monument designation. These efforts continue in partnership with the National Park Service and Nevada State Parks, with a focus on educating and building public awareness of the Fossil Beds, the area resources, and the benefits of public lands more generally.

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