Come mark a milestone year with the Protectors, celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and the upcoming grand opening of the new Ice Age Fossils State Park. Special speakers, exciting entertainment, a silent auction with...read more
Don't miss the next Protectors of Tule Springs membership meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. 6-7:30 p.m. Sun City Aliante Community Center, Vista Room 7394 Aliante Parkway, just off the northern 215 beltway North Las Vegas 89084 Our featured speaker will be Eric...read more
The members of Protectors of Tule Springs are an amazing group of people. That’s why we want to do more to recognize the great work our volunteers are doing every day, often with little notice or acclaim. As part of our new volunteer recognition program, Protectors...read more
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.
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 for future generations.
- Get Outdoors NV
- Las Vegas Science Festival
- Mammoth Penny Push
- National Fossil Day/Contest
- Group/Class Presentation
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.
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.
Support Protectors and the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument