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Be a Protector – Become a Member

Your tax deductible contribution helps to support our efforts to educate the public and our elected leaders of the importance of preserving Tule Springs. Now that the Monument has been created by Congress, our efforts will focus on volunteering our time and effort to assist the National Park Service in whatever way we can. We will work with our Congressional Delegation in getting the necessary funding, but will also partner with local community groups to build trails and access points into the Monument.

Members can volunteer to participate in many events throughout the year with hands-on activities for children, including the Las Vegas Science Festival, Get Outdoors Nevada Day, National Fossil Day, Nellis Military Appreciation Days, Clark County Trail Days and presentations to schools and community groups. Members can also be trained to lead hikes and other on-monument activities.

As a member, you and your guests will have the first choice of slots on any interpretive walks, access to special tours, and the quarterly newsletter keeping you apprised of recent and upcoming events.

Please join our efforts and support us as we create America’s next National Monument!


Membership options are listed below.

$300 (one-time fee)
$500 (one-time fee)
In addition to the regular perks of membership, Lifetime Members will receive recognition on the web site and a Protectors name badge (1 for Individual, 2 for Family).

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. As a friends group, we support both the National Park Service with the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) and Nevada State Parks with the Ice Age Fossils State Park. There are many ways to get involved from participating in cleanups or sharing information about our organization at events, to building trails or even providing administrative support from the comfort of your own home.


The first step is to submit a form with your volunteer interests. Depending on your interests, you will be contacted with more information on opportunities to get involved.


Every time you volunteer, please enter the hours using this online form.  Tracking volunteer service helps Protectors qualify for grants and awards.


We love our volunteers and have just started a Protectors of Tule Springs volunteer recognition program. Our VIP Very Important Protector(s) will be announced at each Membership meeting.

To get involved right away, check out the upcoming events listed below.

Help us fulfill our mission by donating today! The Protectors of Tule Springs is a 501 C-3 non-profit. Your donations will help us to continue to support the National Park Service as they protect the paleontological, archeological, and other scientific resources in the new Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument.

Donate to the “Monumental Mammoth”

To make a donation specifically for the “Monumental Mammoth” sculpture project, please indicate “Monumental Mammoth” in the notes section on PayPal. The Gold Award project of a local Girl Scout, this project will require approximately $100,000 to design, produce and install.


Any donation is sincerely appreciated!

Use the “Donate Today” link below (all major credit cards accepted) or mail donations to:
Protectors of Tule Springs, 517 S. 9th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101




Upcoming Events


The Protectors are excited to announce a series of spring hikes.  Act now, because each hike is available only to the first 25 people that sign up. We hope you can enjoy us for these informative and invigorating events!

  • Saturday, February 29   9am Don Tuohy Excavation
  • Saturday, March 14       8am Las Vegas Wash Trail !!NEW!!
  • Saturday, March 28       8am Eglington Preserve

More information on the hikes is provided here

Click here to sign up!


Stay tuned for more information on the next trail-building event for our new Ice Age Fossils State Park, slated to open this year.
Ice Age Fossils State Park (N. Decatur at Brent Lane)



No cleanups are scheduled at this time.



Our next Protectors of Tule Springs membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Sun City Aliante Community Center.
6-7:30 p.m.

Victor Rodriguez, Community Relations and Partnerships, Nellis Air Force Base, will talk about the Air Force military mission carried out at Nellis AFB. A very informative presentation for those of us in the overflight zone of the base. We may also have a new National Park Service Superintendent to introduce to everyone!

One of the perks of membership with Protectors of Tule Springs is that members are invited to attend quarterly meetings with special speakers and updates on development of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. Become a member today!

“I’m a Protector” Monument Watch

Tule Springs Fossil Beds was declared a National Monument in 2014 because of the significant natural resources within its boundaries. However, for years the area has been used as a recreational area for target shooting and off-road vehicles as well as an illegal dumping ground for trash. Although steps have been made to curtail activities that damage the area and detract from its beauty, incidents of dumping, driving and shooting in the protected area continue.

Protectors of Tule Springs in cooperation with the National Park Service (NPS) is launching a community watch program, “I’m a Protector,” engaging residents and businesses near the monument to join in the effort to preserve the beauty and protect its resources for all to enjoy. Join this important public safety initiative and help protect and preserve the beauty of the natural spaces in your backyard.

We are always looking for people who want to participate in shaping this monument for future generations. It can be as simple as joining us for a trash collection or an educational event, or even joining the Protectors of Tule Springs.

To join the Protectors in this effort, please submit an interest form on the Contact Us page and we will contact you with more information.

The I’m a Protector program engages residents and businesses near the Monument 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.

Direct Assistance to the NPS

Protectors of Tule Springs fundraises for and provides direct financial assistance to the National Park Service where areas of critical need have been identified that cannot be met by current governmental funding levels.

Protectors raised $20,000 for NPS’ development and installation of two informational kiosks to be placed at the perimeter of the Monument boundaries where early visitors are most likely to access the land.

Protectors has raised and committed to provide funds to NPS to update an educational display that may be installed on a traveling basis at governmental buildings in the Las Vegas Valley.

Protectors has raised and committed to provide funds for an NPS sponsored three-part lecture series on the Pleistocene Era with paleontologists representing Tule Springs Fossil Beds, Waco Mammoth National Monument and La Brea Tar Pits.

The annual Mammoth Penny Push campaign has raised $36,000 to date to facilitate clean-up efforts on Monument land and to develop classroom materials.

Lifetime Members

Cheryl & Bob Adams
John Anderson
Michael Anderson
Ronald Anderson
George Barrios
Marge Bisbee
Marc Bolduc
Brenda Bowman
Kathryn Brandel & Jack Kearns
Conroe Brooks
Dr. Joel & Bethann Casar
Jack Cheney
Richard & Gloria Cherchio
Carol Cohen
Ronald & Teresa Collucci
Julie Cooley
Susie Cornell
& Jim Croteau
Joan & Gary Davis
Jill & Tony DeStefano
David Donovan
John Dooley & Colleen Hera
Ann Dye
Carolyn Edwards
Judy Fightmaster
Russell L. & Brenda Frank
Nilu Gavankar
Judy Gebhart

Denise & Dwight Gerdes
Steven Grodkiewicz
Sherri &
Paul Grotheer
Betty Hamilton
Arlene Harris
Elaine Holmes
Susan Houston
Norman Ilchene
Marilynn Kaplan
George Kelesis
Marilyn Kirkpatrick
Kori Kloberdanz
Jim & Jan Kuhns
Christopher Langham & Family
Suzanne & Dan Lee
John & Marilyn Lee
Martha Lee

Xander Avi LeNeave
Joanne Leovy & Kurt Regner
Bruce Loeffler
Eileen Loughran
Sherry Lummis
Tom Mangione
Mary Manning
Amber Marshall
Barbara McCullough
George H. Morishita
Rob Mrowka

Mike Newton
Stan & Jan Nudelman
Jim O’Donnell
Gayle & Mark Pallans

Senator Harry Reid
Robert L. Riemer & Mary Savage
Terri Robertson
Lilly Ann & Larry Rothstein
Arnie & Mona Rudnick
Cathryne Ryan
Vincent Santucci
Don & Gaylynne Schaefer
Fred Schrock
Tim and Cindy Shaw
Carol Shimer
Rick & Sharon Skipton
Mario & Julie Smith
Steven C. Smith
Terry & Diana Smith
Dianne & Stephen Sperry
Warren & Judy Stokey
Robert & Kay Stoldal
Susan Thatcher
Joan Togashi
Sandy & Norm Valley
Sue & Brian Wainscott
Richard Whitaker
Arthur Wolf
Anita Wood

Support Protectors and the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument