Did you know that ponderosa pines are known to smell like vanilla and butterscotch? Scientists believe that this sweet scent comes from a chemical in the sap, that when heated by the sun releases the delightful aroma. Inviting participants to walk up and take a sniff is one of our favorite parts of guiding hikes. Thanks to your generous support, kids from all over Nevada can meaningfully connect with their public lands. Become a sustaining member of Southern Nevada Conservancy today for the price of a couple lattes a month, and next time you find yourself hiking through these towering trees, try it out for yourself!

Make a commitment to support public lands education! Members receive regular email updates, invitations to private events, and a 15% discount in our Southern Nevada Conservancy-managed gift shops and online! Your gift puts the natural and cultural world into context with thoughtful and imaginative activities designed to build curiosity, understanding, and fun. Our enduring commitment is to connect current and future generations to some of Nevada's most majestic public lands, including: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, and California Trail Interpretive Center. With a diverse variety of year-round interpretive programming, we strive to promote use, understanding, appreciation, and respect for these treasures. This task requires the help of many, and every bit of help leads to success!

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female ranger holding a ponderosa pune trunk and smiling at a young girl while older boy smells tree



Southern Nevada Conservancy supports the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in many ways including interpretive programming, volunteer management, and retail operations. Other services across our sites include:

· Interpretive hikes, led by Certified Interpretive Guides

· Environmental education programming (i.e. field trips, school programs, etc.)

· Youth programs on and off-site throughout the year

· Outreach into the local communities and internationally

· Visitor Center information services (i.e. maps, pamphlets, phone calls, website management)

· Special event support (i.e. Spring Cleaning, National Public Lands Day, tree plantings, etc.)

· Indigenous Peoples programming and cultural sharing events

· Conservation initiatives supporting native flora, fauna, and cultural sites

Please consider supporting our mission by becoming a member today

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