May 2010
Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins
May 22 - September 12, 2010
Galleria at Sunset


The Henderson Space & Science Center, in partnership with Science North, proudly presents Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins travelling exhibit, May 22-September 12, 2010, inside Galleria at Sunset. 

Here’s your chance to travel from one end of our globe to the other to explore the fascinating worlds of the Arctic and Antarctic!

Ends of the Earth will feature more than 30 interactive and artifact-based exhibits, as well as multimedia experiences that explore key themes like polar geography, polar wildlife and their adaptations, polar exploration and the impact of climate change on the poles. You will be able to walk and slide like a penguin, compare your weight to polar bears, discover fascinating fossils from these chilly regions and test your “Ice Q”! 

Exhibit hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Tickets start at just $4 and can be purchased at the door. Group rates available.

Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins is the newest and coolest exhibition. Don’t be left out of the cold! For more information, visit or call the City of Henderson Cultural Arts & Tourism Department at 267.2171.

Parks & Trails Development Fueled by Unique Funding

There are more than a dozen parks and trails projects underway or nearing construction in Henderson. If you’ve ever wondered where the funding comes from, you’re not alone. To date, the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department has been awarded more than $235 million for 30+ parks and trails projects. The funding was received from the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands as authorized by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (SNPLMA). This brings a tremendous value (and savings) to Henderson residents.

SNPLMA is unique because it sets a standard for cooperative conservation. It provides for the sale of specific federal lands in Clark County and for the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands. SNPLMA truly has two purposes: to promote orderly development in the Las Vegas Valley and to decrease the impact of urban growth on our national recreation areas (such as Lake Mead and Red Rock). When specific public lands are sold, funding is set aside and local agencies submit projects for funding consideration. Project proposals must be very detailed and fit within SNPLMA parameters.

Examples of projects that might qualify for SNPLMA funding consideration are conservation and environmental education initiatives on federal land, and the development of parks, trails and natural areas in Clark County. Funding cannot be used for any other purposes.

“Our Park Planning team has been very successful in receiving SNPLMA funding for many projects in Henderson, including funding for upcoming parks such as Hidden Falls, Mission View and Reunion Trails,” said Kim Becker, Communications & Marketing supervisor, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “When we receive SNPLMA funding for a project, it comes with very specific criteria, including detailed accounting of how each dollar is spent and project updates to ensure we’re doing what we said we would do. Each project also has a funding expiration date, which means we must complete each project on time, or the funding must be returned. This is partly how we determine the order that parks and trails projects will be handled.”

The Parks and Recreation Department also hosts public meetings so residents will have an opportunity to learn about each project, hear about what is being proposed, and provide input and ideas. A recent public meeting drew more than 200 residents. “The best input comes from neighbors—the people who will be using these parks and trails,” said Becker. “Henderson residents are highly vested in Parks and Recreation, and that’s a win for the community.”

To learn more about SNPLMA, visit and look for Parks and Recreation.


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Neighborhood Leadership Forum

Our next Neighborhood Leadership Forum will be held Wednesday, June 30th and will focus on the topic of block walls. Be on the lookout for your invitation. 

Neighborhood Leadership Forum Focus Group

On May 4, 2010, fifteen representatives from Henderson HOAs attended a focus group to provide input on varying issues related to the Neighborhood Leadership Forum(NHLF). Barbara Geach began the meeting by addressing the history and purpose of the NHLF.  Following her remarks, attendees introduced themselves and indicated their experience with the NHLF.  On the whole, the focus group participants relayed that they enjoy attending and find value in the event.   

Following the introductions, the group broke into three small group sessions.  The groups spent 45 minutes discussing various issues. All participants agreed that it is good topics and not food that attracts attendance.  They also provided a multitude of ideas for future NHLFs and indicated that they appreciate staff and elected officials attending. 

We would like to thank all of the participants at the Focus Group. You provided valuable feedback on our program. If you were unable to attend the focus group please share any thoughts or comments you have regarding the NHLF with Tyler Garland.












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