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Learning about the Chihuahuan Desert

An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to facilitate integration of learning about our desert into the school curriculum from kinder garden on. The Chihuahuan desert offers a wide variety of habitats that all have their own animal and plant communities, which again are interacting with each other in often wondrous ways that can amaze and inspire people, especially the young. Once children are exposed to the fascinating life of desert animals and plants and the challenges they have to master day in and out, they will appreciate our environment and understand why it needs protection. It is an environment that teaches us that we can master unimaginable challenges and prosper through them. The desert is an open book to explore and find adventures like nowhere else.

To reach this goal, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition began developing through our teaching members free ready-to-use teaching modules for teachers of all class levels. We are offering one-hour lectures or short filler lectures. The lectures may include suggestions for activities or motivate a visit to a local museum, zoo, or park, in order to complete the learning with a hands-on exploration. The different modules are grouped roughly according to plants and animals and may be used across the curriculum. For Kinder garden teachers we are developing drawings and hidden object pages.

Our first selection is still small, but our team will continuously update the website with new modules and additions and/or revisions to old ones. Check our site regularly and you will not be disappointed. We also appreciate your feedback and hope that you also share with us your own modules, if you have some on the Chihuahuan Desert. For more information contact Dr. Gertrud Konings at gertrudkonings@gmail.com.

-Get started today by checking out our Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Teachers Page!


Archive from 2014

Archive from 2013

Check out these links

-El Paso Outside A Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Conservation Project

-Ecobased Conservation in the Chihuahuan Desert

-Chihuahuan Desert Natural History Course Online from the UTEP Centennial Museum website

-Land of Lost Borders 
-The Spiral Dance Reflections on Big Bend National Park
-The Mammals of Texas Online Edition
-Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo.
-Trans Pecos Audubon Bird Checklists. Discover our Chihuahuan Desert Birds
-Share El Paso with Native Plants and Wildlife.
-Native Tree List. Help create wildlife habitat in your neighborhood, plant a native tree in your front yard to provide shade on your street near the sidewalk and somewhere in your backyard. 
-Ever Seen a Big Bend Quonker?  
-Eco-based Conservation in the Chihuahuan Desert - WWF      
-Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, Fort Davis, Texas
-El Paso Naturally Blog
-Checklist to Mammals of Carlsbad Caverns National Park










































chihuahuandesert.org is the home page of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. 
Updated July 29, 2014   


Lois Balin to speak at CDEC 10th Annual Membership Meeting

Make plans now to attend our 10th Annual Membership meeting on Friday, August 15. The Annual Meeting will be held at Avilas Mexican Food Restaurant on Mesa Street in El Paso. El Paso Urban Biologist Lois Balin will speak on the Future of Wildlife of Texas at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited to attend and participants will be able to order from the menu. For more information contact Alex Mares, Chairman of the Board, at weluvnm@yahoo.com.

Help our community save water and create new wildlife habitats - certify your backyard habitat

-Easy as 1,2,3 to register your yard as no cost to you as a Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Certified Habitat!

Help spread the news about our desert! The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition encourages residents to landscape with native plants and create backyard habitats that will attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. These mini habitats when connected with other natural areas in the neighborhood can make a real impact in helping wildlife such as birds needing trees to build their nests and butterflies needing nectar from flowers. Backyard habitats landscaped with native plants from our local Chihuahuan Desert also help the community conserve drinking water. Examples of drought tolerant plants include desert willow, yellow bells, acacia, sotol, ocotillo, and wooly butterfly bush.

-Easy as 1,2,3 - LEARN MORE

Native Plant Society of New Mexico 2014 Annual Meeting - Good to the Last Drop

July 31 to August 2: The El Paso Chapter welcomes you to Baja New Mexico for the 2014 Native Plant Society of New Mexico Annual Meeting. We’ve developed three tracks, Science, Cactus, and Special Interests; seven field trip options; and five workshops for your edification. We’ll learn about preserving land and restoring wetlands. We’ll see the potentials of prickly pear cactus on the moon and on your table. You’ll get to enjoy our Tex-Mex cuisine and appreciate that it is a little different from New Mexican food farther north. Come see us at the corner of two nations/three states for a great meeting.

-Learn more about this important meeting.

We need you! Volunteer to help CDEC spread the word about our great organization.

August1-2: Contact any Board Member to sign up to help staff our booth at the Native Plant Society Meeting. Now: Help plan the 10th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta on September 20. Contact any Board Member.

-Contact Any Board Member to Sign Up Discover the joy of getting involved with conservation education efforts to help conserve our Chihuahuan Desert.


Desert News

-Mesquite dying to reach water
-California protects bobcats near parks

-Desert Storm: Battle Brews Over Obama Renewable Energy Plan
-Good example of how Federal Funds are available to buy land to protect desert wildlife

-Wildlife Sightings Report - Big Bend National Park



El Paso conservation groups launch new campaign to save desert wildlife habitat

Conservation groups in El Paso say that preserving wildlife habitat on both sides of the Franklin Mountains will benefit El Paso in several ways: preservation will help us sustain the scarce resource of water - an effort which includes all El Pasoans not just those living closer to the mountains; continued enjoyment of hiking and biking trails already in existence and utilized by the public; improvement of our quality of life especially as El Paso seeks to reach its goal of decreasing obesity and diabetes; protecting wildlife and making sure that they have adequate habitat and range in order to survive; and, ensuring that millions of dollars annually will come into El Paso through ecotourism as more and more people enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and other recreational activities in our mountains and the surrounding region. More


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