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Above: The Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas
You and your family can become members of CDEC

You can help the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition support  programs that enhance conservation and education of the Chihuahuan Desert.  Your contribution will help people discover and connect to our Chihuahuan Desert and improve their quality of life.


The goals of the organization include:  serving as a resource on information about the Chihuahuan Desert, encouraging life long learning about the Chihuahuan Desert and collaborating efforts among public educators, the public and CDEC. 

How to pay your membership dues online:
Decide on one of the following membership categories and then click the donate button below:

□ 5 Student
$10 Individual
$20 Family
$50 Non-profit


When you click the donate link you will see our name listed as Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition.  At that point simply enter the amount you want to give towards your donation.  You are always welcome to give a greater amount.  If you would like to send a check or money order you can mail it to Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. PO Box 9121. El Paso, TX 79995-9121. All donations are tax deductible.





The Chihuahuan is the largest desert in North America


It stretches all the way from the southwestern United States deep into the Central Mexican Highlands. 


Because of the region's high altitude - 3,000 to 5,000 feet - winters and nights are cool while summer days can reach temperatures over 100 degrees. Very little rain falls in the area, but underground springs, small streams, and the Rio Grande River provide plants and animals with precious water.


The Chihuahuan Desert's diverse habitats provide a kaleidoscope of textures and colors that shape its unique landscapes. Mule deer, pronghorn and kit fox roam the vast grasslands of the northern desert. In the desert scrub, roadrunners scurry after earless lizards while golden eagles search among the agave and creosote for blacktailed jackrabbits. But the magnificent landscape is threatened by an ever-increasing human population, water misuse and mismanagement, overgrazing by cattle and goats, and a lack of knowledge regarding the desert's ecological importance.


Learn more by reading online publications on the World Wildlife Fund website.

Desert mule deer by Rick LoBello


Three easy steps you can take to help others in our community learn to share the Chihuahuan Desert with native animals and plants

1. Learn about it.  Follow some of our desert links and plan a walk, picnic or drive to see some of the Chihuahuan Desert scenery.

2. Volunteer to help educate others about the desert by joining a local group or by spending 15 minutes or more per week at home helping to reach out to others and develop new content for this website - Contact us

3. Speak out on behalf of the Chihuahuan Desert by talking about a local conservation issue with the media, your representative or at a public meeting like those hosted by your city council or commissioners court.


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