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CDEC Planning to Launch a new website in 2015

The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition website is long overdue for a new look especially in light of all the new platforms out there compatible with notepads and smart phones. Anyone interested in helping with content and images can contact CDEC chair of the board Rick LoBello at lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov or at 915-521-1881. The new site will undergo developement in the next few months and we hope to launch the new site this summer.

"We the People" petition to protect in its natural state undeveloped public land in El Paso

-Sign online here or print out the petition

Joining the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club is as easy as 1,2,3. Simply join our email list by clicking the link above.


Join the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club - membership is free!

An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to encourage people to get outside and visit our desert. Connecting with the outdoors helps people appreciate and better understand how we all fit into the natural world. Experiencing this part of the ecosystem also helps to decrease the negative effects of nature deficit disorder. People, especially children, are spending less time outdoors, resulting in a wide range of physical, mental health and behavioural problems.


The new Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club is designed to help people connect with outdoor recreation areas including parks, wildlife refuges and the El Paso Zoo. Anyone can qualify for a free Chihuahuan Desert Club sticker by visiting three of the seven Chihuahuan Desert hotspots listed on the new Nature Club flyer and or by signing up to get on our email list.

Download the two sided flyer and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to get outside and connect with our Chihuahuan Desert.

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club Flyer Side 1  Download the PDF file
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club Flyer Side 1  Download the PDF file



Connect with the Chihuahuan Desert on facebook and on our blog - new contributors welcome

An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to help people connect with what is happening in our desert and to encourage discovery and education efforts across a wide spectrum.

We are looking for volunteers to help contribute stories and pictures to our blog at -Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Blog

and cool pictures and notes for our facebook page at Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Community. If you are interested contact CDEC board of directors chair Rick LoBello at lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov.






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chihuahuandesert.org is the home page of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition.  Updated August 10, 2015  

NEW: -CDEC YouTube Channel




11th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta Planned for Saturday, September 19

Jasper the opossum, short walks into the desert to learn about its geology, plants and wildlife and a full slate of local entertainment promises to make the 11th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta a fun day for all. The free event at the Tom Mays section of Franklin Mountains State Park on Saturday, September 19, from 9am to 3pm is sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with the help of volunteers from the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Every year the event attracts hundreds of people to the desert mountain park in northwest El Paso.

The outdoor venue celebrates the natural wonders of the Chihuahuan Desert and Franklin Mountains State Park. Local environmental education groups will be on hand to offer free demonstrations, guided tours, guest speakers and informational booths designed to introduce the curious to the wonders of our fascinating desert.

For more information contact Franklin Mountains State Park at (915) 566-6441 or visit www.chihuahuandesert.org





Drought, heat likely to affect U.S. West's power grid

Electricity generation and distribution infrastructure in the U.S. West should be “climate-proofed” to decrease the risk of future power shortages, according to new research results. Expected increases in extreme heat and drought will bring changes in precipitation, air and water temperatures, air density and humidity, write scientists Matthew Bartos and Mikhail Chester of Arizona State University in a paper published in the current issue of the journal Nature Climate Change.




"Like" these new facebook pages and show your support for local conservation efforts
-Friends of Prairie Dogs at Guadalupe Mountains National Park
-Return the Wolf to Texas Education Initiative
-Franklin and Organ Mountains Conservation Cooperative




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

-Easy as 1,2,3 to register your yard at 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 living anywhere in the Chihuahuan Desert 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




NEW: see who has certified their backyard habitat
-Examples of Certified Habitats

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


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