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Celebration of our Mountains 20th Anniversary booklet available

2014 is the 20th Anniversary of Celebration of Our Mountains. Check out the new schedule of events booklet wherever booklets are available (contact Jim Tolbert for locations at diegotolbert@gmail.com or 915-525-7364 or find the schedule online at -Celebration of Our Mountains

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!

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

Chihuahun Desert Research Institute launches new YouTube channel

Fort Davis, Texas: CDRI has a new channel at Youtube.com.cdnaturecenter. Watch the original Chihuahuan Desert Trilogy plus the first sound documentary on Big Bend National Park called the Spiral Dance. This effort to restore the video work of Harry Gordon and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is being coordinated by CDRI board member Rick LoBello. Gordon and LoBello met at an evening program in the Chisos Basin at the campground amphitheater when he was a ranger naturalist working for the National Park Service in Big Bend National Park sometime during the late 1970s. Gordon told LoBello about the project and they spent hours over the years visiting about good locations to film different animals and sequences. On a number of occasions he helped Gordon film some of the scenes needed to complete the project.

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chihuahuandesert.org is the home page of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. 
Updated September 23, 2014   



NEW: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club

An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to encourage people to go outside and visit our desert. The new Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club is designed to do just that. Download the two sided flyer being distributed a local parks and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to get outside and connect with nature.

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



Check out our blog
-Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Blog



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!

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.


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

-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


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