Increasing scientific
literacy by fostering an
understanding of the
Chihuahuan Desert
Asombro Institute for Science Education


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"Asombro" is the Spanish word for “wonder,” which is exactly what Asombro Institute programs bring to the thousands of children and adults who participate each year. The Asombro Institute for Science Education (formerly the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to increasing scientific literacy by fostering an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert.

To achieve this mission, we currently serve more than 19,000 K-12 students and 1,500 adults in New Mexico and West Texas with inquiry-based science education programs each year. Programs take place in classrooms, schoolyards, and at the 935-acre Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park site located north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

For more information, see "A Brief History of Asombro" by Beth Morgan.

Make a one-time or monthly donation now!

Passport to Outdoor Fun
Learn more about this fun program from the Take It Ouside, NM coalition (Asombro is a partner) that encourages people of all ages to get outside and explore New Mexico.


Autumn Nature Stroll
October 8, 2015
9:00 AM
Free, family friendly event where you will discover new things about the desert. Please bring water.

Desert Dash 2015
November 14, 2015
Join us for our annual fundraiser trail race at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park!  Walk or run our beautiful 1-Mile, 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses to support local science education.

Check out the 2014 photos.

Desert Data Jam 2016
Register by January 29, 2016

Project due
April 26, 2016

Create a poster and “creative product” that conveys the trend(s) of long-term ecological and/or sociological data to a non-scientist audience in a way that can be easily understood.