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


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Welcome   Upcoming Events

"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.

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Dog Days
Saturday, September 20
10:00 - 11:30 am
Bring your leashed, four-legged friend to enjoy a walk at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Talks on dog safety and nutrition, a dog agility demonstration, and a raffle will all be part of this fun event. Free.

Desert Dash Trail Race
Featuring a half marathon this year! Half marathon, 10K, 5K, and Children’s 1-mile events November 8, 2014 Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
Please consider sponsoring the Desert Dash Trail Race fundraiser in support of our education programs by clicking here.

Desert Data Jam
Have fun presenting ecological and/or sociological data in new ways.
Middle school and high school competitions.
Register by January 30, 2015

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.