9th-12th Field Trips

9th-12th Field Trips



  • Where: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
  • Cost: $3 per student; all adults are free
  • Maximum Group Size: 100 (minimum group size 40)
  • Length: All day


We have redesigned our high school field trips, now packing them with even more science as well as a desert immersion walk. Students can learn the basics of field science, analyze the local geology,  study the effects of rain-out shelters, and more. The exact field trip agenda depends upon what time you need to leave the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park.


See below for a full listing of our field trip activity stations.


Please call the Asombro Institute office (575-524-3334) for more details or to schedule your school’s field trip. Teachers need to divide the students into four groups prior to arriving.


Note: If your students participated in an Asombro field trip previously, we will not duplicate the education stations they did the previous year, unless otherwise requested.


Field Trip Activity Stations


Field Science Methodology

This field trip station introduces students to some of the tools and methodologies field scientists use. They are introduced to a number of different trap types, learn how to identify many common animals from the skulls, practice using a dichotomous key, and learn different survey methods for plants and animals.


Food Web

Students learn how to interpret a food web. They will be introduced to a Chihuahuan desert food web and gain an understanding of some vertebrate adaptations that are related to each animal’s diet.


Geology of the Rio Grande Rift and Local Mountains

Students will use a variety of charts, maps, and local rock and mineral samples to look at the local thickness of the Earth’s crust, the Rio Grande Rift, local mountains and their formation to gain a better understanding of geologic time, tectonic plates, and the rock cycle.


Habitat Stats

Students use scientific methods to investigate how many different kinds of arthropods are found in different habitats within the desert ecosystem. Students will conduct a complete scientific investigation including making predictions, collecting data, and sharing results.


Rain-out Shelters

Reproducing a long-term study currently being conducted on the Jornada Experimental Range, students collect data on plant density/growth, soil surface temperature, and soil moisture under shelters that block 50% of the rain and in control plots. Global climate change scenarios for our region are also discussed.