Upcoming Events

Desert Discovery Day: Gateway to the Desert Grand Opening

December 3, 2022

10:00AM - 1:00PM

Learn about the desert and help us celebrate the grand opening of the Gateway to the Desert Trail at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Hands-on, family-friendly activity stations will help visitors learn about desert plants and animals, weather and climate, and long-term remediation projects. Free admission.


December 3, 2022

10:00AM – 1:00PM

Luminarias: Light Up The Desert

December 9, 2022

5:00PM - 7:30PM

Luminarias are always enchanting, even more so when they are arranged throughout the desert. During Holiday Luminarias, our Desert Discovery Trail will shine bright as we ring in the holiday season with hundreds of luminarias. This holiday event, hosted by Asombro at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, is free to the public. Come out and join us for hot chocolate, sweet treats, holiday carols, and luminarias to light up the night.


December 9, 2022

5:00PM – 7:30PM

Annual Meeting

January 2023

Join us at our Annual Meeting to discuss the successes of 2022 and look forward to the year ahead! Date, time, and location will be announced in December.


January 2023

Desert Data Jam Open House

Spring 2023

The Desert Data Jam challenges middle school students to find interesting ways to present scientific data to non-scientist audiences. Learn more here.

In the spring, Asombro hosts an open house to display student Desert Data Jam projects. Stay tuned for more details!

Spring 2023

Past Events

Asombro does not currently have the events below on the schedule for 2022. Stay tuned for information in the future.


Asombro held a BioBlitz at its Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park on September 19, 2015. During this 15-hour BioBlitz, teams of scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members worked together to find and identify plants, animals, rocks, and soils. 

A report was compiled from the species data recorded that day.

Butterfly Flutterby

Who doesn’t love butterflies? More than 325 butterfly species have been documented in New Mexico, ranking our state as one of the highest in butterfly diversity. For 16 years, Asombro celebrated New Mexico’s butterfly diversity by hosting the Butterfly Flutterby.

The Butterfly Flutterby at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park attracted up to 300 human visitors and often some butterfly visitors as well. Participants visited stations to learn how to attract butterflies to their garden and how to identify butterflies. Games, arts and crafts, and face painting made this a fun, family-friendly event.

Desert Dash

Desert Dash was a fundraiser for Asombro. Enjoying expansive views of the desert, including three rugged mountain ranges, participants ran or walked the beautiful 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses.

Scientist Saturdays

Scientist Saturday mornings were hosted quarterly at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. An Asombro Scientist brought along our natural history collections to help visitors learn about the fascinating plants and animals of our region. Activities includes examining skulls, pelts, and plant samples from the Chihuahuan Desert.