Small Groups

SMALL GROUPS

 

Asombro offers programming for small groups of all ages. To book a program or for more information, please call 575-524-3334 or e-mail the Asombro Institute at information@asombro.org.

 

Look below to learn more!

 


Creepy Crawly Critters of the Desert SouthwestLooking at Taranchala, Creepy Crawly Critters of the Desert Southwest

 

  • Where: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park or your own site
  • Cost: $45
  • Ages: 5-adult (Program will be age appropriate for the group)
  • Maximum Group Size: 20
  • Length: 1 hour

 

People call them bugs, insects, spiders, or creepy-crawlies, but scientists call them all “arthropods.” This important group includes insects, spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans like rollie-pollies and lobsters. Join an Asombro Institute scientist to learn the features that all arthropods share. Then we will focus on some of the most fascinating arthropods of the desert, like vinegaroons, scorpions, tarantula hawks, and many more. There will be live specimens and beautiful displays of arthropods for that up-close and personal view. If this program is done at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, you will also have a chance to find some arthropods in their native habitats.

 


Growing Up Arid (desert plants)Growing Up Arid - students looking at desert plants

 

  • Where: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park or your own site
  • Cost: $45
  • Ages: 5-adult (Program will be age appropriate for the group)
  • Maximum Group Size: 20
  • Length: 1 hour

 

It is tough to be a plant in the desert, where little water is available and lots of hungry herbivores are always looking for a meal! Join an Asombro Institute scientist to learn how some favorite desert plants (including honey mesquite, soaptree yucca, ocotillo and creosote bush) are adapted to live in this dry environment. Unique hands-on models and a chance to role-play as your favorite desert plant will bring this topic to life. If this program is done at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, we will see these amazing plants in their native setting.

 

 


Desert Scavenger HuntDesert Scavenger Hunt

 

  • Where: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
  • Cost: $45
  • Age: 5-18 (Program will be age appropriate for the group)
  • Maximum Group Size: 20
  • Length: 1 hour

 

When you look out onto the desert, do you only see brown? Your view will change following a Desert Scavenger Hunt! An Asombro Institute scientist will help you take a closer look at the desert to see what this amazing ecosystem has to offer. Take a walk on the wild side to look at the desert from different scales, learn about several of the most common plants, search for evidence of animals, and much more. You never know what you may discover! Take your Desert Scavenger Hunt answers home with you and share your discoveries with others.

 

 


Desert Discovery Trail Guided WalkDesert Discovery Trail Guided Walk

 

  • Where: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park only
  • Cost: $50
  • Age: 5-adult (Program will be age appropriate for the group)
  • Maximum Group Size: 20
  • Length: 1.5 hours

 

Take a guided walk on the Desert Discovery Trail with an Asombro Institute scientist. Look under a rock or through the binoculars and you never know what you may discover. Did native people ever use this area on the western side of the Jornada Basin? What is soil cement? Does creosote bush smell like rain or is it the other way around? What made those tracks, and what lives in that hole? As desert explorers, you will discover the answers to these questions and many others. Keep your senses keen and your brain inquisitive on this adventure. Kids are welcome to keep the kids’ activity booklet we will use along the trail. Others will use a Self-Guided Tour Booklet, which is available to purchase after the program for $3.

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