Do you want to get better acquainted with the Chihuahuan Desert? The Asombro Institute for Science Education posts a Scientist On-Duty at our Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park (56501 N. Jornada Rd., Las Cruces) on the first Saturday of each month. Our next Scientist Saturday Morning is coming up on June 1st! We invite one and all to come out to explore and learn at the Nature Park. An Asombro Institute Scientist will be on duty from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM to answer questions and help orient visitors to the property.
There will be free refreshments and souvenirs available for purchase. Scavenger hunts and trail guides will be available to help you explore the park. There will be fun science prizes for those that report back after their scavenger hunt. We’ll have exhibits and activities on the plants and animals of the desert, including owl pellet dissections! A BLM Park Ranger will also be on hand to help answer questions about recreation opportunities on the surrounding public lands.
The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park encompasses 935 acres of pristine desert just outside of Las Cruces. The site features diverse native plants, wildlife viewing opportunities, and breathtaking views of the Organ and San Andres Mountains. Visitors can explore the park on the paved Desert Experience Mini Trail, or on the unpaved 1.2-mile Desert Discovery Trail.
The park is free to enter and open to the public year-round from Tuesday through Sunday, 7 AM-5 PM. There are restroom facilities and drinking water available near the parking area on Scientist Saturdays. To get to the Nature Park from I-25 in Las Cruces, head east on Highway 70. Take the Mesa Grande Road exit (at Oñate High School). Make a U-turn under the highway to head west and stay in the right lane. Turn right (north) on Jornada Road. Follow Jornada Road for 6.4 miles and turn left at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park sign. Follow the entrance road to the parking area and trailhead.
The Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park is operated by the Asombro Institute for Science Education. The Asombro Institute provides hands-on science education programs for more than 13,000 students throughout southern New Mexico and west Texas each year. Anyone interested in learning more about the Asombro Institute for Science Education, membership, and volunteer opportunities should call the Institute office at 575-524-3334 or check our web site at www.asombro.org.
We hope to see you at the Nature Park!
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