Learning about the Chihuahuan Desert
An important goal of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition is to facilitate integration of learning about our desert into the school curriculum from kinder garden on. The Chihuahuan desert offers a wide variety of habitats that all have their own animal and plant communities, which again are interacting with each other in often wondrous ways that can amaze and inspire people, especially the young. Once children are exposed to the fascinating life of desert animals and plants and the challenges they have to master day in and out, they will appreciate our environment and understand why it needs protection. It is an environment that teaches us that we can master unimaginable challenges and prosper through them. The desert is an open book to explore and find adventures like nowhere else.
To reach this goal, the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition began developing through our teaching members free ready-to-use teaching modules for teachers of all class levels. We are offering one-hour lectures or short filler lectures. The lectures may include suggestions for activities or motivate a visit to a local museum, zoo, or park, in order to complete the learning with a hands-on exploration. The different modules are grouped roughly according to plants and animals and may be used across the curriculum. For Kinder garden teachers we are developing drawings and hidden object pages.
Our first selection is still small, but our team will continuously update the website with new modules and additions and/or revisions to old ones. Check our site regularly and you will not be disappointed. We also appreciate your feedback and hope that you also share with us your own modules, if you have some on the Chihuahuan Desert. For more information contact Dr. Gertrud Konings at email@example.com.
-Get started today by checking out our Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Teachers Page!
Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta Planned for September 20, 2014
Our Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta Committee met the first week of July to discuss plans for the 10th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta planned at Franklin Mountains State Park at the Tom Mays Unit. For more information contact Diane Perez at 915-630-2928 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will include vendor booths sponsored by local conservation groups, entertainment, and a schedule of "Walks and Talks."
Archive from 2014
Archive from 2013
-Ecobased Conservation in the Chihuahuan Desert
-Chihuahuan Desert Natural History Course Online from the UTEP Centennial Museum website
Check out these links
-El Paso Outside A Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition Conservation Project
-Land of Lost Borders
-The Spiral Dance Reflections on Big Bend National Park
-The Mammals of Texas Online Edition
-Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo.
-Trans Pecos Audubon Bird Checklists. Discover our Chihuahuan Desert Birds
-Share El Paso with Native Plants and Wildlife.
-Native Tree List. Help create wildlife habitat in your neighborhood, plant a native tree in your front yard to provide shade on your street near the sidewalk and somewhere in your backyard.
-Ever Seen a Big Bend Quonker?
-Eco-based Conservation in the Chihuahuan Desert - WWF
-Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center, Fort Davis, Texas
-El Paso Naturally Blog
-Checklist to Mammals of Carlsbad Caverns National Park