Teachers

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 kindergarten 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 kindergarten teachers we are developing drawings and hidden object pages that are listed on our KIDS page.

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 gkonings@epcc.edu.

Teaching Modules

Agaves Download the PDF file
Agaves Download the PowerPoint file

Arizona barrel cactus Download the PDF file
Arizona barrel cactus Download the PowerPoint file

Banana Yucca Download the PDF file
Banana Yucca Download the PowerPoint file

Bobcat – Watch film

Burrowing Owls Download the PDF file
Owls Underground – Watch Film on Youtube

Chihuahuan Desert Download the PDF file
Chihuahuan Desert Download the PowerPoint file

Color changing lizards Download the PDF file
Color changing lizards Download the PowerPoint file

Desert willow Download the PDF file
Desert willow Download the PowerPoint file

Mountain Lion Biology – Watch film

New Mexico bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus plebeius) Download the PDF file

Ocotillo Download the PDF file
Ocotillo Download the PowerPoint file

Sotol Download the PDF file
Sotol Download the PowerPoint file

Triops Download the PDF file
Triops Download the PowerPoint file

Ever Seen a Big Bend Quonker?

Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo

Education Programs Offered by CDEC Members and Affiliates

Teachers, civic organizations and members of the media will find a wealth of Chihuahuan Desert related programs and resources available from CDEC member organizations and individuals. Every year staff and volunteers present a wide variety of Chihuahuan Desert programs, many using live animals and PowerPoint presentations.

CDEC presently supports the It’s Your World Cleanup/Art Project of art teacher Candace Printz from the El Dorado High School in the Socorro Independent School District. You can support this project through their GoFundMe site.

 

Other Education Programs and Resources

  • Find links for animal and plant identification on our Resources page.
  • Education Programs

Tech H20
El Paso Zoo
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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