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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobcat – Watch film
Western Edge of the Chihuahuan Desert – Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert – Watch the Film
Desert Food – Ever wondered about cooking in class with native plants and fruits? Find information and recipes at Native Seeds/SEARCH .
Mountain Lion Biology – Watch film
Monarch Butterfly – CEC video series to North American Monarch Conservation efforts
New Mexico bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus plebeius) Download the PDF file
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.
Watch their story!
October Desert Clean-up: learning about plants in the area
Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure Contest Results & Art Exhibit at El Paso International Museum of Art – photo-gallery available now
Other Education Programs and Resources
- Find links for animal and plant identification on our Resources page.
- Education Grants
- 7 Environmental Education Grants You Should Apply For This Summer
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