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The Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition (CDEC) was founded in 2004 at the El Paso Zoo to serve as a resource on information about the Chihuahuan Desert, to encourage lifelong learning about the Chihuahuan Desert and to encourage collaboration among public educators, the public and CDEC.

Last year we lost a little steam in achieving some of our goals.  This happens from time to time with volunteer organizations like ours where most people involved are working full time jobs.  That said our 14th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at Franklin Mountains State Park in 2018 recorded its second highest attendance.  Special thanks to everyone who played a role in helping make it happen.

To help us get back on track with a desert reset to evaluate our goals and mission, we are polling our current Board of Directors, past members and other interested folks to find a good time to have a spring meeting.  CDEC has many opportunities in 2019 to increase its conservation impact especially with all the local interest in new hiking trails, the Chihuahuan Desert Conference in November and the fall opening of a new $14 million-dollar Chihuahuan Desert exhibit at the Zoo.

Thanks for your interest in our group.  We would love to have you join us.   Two easy ways to stay in touch include entering your email address to the “follow link” on our blog at and liking our Facebook page.

A doodle poll will be sent out soon.  Please watch for it and if the dates and times work for you, I hope to see you at our next meeting.   If you are not sure if you are on our email list and want to attend, please send me an email at



Rick LoBello, Chair

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