"Asombro" is the Spanish
word for “wonder,” which is exactly what Asombro Institute
programs bring to the thousands of children and adults who participate
each year. The Asombro Institute for Science Education (formerly
the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
organization dedicated to increasing scientific literacy by fostering
an understanding of the Chihuahuan Desert.
To achieve this mission, we currently serve more
than 19,000 K-12 students and 1,500 adults in New Mexico and West
Texas with inquiry-based science education programs each year. Programs
take place in classrooms, schoolyards, and at the 935-acre Chihuahuan
Desert Nature Park site located north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
For more information, see "A Brief History of Asombro" by Beth Morgan.
Make a one-time or monthly donation now!
Passport to Outdoor Fun
Learn more about this fun program from the Take It Ouside, NM coalition (Asombro is a partner) that encourages people of all ages to get outside and explore New Mexico.
Desert Dash 2015
November 14, 2015
Join us for our annual fundraiser trail race at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park! Walk or run our beautiful 1-Mile, 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses to support local science education.
Check out the 2014 photos.
Desert Data Jam 2016
Register by January 29, 2016
April 26, 2016
Create a poster and “creative product” that conveys the trend(s) of long-term ecological and/or sociological data to a non-scientist audience in a way that can be easily understood.