Increasing scientific
literacy by fostering an
understanding of the
Chihuahuan Desert
Asombro Institute for Science Education


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"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.

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Nighttime in the Desert
July 10, 2015

8 - 9:30 PM
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
Reservations required!
Cost: $5

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.

SNMEGA Golf Tournament
Many thanks to the sponsors, players, and event coordinators Gil Tellez and Todd Scott for making the golf tournament on October 11 such a great success!

Check out the photos!

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.