Increasing natural science literacy
through engaging,
place-based education
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 natural science literacy through engaging, place-based education.

To achieve this mission, we currently serve more than 17,000 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.

Our New Hands-On, Fun, and FREE Curriculum is Now Available!
Climate Change and the Water Cycle: A 10-Hour Curriculum for 6-12 Grade Students. Increased temperatures and altered precipitation will make water, a limited resource in the arid southwestern United States, even scarcer in many locations. With the aim of fostering climate literacy in our future citizens, the Asombro Institute for Science Education partnered with the USDA Southwest Regional Climate Hub to create an engaging, fun, and scientifically rigorous education unit for 6-12th grade students. It is aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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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 Data Jam

April 13, 2017 Registration

April 25, 2017 Project due

April 27, 2017 Awards ceremony

Middle school students use ecological data collected in or near Las Cruces to create a project that presents one dataset in a an interesting, non-traditional way. Cash prizes will be awarded for top student projects.

Desert Dash Trail Race 2017

November 11, 2017

8:15 am til noon

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park

Enjoy expansive views of the desert, including three rugged mountain ranges, as you run or walk the beautiful 5K, 10K, or half marathon trail courses. Bring your little ones to compete in the Children's 1-mile trail race (guardian should accompany child). All levels welcome.