Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center

Established by the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) in 1978, the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center provides groups with opportunities to reconnect with nature. The center features a desert botanical garden, a 1,400-square-foot greenhouse, 3 miles of trails, and exhibits on nature. In the botanical garden, groups will find wild roses, birds, oak trees, and much more. The exhibits at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center aim to teach groups about topics like desert culture, wildlife, and geology through artifacts and large-screen presentations. Educational programs take groups on nature hikes to allow time for animal, plant, and rock observation. College students can inquire about using CDRI as a field site for research projects. 
 
Contact Info
Address: 43869 TX-118, Fort Davis, TX 79734. Jeff Davis County. Tel: 432-364-2499. Email: programs@cdri.org. Website: www.cdri.org. Hrs: Mon.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Fee.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue