Lifelong Learning Programs
Conant Lecture Series
The Roger Conant
Distinguished Guest Lecturer Program
Fall 2023 Conant Lecture
Please join us at the Crowley Theater in Marfa, Texas, on Thursday, September 28, 2023, as we welcome back Gary Paul Nabhan as CDRI's Roger Conant Distinguished Guest Lecturer. Known for his work as an Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, and author whose work has focused primarily on the interaction of biodiversity and cultural diversity of the arid binational Southwest, Gary is considered a pioneer in the local food movement and the heirloom seed saving movement.
Save the date - September 28, 2023
At the Crowley Theater, Marfa, Texas
We are grateful to the distinguished guest lecturers listed below, who have honored CDRI as Conant Lecturers:
Spring 2015: Gary Paul Nabhan, Ph.D., ethnobotanist, University of Arizona, Kellogg Endowed Chair.
Fall 2015: Andy Cloud, archaeologist, Director, Center for Big Bend Studies.
Spring 2016: Agave is Life, Marfa film premiere, Meredith Dreiss & David Brown, Archeoproductions.com.
Fall 2016: Ads Koenig, Ph.D., author, Cacti of Texas in their Natural Habitat.
Spring 2017: Katharine Hayhoe, Ph.D., Atmospheric scientist, Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, Distinguished Professor at Texas Tech University.
Fall 2017: Andrew Sansom, Ph.D., Executive Director, the Meadows Center for Water & the Environment, Texas State University.
Spring 2018: Reggie James, Exec. Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club, Austin, TX.
Fall 2018: Arvind Panjabi, Avian Conservation Scientist, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, with ongoing research into the restoration and conservation of desert grasslands for migratory birds, in the Chihuahuan Desert, of the U.S. and Mexico.
Spring 2019: James Cornett, author and naturalist, with several books about the Chihuahuan Desert, including The Greater Roadrunner.
Fall 2019: Robert Armstrong, Ph.D.,
Director of the MIT Energy Initiative, and the Chevron Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT. His research is focused on pathways to a low-carbon energy future.
Spring 2022: James Cornett, author, and naturalist, with his lecture titled, "Can't Live Without You: Hummingbirds and Ocotillos."
Fall 2022: Louis Harveson, Ph.D., Founder and Director of the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI)
Spring 2023: Lauren Esposito, Ph.D., Curator and Schlinger Chair of Arachnology, California Academy of Sciences.
Take a Visit to
the Bird Blind
The Bird Blind is the perfect site to view and photograph both regional and migrating grassland birds. The ADA accessible, covered shelter provides comfortable viewing, plus screens on either side of the shelter allow for photography. The site offers a 30 ft. long, solar-powered water feature, plus a full buffet of wild bird seed, suet, nyger seed, fruit and peanut butter to attract a wide variety of birds. The Bird Blind is open and accessible during regular business hours at the Nature Center.
Volunteering to Assist with
School Programs Leads to
Throughout the year, we offer learning opportunities for T.E.A. Region 18 public school students, as well as for area private school and homeschool students. Thanks to the support of generous donors, we are able to offer these educational programs free of admission fees to area children.
Each grade level program has a nature-based theme with scripted and well-designed lessons. These lessons are presented by our volunteers at the Learning Stations at our outdoor classrom setting. We provide the lessons, all of the materials, and the training, so you are comfortable in your role of "teaching" and engaging children in learning scientific concepts that are fun, meaningful, and memorable. We think you'll agree that it's a rewarding experience.
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