School and Youth Groups
CDRI Field Trips
Come explore this remarkable and unique site throughout the year with your class. You will have the chance to learn about the plants, animals, and geology of the Chihuahuan Desert region. Guided hikes to Modesta Canyon, Clayton's Overlook, and the Botanical Gardens are just a part of what we offer. All guided tours can be custom fitted to the TEKS and your classroom needs. Please contact Lisa Gordon, Programs Coordinator at 432-364-2499 or email to email@example.com to schedule your next outdoor classroom experience.
The Earth Rocks-October 13
Celebrating National Earth Science Week, we open the Nature Center to hundreds of 5th Grade school children so they may explore different areas of geology through The Earth Rocks! event. It is a fun, exciting and highly educational field experience where children learn about the geology of the region while hiking one of our trails and learn through structured activities at the Visitor Center. The Earth Rocks! is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016.
Herp Day - November 8
Introduced a year ago, Herp Day is our latest educational field day program--this one is designed for 4th Graders. Students will discover a new appreciation for reptiles and amphibians that fit into the field of herpetology. They will observe venomous specimens (non-living-of course) up close, while getting to find out about live non-venomous snakes, including getting an individual photograph taken with a snake. In addition, students will learn about first aid for pets and humans in case of a snake bite. Herp Day is a fun, informative event which we know your students will love! We'll see you on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!-April 27, 2017
Students in Grades 2-3, learn about the role of insects in pollination, while exploring the parts of a flower. Other activities include learning all about what makes an arthropod an arthropod, creating "bug" models, finding out about deadly and poisonous insects, observing insects up close in the garden, and best of all--tasting insects and answering the age-old question: Which is better? Spicy? Or chocolate covered?
Join us Thursday, April 27, 2017, for a fun, buggy day where everyone is wild about bugs!
For all school events, please contact Lisa Gordon, Programs Coordinator to reserve a space for your classroom. 432-364-2499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Learning, Internships
We are honored to work with educators across disciplines of language arts, science, and fine arts to engage students in real world, hands-on experiences integrated into the curriculum, as well as assisting individual students find internship opportunities with CDRI.
Student Research Projects
We encourage student research at CDRI. Please contact us at 432-364-2499 for information regarding using CDRI as a field site.