Calling all Nature Enthusiasts

The Southwest Environmental Center is excited to announce the Spring 2019 schedule of its popular Saturday morning, guided natural history outings. Nature lovers from across the region are invited to visit one of the nation’s largest desert grasslands, hear through the ears of a bat, learn about the ecological impact of the border wall, participate in a border-wide citizen science project, and learn about the volcanic turmoil that brought us our beloved Organ Mountains.

Group of Hikers
Back by Noon Outings are a great way to learn about the region.

The hikes are designed to showcase some of the unique natural features of the Las Cruces/El Paso area. Informative, family friendly, and not too strenuous, most of the trips will have you back to your car before noon. This year, we are also hosting a “Back By Midnight,” an after-dark outing with a bat biologist.

Featuring a mix of the new and familiar, the Spring 2019 lineup includes the following trips:

  • Become an iNaturalist, A Mountain: 2/2
  • Up Close with the Border Wall, Sunland Park: 2/9
  • Border BioBlitz, Rio Bosque: 3/2
  • A Day at Otero Mesa, Cornudas Mountains: 3/9
  • Explore the Aztec Caves, Franklin Mountains: 3/23
  • The Secret World of Bats (Back By Midnight), La Mancha Wetland: 4/13
  • Explosive History of the Organ Mountains, Dripping Springs: 4/27
  • Frogs of the Chihuahuan Desert, Aguirre Spring: 5/11

All trips are free and open to the public. Some outings require additional parking fees. Advanced reservations are required. Participants may register three weeks in advance of each outing. Space is limited, and half of the available slots for each trip are reserved for members of the Southwest Environmental Center. Be sure to bring sturdy shoes, water, sunscreen and a hat.

Detailed descriptions of each outing will be posted here, as well as on our Facebook page
For more information and to register, call (575) 522-5552.