About the Southwest Environmental Center

Established in 1992, we are a member-supported, grassroots conservation organization based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Our mission is to protect and restore native wildlife and their habitats in the Southwestern borderlands, through advocacy, education and on-the-ground conservation projects.

We speak for wildlife and wild places. We work to protect and restore vital habitats, like Otero Mesa and the Rio Grande, and endangered species, like the Mexican Grey Wolf.

Our popular Back by Noon outings program and our hiking guide--Day Hikes and Nature Walks in the Las Cruces—El Paso Area--have introduced hundreds of people to the natural history of our area.  We offer educational programs on a variety of topics throughout the year.

The Southwest Environmental Center has a full-time staff of two people, and an active board of directors. We invite the public to learn more about us. Visitors are welcomed to our facility Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm.