For all new members and those who joined before 2016 and renew today – a beautiful coffee table book – Cacti of Texas in their Natural Habitat

Join us, together we are working to educate others and help conserve the beautiful Chihuahuan Desert.

Decide on one of the following membership categories and then click the pay your dues link below:
◦ $20 Individual
◦ $40 Family
◦ $100 Non-profit
◦ ‘Free Affiliate’ Membership (see details below)

When you click the donate link you will see our name listed as Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. At that point simply enter the amount you want to give towards your donation. You are always welcome to give a greater amount. If you would like to send a check or money order you can mail it to Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. PO Box 9121. El Paso, TX 79995-9121. All donations are tax deductible. ****Click here to pay your dues now with a credit card.

Free Affiliate Membership. Anyone with an interest in supporting the mission of CDEC can become an affiliate member. Simply send us an email stating how you are willing to help the organization such as promoting our efforts on social media, volunteering to serve on a committee or serving on our board of directors. The free book offer described above is for paid members only who renew their memberships from 2004 to 2015 or become new members. To join as an affiliate member send your name, email address and city and state to with a note on how you are willing to help this organization. Write the name Affiliate Membership in the subject line. You can volunteer in almost anyway you wish, just let us know how you can help.

Join CDEC today

You and your family can become members of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition. Help the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition support programs that enhance conservation and education of the Chihuahuan Desert. Your contribution will help people discover and connect to our Chihuahuan Desert and improve their quality of life.

The goals of the organization include: serving as a resource on information about the Chihuahuan Desert, encouraging lifelong learning about the Chihuahuan Desert and collaborating efforts among public educators, the public and CDEC.

Ongoing projects include:
-Supporting the handicap accessible trail at Tom Mays Park
-Improving our website at
-Helping to organize the annual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta at Tom Mays Park in September
-A Certified Habitat program encouraging people to landscape with native Chihuahuan Desert plants

-Knowing that you are helping others understand and appreciate our beautiful Chihuahuan Desert
-A Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition business card to show your friends and encourage them to join you in supporting our efforts.
-A Chihuahuan Desert Club Sticker
-A copy of Cacti of Texas in their Natural Habitat
-Exclusive Members Only Quarterly newsletter by email
-Invitation to events Annual Membership Meeting, Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta, Special Programs

When you renew your membership or join for the first time you will receive a beautiful coffee table book ($60 value),Cacti of Texas in their Natural Habitat Hardcover by members Ad Konings and Gertrud Konings. At this time we will not be mailing books so we will give you a copy when we see you or when you sign up at an event or at one of our monthly meetings (see event calendar on our website at


The Chihuahuan is the largest desert in North America

It stretches all the way from the southwestern United States deep into the Central Mexican Highlands.

Because of the region’s high altitude – 3,000 to 5,000 feet – winters and nights are cool while summer days can reach temperatures over 100 degrees. Very little rain falls in the area, but underground springs, small streams, and the Rio Grande River provide plants and animals with precious water.

The Chihuahuan Desert’s diverse habitats provide a kaleidoscope of textures and colors that shape its unique landscapes. Mule deer, pronghorn and kit fox roam the vast grasslands of the northern desert. In the desert scrub, roadrunners scurry after earless lizards while golden eagles search among the agave and creosote for blacktailed jackrabbits. But the magnificent landscape is threatened by an ever-increasing human population, water misuse and mismanagement, overgrazing by cattle and goats, and a lack of knowledge regarding the desert’s ecological importance.

Find more information on our Resource page.

Three easy steps you can take to help others in our community learn to share the Chihuahuan Desert with native animals and plants

1. Learn about it. Follow some of our desert links and plan a walk, picnic or drive to see some of the Chihuahuan Desert scenery.

2. Volunteer to help educate others about the desert by joining a local group or by spending 15 minutes or more per week at home helping to reach out to others and develop new content for this website – Contact us

3. Speak out on behalf of the Chihuahuan Desert by talking about a local conservation issue with the media, your representative or at a public meeting like those hosted by your city council or commissioners court.