Like to hike and explore the region? Then you’ll want to peruse the fall schedule of offerings from the Southwest Envrironmental Center for their Back by Noon Saturday morning guided natural history outings. The walks showcase unique natural features of the Las Cruces/El Paso area, including lesser-known aspects of the new Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Informative, family friendly, and not too strenuous, most of the trips will have you back to your car before noon.
Featuring a mix of old favorites and new adventures, the fall lineup includes the following trips:
• September 5: Effect of Drought on the Chihuahuan Desert
• September 12: The Desert After Dark
• September 19: Geological Treasures of Tonuco Mountain
• September 26: Migratory Birds of the Rio Grande Valley
• October 3: Medicinal Plants of the Organ Mountains
• October 10: Exploring Otero Mesa, the Last Desert Grassland
• October 24: Wetland Restoration in West Texas
• November 7: Discovering Providence Cone
All trips are open to the public. Some outings require parking or entrance fees. Advanced reservations are required. Participants may register up to 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 the outings, including starting times, can be found at their website: wildmesquite.org. For more information and to register, call 522-5552.
The Southwest Environmental Center is a Las Cruces membership-based organization that protects and restores native wildlife and habitats in the Southwestern borderlands.