Nature Park unveils murals Nov. 11


The Asombro Institute for Science Education (AISE) will unveil two new science murals, "Desert Ecology" and "Ecología del Desierto," 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, two new Science Murals at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, 56501 N. Jornada Road east of Las Cruces.

The event is free and open to all ages and will feature a meet and greet with the artists, STEM and art activities, a scavenger hunt, prizes, and refreshments, AISE said in a news release.

The murals were painted by Las Cruces artists Zoe Spiliotis and Adrian Aguirre in collaboration

with ART±BIO Collaborative and will be used as references and teaching tools during field trips for local students and public programs at CDNP.

The ART±BIO Collaborative is an artist- and scientist-led organization that fosters the integration of

science, nature and art through novel collaborations, science murals, public engagement, education

and research, the news release said.

“The organization chose CDNP as the site of their newest mural due to its striking location in the Chihuahuan Desert and the frequent use of the site by the nonprofit AISE,” AISE said.

Specializing in place-based, hands-on education, AISE brings more than 1,200 students to the park

throughout the school year to hike, learn about local science, explore the native flora and fauna and be

immersed in the wonder of the desert ecosystem, the news release said.

“We worked with the muralists to intentionally design the murals to include local research, plants, and animals so we can communicate the amazing science of the area to both school groups and the public,” said Asombro Program Leader Gabriela Franco.

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