Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute

Rating: 4.88 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: PO Box 905 Fort Davis TX 79734 USA

Mission: The mission of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) is to promote public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education programs. The CDRI is an independent nonprofit organization established in 1973 by a number of concerned professionals. The mission of the CDRI is accomplished through scientific research; the publication and dissemination of literature; films; educational activities; and the development of a visitors' center with exhibits near Fort Davis, Texas. CDRI headquarters are located on 507 acres of desert grassland and igneous rock outcrops south of Fort Davis. The property is open to the public daily and features an extensive arboretum, cacti and succulent greenhouse, a visitors' center, and over two miles of self-guided hiking trails.
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been a member of CDRI since my college days in the early 1970's. Over the years I have seen many changes and a lot of growth of both the Institute and the land site. My husband and I have both been employees at CDRI....it is truly the most inspiring work environment either of us has ever had. We now both volunteer throughout the year and only wish we had more time to offer. Being a CDRI volunteer is very rewarding, and we feel that we are in some small way helping to preserve the desert environment we so love.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

local people's interest in appreciating and wanting to preserve the desert environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it is local, easy to access, and results are eaily seen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

A few months after my husband passed away I was looking for something to do. My background had been with the National Audubon Society where I was Director of two of their Audubon Centers. CDRI was a great fit for my previous work and my natural history interests. When I approached the Executive Director about possibly volunteering she was enthusiastic. Since that time I have spent time greeting visitors, editing newsletters, working in the gift shop, leading field trips, mopping floors, cleaning restrooms, weeding in the Botanical Garden. Whatever needs to be done. I am now privileged to be on the CDRI Board.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

completion of the MAP Assessment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I am the President of Central Texas Trail Tamers (CTTT), a central Texas based volunteer organization that builds and maintains trails. I am also a docent and volunteer at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and a member of the Capital Area Master Naturalist. I am organizing a CTTT work trip to CDRI (11-22 thru 11-26), to work with CDRI and other area volunteers, building a trail from the canyon trailhead to the top of the overlook area. Although this is the first actual work I will have performed at CDRI, I have been a member of and visitor to CDRI for the last couple of years. Based on my other volunteer activities over the last 10 - 15 years, I have been very impressed with not only the displays and gardens filled with area native plants, but also the knowledge and cooperative attitude of the staff at CDRI. In conclusion, I have been fortunate enough to visit several native plant and botanical gardens in the U.S. and U.K., including the Kew Gardens. Although I still consider myself a novice, in my opinion, CDRI ranks highly in must places to visit, right up there with the "big boys".

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Dealing with the motivated, very knowledgeable staff, from the gardener to the volunteer coordinator to the volunteers who staff the gift store and the administration building.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Having Kelly Bryan give a hummingbird banding demonstration is one of many activities I admire about CDRI. They are mindful of ALL age groups and have plenty of programs to participate in. CDRI organizes excellent lectures at Sul Ross for older people in the community and little camps and hikes for the younger people. CDRI isn't just a place for interests in plants and animals but is a place for historians and geologists as well! We are quite lucky to have this place in our area!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

anyone I've talked to about CDRI activities. People really enjoy the programs and lectures provided!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Wonerful facility. Competent personnel. magnificent gardens. Lots of hiking trails that are varied. Educational exhibits. Better than a bargain on Ebay.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being better educated about the Chihuahuan desert flora, fauna and geology

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

 
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