This morning I took Hilda to the garage to get her truck. Then I headed for Fort Davis. Along the way I stopped at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI), where I enjoyed the visitor center exhibits and a hike on the nature trail.
The Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is a nonprofit organization established in 1974. Funding for the Institute and the Nature Center comes from donations, grants, program and service fees, gift shop sales and oil and gas royalties. In 1978, its board and supporters purchased 507 acres in the foothills of the Davis Mountains to establish the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center. Highlights of the Nature Center include a desert botanical garden, 1400-square-foot cactus and succulent greenhouse, over three miles of hiking trails and interpretive exhibits. Educational programs for children and adults are offered throughout the year.