One Day in the Desert

Join Mariana and her classmates from Las Cruces, New Mexico, as they take a field trip to the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park. Mariana is concerned that she won’t be able to find anything interesting about the desert to tell her Eco Pen Pals from French Polynesia and the Pacific Northwest. However, after a series of adventures on the field trip, lead by scientist Dr. Garza, Mariana has so much to share. She’s excited to continue exploring the desert outside her home too. Sidebars throughout the book cover key concepts from the Jornada Basin LTER, including state changes, water in the desert, playas, and more.

A guided reading of the book and at-home activities to learn even more are available on the One Day in the Desert webpage: