Museum Hours

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed University Holidays & Home Football Games

FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and is the LARGEST sale of its kind in the region. Shoppers can purchase native and desert adapted plants. Guests can visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at FloraFEST are not available at local nurseries or retailers. For more information or to volunteer call 915- 747-5565 or 915-747-8994.

FEATURED LECTURE - 6 P.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 22 in UTEP’s Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 106 


Marcy Scott, author of “Hummingbird Plants of the Southwest,” will present the lecture “Plant a Hummingbird Haven.” Scott  will provide audiences with a glimpse into the lives of the most commonly seen hummingbirds in our area, including when they might be seen. She will discuss important nearby natural habitats and some of their signature flowers. Audiences will learn important tips on how to make a hummingbird-friendly habitat in their own backyards. Free and open to the public. Participants will get the opportunity to preview the plants to be sold at FloraFEST 2016. Light refreshments will be served. Copies of Scott’s book will be available for purchase at the lecture. For more information call 915-747- 5565 or 915-747-8994. 

Events for florafest 2016

Children’s Coloring Contest – April 1 – 20. Download PPTF

“Fun in the Desert” Photo Contest – April 1 – 20. Download PPTF

Make your own Earth Day Crafts - Friday, April 22 at 1 p.m.

“How to Make a Terrarium” by the El Paso Rock and Cactus Club Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m.

“How to Make a Terrarium” Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m.

All events will be in the Centennial Museum’s Education Center Information: 747-8994 

Engendering Community

New Exhibit Showcases UTEP Faculty Member’s Nine Years of Research in the Democratic Republic of Congo

When it comes to research at The University of Texas at El Paso, it’s not something that just happens in the classrooms or campus laboratories. UTEP research is happening all over the globe. Since 2007, UTEP’s own Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D., a noted herpetologist and associate professor of evolutionary genetics, has been traveling to the rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo to search for – and find – new species of reptiles and amphibians.

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens presents the exhibit “Emerald Abyss: Nine Years of Research in the Congo,” based on Greenbaum’s important, and sometimes dangerous, research.

Join us for the opening reception of “Emerald Abyss: Nine Years of Research in the Congo,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Opening remarks will begin at 6 p.m.

Opening Reception – Make Plans

What: Opening reception for the exhibit “Emerald Abyss: Nine Years of Research in the Congo.”

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. Remarks at 6 p.m.

Exhibit Dates: The exhibit will be on display through April 30.

Where: Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road.

Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Information: 915-747-5565 or

SAVE THE DATES (All events are free and open to the public)

• Saturday, Feb. 13, 2 to 4 p.m. – “Frogs We Have Known,” a fun afternoon of stories, art and performances featuring famous frogs.

• Thursday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. – UTEP’s Eli Greenbaum, Ph.D., presents the lecture “Emerald Abyss: Nine Years of Research in the Congo.”

• Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – “Frog Fiesta,” featuring jumping contests, games, “Frogs of the Desert” lecture with Rick LoBello, El Paso Zoo Education Curator.

• Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – “Save the Frogs Day,” featuring a drumming event with drums from around the world, film screenings and coloring activities. Exhibit Closes.



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