Frontera Land Alliance

News & Events

Frontera Land Alliance is very active, from a Water, Wildlife & Natural Resources and How They Can Help Your Clients, participating in Celebrate our Mountains with a guided hike at Resler Canyon, to clean-ups at Resler & Thunder Canyons.

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Frontera’s Youtube

  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Lab Girl is Hope Jahren's revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist.
  • Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
  • Cadillac Desert, is a history by American Marc Reisner about land development and water policy in the western United States.
  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
  • Abbey reflects on the condition of our remaining wilderness and the future of a civilization that cannot reconcile itself to living in the natural world as well as his own internal struggle with morality.
  • The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate- Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
  • Peter Wohlleben shares his deep love of woods and forests and explains the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in the woodland and the amazing scientific processes behind the wonders of which we are blissfully unaware.
  • The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatiural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before.
  • Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • Richard Louv brings together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development—physical, emotional, and spiritual.
  • The Natural Explorer - Understanding your Landscape by Tristan Gooley
  • Tristan Gooley demonstrates how it is possible to connect profoundly with the lands we travel through.
  • Desert Ecology: An Introduction to Life in the Arid Southwest by John Sowell
  • Desert Ecology is a comprehensive but accessible introduction to how plants and animals live in Intermountain, Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts.
  • Field Guide to the Insects of America North of Mexico by Donald J. Borror
  • An identification guide to insects of America north of Mexico, describing the characteristics common to over five hundred insect families
  • A Sand County Almanac: And Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold
  • Written with an unparalleled understanding of the ways of nature and a highly ethical regard for America's relationship to the land.
  • A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson
  • A Contract with the Earth. Ten Commitments you can make to protect the environment now by New Gingrich and Terry L. Maple
  • A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization by John Perlin
  • A Forest Journey: The Story of Wood and Civilization by John Perlin
  • A Primate's Memoir by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions by Mark W. Moffett
  • An Explorer's Notebook: Essays on Life, History and Climate by Tim Flannery
  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal
  • Back to the Garden; Nature and the Mediterranean World from Prehistory to the Present by James McGregor
  • Barren Wild and Worthless, Living in the Chihuahuan Desert by Susan J. Tweit
  • Bats in Forests by Michael J. Lacki John Parker Hayes Allen Kurta
  • Bats in Question by Don E. Wilson
  • Bats of Texas by David J. Schmidly
  • Bats Sing, Mice Giggle. The Surprising Sciene of Animals Inner Lives by Karen Shanor and Jagmeet S. Kanwal
  • Butterflies by Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  • Champions' Game by Saul Ramirez
  • Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth? by Alan Weisman
  • Coyote by Wyman Meinzer
  • Coyote America by Dan Flores
  • Crow Planet: Essential Wisdom from the Urban Wilderness by Lyanda Lynn Haupt
  • Cumulative Effects in Wildlife Management by Lisa K. Harris
  • Dodging Extinction: Power food, money, and the future of life on Earth by Anthony D. Barnosky
  • Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living by Desert Harvesters
  • Ecology of Desert Systems by Walter G. Whitford
  • Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug are Killing North America's Great Forests by Andrew Nikiforuk
  • Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Fraiser's Penuins- A Journey to the Future in Antarctica by Fen Montaigne
  • Guide to Deserts: An Illustraded Guide to the Ecology, Culture and Conservation of the World's Deserts by Andrew Warren and Tony Allan
  • H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • Half-Earth, Our Planet's Fight for Life by E.O. Wilson
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • How Bad are Bananas- The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee
  • Ivory's Ghosts by John Frederick Walker
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded- August 27, 1883 by Simon Winchester
  • Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  • Let the Water Do the Work by Bill Zeedyk and Van Clothier
  • Letter to a Young Scientist by E.O. Wilson
  • Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds by Bernd Heinrichn
  • Mosquito: A Natural History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe by Andrew Speilman and Michael D'Antonio
  • Mule Deer: Behavior, Ecology, Conservation by Erwin A. Bauer
  • My Backyard Jungle- The Adventures of an Urban Wildlife Lover by James Barilla
  • Naturalist's Big Bend by Roland H. Wauer, Carl M. Fleming
  • Nature Revealed by E. O. Wilson
  • Nature's Allies: Eight Conservationist Who Changed Our World by Larry A. Nielsen
  • On Extinction: How We Became Estranged from Nature by Melanie Challenger
  • Otero Mesa: Preserving America's Wildest Grassland by Gregory McNamee
  • Peterson First Guides- Caterpillars of North America by Amy Bartlett Wright
  • Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster
  • Rattlesnakes by J. Frank Dobie
  • Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts by Michael R. Conover
  • Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution by Caroline Fraser
  • Seeds of Change- Five Plants that Transformed Mankind by Henry Hobhouse
  • Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants by Jane Goodall
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Southwest Bugs by Texas AgriLife Extension Service
  • Stokes Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies by Blair Nikula and Jackie Sones
  • The Animal Dialogues by Craig Childs
  • The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies 5th edition by Alfred A. Knopf
  • The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley
  • The Creation, an Appeal for Life on Earth by E.O. Wilson
  • The Desert. Wildlife on the Last Frontier by James Parry
  • The Diversity of Life by E. O. Wilson
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Wetland Construction by Edgar W. Garbisch
  • The Emotional Lives of Animals by Marc Bekoff
  • The Environmental Handbook, Prepared for the First National Environmental Teach-In by Garrett De Bell
  • The Future of Life by E. O. Wilson
  • The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity by Nicholas Stern
  • The Great Southwest Nature Factbook by Susan J. Tweit
  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • The Homing Instinct- The Story and Science of Migration by Bernd Heinrich
  • The Invention of Nature- Von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wolf
  • The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth's Rarest Creatures by William DeBuys
  • The Lost Art of Walking: The History, Science, Philosophy, and Literature of Pedestrianism by Geoff Nicholson
  • The Man Who Climbs Trees by James Aldred
  • The Man Who Planted Trees- Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet by Jim Gibbons
  • The Natural History of Unicorns by Chris Lavers
  • The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change our Lives by Stephen Buchmann
  • The Rickety Cossack by Ian Tattersall
  • The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the 21st Century by Alex Prud'homme
  • The Roadrunner by Wyman Meinzer
  • The Secret Life of Clams by Anthony D. Fredericks
  • The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • The Star Thrower by Lorein Eiseleyn
  • The Voice of the Coyote by J. Frank Dobie
  • The Wildlife Techniques Manual by Nova J. Silvy
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
  • Thinking Like a Mountain: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of an Ecological Attitude Toward Deer, Wolves, and Forests by Susan Flader
  • Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Sciene of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns
  • Urban Wildlife Management Second Edition by Clark E Adams
  • War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz
  • Waste of the West by Lynn Jacobs
  • Whar's Gotten Into Us? Staying Healthy in a Toxic World by McKay Jenkins
  • Where the Water Goes by David Owen
  • Why Did the Chicken Cross the World by Andrew Lawler
  • Wild Ones. A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem
  • Wildlife Restoration Techniques for Habitat Analysis and Animal Monitoring by Michael L. Morrison
  • Winter World- The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich

Coming Events

  • Thu
    4:30 pmRio Bosque Wetlands Park

    The Frontera Land Alliance and the Friends of the Rio Bosque bring you A Date with Nature this Valentine’s Day! The event will take place at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park on Thursday, February 14th 2019 at 4:30PM to sunset. Bring the people you love and enjoy a nature walk through one of El Paso’s wetlands. We will be meeting at the visitor’s center. For parking directions visit and click on the Rio Bosque tab. I have attached the event flyer. We need one volunteer for this event, sign up here. To RSVP or for questions contact

  • Thu
    11 AM - 2 PMAt the Centennial Club and Conference Center

    The Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps/Relocation Program are hosting the 1st Que Pasa Information-Volunteer Fair on Thursday, 21 February 2019 from 11 am - 2 pm at the Centennial Club and Conference Center. Come learn at the Que Pasa Information-Volunteer Fair to learn about volunteer events you may become involved that will benefit the community!

  • Sat
    El Paso Archeology Museum

    Poppies Fest will be held Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the El Paso Archeology Museum. Come on out and meet our new staff!

  • Wed

    Join us for a photography talk by Benny Pol. The presentation will happen on April 3 and will be followed up with a guided hike to implement what you learned at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park on Saturday, April 6. For questions or to RSVP, please contact

  • Sat
    8 - 10 AMResler Canyon

    Saturday, April 13, 2019, 8 to 10 a.m.: A clean-up of trash at Resler Canyon. RSVP or for questions contact

  • Sat
    El Paso Zoo

    Frontera will host an Earth Day booth at the El Paso Zoo, be sure to stop by!

  • Mon
    11 AM - 1:30 PMThe University of Texas at El Paso

    Frontera will participate in a Volunteer Mixer at UTEP from 11 am - 1:30 pm.

  • Fri
    FMSP/Nature Trail on the 27th | Lazy Cow Trailhead on the 28th

    Join us for The 2019 City Nature Challenge. This is a free event that uses the iNaturalist platform and app to encourage people to get outside and look for organisms. Frontera will be hosting a hike at the FMSP/Nature Trail on the 27th and at the Lazy Cow Trailhead on the 28th. For questions or to RSVP, please contact

  • Sat
    6 - 10 PMKaBoom Party Hall, 4601 Hondo Pass Dr

    Castner Range Thank-You Event will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 6 to 10 p.m. Please RSVP to: by April 26 (limited seating)

  • Sat
    Resler Canyon

    Join 500 Women Scientists and The Frontera Land Alliance for a science led hike to look at the flora of Resler Canyon. To RSVP or for questions contact

  • Fri
    8 - 4:30 PMFarm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces. (4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011)

    Frontera is co-hosting—with the Southern New Mexico Community Foundation and OM-DP Friends Group—“Your Land and Your Legacy Workshops for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Landowners and the Professionals Who Advise Them” from 8-4:30 p.m. at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces. (4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011). You will learn how estate planning and a conservation easement can help you or your clients conserve their lands in perpetuity while still keeping ownership. David Braun will be our special expert guest. You really do not want to miss this!

  • Thu
    9:30 pmMuseum of Archaeology

    Astronomy Viewing and Discussion! This event will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 9:30 p.m. at the Museum of Archeology. To RSVP contact:

  • Tue
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PMCentennial Club and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199, East Fort Bliss

    The Fort Bliss Army Volunteer Corps/ Relocation Program are sponsoring Bienvenidos a Bliss-Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, 6 August 2019 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The event is being held at the Centennial Club and Conference Center, Bldg. 11199, East Fort Bliss. The Bienvenidos, a Bliss-Volunteer Fair, increase awareness of volunteer opportunities by providing information on events, volunteer opportunities and benefits of community involvement.

  • Sat
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PMEl Paso Zoo

    The El Paso Zoo Bug Fest on August 10-11; come check out the Frontera booth.

    The El Paso Zoo is excited to bring back Bug Fest this summer! Bug Fest will take place August 10 & 11, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bug Fest celebrates all insects that are creepy, crawly, and crunchy! Guests will have the opportunity to interact with different bugs from all over the world and to even try some bug delicacies prepared by the Zoo's executive chef! Guests can enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, games, inflatables, educational lectures from El Paso community partners, and much more!

  • Sat
    1-:00 AM - 2:00 PMNortheast regional park, 11270 McCombs

    NE Command Community Fair at the Northeast regional park, 11270 Mc Combs, on August 24th from 10 to 2 p.m. Hosted by El Paso Parks and Recreation. Free health screening, food trucks, live DJ, military and other awesome vehicles on display. Fun Family Entertainment!

  • Tue
    8:00 AM – 11:00 AMSocorro, Texas

    Volunteer at Growing with Sara, an organic farm located in Socorro, Texas, Tuesday, September 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. For questions or to RSVP reach out to

  • Thu

    Hueco Tanks and Frontera are cohosting an astronomy talk Thursday, September 26. Space is limited!! To learn more or to RSVP contact

  • Sat
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PMFranklin Mountains State Park (Tom Mays Unit)

    The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta will be held at the Tom Mays Unit of the Franklin Mountains State Park, Saturday, September 28th from 9 am to 4 pm.

  • Sat
    9:00 amResler Canyon

    Frontera will host a bilingual guided hike at Resler Canyon on Saturday, October 19, 9 a.m. at Cadiz St. The hike will feature the history of Resler Canyon, its plants and their uses, the animals that live in the area, and the importance of having open spaces.

  • Sat
    10:00 AM - 4:00 PMHueco Tanks State Park

    Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site’s 25th Annual Interpretive Fair will be held on Saturday, October 19th and Sunday, October 20th, 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm. For the past 25 years Hueco Tanks has opened its gates to thousands of visitors during this event with hopes of inspiring an appreciation for our region through recreational and educational tours, presentations, and performances.

  • Sat
    9:00 AM – 10:30 PMResler Canyon

    Help us collect and plant native seeds at Resler Canyon on Saturday, October 26, 9-10:30 am. starting at the Cadiz Street entrance.

  • Sat
    9:00 AM – 1:00 PMCoronado Towers, 6006 N. Mesa St. on the 11th floor

    The Frontera Land Alliance is hosting a Conservation Easement Workshop on Saturday, November 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to be hosted by Keller Williams, at Coronado Towers, 6006 N. Mesa St. on the 11th floor. This workshop is for people who want to learn more about preserving their land (ranch, farm, or open natural areas) in perpetuity. For questions or to RSVP please email:


  • Sat
    10:00 AM – 2:00 PMWetlands Park

    Rio Bosque Wetlands Park annual Bird Bash, Saturday, November 23, 2019 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event will be hosted outside where you may participate in guided or self-guided tours of the park and enjoy meeting other conservation-related non-profits that work in the region. If you have questions please contact John Sproul at 915-747-8663.

  • Want to help high school students learn about birds and native plants?

    Frontera Land Alliance, along with several other local environmental groups, is working with Insights on the student-led Environmental Stewardship Initiative, an EPA environmental education grant. We are working with Horizon High School and Cathedral High School by providing in-class workshops and field trips to environmental science students. Each school will be visiting Rio Bosque twice and Keystone Wetlands once. During the field trips, the students will do bird and plant surveys. We are looking for several volunteers to help with either bird or plant surveys. We will provide details once you contact us. Can you help? Here are the dates of our events:

    October 1, 2019, 9:30 am – noon. Rio Bosque with Horizon
    October 4, 2019, 8:45 – 10:30 am. Rio Bosque with Cathedral
    January 28, 2020, 10:00 am – noon. Keystone with Horizon
    January 29, 2020, 8:30 – 10:30 am. Keystone with Cathedral
    February 5, 2020, 9:45 – noon. Rio Bosque with Horizon
    February 7, 2020, 8:45 – 10:30 am. Rio Bosque with Cathedral

  • Want to volunteer for Frontera?

    We could use your help at events by signing in people, sitting on a Frontera committee, leading hikes, submitting photos of our regions natural areas, farms and ranches, to manning the Frontera booth at an event. If interested please reach out to:

  • Bird inventories and transects

    Are you an expert in birding or do you want to practice identifying birds? If so we would love your help! Frontera is partnering with Friends of the Rio Bosque, El Paso/Trans-Pecos Audubon Society and Franklin Mountains State Park to conduct bird inventories and transects at 3 locations starting in June. If interested please contact

Work Days:

Last Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon.

1. Help restore and manage the Keystone wetland! These “Keystone Work Days” will be held the last Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon. Frontera assists in the works days by providing tools, but more importantly Resler Canyon flows into Keystone, it is important that we manage both sites. Meet at the Keystone Park (Kappa Rd. and Doniphan Dr.). To RSVP or for questions contact Mike Gaglio at

Past Events

The Frontera Land Alliance Nature Discovery 2018 Calendar


  • Tuesday, February 6: a webinar, from noon to 1:30 you are invited to a free event, bring your
    lunch and learn more about qualified appraisals. Qualified appraisals lynchpin of the process
    that allows landowners to benefit from federal income, estate and state tax incentives flowing
    from the donation of a conservation easement. Keller Williams Real Estate at 6006 N. Mesa, Ste.
    110, El Paso, TX  79912, will be hosting the webinar. Please RSVP to, space is limited.
  • Saturday, February 17, 9 to 10:30: we will be meeting at Thunder Canyon for the kick off of a
    new program “Focus on Nature”. Through taking photographs we will show you how to connect
    with nature by really looking. Bring your cell phone or a camera as we focus on nature.
    Please RSVP to


  • Tuesday, March 6, webinar, noon to 1:30: Topic partnering with state and local agencies on
    conservation projects. In this webinar, you will learn practical strategies for creating successful
    partnerships and what to look out for when entering in a partnership. Feel free to bring your
    lunch. Keller Williams Real Estate at 6006 N. Mesa, Ste. 110, El Paso, TX  79912, will be
    hosting the webinar. Please RSVP to, space is limited.
  • Wednesday, March 7, a webinar from noon to 1:30: Topic Farmland Conservation 2.0: Tools
    and tips for keeping farmers on the land. In this webinar, learn how land trusts and other
    conservation organizations can fulfill their missions while also serving a critical public need. Feel
    free to bring your lunch. Keller Williams Real Estate at 6006 N. Mesa, Ste. 110, El Paso, TX
    79912, will be hosting the webinar. Please RSVP to
  • Thursday, March 8, a webinar, noon to 1:30: What you need to know about a title review. This
    introductory webinar will cover the basics of the title review with a practical, step by step
    approach to reviewing documents and solving common title problems. Feel free to bring your
    lunch. Keller Williams Real Estate at 6006 N. Mesa, Ste. 110, El Paso, TX  79912, will be
    hosting the webinar. Please RSVP to, space is limited.


  • Thursday, April 26, a webinar from noon to 1:30: Topic creating messaging that resonates.
    Learn how to use and fine tune communications strategy to engage more members more strongly.
    Feel free to bring your lunch. Keller Williams Real Estate at 6006 N. Mesa, Ste. 110, El Paso,
    TX  79912, will be hosting the webinar. Please RSVP to,
    space is limited.


  • Saturday, May 5: guided Native Bee Hike. Join us as learn more about native bees. Did you
    know there were a solitary insect and may live in the ground! Feel free to bring your lunch. We
    will be meeting at Resler Canyon, at the Alto Mesa entrance. Please RSVP to


    • Wednesday, June 6 a webinar, noon to 1:30: Learn how to connect people to the land. This is
      one of the best ways to show our relevance and therefore, ensure conserved lands stays
      conserved. Feel free to bring your lunch. We will be meeting at Resler Canyon, at the Alto Mesa
      entrance. Please RSVP to, space is limited.
    • Saturday, June 9: kayak trip ($15/person) and $5/entrance fee/car. Come join us as we learn about
      the river, birds and more! Please RSVP to, space is

Fall Details coming soon!:
Transplants cacti, Mike with High Desert, Cacti Club
Rain water harvesting, Mike with High Desert with City Sustainability
Guided hike at Resler Canyon
Guided hike at Thunder Canyon
Bee Hive start up, Bob Reneau