Welcome to the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans.

Join us to explore, understand, and protect the natural resources and cultures of the Sonoran Desert and Sea of Cortez. Our mission is: to empower coastal communities and visitors in the Northern Gulf of California region with the knowledge and tools to create sustainable livelihoods that exist in concert with the surrounding natural and multicultural environment.

By promoting environmental awareness, disseminating knowledge and encouraging civic participation, CEDO is a fundamental force driving civic dialogue and transparent decision-making. CEDO has been the promoter of a vision:  the vision of an open, participatory society  consciously building its own future.

– Dr. Exequiel Ezcurra, Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias, San Diego

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CEDO HAS FOUND A NEW FIELD GUIDE! We know many of you have been waiting for us to find our new Field Guide and Administrator of Educational Services and we are happy to inform you that our search is over!

Please check our NaturArte page to stay updated as we work with our new field guide to resume a full schedule of tours.

May
3
Tue
CEDO Nature Talk
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

A well-known local tradition since the 1980’s, CEDO holds a natural history talk and exhibits tour every Tuesday and Saturday. This is a perfect opportunity to answer your questions about the local environment. Bring your family to learn about the Gulf of California’s extreme tides, the endangered vaquita porpoise and CEDO’s current projects.

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May
7
Sat
Discover the Tidepools
May 7 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

Famous for its dramatic tidal fluxes, the Northern Gulf of California has some of the best tide pooling in the world. We explore the intimate wonders of the rocky inter-tidal “ecotone,” a transitional world along the shoreline composed of igneous rock and Coquina reef.

Aided by the eyes and tools of experienced naturalists, you will be initiated into a world of invertebrates and plant life that literally hangs on for life in one of the most extreme habitats on Earth. You will learn of their fascinating adaptations and relationships to one another, as well as how lunar cycles affect all life on Earth, including our own.

This truly informative and explorative tour is a whole lot of fun for kids and adults alike. The best part about tidepooling is that you never know what you are going to find! We always go at low tide and provide flashlights for our guests after sunset.

Tour includes: Transportation, Trip insurance, Flashlights, Nets and Containers
Please bring flashlight, dive booties or water shoes, and gloves if you have them

CEDO Nature Talk
May 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

A well-known local tradition since the 1980’s, CEDO holds a natural history talk and exhibits tour every Tuesday and Saturday. This is a perfect opportunity to answer your questions about the local environment. Bring your family to learn about the Gulf of California’s extreme tides, the endangered vaquita porpoise and CEDO’s current projects.

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Latest News

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By Peggy J. Turk Boyer, Executive Director Boards of Directors and key staff from the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) gathered together in Ensenada, Baja California from 4 to 7 [...]

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