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As a part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, we have teamed up with UTEP’s Centennial Museum to bring a new event to the Border Region – Nerd Nights.  Nerd Nights is a series of informative evening events designed to bring fun scientific talks and activities to your favorite local brewery, restaurant, coffee shop, or any other community hub.  We will host a different Nerd Night at a different local establishment on a semi monthly basis.



Why Nerd Nights?  We launched Nerd Nights because we wanted to find an entertaining way to learn something new while sharing good food and drink with new friends.

Introducing our 6th Nerd Night on Sunday, May 20th:

 Prehistoric Tracking

Proudly Sponsored by:  The Hub of Human Innovation, Technology Hub, El Paso Cactus and Rock Club, and the Texas Master Naturalists



How did animal tracking skills help Dr. Eric Kappus discover the dinosaur tracks in El Paso?   Join us Sunday, May 20th for a special DinoTrack hike, dinosaur-themed dinner, and animal tracking Nerd Night talk guided by Dr. Kappus at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing.  Feel free to join us for Dr. Kappus’ talk or the talk and the special hike; see the schedule for more information about each activity.


Dr. Eric Kappus

Dr. Eric Kappus is a professor at Southwest University at El Paso. He is also a Research Paleontologist for New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, a Research Associate Professor at UTEP, and an Education Consultant. Holding a Ph.D. and a Masters degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso, Dr. Kappus researches trace fossils, sense of place, and environmental education. He discovered the only dinosaur footprints in the El Paso/Juarez region, as well as the oldest trace fossils in El Paso. Dr. Kappus is also a five-time graduate from Tom Brown’s Tracking, Nature and Wilderness Survival School and is an expert in ethnobotany and aboriginal skills.

Prehistoric Tracking Schedule:

4 pm – 6 pm:  Special DinoTrack tour with Dr. Eric Kappus and Insights’ DinoTracks guides (directions to the trail head in Sunland Park will be emailed to you upon ticket purchase)

6 pm – 7 pm:   DinoTrack dinner served at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing

7 pm – 8 pm:  Prehistoric Tracking talk by Dr. Eric Kappus


Ardovino’s Herbivore Dinosaur Dinner Prefix Menu:

Iganodon Eggs sitting in a nest of Lychnothamnus with Theropod Sauce Served with a Hadrosaurs Claw Fossil Cookie

(Culinary translation:  Lentil & Fava Bean Falafel, White Bean Hummus, Barley Tabouleh and Cucumber Tzatziki served with a Lemon Sugar Cookie with Dino Paw Print)

*This two course dinner will be served in Ardovino’s banquet facility located in a separate building from the main restaurant.  As regular menu items may be limited during this event, we encourage hungry guests attending the Prehistoric Tracking Nerd Night to select the Herbivore Dinosaur Dinner.

Ardovino’s Cretaceous Cocktails:

T-Rex Bloody Beer
Prehistoric Fashioned

 Prehistoric Tracking is proudly sponsored by:


From its space in Downtown El Paso, The Hub of Human Innovation supports individual entrepreneurs and innovative startups in order to accelerate the growth of the Paso del Norte region’s innovation economy.



As a binational business incubator located in Ciudad Juárez, Tech HUB is the ultimate innovation community stimulating regional innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry in the Paso del Norte region.









Where: Ardovino’s Desert Crossing

1 Ardovinos Dr, Sunland Park, NM 88063

 Parking:  Free parking



When: Sunday, May 20th at 4 pm


How to RSVP:

A variety of ticket options are available which include a special food or drink discount.  Space for this event is limited so please RSVP via the Eventbright link.  All Nerd Nights to date have completely sold out and sadly, we had to turn nerds away.  Don’t let this happen to you, get your ticket today!

Tickets to Nerd Night: Prehistoric Tracking range from $10 – $35 depending upon your meal option.  

Nerd Nights unites our community with a celebration of Science!


Stay tuned for Nerd Night #7:

Cryptocurrency on June 15th



2018 Night Sponsor Hall of Fame

Nerd Night #5 Sponsored by:


A huge thank you to Hacienda de Chihuahua for sponsoring our 5th Nerd Night!   Hacienda de Chihuahua’s Sotol is an extraordinarily pure spirit with its own denomination of origin, highly valued for over 800 years for its rich flavors.  It is an organic agavacea, wild-harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Mexico which takes 15 years to mature.  From there, their master distiller, who received his Masters degree in enology at the world renowned École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier, France  meticulously oversees our state of the art production process which starts by slow steam cooking the wild-harvested plants, naturally ferment them with champagne yeast and distill the “aguamiel” in a double-column copper still where our plata and platinum, genuine, non-stop travel, from the desert to you un-aged editions are directly bottled after being double and triple-distilled respectively.

Nerd Night #4 Sponsored by:



A huge thank you to Podium Finish Sport Boutique and Cafe for sponsoring and hosting “The Dynamics of Cycling.”  Part coffee shop, part restaurant, part sport boutique, part indoor training facility, and part bike repair shop, Podium Finish is a unique new addition to Downtown El Paso.  If you have not yet had a chance to check out all of the neat treats offered by Podium, you ‘ll get a chance to see what they’re all about on March 30th.


Nerd Night#2 Sponsored by:


When integrity matters most, choose the best route!

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Want to keep Nerd Nights totally free?  We need your help!  Sponsorship from our community of Nerds are what keep these events going strong.  Please let us know if your organization would like to make the next Nerd Night a reality!

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