ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Stone Bridge #5 Wash 4 Hours
Join Susie and Brian Jones to explore a wash with towering water-carved walls, walk through a mini-slot canyon, and end up at a magnificent dry waterfall. This is an easy/moderate 2.2 mile hike, with a sloping, short descent into the wash. Hiking stick(s) may be helpful. Bring water, snack, and sturdy hiking shoes. Limited to 15 people and you must sign up at the Visitor Center. Meet at 9:00 am at mile marker 37.2 to the east of Borrego Springs on Hwy S22.
10:30 a.m. Talk – In Search of the Elusive Elephant Tree 30 Minutes
The seldom-seen, endangered elephant tree survives in only a few scattered and isolated spots in California. Join Volunteer Naturalist Karen Cormier at the Visitor Center to find out how to identify these distinctive trees, hear why Native Americans valued them, and discover where you can look for elephant tree herds “in the wild”.
12:00 p.m. Hike – Discovering the Archaeological History of the ‘Ehmuu Morteros 2 Hours
Discover the hidden secrets of an ancient Kumeyaay Native American village site. Join Volunteer Archaeologist and Naturalist Sam Webb to explore both rock art and historic milling features. This 1.5 mile hike is over uneven terrain. Be sure to bring the usual water, hat, and sturdy footwear. Meet at the Morteros trailhead in Blair Valley, about 3 miles off Highway S-2 on a dirt road (turn into Blair Valley near Mile Marker 23).
2:00 p.m. – Junior Rangers 1 Hour
Special program for children ages 7-12 only. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.
5:00 p.m. Walk – Let’s Be Crepuscular 1 Hour
You probably know “Nocturnal”, maybe “Diurnal”. Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for an easy walk near the Visitor Center at dusk to explore the fascinating and surprisingly active hour between the day and night. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
7:00 p.m. Talk – Enjoy Anza-Borrego’s Dark Night Sky! 1 Hour
Winter nights are perfect for Stargazing. Explore constellations and learn about the importance of dark skies everywhere. Bring binoculars if you have them, flashlight (red lens is preferable) and your imagination! Look for Interpreter Sally Theriault at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center.