ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
7:30 a.m. Walk – Bird Walk 1.5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our desert. All birding levels welcome. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please bring binoculars. Rain cancels.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Culp Valley Wander 3 Hours
Take a walk in one of the favorite areas of Anza-Borrego that features a historic spring, an awesome scenic overlook, and beautiful boulders. Meet Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, at the entrance to Culp Valley Campground between Mile Markers 9 and 9.5 on highway S-22. This hike is rated moderate. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and a sun hat. Bring a snack and a quart of water to carry plus another quart to leave in your car for afterward.
10:00 a.m. Ranger Program – Santa Catarina Tailgate Talk 1 Hour
Meet Ranger Callan at the Santa Catarina Historical Marker near the top of the Bypass Road in Coyote Canyon to share some of the history of the Coyote Canyon area. Four wheel drive required.
1:00 p.m. Walk – Garden Walk 45 Min
Join a Visitor Center Interpreter who will take you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover some of our special desert plants.
2:00 p.m. Junior Rangers 45 Min
Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.
3:00 p.m. Hike – Sunset/Moonlight Hike 5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a desert hike to enjoy the sunset over the mountains and return under the nearly full moon to get a different perspective of the desert at a surprise location. Bring warm clothes and a flashlight (to be used only if necessary). We will cover as much as six miles and the daylight portion will involve walking over uneven ground. Limited to 15 participants – please sign-up at the Visitor Center and include your phone number to receive meeting details.
7:30 p.m. Campfire Program – Owls: The Eyes into Your Culture 1 Hour
Ranger D.L. Stephen takes you on a journey exploring why owls are important to numerous cultures. This is not your typical campfire program but takes you back to a time when people gathered around a campfire, telling stories. This story tells the tale of the night’s silent hunters’ position in different cultures’ mythology through the use of various forms of puppetry.