ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
7:00 a.m. Hawkwatch – A Borrego Springs Phenomenon 2.5 Hours
Why are these people looking up into the sky? Join State Park volunteer Naturalist Terry Hunefeld to discover the fascinating story of migrating Swainson’s Hawks. We’ll meet at the Visitor Center outdoor amphitheater for a 40-minute program, then caravan to the Hawkwatch site, observe hawk watchers on duty, and (we hope) see migrating raptors. We’ll also meet “HawkGuy” Hal Cohen, the man who discovered the hawk migration phenomenon in 2003 and helped to put the Borrego Hawkwatch in motion. Bring binoculars, water and hats. You may also appreciate a portable chair. Limited to 12 participants who must have pre-registered at the Visitor Center.
8:30 a.m. Hike – Ghost Mountain 3 Hours
Experience the Marshal South story on this trek up Ghost Mountain with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Leidecker. The hike is steep but relatively short (1 mile up, 1 mile down) and offers a glimpse into the family’s life on this remote mountaintop. Bring water, a snack, hat and sturdy footwear. Meet Dan at the Blair Valley entrance (turn off highway S2 near Mile-marker 23, at the Butterfield Stage sign). Prehike Optional Add-on: Meet at the Shelter Valley Community Center for a no-host breakfast with Dan at 7:30. (The Community Center accepts donations.) 1:00 p.m. Walk - Garden Walk 45 Minutes 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. Walk – Junior Rangers 1 Hour
Special California State Parks program for children only, ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a sunhat and water. Groups of 5 or more, call in advance 760-767-0334 and check for availability.
4:00 p.m. Walk – Rainbow Any Day 1 Hour
Even when it’s not raining, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a unique view of the desert nearby the Visitor Center, exploring how color occurs and reveals the details of the desert that we often only glimpse. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. 7:00 p.m. Talk – Enjoy Anza-Borrego’s Dark Night Sky! 1 Hour Desert nights are perfect for Stargazing. Explore constellations and discover what it means to be an International Dark Sky Park! Bring binoculars if you have them, flashlight (red lens is preferable) and your imagination! Join Interpreter Sally Theriault at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center.