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.
8:00 a.m. Hike – South Rockhouse Loop 6 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Ted Caragozian and Paul Larson for a hike to the other rockhouse in the southern part of the Park. We could see some great flower displays along the way, plus the other Una Palma. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a snack and plenty of water as this is a fairly strenuous hike. Meet near Mile Marker 48 on Highway S-2.
11:00 a.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.
7:00 p.m. Campfire – Animal Songs 1 Hour
Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a lighthearted look at the sounds some of the Park animals make. You’ll leave this interactive program with new appreciation for some of the Park animals and a song in your heart! Meet at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center.