ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
8:30 a.m. Hike –Ghost Mountain 2 Hours
Experience the Marshal South story on this trek up Ghost Mountain with Volunteer Naturalist Dan Leidecker. The hike is steep but relatively short (one mile up, one mile down) and offers a glimpse into the family’s life on this remote mountain top. Bring water, a snack, hat and sturdy footwear. Meet at the entrance to Blair Valley (turn off Highway S-2 near Mile Marker 23).
9:00 a.m. Solve the Desert Water Puzzle: Hands on Demonstration 2 Hours
Do you know what it means to “take plenty of water” on your first walk in the Park? Meet Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, in front of the Visitor Center for this short, hands-on activity to solve “The Water Puzzle” and learn how to calculate your water needs for all your hikes while you’re visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. You’ll also get some tips on getting to see the Park’s Desert Bighorn Sheep by discovering their watering habits! Stop by anytime between 9 and 11 to test your “water aptitude”.
11:30 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 the trees, and discover where you can look for elephant tree herds “in the wild”.
2:00 p.m. – Junior Rangers 45 Minutes
Special program for children ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited.
7:30 p.m. – Campfire - - Ranger Surprise 1 Hour
Join Ranger Richard at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center for an evening campfire program.