ABDSP Interpretive Activities

Date: 
Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:00am

All activities meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise specified.

10:00 a.m. Talk    - Solve the Desert Water Puzzle: Cart Program      10 Minutes ongoing/2 Hours
Do you know what it means to “take plenty of water” on your Park walks?  Meet Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, in front of the Visitor Center to solve  The Water Puzzle  and learn how to calculate your water needs while you’re visiting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. You’ll also get some tips on how to locate the Park’s Desert Bighorn Sheep by discovering their watering habits! Stop by anytime between 10 and 11 to develop your “water aptitude”.
11:00 a.m. Mystery Cat: Anza-Borrego’s Elusive Mountain Lion                    45 Minutes
Join volunteer naturalist Don Endicott for a 45-minute multi-media introduction to the natural history of the Park's seldom seen apex predator.  Don's talk will describe the amazing attributes and signature behaviors of our big cats, show how relationships between Mountain Lions and people changed over time, and outline their key contributions to a healthy wilderness environment. 
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).
1:30 p.m. Talk   – The Pollen Path: Seasonal Movements of Native Americans                  1 Hour
Discover the amazing secrets of the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Join Volunteer Naturalist Steve Russell in an exciting journey through the past as we take a look at how early residents migrated to take advantage of different food supplies.
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.
3:00 p.m. Walk   - Garden Walk                                      45 Minutes
Join Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker as she takes you on a stroll through the Visitor Center Garden to discover what is in bloom.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 (continued)
7:30 p.m. – Campfire -   - Waiting for Rain                                                         1 Hour
Get to know some of the surprises waiting for rain in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Hear about the winter rains (Equipatas) that decide if there will be desert wildflowers and the summer rains (Las Aguas) that bring flashfloods. Meet Ranger Heidi at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground campfire center.