ABDSP Interpretive Activities

Date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 8:00am

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

8:00 a.m. Hike – Corral Canyon                                                   3 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Jan and Mike Bigelow on a search for spring wildflowers. This is a fairly easy walk across the desert, starting at the Visitor Center parking lot. Have water, hat, and appropriate walking shoes. Park rangers kept a horse in a corral in this area in the 1970’s and hence the name. We will enjoy a 2-mile leisurely walk.
9:00 a.m. Walk – Spring Plant Walk                                                               2 Hours
Enjoy and learn about the ingenuity of our SURVIVAL EXPERTS--OUR AMAZING DESERT PLANTS! Meet knowledgeable members of the Park's Botany Society for an easy morning stroll somewhere in the Park. Leaders and destinations will vary. Bring water, sun protection, and sturdy shoes. Note:  Check with the ABF Store or the State Park Visitor Center for additional dates.  No reservation needed; meet at State Park Store, (587 Palm Canyon Drive, next to ABF office).
$10 per person. Call Ashley at ABF for more information at 760-767-0446 ext 1003.
10:00 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.
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. 
3:30 p.m.  Garden Walk   - Petals, Leaves, and Pollen                                                             1 Hour
Knowing all the desert flowers can be frustrating and overwhelming.  Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter to discover an imaginative and satisfying way to name the flowers, plus a key sense for confidently engaging with Nature.