ABDSP Interpretive Activities

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 9:00am

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

9:00 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.
10:00 a.m. Hikes & Hops- Hikes & Hops in Rainbow Canyon        5 Hours
This moderately strenuous 2.5-mile hike in Rainbow Canyon will take you past a fan of agave and cholla cactus and through the colorfully banded canyon as we look for wildflowers and perennial plants in bloom. Stick with us for the hike, and enjoy a cold craft brew from Stone Brewing Co at the end! $15 / $10 ABF Members. Visit www.theabf.org or call Ashley for more details and to register: 760-767-0446 ext 1003.
10:00 a.m. Hike - Milling around Mine Wash     4 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Hank  Barber for a fascinating and unforgettable look at how the ingenious desert Indians used plants for food, clothing, shelter, and medicine. We will discuss how the Indians used mesquite, agave, creosote bush, and other plants. We’ll stop at a mesquite grove in Yaqui Wells, then visit an important Kumeyaay village site at Mine Wash and see bedrock mortars, slicks, basins, and rubs used for milling food. We will hike through an Ocotillo forest and have lunch along an ancient trail. Please bring lunch, hat and ample water.  High clearance, 2-wheel drive is necessary.  Meet in the outer area of the Visitor Center parking lot by 10 a.m.
10:00 a.m. What Gives Ravens Their Star Quality?    45 Minutes
Enjoy finding out how the intelligence and personalities of ravens have inspired their starring role in myths and legends around the world. With Volunteer Naturalist Karen DeLorenzo you will discover a new way to look at these mischievous – and maybe even wise – birds.
11:00 a.m. Talk  -Solve The Desert Water Puzzle: Hands On 10 minutes repeating for 2 Hrs
Do you know what it means to “take plenty of water”?  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 for ten minutes to develop your “water aptitude”.    
1:00 p.m. Garden Walk   - Small World                         1 Hour
Everyone is impressed with the vast dimensions and stunning vistas of Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  The desert is equally impressive on a micro-scale.  Stretch your perspective and explore the natural history of the Park up close and personal with Volunteer Naturalist Daniel Hellyer for a
1-jour easy walk.  Meet at the Visitor Center.
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.
7:30 p.m. - Campfire- - Who are the Creatures in Your Neighborhood?                               1 Hour
Meet Ranger Steve at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground campfire center.
Diurnal, Nocturnal, Desert Life
Relies on temperature to make livin’ right!
Come to campfire with Ranger Steve
Learn things about Desert Creatures you won’t believe!