ABDSP Interpretive Activities

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 9:00am

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

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.
11:00 a.m. Walk   – Those Amazing Desert Plants!          1 Hour
Explore the Visitor Center Garden with Park Interpreter Sally Theriault and discover some of the unique strategies that help plants survive here. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. Who knows? We may even find some interesting things blooming!
12:00 p.m. Walk – 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. The 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, 3.5 miles south of  Highway 78, then 3 miles off of Highway S-2 on a dirt road.
1:00 p.m. Walk   Jojoba: A Model of Desert Survival            30 Minutes
The Jojoba plant is highly drought-resistant. Join Volunteer Naturalist Tony DeLorenzo at the Visitor Center to learn how the Jojoba plant has adapted to life in the desert and how to identify these adaptations in other desert plants. We’ll also discuss ancient and modern uses for this plant
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.