ABDSP Interpretive Activities

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 7:30am

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

7:30 a.m. Walk - Bird Walk    1.5 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our desert. All birding levels welcome. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please bring binoculars.  Rain cancels.
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.
9:30 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”.
10:00 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”. 
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. 
1:00 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.
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 -   - Mysteries of Anza-Borrego         1 Hour
Take a deeper look into the past.  Join Ranger Josh for a trip into the earlier times of
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  Meet at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campground Campfire Center.
7:30 p.m.- Lecture- Anza-Borrego’s Impossible Goat Canyon Trestle    1.5 Hours
Learn the history of the 148-mile railroad linking San Diego and the Imperial Valley and the dramatic backstory of why, when and how the Goat Canyon Trestle was built. The famed 185’ high, 633’ long wooden bridge connects tunnels through the steep, arid landscape of Carrizo Gorge. $5 at the Door of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center’s Discovery Lab. Visit www.theabf.org or call Ashley for more details and to register: 760-767-0446 ext 1003.