Since its inception, Camp Borrego has introduced thousands of socioeconomically disadvantaged students from San Diego and Imperial Counties to the wonders of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the satisfaction of living and learning together in nature. This fifth grade environmental education program offers many students their first, perhaps only, outdoor learning experience as well as their first experience in a state park. Best of all and thanks to our generous donors, students attend Camp Borrego at no cost to their families.
Throughout their three-day adventure, the students are introduced to the varied natural and cultural resources of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. They are exposed to intriguing wildlife, scientific research and new careers they might never have considered, like wildlife biology or paleontology. Camp Borrego participants hike into Borrego Palm Canyon, meet park rangers, stargaze, visit an ancient Native American village site and much more.
Students get the unique experience of sleeping in yurts, strong tent-like structures that hold up well in the desert’s unpredictable weather. The yurt is a modern version of the ancient shelter used by Central Asian nomads for centuries. So, in addition to providing shelter, they offer opportunities to educate students and the public about the types of adaptations made throughout the world for living in extreme climates.
Other developments are on the horizon for Camp Borrego in the coming years. These include a kitchen sink, hand washing station and solar panels to power Camp Borrego’s entire facility!
What better gift can we offer the next generation than a passion for discovery, connection to their land and heritage, and commitment to caring for their natural world? Anza-Borrego Foundation is proud to bring this experience to underprivileged youth in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education.
ABF's Camp Borrego is funded entirely by donations and grants. We are grateful for scholarship support received from individuals as well as the Desert Protective Council, private foundations and other organizations.
Please contact ABF if you would like to support Camp Borrego. You can also impact students' lives by donating online today. For just $218, you can send one curious fifth grade student on an adventure they'll never forget!