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Borrego Springs Botany Laboratory Opens

Group Project

Desert plant researchers have a new facility to visit in their quest to unlock the secrets of survival in a harsh and forbidding environment.

They can come to the Stout Research Center in Borrego Springs, where Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Botany Society volunteers have opened their new herbarium and laboratory. The herbarium houses more than 1,500 plant specimens collected during nearly 60 years in Anza-Borrego and four other state parks that form the Colorado Desert District.

Tamarisk Grove Campground and Picnic Area Now Open

Camping in the Desert

After closures due to budget cuts, we are thrilled to report that Tamarisk Grove campground and picnic area will re-open today! Sites there are $25 per night, on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers should be aware that the water at this point is non-potable, so it must be boiled or treated before drinking or cooking with it, or bring your own drinking water. Happy camping!

A Piece of the Puzzle


Last spring, a Costa's Hummingbird built her nest in a tall bush not ten feet away from my back door. In one sense, she picked the perfect location – my house protected her nest from the howling winds that persisted throughout late winter and spring. I wondered, however, why she chose a location so close to human activity. I worried that back patio dinner gatherings, hanging laundry on the clothesline, or my husband's backyard exercise routine would disturb her.

Big Scary Outdoors

Do you remember your first overnight camp experience?

Mine was an overnight in Angeles National Forest with my Brownie Girl Scout Troop. After a fun time singing songs and roasting smores around the campfire, it was time to go to sleep in a tent. I was scared to death. As the youngest child I had always been the first to go to sleep which meant that all the lights in our house were still on. The darkness of the outdoors was so thrilling for me. Even though I was in a tent with a few other girls, but I was convinced that a bear was going to eat us.

It didn't, of course.

Protecting Clark Dry Lake For You and Your Descendants

Wild Flowers, Success, Land Conservation

Last spring the Anza-Borrego Foundation celebrated the acquisition of 50,000 acres of important lands within and adjacent to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This is a tremendous achievement for a local land conservation organization. We owe our success to the extraordinary partnership between our volunteers, our staff, the park’s land managers, the support of our generous members, and the philanthropy of inspired donors.

Steele Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

At 615,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in California and one of the largest desert protected areas in the west. Located in the eastern half of San Diego County, the park extends roughly 25 miles east to west and 50 miles north to south.

The Steele Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center, housed in a former country club, is located adjacent to the park in the town of Borrego Springs. An agreement with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Anza-Borrego Foundation makes the park available to reserve users.

Historic Borrego home to become Research Center

BORREGO SPRINGS — The historic Desert Club in Borrego Springs, once envisioned to be the centerpiece of a thriving desert city much like Palm Springs, will soon become a field research center for biologists, astronomers, anthropologists and others.

A large monetary gift from the daughter-in-law of the original developer of the 4,280-square-foot, architecturally stunning Desert Club, has been given to the University of California, Irvine, which plans to open the research center late next year.

Ballot Proposal would Mandate Car Fee for State Parks

SACRAMENTO — Today, $18 can buy a couple of movie tickets, a decent bottle of wine or six gallons of gasoline.

In the future, that same $18 could buy a year's worth of strolls through wildflowers, visits to selected museums and prime beach parking.

Supporters of California's state parks took the first step Tuesday toward launching a campaign for the November 2010 ballot. They want voters to approve a mandatory $18 annual fee on most vehicle registrations, with the money going to the state parks department.

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