ABDSP Interpretive Activities

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 9:30am

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

9:30 a.m. Hike – Roving Naturalist in Borrego Palm Canyon  2 Hours
Volunteer Naturalist Aleese Golding will be roaming the Alternate Trail in Borrego Palm Canyon searching for interesting features along the trail. Look for her in her vest. This is not a guided hike.
10:00 a.m. Hike – Nolina Wash   4 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalists Mary Ekelund and Hank Barber for a walk in Nolina Wash, a treasure off the beaten path. Even the drive to the trailhead is beautiful. We’ll be looking for canyon wildflowers among the wide diversity of plants and other natural wonders along the way. Bring sturdy shoes, ample water, lunch and hat for this 3-4 mile roundtrip, easy to moderate hike. 4-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle is required. Please sign up at the Visitor Center and indicate if you need a ride. Limited to 16.
11:00 a.m. Walk   - Rainbow Any Day        45 Minutes
Even when it’s not raining, you can discover a rainbow of color in the desert. Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a unique view of the desert nearby the Visitor Center, exploring how color occurs and reveals the details of the desert that we often only glimpse.
2:00 p.m.  Talk   – Colorado Desert Archaeological Society                    1 Hour
Prehistoric Bighorn Sheep Hunting in ABDSP - Certain stone constructions occur in areas of the Park known to have had populations of bighorn sheep.  Archaeologist Dr. Joan S. Schneider will present the archaeological, ethnographic, ecological and biological evidence to support her view that these structures played a role in prehistoric Bighorn sheep hunting, Dr. Schneider has worked for 30 years in desert regions around the world studying the role of Bighorn Sheep for food, bone tools, ceremony and spirituality of prehistoric people.
6:00 p.m. Walk    -Let’s Be “Crepuscular”!     1 Hour
You probably know “Nocturnal”, maybe “Diurnal”. Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist for an easy walk near the Visitor Center at dusk to explore the fascinating and surprisingly active hour between the day and night.  Meet in front of the Visitor Center.