All activities meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise specified.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Culp Valley Wander 2.5 Hours
Take a walk in one of the favorite areas of Anza-Borrego that features a historic spring, an awesome scenic overlook, and beautiful boulders. Meet Park Interpretive Specialist, Regina Reiter, at the entrance to Culp Valley Campground between Mile Markers 9 and 9.5 on highway S-22. This hike is rated moderate. Wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, and a sun hat. Bring a snack and a quart of water to carry plus another quart to leave in your car for afterward.
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.
10:00 a.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
12:00 p.m. What Gives Ravens Their Star Quality? 30 Minutes
Enjoy finding out how the intelligence and personalities of ravens have inspired their starring role
in myths and legends around the world. With Volunteer Naturalist Karen DeLorenzo you will discover a new way to look at these mischievous – and maybe even wise – birds.
1:00 p.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!
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.