ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
10:30 a.m. Talk – In Search of the Elusive Elephant Tree 30 Min
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”.
11:00 a.m. Talk – Solve the Desert Water Puzzle: Cart Activity 10 Minutes repeating for 1 Hour
Do you know what it means to “take plenty of water”? Meet Volunteer Naturalist Karen Cormier in front of the Visitor Center to solve The Water Puzzle and learn how to calculate your water needs for your visit to the Park. Stop by for ten minutes to develop your “water aptitude”.
12:00 noon Hike – Discovering the Archaeological History of the ‘Ehmuu Morteros 2 Hours
Discover the hidden secrets of an ancient Kumeyaay Native American village site. Join Volunteer Archaeologist and Naturalist Sam Webb to explore both rock art and historic milling features. This 1.5 mile hike is over uneven terrain. Be sure to bring the usual water, hat, and sturdy footwear. Meet at the Morteros trailhead in Blair Valley, about 3 miles off Highway S-2 on a dirt road (turn into Blair Valley near mile marker 23).
1:00 p.m. Walk - Rainbow Any Day 1 Hour
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. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.
5:00 p.m. Walk – Let’s Be “Crepuscular”! 1 Hour
You probably know “Nocturnal”, maybe even “Diurnal” animals. Walk with Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, near the Visitor Center at dusk to explore the fascinating and surprisingly active hour between the day and the night. Meet in front of the Visitor Center.