50th Anniversary Celebration Tour Information

Registration to our 50th Anniversary Celebration includes your choice of one exclusive ABF Impact Tour. 

More detailed information will be provided on the tour registration page once you register for the event. If you have questions about the tours please contact Bri Fordem, bfordem@theabf.org or 760-767-0446 Ext. 1006

Tour 1 - Sentenac Canyon: The Game Changer

Description/ Leaders: Join former ABF Executive Director Linda Tandle and retired Park Superintendent Dave Van Cleve for a closer look into a pivotal moment in history for ABF and the Park. Traveling along Yaqui Pass we will wind through the diverse habitats of desert wildlife and view the rich resources of the desert.  Stopping at Tamarisk Grove Camp area, we will discuss the probable impacts to sensitive desert habitats and viewsheds of Sempra Energy’s Sunrise Powerlink project and review the sites seen from Yaqui Pass. We will then continue to Scissors Crossings, our final destination, for a “walk-about” in Sentenac Canyon. Learn how the acquisition of this incredible property shifted the focus of ABF’s land program to include wildlife corridors and out holdings, hear the unimaginable story of what it took to acquire this land, and how it impacted the resources of the area.

Tour 2 - Cactus Garden: A Desert Natural Wonder

Description/Leaders: Join Julie Gerson, ABF Land Program Coordinator, Terry Gerson, District Services Manager for the Colorado Desert District and Larry Hendrickson, Botanist with Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for a tour of one of the deserts natural gardens. Our hike starts just off Kane Springs road at the entrance to Harper Canyon road. This property is a sight for viewing a beautiful selection of plants. On this hike, we will learn to identify the 7 or more varieties of cacti in this natural garden, many of which may still be in bloom. We will also hear about the past and ongoing efforts to preserve this beautiful area that is also rich in cultural resources. 

Tour 3 - Camp Borrego and Scientific Research in the Colorado Desert District

Description/Leaders: The partnership between the Park, Anza-Borrego Foundation, volunteers, granting organizations, and private donors has led to a number of success stories for this special place. This tour will highlight three of those successes in the areas of research and education: The Stout Paleontological Research Center, the Begole Archaeological Research Center & Library, and the Camp Borrego 5th Grade Environmental Education Program. Join Jimmy Smith, ABF Board Member and Paleontology Society Volunteer, and Ashley Kvitek, ABF Education & Outreach Coordinator, for an easy morning of walking and talking as we take a look back at how these three programs and facilities came to be. We will also spend some time shifting our attention to what these programs will look like as we move forward into the next 50 years.

Tour 4 - A Garden for Coyote Canyon

Description/Leaders: Join Kathy Dice, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Superintendent and Diana Lindsay, author, historian, and former ABF board member to explore a true garden spot in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and learn about ABF’s role in making Coyote Canyon a part of the park.  The canyon plays an important role in California history, is the tribal home of the Desert Cahuilla Indians (and now a cultural preserve), and is one of the rare riparian habitats for this desert and for all of San Diego County!  We hope to see evidence of the phases of the annual wildflower bloom and will see how ABF has preserved some of the famous wildflower fields known around Borrego Springs.