ABDSP Interpretive Activities are Free and Open to the Public. All programs meet in front of the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise stated.
9:00 a.m. Hike – Cool Canyon 2.5 Hours
Join Brian and Susie Jones on a strenuous 3-mile round trip hike up Cool Canyon. We’ll hike up some dry waterfalls in the higher country where the flora is different from that of the desert floor, and hope to observe some of the many lizards that live there (provided we have warm weather). Meet at 9:00 am at the intersection of County Highway S-2 and the first dirt road to the west (near mile marker 22), one-half mile south of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park boundary sign just beyond Shelter Valley. Approximate drive time is 45 minutes from the ABDSP Visitor Center. Four-wheel drive not required. Hike is limited to 15 people. Please sign up at the Visitor Center. Bring water, a hat, snacks, hiking sticks (optional) and wear sturdy hiking shoes.
9:00 a.m. Talk/Walk - Beaks and Feet 1 Hour
If you’ve always wanted to learn about birds but thought it’s too complicated and only for birding experts, you’ll enjoy this simple way of appreciating the birds! Join Regina Reiter, Park Interpretive Specialist, in the Visitor Center Discovery Lab for this hands-on discovery session and get a close look at birds in and around the Visitor Center. For bird lovers 8 and up with no previous birding experience necessary. Bring binoculars if you have them.
11:00 a.m. Talk – Bighorn Sheep: Symbol of Desert Wilderness 1 Hour
Join Volunteer Naturalist Tony DeLorenzo to find out about bighorn sheep. Where did they come from? What is their history here in the desert? What are their prospects for the future?
2:00 p.m. Walk – Junior Rangers 1 Hour
Special California State Parks program for children only, ages 7-12. Discover secrets of the desert environment. Sign up at the Visitor Center as space is limited. Bring a sunhat and water. Groups of 5 or more, call in advance 760-767-0334 and check for availability.
7:00 p.m. Talk – Enjoy Anza-Borrego’s Dark Night Sky! 1 Hour
Winter nights are perfect for Stargazing. Explore constellations and learn about the importance of dark skies everywhere. Bring binoculars if you have them, flashlight (red lens is preferable) and your imagination! Look for Interpreter Sally Theriault at the Borrego Palm Canyon Campfire Center.