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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® Interpretive Activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Events meet at the ABDSP Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Be aware that there is a $10 Day Use Fee at the Visitor Center.

7:00 a.m. Walk Bird Walk    2 Hours
Join Volunteer Naturalist Ann Keenan for a walk around the Visitor Center vicinity looking for the common birds of our desert. All birding levels welcome. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Please bring binoculars.  Rain cancels.

11:00 a.m. Walk   Desert Mart   45 Minutes
Come stroll down the aisles of Desert-Mart with Certified Interpretive Guide Abby Barker to discover how the ingenious Native Americans used desert plants for their food, clothing, shelter, and medicine.  Focus is on the three most important plants: Agave, Creosote, and Mesquite. Meet in front of the Visitor Center. We will move inside if it’s too hot outside.

2:00 p.m. Junior Ranger Family Adventure – Junior Ranger Mountain    1.5 Hours
Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for a fun family hike up “Junior Ranger Mountain”, a favorite promontory for young explorers, just west of the Visitor Center. Meet at the front of the Visitor Center. Children ages 7-12 will earn their Junior Ranger badge. Limited to families who have signed up by 1 p.m. today at the Visitor Center or by calling 760-767-4205.

6:30 p.m. Talk   Moon Features Come Alive    1 Hour
Have you wondered what the “Man in the Moon” really is? Join Park Interpretive Specialist Regina Reiter for this interactive program to discern the features of the Moon and see a demonstration of the Moon phases.  Meet in the Visitor Center Discovery Lab. Stay to watch the moon rise.

7:30 p.m. Talk  – The Moon Rises    1 Hour
Watch the sky during the hour of the Moon’s rising. Bring out your lawn chair and binoculars and meet on the Visitor Center Roof, the “Bridge”, to watch the full moon rise as the sun goes down. Come early for Moon Features Come Alive, above.