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Sentenac Cienega Restoration Symposium

California State Parks and Anza-Borrego Foundation invite you to join us at a two-day event where researchers will share their findings and restoration recommendations for Sentenac Cienega, one of two vital wetlands in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It will be a weekend filled with learning through lectures and field tours at the Cienega, located about 30 minutes from Borrego Springs.

California State Parks, Colorado Desert District (CDD) is working to develop a wetland restoration strategy for the Sentenac Cienega wetlands in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park located at Scissors Crossing, where San Felipe Rd, the Pacific Crest Trail and Highway 78 meet.

A wetland in the desert?? YES, and it is home to many unique and diverse species. After two years of research, Park staff and a team of researchers are ready to present their research findings, as well as recommendations for a future restoration strategy.

Presenters will include researchers from UC Irvine, University of San Diego and State Parks who will present on their studies which focus on hydrogeology, vegetation, birds, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrate species. These baseline studies will inform us on the current health of the wetland and guide the restoration strategy.


Field Tours

Afternoon tours will visit the research field areas of the speakers, allowing you to learn more about the process of gathering data for the projects, and see Sentenac Cienega up close and personal. You will get to see an overview of the watershed and hear about this unique, dynamic and diverse ecosystem located in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

Tours will include a total of <2 miles of off-trail walking on uneven terrain that is mostly flat but does include a couple short and steep sandy sections.


Date & Time:

December 10-11, 2022

9 AM – 4:30 PM



Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center



Full Symposium: $100

Includes morning lectures, interactive lunch, and afternoon field tours both days

Symposium Lectures Only: $70

Includes morning lectures and interactive lunch both days


Register Here for Full Symposium


Register Here for Lectures Only


Scholarships Available

Scholarships are available for current students, tribal members and community members with financial hardships. Please complete this form to apply for one of our symposium scholarships. (Only a limited number of scholarships are available and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.) Apply Here.

Notification must be received at least 7 days before the first day of the event if you need to cancel and wish to receive a refund. A $10 cancellation fee will be retained for each registration. For cancellations made after the 7-day deadline, we cannot issue refunds for any reason. We understand that unforeseen or emergency circumstances may arise, but our nonprofit organization operates on a limited budget and, while inconvenient, this policy enables us to sustain our programs even with last-minute cancellations. If ABF cancels a program, we will issue a full refund or credit.