Anza-Borrego Foundation’s Future for Education

Seventeen years ago, California State Parks partnered with Anza-Borrego Foundation to provide Camp Borrego, a three-day, two-night environmental education camp in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, for 5th grader students in underserved schools in Imperial and San Diego Counties. Camp Borrego closed in 2017, as safety upgrades in infrastructure were needed. In 2018, ABF’s board members and staff committed to re-building a safe, permanent and broadened facility that would create the potential to expand the popular 5th Grade Environmental Education Camp to other schools outside Borrego Springs.

ABF’s five-year strategic plan includes applying for a Regional Parks Grant to build the new Camp Borrego facility, also used as a public meeting place, to fulfill ABF’s and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s mission. Discovering the Regional Parks Grant expanded ABF’s perspective on utilizing the permanent 5th-grade educational camp facility. In addition to revitalizing Camp Borrego to serve its original purpose, ABF seeks to create additional educational opportunities for all ages based in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The new facility is located within the same area as the current camp, in Borrego Palm Canyon and will be the new home for the 5th-grade environmental camp, ABF’s public access education programs, and Park camping through the California Reserve System. California State Parks and Anza-Borrego Foundation are designing the facility together in partnership. It includes:

-Six Cabins

-Showers

-Restrooms

-Multi-use Gathering Space

-Outdoor Kitchen 

This design will increase the capacity of the 5th-grade Environmental Camp by 100%, with the potential of a 200% expansion based on scheduling. This translates to an increase from 400 students to 1,600 students a season. 

Rendering of Camp Borrego Proposed Design

The Regional Parks Grant will be awarded in June 2022, and once the status is known, additional detailed planning and fundraising will begin. The grant will only fund 1/3 of the cost of the facility, and ABF plans to complete the entire project over a ten-year timeline. Stay tuned to the next steps!

If you have any questions about the project, are interested in helping fund it, or partner with us, please contact ABF’s Executive Director, Bri Fordem, at bri@theabf.org.

If you are interested in learning more about ABF’s five-year strategic plan, please contact ABF’s Executive Director, Bri Fordem, at bri@theabf.org.