Camp Borrego is Back!
We’re rebuilding Camp Borrego to inspire and educate local and regional audiences, particularly underserved/disadvantaged students, about the natural beauty and cultural history of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The new facility will be built on the same property as the previous Camp and enable a vast array of uses.
Camp Borrego is designed to complement the existing landscape and enhance the user experience by offering outdoor recreation and economic benefits for Borrego Springs.
Studies show that children who regularly spend time outdoors are healthier and better equipped for life. Camp Borrego offers a chance to learn and explore the outdoors. A permanent facility provides a more immersive learning/teaching environment and can be used for multi-day excursions.
- The creation of new local jobs or volunteer opportunities
- More visitors to the region and increased revenue for the Borrego Springs tourism industry
- Camp amenities open to residents, including interpretive events, paved walking trails that allow both bikes and dogs, overnight stays, stargazing, wildlife observation and local history.
We want to hear from you! A public meetings is scheduled to gather input on the new Camp Borrego facility.
- When: September 8, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Where: Borrego Springs Library, 2580 Country Club Road, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
- To RSVP for the in-person meeting, or to receive a Zoom meeting link please Jaime Purinton at email@example.com or call (760)-767-0446
Camp Borrego in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is being redesigned and can be a beloved resource for residents as well as an attraction for tourists and an educational experience for school kids.
Are you a Borrego Springs resident? How would you use Camp Borrego if it had all the amenities you wanted? Take this brief survey to help the camp designers learn what would make Camp Borrego your favorite place to visit!
Anza-Borrego Foundation is collecting residents’ input on Camp Borrego until September 10, 2021.
El Camp Borrego en el Parque Estatal Anza-Borrego Desert está siendo rediseñado y puede convertirse en un recurso apreciado por los residentes, así como en una atracción para turistas y una experiencia educativa para los niños.
¿Reside usted en Borrego Springs? ¿Cómo usaría usted el Camp Borrego si éste tuviera todas las atracciones que usted quisiera? ¡Responda esta breve encuesta para que los diseñadores del campamento sepan qué haría de Camp Borrego el lugar favorito para sus visitas!
La Fundación Anza-Borrego estará recopilando sugerencias de los residentes hasta el 10 de septiembre de 2021.
Since its inception, Camp Borrego has introduced thousands of socioeconomically disadvantaged students from San Diego and Imperial Counties to the wonders of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the satisfaction of living and learning together in nature. This fifth grade environmental education program offers many students their first, perhaps only, outdoor learning experience as well as their first experience in a state park. Best of all and thanks to our generous donors, students attend Camp Borrego at no cost to their families.
Scholarships & Funding:
What better gift can we offer the next generation than a passion for discovery, connection to their land and heritage, and commitment to caring for their natural world? Anza-Borrego Foundation is proud to bring this experience to underprivileged youth.
ABF’s Camp Borrego is funded entirely by donations and grants. We are grateful for scholarship support received from individuals, like the Carl Ellsworth and Patricia Mary Miller Scholarship for Youth Education, as well as private foundations and other organizations.
A $10,000 annual scholarship has been set up in honor of Carl and Pat Miller with the Anza-Borrego Foundation. The Carl Ellsworth and Patricia Mary Miller Scholarship for Youth Education will help many kids enjoy and learn about the Park.
The donor, who would like to remain anonymous, had this to say about Carl and the reason for the scholarship:
“Carl was just an awesome guy! He was to me an inspirational teacher, a role model, a teaching mentor, and a true friend. When I was in high school, he lit the fire for me and many of my classmates to learn and love Science, especially Biology. There were a several of us who became Mr. Miller apprentices. Mr. Miller saw our potential and encouraged us to go further in our study of the natural world. Because of him, through Mira Costa Community College, I ended up taking field biology classes in Baja California, Mexico and Australia. Mr. Miller introduced me to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in 1985 when he invited me and a few other aspiring naturalists to go hiking in search of Bighorn Sheep. A couple years later, he even joined me and some friends 400 miles south of the border on one of our many Baja trips.
Carl inspired me to follow in his path into education, and now I’m fortunate on a daily basis to have the opportunity to teach the nature of science and the science of nature to my own students.
Carl LOVED Anza-Borrego Desert State Park! I know that he would be so happy to know a scholarship created in his name could help introduce many students to the wonder and beauty of Anza-Borrego State Park for years to come.”
Carl’s great legacy will live on through this scholarship of sharing his love for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with others. If you’re interested in contributing to this scholarship, please email Bri Fordem at firstname.lastname@example.org.