Programs & Classes

View our list of events. To see events in a calendar format, use the Events Calendar.

Programs & Classes

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Here at Anza-Borrego Foundation, we’re proud to offer people a splendid array of fun, educational programs. Gaze at the starry sky that Borrego’s famous for during one of our stargazing courses! Learn about native plants on a Spring Plant Walk. Catch a lecture on desert fossils. Like hiking and beer? Put your two favorite passions together on our next Hops & Hikes outing. Join a group bike ride!

ABF offers many program options of varied activity levels and on topics ranging from photography to wildlife to archaeology. You’re sure to find something that will spark your interest! So check out our list of upcoming events and sign up today! To see events in a calendar format, please use the Events Calendar.

If you’re looking for programs offered exclusively to children, check out our Virtual Field Trips, Camp Borrego, Junior Rangers and School Groups pages.

Education Program Policies 

Program Registration

Anza-Borrego Foundation’s programs and classes allow you to dig deeper and learn more about our amazing desert. Join us for a wide variety of year-round programs including educational hikes, workshops, lectures and tours. You can register through our website by clicking on the “Register Now” button for your chosen program, or by phone at 760-767-0446 ext 1003.

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Attending a Program

Most of our programs and classes take place in the field. Participants should wear sturdy walking shoes and clothing adaptable to changes in weather. Be sure to carefully read the description and requirements for the program. Every participant is required to sign a liability release before attending a program. Some classes will require you to provide your own 4WD or high-clearance vehicle. Participants will be encouraged to carpool from the meeting location.


Most of our classes are held rain or shine. This is a natural area, and we expect participants to be prepared and dressed appropriately for all weather. Find expected weather conditions here. ABF reserves the right to change the program itinerary due to weather or other unforeseen conditions.

Dogs and Pets

Pets are not allowed on any ABF programs. Participants may not leave pets unattended in a vehicle or elsewhere. ABDSP Park Rangers may issue a citation for this.


ABF members receive discounts on programs and classes, along with other benefits! Join ABF today.

Cancellation Policy

Notification must be received at least seven days before the first day of the class if you need to cancel and wish to receive a refund. A $10 cancellation fee will be retained for each registration to cover transaction costs. For cancellations made after the seven-day deadline, we cannot issue refunds for any reason. No exceptions can be made to this policy.

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 trip, we will issue a full refund or credit.

Camping in the Park

You may make camping reservations at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground up to seven months in advance through Reserve California or by calling 1-800-444-7275. Campground fees will apply. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations, transportation and food, unless otherwise specified.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park also allows primitive and backcountry camping at no charge. The following primitive camps have vault toilets: Culp Valley, Sheep Canyon, Arroyo Salado, Yaqui Pass, Yaqui Well, Fish Creek, Blair Valley and Mountain Palm Springs. Call the ABDSP Visitor Center for additional information on camping in the Park: 760-767-4205.