The mission of Anza-Borrego Foundation is to protect and preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife habitat and cultural heritage of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and its surrounding region for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Anza-Borrego Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. ABF is the Cooperating Association for the Park, which means we raise funds to supplement a tight state park budget. We exist to ensure that individuals, corporations and governments value our desert for all of its unique characteristics. That’s why we don’t just advocate for and protect land, we approach conservation as a strategic process that leads to a greater understanding of and appreciation for California’s dwindling wilderness. Our programs are interdependent and the root of our success. We see Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and this region not just as a vast wild landscape for recreation and inspiration, but as a living laboratory and classroom as well.
A primary aspect of Anza-Borrego Foundation’s mission is to conserve land by purchasing it from willing sellers and adding it to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Since 1967, ABF has acquired more than 54,000 acres of those inholdings and other properties to add to the Park. Acquisitions have been in critical areas such as Borrego Palm Canyon, Coyote Canyon and the Borrego Badlands, an area rich with paleontology.
Direct Financial Support
Anza-Borrego Foundation is the official nonprofit partner of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. We provide direct financial support, as well as administrative support as the Park’s Fiscal Agent for various projects.
Anza-Borrego Foundation manages the interpretive sales operations at two State Park Stores: inside the Park Visitor Center and in the town of Borrego Springs. This work ensures that all store proceeds stay local and help the Park where it needs it most. Every sale made at our stores provides critical funding for education programs in the Park!
The goal of our education efforts is to make public lands truly accessible to all — adults, children, their families — for lifelong enjoyment, appreciation and exploration. We support the Park’s PORTS program for students who cannot travel to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Camp Borrego, an overnight fifth-grade environmental education program offers students an outdoor learning experience (sometimes their first!) and the satisfaction of living and learning together in nature.
Our programs for adults engage park visitors with enriching, inspiring, and educational experiences through park outreach and in-depth research-based adult education field classes, hikes and lectures.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is more than just a beautiful place to explore. It is an incredible living laboratory that includes thousands of cultural and historic sites, the most complete Pleistocene-era fossil record in the world, rare plants and endangered animals.
For 53 years, we have worked alongside Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to ensure a sustainable desert. We protect the futures of more than 1,500 species of plants and animals as well as the wilderness experience for more than one million visitors who enjoy the Park each year.