Photo: Ernie Cowan

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. Anza-Borrego Foundation is proud to support research in the Park and has partnered with universities, researchers, volunteer organizations and citizen scientists to facilitate new opportunities to learn more about this amazing desert. Below are examples of the research-oriented work that ABF is doing.

Partners in Research

Anza-Borrego Foundation and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park have partnered  with the University of California, Irvine to establish a field research center in Borrego Springs: the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center.

Research Symposia

Every fall, ABF hosts a research symposium focusing on the resources in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Colorado Desert region. Our yearly symposium, which includes featured speakers, a research poster session and field trips into the Park, fosters opportunities for scientists, students and the general public to connect, while also facilitating professional collaboration with researchers in all fields.

Photo: Don Endicott

Research Grants

ABF administers grants that encourage research in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Colorado Desert. Grants support scientific archaeological research, graduate field studies in ecology and biology, paleontological research activities and avian research. Find out more about ABF’s research grant opportunities.

Citizen Science

ABF supports citizen science programs like the Park’s annual Bighorn Sheep Count, springtime HawkWatch, Christmas Bird Count and the Anza-Borrego Tracking Team. Learn more about the projects and how you can get involved in the science and research that are taking place in Anza-Borrego. 

Photo: Don Endicott