The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (ABDNHA) is an
independent educational non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Established in
1971, ABDNHA is devoted to enhancing the public's understanding,
appreciation, and enjoyment of the Anza-Borrego desert and surrounding areas
and enriching the lives of those who live in and visit the community of
ABDNHA's Desert Nature Center and Store, 652 Palm Canyon Drive, was opened in
1999 as headquarters for educational programs and special events. Since its
founding, ABDNHA has published numerous books about the Anza-Borrego region, and
the ABDNHA Nature Center offers one of the finest natural history book stores in
the West. The Nature Center also serves as headquarters for all of our
educational programs and special events.
Betsy Knaak, Executive Director
Nature Center Manager
Andrea Taylor, Office Manager
Educational Programs & Website
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jim Wilson, Chair
Jacquelyn Spacek, PhD, Vice Chair/Treasurer
Reena Deutsch, PhD
WHAT DOES ABDNHA DO? OUR EDUCATIONAL MISSION
See the year in review
- ABDNHA presents lectures, guided tours,
hikes and walks, training sessions,
nighttime astronomy viewing, and other programs of
interest and concern to those who visit or live within the American
southwest desert region.
ABDNHA publishes The Sand Paper: Our premier publication
goes out five times a year to members and the public with quality information
written by experts in various fields that pertain to the Anza-Borrego Region.
conducts regularly scheduled educational programs for school children within the
Borrego Springs School District.
Borrego Rock and Gem (BRAG) Club,an ABDNHA affiliate, is for people
who want to learn about rocks and minerals, general geology and
participate in geology related field trips and lectures. The club has been
rocking since February 2003.
- ABDNHA organizes special events every year, including a Native Plant Show and Sale, an annual Energy Day, and a
Borrego Garden Tour.
- ABDNHA advances our knowledge of natural history, archaeology, paleontology and related fields by funding research.
- The Borrego Wander, at Christmas Circle - free to the public and open
ABDNHA maintains and develops this website to expand the reach of desert
education to millions of people outside of our community and region.
ABDNHA provides visitor services to tens of thousands of visitors each year in
the Borrego Desert Nature Center, answering questions and providing
information about Anza-Borrego.
ABDNHA offers its facilities and property to community groups and
organizations for charitable, educational, and community activities.
- Local students for math tutoring
language learners and their tutors
- Anza Society International
- Borrego Rock & Gem Club monthly meetings
Springs Dark Sky Coalition Meetings
- UC Riverside Extension classes
Horse Club headquarters on Circle property during community event
Kiwanis Club Grapefruit Stand on Circle property
- Borrego Botanical
Garden – free to the public and open access
- Garden Classes
ABDNHA's educational programs are entirely funded by memberships,
donations, and sales at the Borrego Desert Nature Center & Store.
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