ACTIVITY CALENDAR - Things to do in Borrego Springs  


ABDNHA's schedule of Anza-Borrego desert hikes, lectures, and tours for the period through early April, 2015 is shown below.

 

Some of the programs listed below allow online registration.  You can also call or visit the ABDNHA Desert Nature Center, 652 Palm Canyon Drive,  760-767-3098 for information, questions, and to register for programs. 


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ABDNHA's 2015
Special Spring Activities Brochure
Native Plant Day - Mar. 7
Borrego Garden Tour - Mar. 28
Desert Living - April 10-12




 

Be Prepared
For All Desert Tours and Hikes


Have a vehicle in good operating condition with a full tank of gas. Know if 4WD is needed.

All hikes and walks require good closed-toed hiking shoes, and drinking water. Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, energy snacks are strongly recommended. 

A hiking pole is also recommended.  See hike descriptions as some hikes require hiking poles.

Know your physical condition.  All hikes are going to require walking on uneven ground.  Some hikes will involve elevation gain, bouldering, etc.  Read the hike descriptions and only go on hikes you feel you are prepared to handle.

Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

 


ABDNHA's business members support the educational work of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association and provide tourism services in Borrego Springs.

 

Their support is appreciated.


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590 Palm Canyon Drive

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Landscaping

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760-767-0311

 

760-767-5944

 

 

590 Palm Canyon Drive

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760-767-0100

 

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760-767-5800

 

800-242-0044

 

Fredericks
Landscaping

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Mar. 26, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA Members: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Mar. 26, Thur., 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Travel log: The Sonoran Desert, North to South  
Presenters: John & Elena Thompson

Fascinating history, missions, geography, plants and towns dot this exciting zone that Borrego Springs and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are a part of with our neighbor to the south: Baja, California. Come learn about this exciting area that Elena and John Thompson have visited and many tales from along the way!  At the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve. NM $12; M $8; V $7.

Register Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required
 

Mar. 27, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.
  


Mar. 27, Fri., 7 p.m./7:30 p.m.
* ABDNHA 43rd Desert Lecture Series
*Meet the Speaker 7 p.m., Lecture at 7:30 p.m.
Native Bees of San Diego County: Biology, Diversity, and Conservation
Speaker: Keng-Lou James Hung, Researcher, UCSD Doctoral Candidate


The arid regions of southern California are a hotspot of biodiversity for bees--one of the most important pollinators of our region. Pollinator Ecologist James Hung will explore the natural history and diversity of these fascinating organisms, as well as his current research efforts to document bee biodiversity in San Diego County and to understand how bee fauna are being impacted by increasing urbanization in our County. Please come with any questions you may have about bees! Members: No charge; Others: $10 fee at the door, or join ABDNHA tonight. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. For information: 760-767-3098. Refreshments served following the program.  Program sponsored by UCSD researchers Reena Deutsch, PhD, and Hamp Atkinson, MD.



  General Public $30, ABDNHA Members $20, Volunteers $18          
NOTE:
After 4 PM on Thursday
March 26, tickets must be purchased by calling the ABDNHA Nature Center
760-767-3098 or in person at the Nature Center,  652 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs.
ABDNHA members may buy two tickets at the member price; additional tickets may be purchased at the regular price.  Tickets are not refundable. 


Mar. 28, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
17th Annual Borrego Desert Garden Tour

One of our most popular events of the year!


Mar. 30, Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Oakzanita Peak
Leader: Robin Halford, Hiking Book Author

This 7.1-mile moderate hike goes to the top of one of the peaks in Rancho Cuyamaca State Park. The entire route is on trails and a fire road. Expect great views, minimal bouldering, some mountain plants in flower, and cooler temperatures than in the desert.  Directions: From Julian drive south on Hwy 79 to mile 3.7 (16.5 miles).  Park on the left/east side of the road in the pullout for East Mesa. Call to reserve. No charge but space is limited.


Mar. 30, Mon., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Culp Valley 
Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer


This 6-mile cross-country loop was made more accessible by a fire in 2012, and there is plenty of space for flowers if the weather cooperates. A strenuous hike, with 1,000-foot elevation gain, some steep terrain, and bouldering. The higher elevation will give us cooler temperatures than in the Borrego Valley. A hiking pole is required, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for up to four hours of hiking. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Max. 12 people. Call to reserve. No charge.  
  


Apr. 2, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Weekly Bird Walk: Intro to Birding

Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders all welcome. Meet at 8 a.m. at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. ABDNHA Members: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  


Apr. 3, Fri., 10 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Borrego Bike Ride

It’s time to get out and ride with ABDNHA’s free weekly bike ride!  Ride route decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-to-20 miles, suited to the riders. Meet at Bike Borrego! located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available to rent at Bike Borrego. Experienced riders who can assist Julie appreciated, especially when groups are large. Contact ABDNHA if you want to ride and help. Repeats weekly.

Apr. 4, Sat., 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton, ABDNHA Education Coordinator

Experience the unique and serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy one-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA office and carpool from there.  4WD needed for a 0.10-mile segment into the wash. Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring flashlight, water, good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Space is limited to 15 people. Canceled with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve, 1-760-767-3098.


Apr. 6, Mon., 8 a.m.
Borrego Birders - Meet at Christmas Circle
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Apr. 6, Mon., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hike: Grapevine Peak—Bitter Creek Loop
Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Voluntee
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This 8.7-mile strenuous cross-country loop takes us up to Grapevine Peak and loops back into Bitter Creek. The hike begins at an elevation of 1,900 feet, and reaches 3,940 feet at the peak. Following the ridge, we will encounter some small boulders and steep terrain. Once on the peak, we go down steeply and follow the Bitter Creek wash, encountering some dry falls on the way down. The higher elevation provides cooler temperatures than in the Borrego Valley, but it may still be very hot. A hiking pole is required, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for up to 6 hours of hiking. We meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Must be in good health and condition. Call to register, 760-767-3098. No charge, but space limited to 12 people.


Apr. 10, Fri., 9 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer

As of April 10, we move to 9 a.m. for the start time. Meet at Bike Borrego! Located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available at Bike Borrego.  The route is decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-20 miles, suited to the riders. No charge. For questions: 1-760-767-3098.



Join us on April 10 - 11 as ABDNHA brings leaders in the fields of water resources and energy to Borrego Springs for a weekend of learning in the first event in our Desert Living series.

Apr. 10, Fri., 7:00 p.m.
ABDNHA 43rd Desert Lecture Series
Disappearing Groundwater in the Western United States
Speaker: Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist NASA JPL, Hydrologist, UCI Professor, Researcher
 
Program begins Meet the Speaker – 7 p.m. ,  7:30 Lecture


Jay Famiglietti is an internationally recognized authority on climate change and water resources, often the ‘go to person” when governments, industry, leading researchers, and the national media want to understand what is happening to our water supplies.  As a lead scientist with NASA’s satellite-based GRACE project, Famiglietti will explain how satellite imaging is exposing the global nature of groundwater depletion, and how that is being combined with ground-based research, such as observations of wells in the Coachella Valley.   ABDNHA Members: no charge; Others: $10 at the door, or join tonight. At the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. See also Saturday, April 11, at 10 a.m.



Learn more....view 60 minutes segments with Jay Famiglietti and others discussing the critical issues of ground water depletion and how NASA is using satelitte imagery to map ground water resources.

    


Apr. 11, Sat., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lecture: The Geology of Aquifers
Speaker: Jay Famiglietti, Senior Water Scientist NASA JPL, Hydrologist, UCI Professor


An introduction to aquifers by an expert hydrologist. How do aquifers develop? What are the rock structures? How do aquifers collect and hold water? How are they recharged? How deep are they? How do they differ one from the other? How long is water held underground before we extract it?  What determines the water quality in an aquifer? Why does water quality change at different depths within an aquifer? What are the risks as water is removed? What are the risks to aquifer sustainability, earthquakes, over draft? 
PRICING:   Register for this program: NM $25; M $15; V $14,
or select "All Day Sat. Pass" in the
dropdown menu below to include all three Saturday Programs. (Geology of Aquifers, Grid of the Future, and Geothermal Power at the Salton Sea): $70, M $40, V $35.

Register Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required



Apr. 11, Sat., 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Lecture: The Electrical Grid of the Future
Speaker: Tom Bialek, Ph.D., P.E. Chief Engineer of Smart Grid, Sempra Utilities

Just as the internet has revolutionized the way people communicate, technological changes in the field of energy are transforming the way energy is produced, distributed, and used. 

Tom Bialek, Chief Engineer of Smart Grid Technologies, Sempra Energy, is among the most knowledgeable engineers in America working directly with the technologies and the science transforming the world of energy: solar, microgrids, distributed generation, smart grids, transmission, and battery storage. Are you one of the 320 million Americans who uses electricity? Learn how electricity is generated and delivered to your home or business now and how that technology will change in the future.
PRICING:   Register for this program: NM $25; M $15; V $14,
or select "All Day Sat. Pass" in the
dropdown menu below to include all three Saturday Programs. (Geology of Aquifers, Grid of the Future, and Geothermal Power at the Salton Sea): $70, M $40, V $35.

Register Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required
 

Apr. 11, Sat., 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Program: Geothermal Resources, Harvesting Nature’s Energy in Imperial Valley
Speaker: Vince Signorotti, EnergySource  LLC, Vice President, Resource and Real Estate Assets

Hear the history of energy development in Imperial County and the reason for the geothermal plants located on the shores of the Salton Sea. Learn what geothermal energy is, why it’s at the Salton Sea, and how it transfers to energy we can use. Experience a short “virtual tour” of a geothermal plant. Vince Signorotti has worked in the energy business for over 32 years, with the majority of time in the renewable energy sector, primarily geothermal energy development.  Currently, at EnergySource LLC, he is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of land, leases and the real estate components for the Hudson Ranch project, which is located near the Salton Sea. He is also involved in legislative affairs and regulatory issues associated with geothermal energy development.  (See related field trip on Apr. 12.)
PRICING:   Register for this program: NM $25; M $15; V $14,
or select "All Day Sat. Pass" in the
dropdown menu below to include all three Saturday Programs. (Geology of Aquifers, Grid of the Future, and Geothermal Power at the Salton Sea): $70, M $40, V $35.

Register Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required

 

Apr. 12, Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tour: John L. Featherstone Geothermal Power Plant
Tour Leader: Vince Signorotti

The John L Featherstone plant is a three-stage flash geothermal plant with an installed capacity of 49.9MW. It is the first new stand-alone geothermal plant in over 20 years in the Salton Sea area. The power plant provides electricity for approximately 50,000 houses. The plant has won numerous awards, including an environmental stewardship award from Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). On the tour, we will see the fascinating process that converts natural heat into electrical energy.  No outside fuel required.  Space limited. Dress code requires long pants, close-toed walking shoes, no tank tops. Meet at ABDNHA. NM $25; M $15; V $14.  (See related lecture on April 11, 2:30 p.m.)

Per Person - add additional at checkout
Contact Phone # is Required


 
Apr. 13, Mon., 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hike: To the top of Granite Mountain Peak
Leader: Fred Melgert, ABDNHA Volunteer

Enjoy one of the best peaks the park has to offer. This is a very strenuous hike, 10 miles long in length and 7 hours of hiking! Our route begins at an elevation of 2,600 feet and reaches to 5,650 feet at the top of Granite Mountain. There are large boulders, rough terrain, and steep terrain in sections of our route. Hiking sticks required.  Bring enough water and food for a full day. Must be in good health and condition. We meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there, leaving at 7:30 a.m. sharp to beat the heat. No charge; space limited to 8 people, call to reserve at 1-760-767-3098.  
Apr. 17, Fri., 9 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike
Ride Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer

Meet at Bike Borrego! Located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available at Bike Borrego.  The route is decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-20 miles, suited to the riders. No charge. For questions: 1-760-767-3098.
Apr. 18, Sat., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike: North Pinyon Canyon 
Leaders: Volunteer Naturalists Mike & Jan Bigelow
 
We will be hiking adjacent to Plum Canyon on North Pinyon Loop, which is a delightful, scenic desert walk. We will be hiking out and back with a good chance that we’ll still see some spring wildflowers. Expect a moderately strenuous, 3-mile walk with some dry waterfalls to negotiate. Meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Have good hiking shoes/boots, hat, water, snack, and dress for the weather. No charge, but space limited. Call to reserve, 1-760-767-3098.  
Apr. 24, Fri., 9 a.m. – Noon
ABDNHA Weekly Bike
Ride Leader: Julie Taylor, ABDNHA Volunteer Ride Leader

Meet at Bike Borrego! Located on the south side of The Mall, facing the post office. No pre-registration required, just show up and ride. Helmets required. Bikes are available at Bike Borrego.  The route is decided at start time, depending on the ability of the group, with an average ride of 15-20 miles, suited to the riders. No charge. For questions: 1-760-767-3098. 
Apr. 25, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting

Interested in joining? You’re invited to attend. Meet in the ABDNHA Library. The next club field trip is Sat., May 9. Contact bragmail@yahoo.com for information.  
May 3, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hike: Eagle Rock
Leaders: Urmi Ray and Sanjiv Nanda

Join us for a hike to this popular landmark along a particularly spectacular section of the Pacific Crest Trail. We traverse some hills, a stream and lush meadows, and expect to see a beautiful wildflower show at this higher altitude (3,000-3,500 feet). We also expect to run into some through hikers on the PCT. This is a moderate, 10-mile round trip hike. Prepare for changing weather and bring plenty of water and lunch. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the PCT Barrel Springs trailhead parking area on S22 (1 mile east of S2). No charge, call to reserve your place, 1-760-767-3098.  
May 3, Sun., 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunset & Moonrise at Font’s Point
Leader: Mike McElhatton

An ABDNHA end-of-season tradition!  Bring your favorite beverage and snack to share, plus a comfortable chair, to Font’s Point to watch the sun go down and the moon come up. The full moon rises 19 minutes after the sun goes down. No charge, call Nature Center to reserve, 1-760-767-3098. 4WD advised. We will carpool from ABDNHA, leaving at 6:45 p.m.     
May 9, Saturday Borrego Rock and Gem Club field trip
bragmail@yahoo.com
for more information  
May 23, Sat., 10 a.m. Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting Last B.R.A.G meeting of the season. At the ABDNHA Library. All welcome

 

 Borrego Springs Dark Sky Calendar - Stargazing & Astronomy in Borrego Springs


Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Stargazing 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Church on Church Lane

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (Calfornia Overland Desert Excursions) http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout: Valentine’s Day Under the Stars

Sunday, February 15, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php Behind the Scenes at the Star Factory

Tuesday, March 5, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Full Moon Desert Hike 7 - 9:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, March 21, 2015 (ABDNHA)
Spring Night Stargaze .

Sunday, March 29, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php Cosmic Coverup

Friday, April 3, 2015 (Borrego Springs Resort)
http://www.borregospringsresort.com Total Lunar Eclipse

Saturday, April 11, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Sunday, April 19, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php The Rest of the Story…

Saturday, May 23, 2015 (California Overland Desert Excursions)
http://www.californiaoverland.com Celestial Overnight Campout

Sunday, May 24, 2015 (The Springs at Borrego)
http://www.springsatborrego.com/stars.php It’s Full of Stars!

  

**Garden Tour Ticket Terms: The Borrego Garden Tour is an annual fund raiser for the educational non-profit Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association.  Tickets purchased for this event are not refundable.  For Additional information about the 2015 Borrego Garden Tour, including requests for promotional photos, please contact abdnhaprograms@gmail.com  ABDNHA Members may purchase up to two tickets per membership at the Member price.

 

 

 

 
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