ACTIVITY CALENDAR - Things to do in Borrego Springs  

ABDNHA offers approximately 150 programs each year during the desert season of late October until early May. 


Desert hikes, lectures, field trips, birding, through mid-December are listed below.  Activities for the late December - mid February time period will be posted approximately December 1.


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Program Reservation

Please note that beginning with the 2015-2016 desert season credit cards will be charged at the time reservations are made. 

Refunds will be processed only if reservations are cancelled 72 hours in advance of the program.


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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Nov. 15, Sun. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Trip: Canyon Sin Nombre

Trip Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock
Join Ed Pollock for this journey though beautiful Canyon Sin Nombre and Arroyo Tapiado in the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  Bring your lunch for this full day of 4WD exploring. Our actual route may change depending upon road conditions. Meet at the ABDNHA Library, and we will carpool from there. Be sure to have a full tank of gas, plenty of water, lunch, and a jacket. Folding chair for lunch is optional. No charge, but space limited. Call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to register. Please be willing to carpool as number of cars is limited.  

Nov. 17, Tue., 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hike: The Domelands—the Other Wind Caves

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Dave Duncan
Join us for a 6-mile, strenuous round-trip hike through the Domelands in the Coyote Mountains for stunning views of the Carrizo Corridor, Fish Creek Mountains, and Vallecito Badlands. The area was once a near-shore marine environment rich in marine fossils. The wind caves themselves are "fossilized" beach dunes. Explore the mysterious fossil mounds and make your own conclusions. High clearance vehicle is advised, and start with a full tank of gas. Bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water! Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center, and we will carpool from there. NM $15; M $8; V $7. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Nov. 18, Wed., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hike: Yaqui Well Trail
Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Kathy Bussey
This 1.6-mile round-trip trail offers a great introduction to the cacti and other plants of Anza-Borrego, along with beautiful vistas of the desert landscape, with mountains in the distance. There are some slight hills.  The trail surface is rocky and uneven in the beginning, then becomes flat.  The return trip is via a sandy road.   Hiking boots are essential.  Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center. No charge; space limited; call to reserve.

Nov. 19, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer 
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are 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 and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.  

   Nov. 20, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Living in Earthquake Country

Presenter: Joe Migliore
Preparing for the next “big one.”  It is inevitable that the ground we live on will shake violently and destructively during the next great earthquake in Southern California. See dramatic animations illustrating how faults have created the spectacular valley landscape and what can be expected when the southern San Andreas Fault or other related faults let loose again. Takes place at the ABDNHA Library. Register online or call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $7.

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Nov. 21, Sat., 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Seventeen Palms

Hike Leader: Scott Turner
This free-form cross-country route of 2.5 miles visits a pair of palm oases situation in the heart of the Borrego Badlands. Starting from the Seventeen Palms oasis, we'll stop by the Prospector's Mailbox and get the latest news before crossing a beautifully desolate landscape of mud hills framed by the towering Santa Rosa Mountains. Midway through the route, we will stop to pay our respects to the recently-fallen Una Palma, a solitary palm that once stood sentinel over an otherwise lifeless stretch of badlands. We will keep our eyes peeled for shell fragments and other marine fossils
 as we traverse the eroded forms carved into an ancient sea bed before reaching the Five Palms grove. From there, we will loop back along dirt roads to our starting point. Meet at ABDNHA and we will carpool from there, high clearance vehicles required.  No Charge.  Space limited, call to reserve.

Nov. 21, Sat., 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Program & Field Trip: The Use of Native Plants by the Kumeyaay People

Instructor: Suzanne Emery
Learn about the Kumeyaay, the Native American People who populated the Anza-Borrego Desert area and most of San Diego County. Become familiar with their foods, shelters, and other cultural traits both past and present. Following the presentation at the ABDNHA Library, we will drive 30 minutes to Mine Wash, an actual Kumeyaay village site, for a tour and short, moderate hike. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and a sack lunch. Vehicle with good clearance is essential. Suzanne is a docent at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive site in Poway and has served as an archeological site steward for the Mine Wash Cultural Preserve. No charge; call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve  

Nov. 21, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Curiosities of the California Deserts

Presenters: Alan & Claudia Heller
For years, curious sites across the California deserts have beckoned inquiring minds to discover historical and quirky places that pique the imagination. Some are lessons in history while others present unanswered questions. On old Route 66, the desert traveler can find unusual roadside art and mementos left by motorists. In the El Paso Mountains of the Mojave, the daring adventurer can crawl through a tunnel that was hand dug by an old prospector named Burro Schmidt. In Landers, the weary wanderer can enjoy a rejuvenating "sound bath" in an acoustically perfect dome supposedly designed by aliens. Join seasoned road trippers Alan and Claudia Heller as they tell these tales and more from their recent book, “Curiosities of the California Deserts.” NM $12; M $10; V $7.

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Nov. 25, Wed., 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Moonlight Walk: South Palm Wash

Leader: Mike McElhatton ,ABDNHA Education Director
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 is necessary for a short 1/10th mile off-highway-segment into the wash.  Anyone without 4WD can catch a ride for that section. Bring a flashlight, water, and good hiking shoes. Dress for the weather. Space is limited to 15 people. Activity will cancel with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve. 

Nov. 26, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are 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 and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays.

ABDNHA 44rd Annual Desert Lecture Series
Nov. 27, Fri. *Meet the Speaker & Book Singing 7 p.m., Lecture at 7:30

Home is Where the Hole is: A Guide to Identifying Desert Burrows
Speaker: Pinau Merlin: Naturalist, Lecturer, Author

When taking a walk, have you ever noticed a hole in the ground and wondered what animal made it or whether it could be a snake hole?  Holes abound in the desert as animals seek refuge from climatic extremes and predators or hunt for food.

Learn how to read holes and burrows to discern who made them and exactly which animals are living in an area. Discover this little-investigated phenomenon that presents a fascinating look into the lives of our wildlife neighbors. Why don’t snakes make their own burrows? Why are kit fox the only canid to live in dens year-round? Why does a packrat gather and build a huge mound of debris? Join Pinau Merlin, author of The Field Guide to Desert Holes, to share a peek into the secret lives of these subterranean dwellers and discover who’s behind all that digging.  

Pinau Merlin is a naturalist, lecturer, and the author of numerous articles and several natural history books about the ecology of the Sonoran Desert region. Pinau is the Sonoran Desert natural history consultant for the BBC and New Zealand Natural History TV. She has been featured in Smithsonian and National Wildlife magazines, among others, and on PBS and NPR. Pinau presents natural history programs to groups throughout the US, and has taught natural history at the University of Arizona. She is a contributing author to The Natural History of the Sonoran Desert. Pinau is fascinated by the adaptive strategies of animals and plants and has spent 14 years living in wilderness areas learning the language of the wild.  

Nov. 28, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club (B.R.A.G.)

Meeting Find out about the educational programs, trips, activities, and meetings for the upcoming months. All welcome. Meets at the ABDNHA Library.  

Nov. 28, Sat. 6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Astronomy in California: From Observatories to Space Probes
Leader: Astronomer Scott Kardel

Scott Kardel, astronomy professor at Palomar College, will take us on an engaging, visual journey across California’s astronomical history, the distant universe, and a look at what is to come. Since the 1880s, California has been a leader in the exploration of our universe. The Golden State has been home to numerous world-class telescopes and to the astronomers who used them to make to the biggest astronomical discoveries of the twentieth century. The frontiers of known space will continue to be probed thanks to California-based efforts which continue the robotic exploration of our solar system and are bringing about a new age of super telescopes. Register online or call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12, M 10, V $7.

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Nov. 29, Sun. 8 a.m.—4 p.m.
Hike: Andrade Canyon.

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Fred Melgert
This 5-hour, 9-mile adventurous in-and-out hike enters the steep Andrade canyon, a spectacular rugged and narrow canyon that drains into Fish Creek. This is a very strenuous hike and will pass numerous dry falls, a mud hill and boulders, the elevation gain is 700 feet. A hiking pole is required, along with other prerequisites of good boots, food, and enough water for at least five hours of hiking. It's a one-hour drive south and a 2-mile dirt road to our starting point, good ground clearance is required. We meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Maximum 10 people for this hike. No charge, call to reserve.  

Dec. 3, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and explore some of the best birding locations in Borrego Springs. Beginners and advanced birders are 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 and volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested.  Repeats on Thursdays. 

Dec. 5, Sat., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
You are invited to celebrate the season with us! Enjoy a variety of homemade chili, corn bread, and desserts.  ABDNHA members (including those who join this evening!) receive 20% discount on purchases tonight—that’s an extra 5% over the usual 15% discount. For non-members, any receipt for a purchase from our Nature Center dated Dec. 5, 2015, entitles you to dinner tonight! Arrive early; the first 50 guests receive a special door prize!  One of our most popular events of the year! At the Nature Center.  

Dec. 6, Sun. 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (See below for the starting location.)
4WD & Hike: Devil’s Canyon, In-Ko-Pah Mountains

Leader: Naturalist Karyn Sauber 
The road from Yuma to San Diego was never an easy route in the early days.  There are a myriad of historic trails and roads slicing through the gorge between Ocotillo and where the Desert Tower sits looking down on Mountain Springs.  Discover the history of the old transportation system as we drive one of the back roads to a canyon to begin our walk. We’ll walk in the deep gorge of Devil’s Canyon ending up at a unique island. Peninsular bighorn sheep roam here.

Tour begins at 9:00 a.m., and it meets at and ends at Ocotillo Community Park, located on S-2 just north of Hwy 8. To reach the town of Ocotillo, allow 1 hour & 20 minutes from Borrego Springs, or two hours from San Diego. 4WD is essential. Please let us know if you can take additional passengers to facilitate carpooling.

Bring a daypack with lunch and water. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, hat and sunscreen.  Much of the walking is in soft sand.  Call the Nature Center to reserve at 760-767-3098 or reserve online: Please sign up early, trip requires a minimum of 12. Nonmember $35; ABDNHA Member $25; ABDNHA Volunteer $23.   

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Dec. 7, Mon., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike: Zig-Zag Canyon Loop

Leader: Robin Halford
Explore the west side of Grapevine Mountain. While most of the hiking is moderate on this 3.1-mile loop, there is some bouldering in the canyon and a short steep section that will take us up to the Pacific Crest Trail.  We will follow the PCT and enjoy the wonderful views. The meeting place for our hike is 0.6 miles north of Scissors Crossing; park on the west side of Highway S2. Bring sturdy shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snack, lunch. Maximum 10 hikers, call ABDNHA Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve.  

Dec. 10, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
See Oct. 29 for details.

Dec. 11, Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Hike the Slot and Wind Caves

Leaders: Naturalists Mike and Jan Bigelow
Join us for a fascinating walk into the Borrego Badlands. Before entering the slot canyon, we will make a short detour for a close look at some intriguing wind caves. This is a moderate 3-mile loop trip. Have hat, water, and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Nature Center. Call 760-767-3098 to reserve.   

Dec. 11, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Paleontology and 3D Photography

Presenters: Jon Gilbert & Tom Spinks, ABDSP Paleontology Society
Learn how 3D Photography is being used in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to identify ancient fossils.  A very interesting program with lots of visuals, and some hands-on of the new 3D photogrammetry technology and an example of its application. Register online or call us at 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12, M $10, V $7.  

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Dec. 12, Sat. B.R.A.G. Field Trip    
Contact for information about this month’s trip by the Borrego Rock and Gem Club.  

Dec. 12, Sat., 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Note: Meeting at entrance to Painted Canyon)
Hike Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Loop

Leader: Interpretive Guide Joe Migliore
Step back over a billion years of geologic time into the colorful badlands of the Mecca Hills where the rocks have been wildly thrust and folded by the San Andreas Fault. Ladder Canyon is a slot canyon with a few dry waterfalls where good Samaritans have placed ladders making it possible for us regular folks to negotiate. 

If you’re not comfortable with ladders and height, this may not be for you.  Otherwise, enjoy a wonderful ascent to the mesa with expansive views of the Salton Sea and mountains. We will talk natural history along the way, a total of about 5 miles and 500 feet elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at the gas station on Hightway 86 at the junction of Avenue 66.  Bring lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, jacket. Leader Joe Migliore is a certified interpretive guide and holds a degree in zoology from UCLA. He is active with various desert educational organizations. Reservations required, 760-767-3098.  NM $14; M $12; V $10. 

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Dec. 12, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing Program: Borrego’s Dark Skies!

Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard
Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Telescopes provided for observing objects such as the Orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy. Bring binoculars if you have them and warm clothes.  Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program.  Park at the Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 760-767-3098.  

Dec. 13, Sun., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Trip: Sandstone Canyon Trip

Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock
Explore the stark beauty of Fish Creek and Split Mountain, and then on to spectacular Sandstone Canyon, with some of the steepest and narrowest canyons in Anza-Borrego.  If we have time and if there is interest we can take a short hike to the Wind Caves along the way. This route is an Anza-Borrego classic and you will want to bring your camera to get some shots of your vehicle between the tall walls of Sandstone Canyon.  Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center. Please be willing to carpool. Bring plenty of water, a snack/lunch, and start with a full tank of gas. No charge, space is limited; call to reserve.  

Dec. 16, Wed., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Hike: Glorieta Canyon

Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
A beautiful hike in Glorieta Canyon, just outside of Borrego Springs, is a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery, and meet new friends. It’s a moderate hike of about two miles round trip, a gradual uphill walk most of the way with some bouldering. The trail is uneven and in some places rather sketchy.  At the top, a beautiful hidden landscape unfolds with incredible views of the Borrego Valley and beyond to the far side of the Salton Sea. Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center from where we can carpool to our location.  High clearance vehicle is needed. Bring water, snack, good walking shoes, and walking stick helpful. No charge; space limited, call the Nature Center to reserve.  

Dec. 17, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
ABDNHA Weekly Bird Walk

Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
see Oct. 29 for details.  

Dec. 18, Fri., 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Travel Series: The Geology of Iceland

Presenter: Don Barrie, Geologist, Professor
Join Join Don Barrie, geology professor at San Diego Mesa College, for a slide-show tour of Iceland geology.  Don will show photo images he took on a recent Iceland visit that illustrate key geologic processes shaping the island. From its rugged interior ice sheets to its flower-covered glacial plains and strange volcanic landforms, the geology of Iceland is unique; yet, it shares certain affinities with Anza-Borrego geology as well. Come learn why Iceland is becoming increasingly popular among adventure travelers and tourists alike.  WARNING: There is a serious risk that viewing this program may change your vacation plans for next summer. At the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098, NM $12; M $10; V $7.

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Dec. 19, Sat., 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Anza-Borrego Desert

Presenter: Lee Grismer, PhD, Herpetology
Lee Grismer grew up chasing lizards and snakes in the Anza-Borrego Desert and discovered and described the Sandstone Night Lizard when he was an undergraduate at SDSU. He went on to work more than 25 years in Baja California and published a book on its herpetofauna in 2002. For the past 20 years, he has been working in Southeast Asia writing books on the amphibians and reptiles of Malaysia and Singapore. For this program he comes back to Anza-Borrego, a place that has the highest diversity of amphibians and reptiles of any of the arid regions in the Southwest.

The complex ecology and different habitats of Anza-Borrego have resulted in a remarkable assortment of adaptations to survive in these complex environments. This is a rare opportunity to learn about our native reptiles and amphibians from a world class expert. Register online or call the Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve. NM $12; M $10; V $7. At the ABDNHA Library.

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ABDNHA is proud to offer three special "In Focus" Programs during the 2015-2016 Season.  These programs consist of multiple presentations on specific topics

January 29 and 30, 2016
The Californians: Who are we?
This special program on California history brings together a best-selling Mexican-American author, an anthropologist specializing in California Native Americans, a California historian, and a genetic anthropologist to tell the story of the human quest to explore, to venture in search of a better life, to discover, and how all of that has come together over thousands of years to create what is now California. 

Jan. 29, Friday., 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
An Evening with author Victor Villaseñor
ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series

Presenter: Victor Villaseñor
Borrego Performing Arts Center
*Important Note  
Space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.
The lecture is free to ABDNHA members, $10 all others, paid at door only. 
Registration for the Saturday programs does not register you for a seat at the Friday night lecture. 

Victor Villaseñor is a best-selling author, San Diego native, and North County resident. He has produced 65 short stories and 9 novels, including highly-recognized national bestsellers, Rain of Gold and Burro Genius. His books are used in schools and college-level classes, and his children’s books teach life lessons for people of all ages. Victor Villaseñor is an engaging speaker who focuses on universal themes.

In this special program, Victor tells the personal story of his family, migrating from Mexico to California.  Born in Carlsbad, California in 1940, Victor Villaseñor was raised on a ranch four miles north in Oceanside. Since his parents were born in Mexico, Villaseñor spoke only Spanish when he started school. After years of facing language and cultural barriers, heavy discrimination and a reading problem, later diagnosed as dyslexia, Victor dropped out of high school his junior year and moved to Mexico. There he discovered a wealth of Mexican art, literature, music, that helped him recapture and understand the dignity and richness of his heritage. 

Victor returned to the U.S. at the age of 20. He began to feel the old frustration and anger return as he once again witnessed the disregard toward poor and uneducated people and especially toward the Mexicans. Then a chance encounter with James Joyce’s Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man, changed Victor’s life. It awakened a desire to confront through literature the problems associated with his cultural heritage that continued to plague him. After producing 9 novels, 65 short stories, and receiving 265 rejections, Villaseñor sold his first novel, Macho!, which the Los Angeles Times compared to the best of John Steinbeck. This began a journey that would eventually lead to the publication of the national bestseller Rain of Gold. Used by thousands of teachers and school systems across the nation as required reading, Rain of Gold tells the story of Victor’s family, taking the reader from war-torn Mexico during the Revolution of 1910 to the present day.

Saturday January 30: California Dreamin' : Three Programs
You may register for all three Saturday Programs at a reduced price with an "All Day Pass," or register for each of these programs individually.
All Day Pass for Saturday Programs
Register for all 3 Saturday Programs at reduced price.

See *important note above about Friday evening lecture
Program 1
Jan. 30, Sat., 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
California: The First Humans  

Presenter: Manfred Knaak
ABDNHA Library

Before the mid 1530s when Cortez ventured into Baja California there were no written records of the humans who lived in and moved through the areas that later came to be known as Baja and Alta California.  But we do have archeological records, rock art, linguistics, and other bits and pieces of scientific data to shed some light who those first people were and their migrations to and from other regions.  Manfred Knaak, anthropology professor at IVC and author of "The Forgotten Artist, Indians of Anza-Borrego and Their Rock Art" tells us what we know about these first Californians.
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Program 2
Jan. 30, Sat., 10:45 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.  ( with break for lunch)
Migration and Immigration: The History of California

Presenter: Mary Jo Wainwright
ABDNHA Library

Join California History Professor Mary Jo Wainwright as she tells the story of California's history in terms of immigration and migration.  Over the years, the California Dream has taken many different forms.  For many, the dream has been the land itself, for farming, vineyards, dairy, and ranching.  For others it was gold; and then it was oil.  With America's westward expansion and the first continental railroad it was the promise of jobs that pulled people to California. For others it was the opportunities of expanded trade and commerce that the railroad brought with it.  Hollywood and the movie industry then carried the vision of the California lifestyle to millions around the world and before long, California came to represent sunshine, a free spirit, and an open road to the future, the very essence of America itself.  It was natural that then new technologies of Silicon Valley were born in California.

California's residents come from within the United States and from throughout the world.  Los Angeles is considered to be the most ethnically diverse city in America, with over 200 languages spoken among the residents.  San Diego and San Francisco are in the top ten most diverse cities.  Although immigration from Mexico gets much of the news coverage, more than 50% of new arrivals have come from Asia in some recent years. 

Per Person "Migration and Immigration: The History of California" - add additional  at checkout

Program 3
Jan. 30, Sat., 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Genetic Research and the Story of Early Human Migration

Presenter: Amy Non Ph.D.
ABDNHA Library

Dr. Non is a molecular anthropologist with a wide background of research, scientific writing, and teaching, at Vanderbelt University and now UCSD, where she is a professor of Anthropology. 

For this final program in our series we go far back in time, hundreds of thousands of years before the first human ever stepped into the place we know as California.  It is a fascinating story that reveals how humans have been on the move since the earliest days of our existence.   Migration is truly in our genes. Dr. Non will explain how genetic research is helping us to track the pathways of very early human migration.   
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Feb. 5, Fri., 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
California Agriculture 101

Presenters: Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association
ABDNHA Library
Did you know that 69% of the carrots consumed in America come from California? For garlic it’s 95% , 89% for cauliflower, and 99% for walnuts. Small family farms still exist, but for the most part, California agriculture is business on a massive scale. As with all industries, technology is bringing rapid change. And then there are the water issues. In this special program we focus on Agriculture in California, the scale of it, large enough to feed our nation, the new technologies that are shaping the industry, the use of water, and what the future might look like.
Register: Lecture Only
Feb. 6, Sat., 9:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farm Smart Tour: UC Desert Research & Extension Center, Holtville, Ca.
Presenters: UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Join us for this special field trip to the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville, Ca., where we go on an old-fashioned hay ride to see the latest in agricultural research taking place. The Center conducts agricultural research and education in the Imperial Valley desert and specializes in vegetable crops, alfalfa, desert cattle feeding, irrigation and drainage management, and pest management.  The Center develops programs to address current challenges in these areas.   

The FARM SMART tours feature a hay wagon field tour of the research center.   The tour also includes an informative “Top 10 Crops of the Valley” presentation.   FARM SMART has a“u-pick” fresh vegetable garden for visitors to take home produce.  A salad bar lunch is served. We even get to pick our own vegetables to take home.  Register now to reserve your spot for this fun and educational program!
Register: Agricultural Tour - Friday Lecture is included at no additional charge

Details to be posted by mid-December 2015.

Yes, it’s all about the birds for these four days in March, normal peak migration time for Swainson’s Hawks and other migratory birds that pass through Borrego. We’ll have interesting evening programs on Swainson’s Hawks; The Marvels and Mysteries of Bird Migrations; Burrowing Owl Research; and The Ancient Birds of Anza-Borrego. During the daytime there will be birding field trips to keep you busy, along with fun times to enjoy the company of your fellow birders. The full schedule will be on the ABDNHA website by early November.