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To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can also call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

 

Their support is appreciated.


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely 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.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 









To Register for Programs

Some programs allow online registration.
See program descriptions.

You can call to register
760-767-3098

Visit us at the ABDNHA
Desert Nature Center
352 Palm Canyon Drive
Borrego Springs

.

Their support is appreciated.

 


760-767-4255


760-767-3502

760-767-1236




760-767-0311

760-767-5944

 

 

760-767-0100

 

 

760-767-4492

 

800-242-0044

 

 

760-767-3262

 

Be Safely 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.

Wear closed-toed hiking shoes. Bring drinking water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. Energy snacks are strongly recommended.

Bring more water than you think you will need! 

A hiking pole is a good idea.  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, manuvering over boulders, etc.  Read 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.

 



 


UPCOMING ABDNHA PROGRAMS
Borrego Springs desert programs are listed below for the period through mid December, 2017.  The Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association conducts approximately 150 programs in Borrego Springs each year, desert walks, hikes, lectures, tours, guided trips, Desert 4WD, desert flower programs, stargazing, and other activities during the October to April season.  Many of our programs are free of charge to the general public and other programs have modest fees. 

Nov. 13, Mon., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hike: Mountain Palm Springs Loop
Leader: Volunteer Marilyn Moskowitz
See elephant trees, five palm groves, and desert ponds on this 3-to-4-mile hike in the southern part of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the distance depending upon the group and whether we take an extension to Bow Willow. The hike is rated moderate-to-strenuous, with sandy washes, rocky hills, and short steep sections; good balance is a must. To reach our meeting place, go south on Hwy S2, then west at the turnoff for Mountain Palm Springs, and about a half-mile mile to the trailhead. Max. 10 people. Call to reserve.

Nov. 14, Tue., 5:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Anza-Borrego Sunrise Hike to Font’s Point
Leader: Terry Hunefeld, Naturalist, ABDNHA Volunteer
Join this slow, 2-to-3-mile moderate cross-country amble along the Font’s Point escarpment to watch the sun rise over the Borrego Badlands. We’ll watch the canyons, hills, and peaks below change color as they receive the first rays of the sun. The quiet, the breathtaking views, the crisp morning air, and the freshness of the day combine to make this a memorable experience. We’ll make lots of stops to enjoy the views and talk about what we’re seeing. Bring water, good hiking shoes, snacks, and camera. Hiking poles and binoculars are helpful but not required. We’ll depart at 5:15 a.m. from the ABDNHA parking lot, carpooling to Font’s Point with participants driving 4X4 vehicles. No charge. Space limited to 10. Call to reserve.

Nov. 16, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
See Oct. 26 for details.

Nov. 16, Thur., 5:30 p.m.
Volunteer POTLUCK Social
ABDNHA Volunteers, staff, board members, and families are all invited to a potluck social to kick-off the new season. Catch up with friends—old and new—after the summer hiatus. Location to be announced. Volunteers will receive a notice with more information. Mark your calendars for Nov. 16, and please RSVP to the Nature Center, 760-767-3098, so we have an idea of attendance.

Nov. 17, Fri., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
4WD to Billowy Overlook & Vista del Malpais for ABDNHA Volunteers
Special Trip for ABDNHA Volunteers:
Leader: Deborah Sperberg, ABDNHA Volunteer
Meet at ABDNHA. We will carpool and drive east on S-22 to Palo Verde Wash turning right to the Billowy Overlook, a short hike to an amazing view. Last spring, we counted 104 desert lilies on this brief hike. We’ll continue across Short Wash to Vista del Malpais and come back by Thimble Trail—a nice round trip and a photographer’s dream. We’ll return by lunchtime. 4WD is a must. Bring water, snack, hat, camera. No charge. Space limited. Volunteers, please call the Nature Center to reserve your space and let us know if you can drive or need a ride.

Nov. 18, Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
It’s 20%-Off Saturday for Members
ABDNHA Members receive 20% off most items in the ABDNHA Borrego Desert Nature Center, just in time for the holidays. You’ll find greeting cards, ornaments, 2018 calendars, children’s books (ask us for recommendations!), shirts, jewelry, and the beautiful gift items Kathy and Betsy have purchased for the Nature Center. Your purchases help support ABDNHA’s educational programs.

Nov. 18, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard
See October 14 for details.

Nov. 22, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting
Meet at the ABDNHA Activity Room.

Nov. 23, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
See Oct. 26 for details.
h Annual Desert Lecture Series

Nov. 24, Fri., Reception/Book Signing at 7:00 p.m., Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m.
Kumeyaay Ethnobotany
Presented by Michael Wilken-Robertson

Anthropologist Michael Wilken-Robertson’s research and advocacy work with Native Baja Californians has explored traditional arts, ethnobotany, history, languages, and the cultural landscapes of these indigenous peoples. His new book, Kumeyaay Ethnobotany, will be available for sale in the lobby tonight and is also available in the ABDNHA Borrego Desert Nature Center. (See “The Desert Bookshelf” review in this issue.) In the book and the program tonight, Michael explores the interdependence between the Kumeyaay people and the native plants of the Californias. He connects the archaeological and historical record with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their knowledge for future generations.
ABDNHA Members: No Charge. For Nonmembers, there is a $10 fee at the door, which may be applied to a new membership in ABDNHA. Join us at the Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center for the opening of the ABDNHA Desert Lecture Series. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Information: 760-767-3098. Refreshments served.

Nov. 25, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
La Rumorosa Rock Art along the Border
Program & Book Signing
Speaker: Author Don Liponi

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Nov. 26, Sun., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4WD Trip: Coyote Canyon to Sheep Canyon
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer
This 4WD trip winds its way through some of the most beautiful and historic desert terrain in all of Anza-Borrego. Round trip distance is approx. 50 miles. Begin by heading up Coyote Canyon, across three stream crossings, then up a moderately steep and rocky road, and across the desert to the Sheep Canyon area. Road conditions will vary depending upon rainfall. This trip is a great and challenging ride that requires high-clearance 4WD vehicles with good tires and a full tank of gas. We will select a nice place for lunch so pack food, water, and snacks. Pit toilets are available at the Sheep Canyon campground. Meet at ABDNHA. Please be willing to carpool. No charge, space is limited.

Nov. 30, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
See Oct. 26 for details.

Dec. 2, Sat., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Famous ABDNHA CHILI FEST

All 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 in the Nature Center—that’s an extra 5% over the usual 15% discount. For non-members, any receipt for a purchase from our Nature Center dated Dec. 2, 2017, 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! Outside at the ABDNHA Nature Center.

Dec. 4, Mon., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike to Paul’s Playa—East Loop
Leader: Robin Halford, Hiking Book Author
This 4.5-mile strenuous loop hike is on the east side of Coyote Mountain. The hike begins with some moderate to strenuous bouldering up to a huge playa, followed by a short steep section down to a second canyon. Bring jacket, hiking boots, water, snack/lunch. Directions: From the Circle drive east on Palm Canyon Drive (S22) for 7.2 miles, turn left (north) onto Rockhouse Trail and drive 0.4 miles, we carpool from there. No charge, max. 10 hikers, call to reserve.

Dec. 4, Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hike: to Maidenhair Falls
Leader: Volunteer Marilyn Moskowitz
This 6-miles round trip hike leads through a beautiful desert canyon to a unique desert waterfall with woodland ferns and cottonwoods. The first three miles of the hike are rated as strenuous, with sandy terrain at first and then an uphill section. Meet at ABDNHA. Max. 10 people. No charge, call to reserve.

Dec. 6, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Hike: Little Surprise Canyon Loop
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
This little gem of a canyon is known for its wildflowers and interesting geology. Usually it’s considered a short in-and-out hike of about 0.6 miles. Surprise! Today’s moderate hike will take you there—and beyond. After a quick scramble over a boulder pile and up a gravel slope, you reach the canyon’s rim. The return hike lets you peer down where you were before. Great view to the north! Meet at ABDNHA. Bring water, hat, hiking shoes. No charge; call to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Dec. 7, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
Leader: David Lasley, ABDNHA Volunteer
See Oct. 26 for details.

Dec. 8, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Pam’s Amble - Easy Walk
Leader: Pam Blake, ABDNHA Volunteer
Pam’s Ambles are easygoing social walks where we can explore along the way—plants, flowers, geology, scenery, and time for photographs. Locations are selected where participants can easily return to their car or continue further on their own if they wish. Meet at ABDNHA. Max. 12 people. No charge, please call to reserve.

Dec. 9, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing: Borrego’s Dark Skies!
Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard
See October 14 for details.

Dec. 10, Sun., 11 a.m. – Noon
Radio Astronomy at Clark Dry Lake
Speaker: Astronomer Dr. Jim Rickard

For 35 years, Clark Dry Lake was an important location for radio telescope research. Dr. Rickard worked as a staff astronomer at Clark Lake for nine years. Learn why the Clark Lake site was selected, the goals of the radio telescope project, how the telescope was constructed, how it worked, and why the project was terminated. In the ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Space limited, call to reserve, 760-767-3098. See related tour below on Dec. 10, 12:30 p.m.
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Dec. 10, Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Radio Astronomy at Clark Dry Lake - Tour
Leader: Astronomer Dr. Jim Rickard
Dr. Rickard will conduct a tour of the Clark Lake site. There is no charge for the tour, but you must register separately from the lecture. The tour is limited to just 22 people. The tour includes driving to the gravel loader on Rockhouse Canyon Road by Clark Lake and an optional two-mile roundtrip walk to the site of the laboratories in the middle of the lakebed. No Charge:  The tour leaves ABDNHA at 12:30 p.m., and will take approx. one hour. See related program above on Dec. 10, 11 a.m.

Dec. 13, Wed.
Rock & Gem Club Field Trip
For information: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619.

Dec. 14, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
See Oct. 26 for details.

Dec. 16, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA Travel Series: India’s Sunderbans
Speakers: Urmi Ray and Sanjiv Nanda

The Sundarbans is a vast forest in the coastal region of the Bay of Bengal, considered one of the natural wonders of the world; it was recognized in 1997 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mangrove habitat supports the single largest population of tigers in the world, which have adapted to an almost amphibious life, being capable of swimming for long distances and feeding on fish, crab, and water monitor lizards. They are also renowned for being “man-eaters,” most probably due to their relatively high frequency of encounters with local people. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098
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Jan. 20, Sat., 6:30  p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Baja's Wild Side: Shark research and Conservation Photography in Baja California
Presenter: Dr. David Cartamil -Marine Biologist
As a Scripps marine biologist, Dr. Daniel Cartamil has traveled the Pacific coast region of Baja California for over a decade, studying the region's sharks and shark fisheries. There, he discovered a fragile paradise of remote landscapes, wildlife, and cultural treasures on the verge of being overtaken by modern civilization. Science and art converge as we take a photographic journey through western Baja California illustrated with breathtaking photography from Cartamil’s new book, 'Baja's Wild Side'.  NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.
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