This schedule will be updated as new events are arranged.

Closeup photo of garnet embedded in quartz
Quartz with Garnet

Oct. 13, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem (BRAG) Club

Opening season meeting for the local rock club. Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend. At the ABDNHA Library.

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Oct. 18, Thur.
Desert Gardeners

Opening season meeting of the local garden group. Open to all. Details of time and place in the Fall edition of The Sand Paper.

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Oct. 22, Mon., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: West Butte Loop – The Slot Hike
Leader: Mike McElhatton

A 3.5-mile moderately strenuous loop on the West Butte of Borrego Mountain, climbing down into Borrego Mountain Wash and finishing through the slot canyon.

Meet at the Nature Center. Bring lunch and water. 4WD or high clearance vehicles required; please be willing to carpool. No charge; call Nature Center to reserve.

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Black-Throated Sparrow

Oct. 25, Thur., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Repeats Nov. 1, 8, 15
Weekly Beginning Bird Walk
Leader: David Lasley

Learn to identify desert birds. Learn about bird behavior and nesting habits. Walk in and around Club Circle, a good birding area with level, easy terrain.

Meet at the south end of Marker, south of Tilting T opposite the entrance to Borrego Springs Resort. Bring binoculars, bird book, water, walking shoes. Dress for outdoors. Call the Nature Center for reservations. Non-members: $5 donation requested; Members and volunteers: no charge.

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Oct. 26-28, Friday – Sunday
Birds of Anza-Borrego: A weekend birding course in the Borrego Desert
Instructor: Kurt Leuschner, Professor of Natural Resources

Participants of all birding abilities are welcome – also a great course for general desert natural history and for teachers! Caravan to various sites in the Borrego Desert. Learn about the ecology, conservation, and taxonomy of many different bird species. Weather can be variable.

To enroll, call the UC Riverside Extension, 800/422-4900 or 951/827-4105; email: Course fee is $169 or $155 each for couples and family members. Includes 2 quarter units. ABDNHA members receive a discount! Begins at 7 p.m. Friday evening.

Meet at the ABDNHA Nature Center. Course continues on Sat. and Sun. to 1 p.m.

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Borrego Days Parade

Oct. 27, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Days Parade: Heart of the Desert

Bring your chair to the ABDNHA nature center and enjoy something new as you watch the parade: a refreshing “desert lemonade” – freshly squeezed lemons sweetened with agave nectar!

Also, join ABDNHA today, or purchase a gift membership, and receive a free gift! Stop by on parade day for a free souvenir.

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Oct. 28, Sun., 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Moonlight Walk in South Palm Wash
Leader: Mike McElhatton

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 cloud cover. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.

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Nov. 1, Thur., 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Beginning Bird Walk

See Oct. 25 description

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Nov. 3, Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Torote Canyon
Leader: Doug Nolff

Join us for a moderate to strenuous hike up to the top of Torote Canyon in the southern Anza-Borrego Desert for an interesting and varied hike with a splendid view. Named after the Torote, or Elephant Tree, an unusual plant found in only three locations in the United States, Torote Canyon ascends through a series of narrow, dry waterfalls and broad valleys. At the end of the canyon is a magnificent view of Indian Valley far below and Sombrero Peak across the divide.

Directions: From I-8 at Ocotillo go northwest 18 miles on S-2 to mile marker 46.1. Follow the unpaved road west 1.8 miles into Indian Gorge, where the trailhead to Torote Canyon is found on the right. This hike is a total of about 4 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet. Total hiking time will be 3-4 hours. Bring water, snack, clothing appropriate for the weather and wear good hiking shoes. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.

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Nov. 3, Sat., 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Film: For Those Denied the Night Sky
Documentary Film produced by Korean Public Television

See this fascinating film that examines the role of the disappearing night sky as a part of human culture and the human spirit. The film was produced in Korea and in the U.S., including a segment filmed in Borrego Springs, the second dark sky community in the U.S. NM $8; M $7; V $6.

Call the Nature Center to reserve your spot. Program will repeat on December 8.

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Nov. 5, Mon., 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Rainbow Canyon Loop
Leader: Robin Halford

A strenuous 6.2-mile hike. Rainbow Canyon is known for its many dry waterfalls and varied rock colors.

Meet at mile 27.6 on S-2 (about 10.3 miles south of Scissors Crossing); park on the left/east side of S-2 at the bend in the road. Bring water, snack, lunch, hat, and sunscreen and wear sturdy shoes. No charge, but call the Nature Center to reserve. Space is limited.

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Box Canyon, Southern Emigrant Trail

Nov. 9-11, Fri-Sun.
Desert History Weekend

Nov. 9, Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
4WD Tour: Southern Emigrant Trail
Leader: Historian Tom Tefft

Retrace the route of the Southern Emigrant Trail, the route of the Butterfield Stage, the Mormon Battalion, the Army of the West, fur trappers, the California Gold Rush, and many others. The first stop will be Carrizo Gap and the first reliable water since the Colorado River, then follow the Vallecito Corridor to Palm Spring, and then on to Vallecito Stage Station for lunch and a tour of the stage station. From Vallecito we head north along the S-2, the route of the trail, and end with a tour of the restored Warner/Carrillo stage station and home. Stand where history was made and hear the historical significance of each part of the route.

Meet at the north side of Christmas Circle. 4WD required; please be willing to carpool. If you have a CB radio, bring it, but not required. There is a $10 fee for all participants to cover admission to Vallecito and Warner-Carrillo House. Call the Nature Center to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Nov. 10, Sat., 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
History of Julian
Speaker: David Lewis, Julian Historian

Historian David Lewis presents an overview of the history of Julian, including discussion of the black history of Julian and David’s work of ten years researching and restoring the Julian cemetery. Held at the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098. NM $7; M $6; V $5.

Nov. 10, Sat., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Film: Heart of the Cowboy, Corazon del Vaquero
Speaker: Producer Gary McLintock

This film is a fascinating look at the life of Baja’s cowboys, the families and ranches of interior Baja California, a land of rough terrain and climate, often beyond the reach of modern roadways. Ride south with us on a cinematic journey into the heart of the vaquero. See how the families of interior Baja California have lived for over 300 years.

This film was produced by Gary McLintock, a Descanso, California, saddle-maker who had been exploring the rugged lands of Baja California on horseback for more than 25 years before he decided to produce this film to document the disappearing culture of the Californios.

Held in the ABDNHA Library. Call to reserve. NM $8; M $7; V $6. Program repeats on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.

Nov. 11, Sun., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Old Borego History Preservation Day

Visit historic Old Borego townsite and tour the buildings that were the center of commercial development for Borrego’s homesteaders and farmers in the 1930s and 40s. No charge or reservations. Located at 1580 Rango Way.

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Nov. 10, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club (BRAG)

Meeting of the local rock club. Those interested in joining are encouraged to attend.

At the ABDNHA Library.

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Nov. 10, Sat., 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing Program
Presenters: Astronomer Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

Identify the constellations in our clear desert skies. Telescopes provided. Bring binoculars if you have them, flashlights, warm clothes and chairs.

Sponsored by ABDNHA, there is no charge or reservations necessary for this excellent program. We will be hosted by the Borrego Lutheran Church, located on Church Lane. If you need directions, please call the Nature Center, 760/767-3098. Canceled in case of cloud cover.

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Nov. 15-18
Events for ABDNHA Volunteers

Nov. 15-18, Thur.-Sun.
ABDNHA Volunteer Kick-off Events

Here’s a preview, with more information to come in the fall. Do you volunteer with ABDNHA? Would you like to volunteer with ABDNHA? Do you have a friend who might like to volunteer with ABDNHA? If you answer YES to any of these questions, then this series of activities is just for you!

Nov. 15, 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. Mark your calendars. Volunteers will receive an invitation with location. Please RSVP to the Nature Center, 760-767-3098.

Nov. 16, Fri., 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Volunteer Field Trip

Join us for a tour and easy walk in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the company of other ABDNHA volunteers.

Nov. 17, Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Volunteer Training Series and Luncheon: What’s New at ABDNHA?

A presentation by ABDNHA education coordinator Mike McElhatton, along with a special film about dark skies, and other interesting topics and speakers. In the ABDNHA Library.

Nov. 18, Sun., 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike the New Morteros Trail

Hike this newly dedicated trail in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Sam Webb, whose interest and work in local archaeology resulted in the creation of this first archaeological trail in the park, will be our leader.

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Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association
P O BOX 310 ( 652 Palm Canyon Drive) Borrego Springs, CA 92004-0310

Office 760-767-3052 | Desert Store & Nature Center 760-767-3098 | FAX 760-767-3099