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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. 

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
Want to know more about the birds you see in Borrego Springs and throughout Anza-Borrego? Join David Lasley and Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

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 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. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

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., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.
 
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
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

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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Dec. 18, Mon., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Hike: Borrego Palm Canyon
Leader: Volunteer Marilyn Moskowitz
Hike to the first palm grove, then continue up Palm Canyon as it narrows, to see bunch grasses, and possibly water on the ground—requiring footwear dependable when wet. This is a beautiful area rarely seen, as most folks don’t venture into the upper canyon. A 4-mile, moderate hike, expect bouldering and uneven ground. Requires good physical condition. Meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Max. 10. Call to reserve.

Dec. 20, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Dec. 21, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA
 
Dec. 22, 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. 23, Sat., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Program: Getting to Know the Moon
Dr Jim. & Grace Ricard
Earth’s moon dominates the night sky. Join with Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard in the ABDNHA library for a short lecture on the moon, how it formed, its orbit around the Earth, prominent features, why we see it and then we don’t, how it affects our lives with tides and culture. Following the lecture, weather permitting, we will go outside, where telescopes will give an up-close look at the craters, mountains, and plains of the moon, and Grace will do a little story-telling, with a Paiute tale called “Why the Moon Changes.” NM $12, M $10, V $8. To reserve: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.

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Dec. 27, Wed. 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Dec. 27, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting
Meet at the ABDNHA Activity Room.

Dec. 28, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

Dec. 28, Thur., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Field Trip: Salton Sea Birding
Leader: Hal Cohen, Biology Professor (ret.)
Have a great day birding at the Salton Sea with expert birder Hal Cohen as our guide. The Salton Sea attracts birders from around the world due to its having more diversity of bird life than any other location in the United States. Meet at ABDNHA and carpool from there. Bring a hat, binoculars or scope, good walking shoes, water, and a lunch. Space limited. Call to reserve. NM $30, M $22, V $20. Max: 15 people.

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Dec. 29, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: The Tunesmith & Lyricist: Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin, and the Making of a Standard
Author and Presenter: George Harwood Phillips

Something different and special for the holiday season. Phillips is known to many for his research and writings about Native Americans, but he has had a lifelong musical side as well. In this program we will listen to music, starting with the 1930s hit song “I Can’t Get Started With You,” and George will explain the early lives and collaborations of the song’s creators, the nature of lyric writing, and the legacy of George Gershwin and Vernon Duke against the backdrop of popular music in the twentieth century. The book and CD will be for sale at $20.00. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.

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Dec. 30, Sat., 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Henrietta Canyon
Leader: Lance Holmberg, Volunteer
Where is Henrietta Canyon? That’s Lance Holmberg’s name for Glorietta’s bigger and tougher sister, a beautiful and intriguing route with far fewer footprints than the more heavily travelled Glorietta. This is also a more strenuous hike, about five miles in length that involves some boulder scrambling and patches of heavy brush. In addition to the desert scenery we will see an ironwood tree that’s very much out of place along with some desert apricot. There is also a surprise to be found at our turnaround-munchie stop (bring lunch), as well as great views that stretch to the Salton Sea and Borrego Mountain. Meet at the ABDNHA. 2WD with high clearance okay. No charge but space limited to 12 hikers. Call or visit the Nature Center to reserve: 760-767-3098.

Dec. 31, Sun., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Last Hike of the Year - Ella Loop
Leader: Joan Malone
Take a 5 - 6 mile moderate loop hike over sandy terrain leading to an overlook of the badlands with rolling mud hills and beautiful colors. We will search for an old road bed on the loop back. Meet at Ella Wash, mile marker 34.8 on S22 and park on either side of the road. Bring water, snack, jacket, and wear good hiking shoes. No charge; call the Nature Center to reserve.

Dec. 31, Sun., 7 p.m. - ?
Full Moon New Year’s Eve at Font’s Point
Leader: Mike McElhatton, Program Director
Join with us as we journey to Font’s Point to watch the moon over the badlands on New Year’s Eve. Stay for a short time or stay until midnight, bring some snacks to share along with your favorite beverage. Program is free of charge, but our group is limited to just 23 people so sign up early. Meet at ABDNHA.

Jan. 3, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Jan. 4, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

Jan. 6, Sat., 8:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Hike: Stone Bridge #5 (off S-22)
Leader: Kathy Bussey
Explore a wash with towering water-carved walls, walk through a mini-slot canyon, and end up at a magnificent dry waterfall. This is an easy 2.2 mile hike...except for the steep, short (about 2 minute) descent into the wash. Soft dirt makes for stable footholds heading down and then up on our return. Hiking stick(s) may be helpful. Meet at ABDNHA; we’ll carpool from there. 2WD is fine. Max. 18 people. Bring water, snack, good hiking shoes. No charge; call to reserve.

Jan. 6, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Long Vanished Past: An Intro to ABDSP Paleontology
ABDSP Paleontologist Dr. Lyndon K. Murray
The Colorado Desert of SE California was not always a seemingly barren wilderness, but once a verdant landscape with rivers, streams, lakes, forest and savanna. Before that, it held an inland ocean. The key to understanding this prehistoric world is paleontology, the study of the fossilized remains of ancient life. Anza-Borrego has an exceptional fossil record, which preserves leaf impressions, shells, bones and teeth, and in some places, even animal tracks. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098
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Jan. 8, Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hike: Mt. Palm Springs, Torote Bowl, Elephant Trees
Leader: Volunteer Marilyn Moskowitz
We’ll hike to the Southwest Palm Grove, from there up to Torote Bowl and see the elephant trees, then loop from the palm grove to Bow Willow and back to the trailhead. You get it all—visits, viewpoints, palm and elephant trees, single track trails on cliff sides, sand washes, and a rich variety of desert plants. Moderately strenuous, be in good condition. Meet at Mt. Palm Springs trailhead; from mile marker 47 on S-2 follow sign ½ mile to trailhead. Call to reserve.

Jan. 10, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Jan. 10, Wed.
Rock & Gem Club Field Trip
For information: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619.

Jan. 11, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA 

Jan. 12, 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.

Jan. 12, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: The Geology of Aquifers
Presenter: Claudia Faunt, Ph.D., P.E
Join Dr. Faunt as she presents a condensed version of Aquifers 101, a look at how aquifers form, how they hold water, how water moves into and within an aquifer, water quality, and how aquifers can change over time. Faunt is the U.S. Geological Survey and California Water Science Center Program Chief for USGS work on the Borrego Aquifer, so this will be a great time to ask your questions and learn about the water under our feet that we absolutely depend upon in Borrego Springs. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, or 760-767-3098, or at the Nature Center.

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Jan. 13, Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Tour: Font’s Point, Vista del Malpais to Ocotillo Wells
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer
Traverse some of the most scenic badland terrain in Anza-Borrego. Expect typical desert driving conditions, soft sand, badland canyons. Begins at 9 a.m. from ABDNHA. Start with a full gas tank, good tires, properly working high clearance 4WD, lunch, drinks, chair, and outdoor attire. This is also a potluck trip, so bring a dish to share. BBQ meat will be supplied. No charge. Space limited. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Jan. 13, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: Antarctica, the Other Desert
Presenter: Geologist Pat Abbott, Ph.D.
Dr. Abbott has been to Antarctica 7 times, often as speaker/scientist on Smithsonian sponsored trips there. Abbott will take a wide view, exploring Antarctica from several perspectives…Political: Who actually runs the continent? Oceanographic: Where does the "continent" begin? Biological: the food chain. Ice: the beauty of ice. Continental: the 5th largest continent. Climatic: When and why did ice bury the continent? And the Katabatic winds: You can't stand up. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098

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Jan. 13, 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. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

Jan. 17, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Jan. 18, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

Jan. 19, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
MECCA HILLS: SPECIAL ABDNHA FUND-RAISING PROGRAM
Geology of the Mecca Hills: Where the San Andreas Fault Gets Pushy
Speaker: Geologist Don Barrie
This excellent program first presented during the last season is being repeated by popular demand. Please join geoscience Professor Don Barrie for a lecture on the geology and tectonics of the Mecca Hills. Along with the Indio Hills to the northwest and Durmid Hill to the southeast, the Mecca Hills are a block of folded, compressed, and uplifted rocks that have been squeezed up along a subtle bend in the San Andreas Fault Zone. Rock units and geologic features exposed in these hills span almost two billion years of geologic time and draw geologists and nature lovers from all over the world. Professor Barrie’s lecture will focus on two broad themes, (1) the origin of the Mecca Hills in relation to the San Andreas Fault Zone and the evolving Pacific-North American transform plate boundary, and (2) the diversity of rock types and geologic features observed in exposures throughout the Mecca Hills. A special fund-raising program for ABDNHA, and there are no refunds for this program. Non-member $25; Member $15 for the lecture only; or you can sign up for the lecture and Sunday field trip together for NM $80, M $60. Space limited for Sunday Field Trip.
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Jan. 20, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
GEOLOGY FIELD TRIP TO MECCA HILLS
Tour Leader: Geologist Don Barrie
As follow-up to his Friday evening lecture, Don Barrie will lead a field trip to the spectacular geologic scenery of the Mecca Hills, where we will see many of the geologic features he described the day before. We will be stopping in several locations along the way where Don will tell the story of the area’s geologic past, pointing out the rocks, faults, and colorful formations that illustrate the events that have taken place over millions of years, including Painted Canyon, the San Andreas Fault, and numerous locations in Box Canyon. 4WD is required for this trip. If you do not have 4WD but want to carpool with those who do, please mention this when you register and we will accommodate carpooling on a first-come-first-serve ‘as available’ basis. The trip will begin at the ABDNHA Nature Center where you will be given a map with our stops along the way. Bring a lunch. Field trip limited to 24 people. This is a special fundraising program for ABDNHA, and there are no refunds for this field trip. Don Barrie is an excellent instructor and his programs normally fill quickly.
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Jan. 20, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hike & Write! Kenyon Overlook
Leader: Amy Brewster, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join naturalist/writer Amy Brewster on an easy walk/hike of about one mile. Amble to a beautiful spot to enjoy what the desert has to offer and then spend time writing whatever may flow from our pens to paper. Option to share our reading to each other to conclude our outing. Max 10 people. Bring writing materials and if at all possible small back packing chair or sitting pad. Call NC to reserve.

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. Daniel Cartamil, Scripps Marine Biologist, 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. Books will be available for purchase. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.
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Jan. 22, Mon., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Agua Caliente County Park
Leader: Marilyn Moskowitz, Volunteer
Along this 4- mile hike, we have a desert marsh, then a challenging steep climb to a high desert view point, then another steep climb into Moonlight Canyon, and a meander down a beautiful plant-rich canyon. There is a very good chance we’ll see Borrego sheep. Option to indulge in the hot springs (bring a bathing suit) and/or swim in the cold pool. No charge. Meet at the entrance of Agua Caliente Campground ($5 parking fee). Call Nature Center 760-767-3098 to reserve

Jan. 22, Mon., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Program: Getting to Know the Moon
Dr Jim. & Grace Ricard
Earth’s moon dominates the night sky. Join with Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard in the ABDNHA library for a short lecture on the moon, how it formed, its orbit around the Earth, prominent features, why we see it and then we don’t, how it affects our lives with tides and culture. Following the lecture, weather permitting, we will go outside, where telescopes will give an up-close look at the craters, mountains, and plains of the moon, and Grace will do a little story-telling, with a Paiute tale called “Why the Moon Changes.” NM $12, M $10, V $8. To reserve: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.

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Jan. 24, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Jan. 24, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike: Yaqui Pass Ramble
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
This is not your Kenyon Overlook Trail! We'll begin on a path heading to a different overlook of the San Felipe Wash, and then go cross-country up and over the rocky hilltop to the park monument. Our return is on the seldom-used western loop of the Kenyon Trail, followed by another cross-country over several gullies. This is a moderate hike approximately 2.5 miles round trip. 2WD okay. Meet at the Nature Center. Bring water, hat, sturdy hiking boots. Max. 18. Call to reserve.

Jan 24, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting
Meet at the ABDNHA Activity Room.

Jan. 25, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

Jan. 26, 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.

ABDNHA DESERT LECTURE SERIES

Earth’s Climate: Living in a Time of Change
Jan. 26, Fri., 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Rear Admiral Len Hering (retired)
Join Rear Admiral Len Hering, USN (ret.), as he opens our special weekend on climate change. Hering will offer a broad view of the climate changes that are taking place right now around the world, along with the scientific evidence that identifies manmade greenhouse gases as the primary cause of those changes. He will also discuss the actions we need to take if we hope to pass a clean and livable world to our children and future generations. For more information, see www.abdnha.org. At the Performing Arts Center. Members: No charge; NM: $10 at the door. Seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Refreshments served.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
LIVING IN A TIME OF CHANGE
Human Society and Climate Change
Presenter: Rear Admiral Len Hering (ret.)
The U.S. military has identified climate change as one of the greatest threats to national security because of its wide ranging impacts on sea levels, food production, water resources, human migration, and changes to the day to day life of humans worldwide. In this lecture, Len Hering will discuss how these and other impacts can make for a changing and less secure world. Hering is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. During his career in the Navy, he built a team recognized throughout the Department of Defense as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation. Hering instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic, conversion technology and alternative fuel use at all levels in Navy facilities. President Bush awarded Hering a 2005 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management in recognition of his efforts reducing oil spills and for recycling. NM $14, M $10, V $8 for this single program, or an All-Day Pass that includes admission to all three Saturday lectures for NM $40, M $25, V $22. Register online www.abdnha.org or at Nature Center, 760-767-3052
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Saturday, Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
LIVING IN A TIME OF CHANGE
Climate Change and Energy
Presenter: Dr. Thomas English
If climate change is really fueled by our energy use, if that's what is causing the problem, what can we do about that? What are our options and how do we make the changes necessary that will promote economic growth while protecting our future? What’s truly at stake if we fail to address this aspect of our responsibly? In this presentation Dr. English will attempt to identify the problem and suggest ways to prevent the forecasted environmental outcomes. At the U.S. EPA, Dr. English directed an $80 million per year Energy & Environment Program. He also directed an epidemiological study of 40,000 people to determine the human health effects of air pollutants. He has advised President Carter's Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Government of Sweden, NASA, and the California Energy Commission on high level nuclear waste disposal. His legislative accomplishments include being the architect of the California Clean Air Act. He is also co-editor of a book, “Witness for the Earth: Coalescing the Religious Environmental Movement,” in which religious leaders and their institutions call for strong national action on global climate change, based on the belief that morality demands that humans care for the Earth and not despoil the life that exists here. NM $14, M $10, V $8 for this single program, or an All-Day Pass that includes admission to all three Saturday lectures for NM $40, M $25, V $22. Register online www.abdnha.org or at Nature Center, 760-767-3052
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Saturday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
LIVING IN A TIME OF CHANGE
Climate Change and the Water Cycle

Presenter: Carl Nettleton
With a changing climate and more variability in precipitation patterns, understanding what's really going on with the water cycle is critical to preparing for the future. This lecture demystifies the misperceptions, reveals how advances in science are leading to better understanding of the status and future of water availability and the role the ocean and climate are playing in shaping the future of our communities and the blue planet overall. As the costs of water rise, water utilities face major challenges in trying to maintain an operational revenue base while promoting less water use. The talk will also briefly address the innovations addressing the reduction of both energy use and emissions in water systems and a reduction in water use overall. Mr. Nettleton is the founder of an environmental policy firm specializing in forming complex coalitions and handling high profile issues involving government, media, business, and neighborhoods. He also founded Open Oceans Global, an NGO linking people to the world's oceans. He serves on the national and California advisory councils for Environmental Entrepreneurs, a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors, and others who advocate for policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment, where his subject specialties relate to climate, oceans, water, and energy. NM $14, M $10, V $8 for this single program, or an All-Day Pass that includes admission to all three Saturday lectures for NM $40, M $25, V $22. Register online www.abdnha.org or at Nature Center, 760-767-3052
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Saturday, Jan. 26, 8:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LIVING IN A TIME OF CHANGE
Discussion: Climate Change

With Len Hering, Carl Nettleton, Dr. Thomas English. Open to all who attended Saturday lectures. No charge, but seating is limited. Please call to reserve your spot for this discussion, 760-767-3098.

Jan. 29, Mon, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Cerro West Loop
Leader: Robin Halford
This fairly strenuous 6-mile hike explores the area west of Cerro Ridge. Although most of the walking is fairly easy, expect lots of uneven terrain as well as a short steep part up to a saddle. We will look for an old Indian trail, and Pencil Cholla. Meet: From Hwy 78 in Ocotillo Wells, drive south on Split Mountain Rd for 8.0 miles, turn right/SW onto Fish Creek jeep road and park. We will carpool from there. Max: 10. Call to reserve.

Jan. 30, Tues., 6 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Walk: Font’s Point Sunrise Rim Walk
Leader: Terry Hunefeld, Naturalist, Volunteer

Join us for a slow, pleasant 3.5 hour cross-country nature/botany/geology amble along the Font’s Point escarpment while the rising sun lights up the Borrego Badlands. Explore geological processes, climate changes, and desert life adaptations as we look down into two million years of pre-history. This is a moderate 3-mile walk, much of it across slightly difficult cross-country (no trail) rolling terrain. We’ll make lots of stops to soak-in the views and talk about what we’re seeing. Water, good hiking shoes, hat, and a 4WD high-clearance vehicle are mandatory (no exceptions). Binoculars helpful. Meet at 5:55 a.m. at the entrance to Font’s Point Wash (mile marker 29.3 on Hwy S-22). Max: 10 people. No charge. Call to reserve.

Jan. 31, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Jan. 31, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Historic Box Canyon
Kathy Bussey & Jan Bigelow, Volunteers
Box Canyon is part of a historic land route through Southern California and home to the infamous dry waterfall and roadbed created by the Mormon Battalion in 1847. This is an easy 3-mile round-trip hike through Box Canyon with an optional short steep climb to the roadside monument. Meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Trailhead is a 40+ min. drive from town with limited parking. Max. 20. Bring water, hat, hiking boots, snack. No charge; call to reserve

Jan. 31, Wed., 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Full Moon Walk: South Palm Wash
L
eader: Mike McElhatton, Program Director
Experience the serene beauty of moonlight on the canyon walls as we take an easy 1.5-mile walk through South Palm Wash. Meet at the ABDNHA; we’ll carpool from there. 4WD needed 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. Max: 22. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call to reserve.

Feb. 1, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA


HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE WEEKEND
Feb. 2, Fri. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Victorian Homes of San Diego
Presenter: Author Eric Pahlke
Join Eric Pahlke for a fascinating mix of beautiful photographs and interesting historical facts about the wide variety of Victorian homes in San Diego, including architect-designed homes, beach houses, cottages, and farmhouses, from the homes of the affluent to the working class. Pahlke’s book, San Diego Victorians, can also be used as a guidebook for home tour, with information about the locations of featured homes. In the ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.

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HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE WEEKEND
Feb. 3, Sat. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Borrego’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture
Presenter: Bill Lawrence, Architectural Historian
The heat, light, and intense beauty of the Anza-Borrego Desert has had a profound effect on the architectural heritage of Borrego Springs. Using period photographs and the contemporary work of photographer Judy Parker, Bill Lawrence, architectural historian, will explore Borrego’s mid-century modern architecture, and how the designs of the past continue to influence the present and future of the community. In the ABDNHA Library. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or 760-767-3098.

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Feb. 3, Sat., 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hike: Cool Canyon
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
One of the few state park canyons oriented north-to-south, allowing for more shade in the a.m. and p.m., hence the name Cool Canyon. Also cool is the diversity of rock types. Begin at the base of Granite Mountain and head up-canyon about 1 mile. This is a moderate hike with some minor climbing challenges in the form of dry waterfalls. Water, lunch/snack, and sunscreen, sturdy hiking boots. Meet at the Nature Center, we’ll carpool from there. Trailhead is a 35-minute drive from town, with limited parking. Max: 18. No charge. Space is limited. Call to reserve.

Feb. 4, Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Alcoholic Pass
Leader: Amy Brewster, ABDNHA Volunteer
We'll carpool up Coyote Canyon (4WD possible) to the trailhead of Alcoholic Pass. This popular hiking trail switchbacks with a fairly steep and strenuous incline for about a mile with rocky terrain. We will hike beyond the saddle (at 1550') to an excellent overlook. Water, snack /lunch, hat, hiking poles if desired. No charge. Call to reserve.

Feb. 5, Mon. 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hike: Borrego Palm Canyon
Leader: Volunteer Marilyn Moskowitz
Off we go to first grove and beyond up the canyon for this 4-mile hike with elevation increases as the canyon narrows. We might see bighorn sheep and interesting plants (depending on rainfall). Possible water on the ground requires footwear that is dependable when wet. This is a beautiful area rarely seen by most folks. Meet at ABDNHA, we’ll carpool and depart from there at 8:30. (Note there’s a parking fee per vehicle for the trail.) Call to reserve.

Feb. 7, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.


Feb. 7, Wed. – Rock Club Field Trip
Contact: Joan Malone, 760-550-2619.

Feb. 8, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA

Feb. 9, 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.

Feb. 9, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
La Rumorosa : Rock Art Along the Border
Presentation and Book signing.
Author Don Liponi
Join Don for a beautiful panorama and survey of Kumeyaay and other native artwork from throughout the southwest and Baja as well as a discussion of the spiritual realm of these ancient works of art. A good portion of what you will see is only recently discovered and newly rendered through DStretch technology. This presentation and book signing will include many beautiful photographs by Don Liponi and Daren Sefcik and along with a Native American perspective of this artwork. NM$12, M$10, V$8 Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098

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Feb. 10, Sat., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Courage to Heal
Presenter: Dr. Paul Bernstein M.D., Author
Dr. Bernstein tells a little-known story set in a world of iron lungs, the Great Depression, and a World War, a story that begins in the small community of Desert Center, California. Courage to Heal is an historical novel based on the true story of a Dr. Sidney Garfield, who founded Kaiser Permanente. The work he began with his 12-bed Contractors General Hospital, the first managed care in America. The fascinating story relates to the building of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, WWII and the Richmond shipyards, the objections of the American Medical Association, politics, and culminates with the founding of Kaiser Permanente, now the largest HMO in the U.S., serving over ten million people. NM $12, M $10, V $8. Register: www.abdnha.org, Nature Center, or call 760-767-3098.

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Feb. 10, 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. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

Feb. 14, Wed., 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Weekly Wednesday Invasive Weed Walk
Join Pat Matthews every Wednesday 8 a.m. to look for and remove invasive plants in various locations. We meet in the ABDNHA parking lot and carpool from there. Bring water, hat, gloves. We have the needed tools.
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Feb. 15, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday Bird Walk: Intro to Birding
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 Larry Gilstrap to 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. ABDNHA 



       
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