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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, 2018.  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. 
Registration for the programs listed below begins on October 1, 2018

Oct. 13, Sat., 8 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, on or after Oct.1,, 760-767-3098. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

Oct. 17, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club (BRAG)

Location: ABDNHA Activity Room. If you would like to find out more about the rock club, we invite you to attend this meeting.

Oct. 19, Fri., 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Program: Bird Migration through Anza-Borrego
Leader: Kurt Leuschner, Professor College of the Desert

This is a special program with seating limited to just 20 people, as Kurt describes the many species that can be found passing through our local desert during their annual migrations. NM $12, M $10, V$8. Register online, or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Oct. 20, Sat., 10 a.m.
Borrego Days Parade

Borrego celebrates the opening of the desert season! Join us at ABDNHA for a front row seat to the parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m.

Oct. 20, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Photography Program: From a Judge’s Point of View
Professional Wildlife Photographer: Sandy Zelasko

Sandy Zelasko is a professional wildlife photographer and excellent instructor who offers clinics and professional workshops throughout the West. In this lecture at the ABDNHA Library, Sandy shares tips and examples that she has used in photography contests, all of which can be applied to the day to day photography of those who want to take better pictures. Sandy will also talk about her trips to the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary in Alaska where she has won the Alaska Fish & Game bear viewing lottery four times since 2009 and worked with biologists photographing brown bears each time. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online, or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).  Serious photographers might also be interested to know that Sandy will be conducting a “Borrego Explorer” pro workshop on March 22-24 in Borrego Springs.
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Oct. 21, Sun., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Trip: Canyon Sin Nombre
Trip Leader: ABDNHA Volunteer Ed Pollock

Join ABDNHA Volunteer 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. Short-wheel-based 4WD vehicles required. 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. 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.

Oct. 22, Mon., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Exploring Volcan Mountain
Leader: Ann Keenan, Volunteer Naturalist

Join Ann Keenan for a day in the very beautiful Volcan Mountains, including areas that are generally not open to the public. We will visit and hike around the Volcan Mountain Foundation's Nature Center, which contains a 3D area watershed map. We will hike the Sky Island Trail, have lunch at the Log Circle, and finish the day with another hike further up the mountain. Length and type of hiking: approx. 4 moderate miles on dirt trails at about 5,000 foot elevation. Necessities are long pants, boots, water, lunch, and hiking poles for those who use them. Meet at ABDNHA to carpool for 8 a.m. departure and approximate return of 3 p.m. Maximum 12. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Oct. 24, Wed., 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Full Moon Desert 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 1.5-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. Space is limited to 22. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call the Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, to reserve.

Oct. 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Oct. 27, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike: Yaqui Ridge 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 ABDNHA. Bring water, hat, sturdy hiking boots. Max. 18. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Nov. 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Nov. 3, Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hike: China Camp
Leader: Reena Deutsch, author of the book San Diego & Arizona Railway, The Impossible Railroad

Hike a very gradually sloping 6-miles round-trip to the site known as China Camp. We’ll explore a circa 1910 SD&A survey camp used while seeking a route through Carrizo Gorge and a separate construction camp occupied while building two nearby railroad tunnels. We’ll hike at a social pace through soft sand and on an old rocky jeep road. We’ll call it a success if we find the famed “powderkeg” shack. This archaeologically sensitive area must be respected and no souvenirs can be taken. Bring water, layered clothing, snacks, a trail lunch, and other essentials. Meet at the ABDNHA parking lot at 8 am.to carpool for the approx. 2+ hour drive on paved and sometimes sandy and rocky dirt roads to the trailhead. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is required. This hike will be repeated on February 24, 2019.

Nov. 3, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels:
Bicycle Touring from British Columbia to Baja California 
Presenter: Meaghan Hackinen

Join cyclist and writer Meaghan Hackinen for a journey down the Pacific Coast and into the world of bicycle touring. In this presentation, Meaghan will discuss the basics of self-supported bicycle touring, including essential gear, navigation, food preparation, and options for shelter. Meaghan will also share slides and stories from her first bike adventure, where, alongside her sister and former childhood rival, she set out to pedal the Pacific Coast, from Northern British Columbia to the tip of the Baja Peninsula. With much enthusiasm but little cycling experience, the sisters faced the hardships of the road, from rough weather to winding highways, learning from their missteps and seeking out new friends as well as minimalist pleasures along the way. 

Meaghan Hackinen is a writer and cyclist from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is in Borrego Springs for the Race Across America time trials.  NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Nov. 5, Mon., 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike Layer Cake Palisades
Leader: Robin Halford
This is a 7.7-mile fairly strenuous hike. Layer Cake is a geologic feature in Fish Creek Wash. This out-and-back hike goes to palisades in the Layer Cake layer. Most of the walking is fairly easy in a shallow drainage, but there is one ten-foot dry waterfall to negotiate as well as a few tougher sections close to the palisades. Meeting place: From Hwy 78 in Ocotillo Wells, drive south on Split Mountain Road for 8 miles, park at the beginning of Fish Creek jeep ford, and we will carpool from there. 4WD recommended, AWD may be OK. Maximum 10. Call or come in to register, 760-767-3098.

Nov. 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Nov. 9, Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Desert Gardeners – First Meeting
Fall Planting Discussion, with Betsy Knaak & Hal Cohen

We are reviving the popular community-wide Desert Gardeners group from days gone by. If you enjoy gardening in the desert, or if you think you might, then the Desert Gardeners will be just the place to meet others who share your passion, to learn from each other, and to share what you know.

Everyone interested in gardening is invited to this fun, free, and casual group. This desire to resurrect the monthly meetings grew out of a small group last year who worked together to care for ABDNHA’s Borrego Botanical Garden. We worked weekly on our own schedules to keep the garden tidy—trimming, weeding, raking, picking up, and occasionally gathering for a casual potluck lunch in the garden. The Desert Gardeners is a wider group gathering, where we bring our own folding chairs and share information and experiences on topics of interest to the group—such as fall plantings, vegetable gardening, soil, irrigation, composting, native plants in the garden, and even garden art and creative garden projects. Sometimes we visit gardens and meet there.

We plan to meet monthly on the second Friday at 10 a.m. through March.
Our first meeting will be Friday, November 9, at 10 a.m., outside at ABDNHA (located next to Carlee’s). Please be sure to bring your own folding chair for outdoors! Also, if you have extra seeds, plants or off-shoots, extra pots or tools, excess veggies, garden or plant books, or other gardening items you would like to pass along, we will set up a “gardener’s exchange table” at this first meeting.

No reservations necessary for the monthly meetings. But to sign up to be on an email list, go to: https://www.abdnha.org/desert-gardening.html. Also we’ve just started a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Borrego-Gardeners-220078811979631/.

Nov. 9, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Geology of the Mecca Hills: Where the San Andreas Fault Gets Pushy
Special ABDNHA fund-raising program
Speaker: Geologist Don Barrie

This excellent program at the ABDNHA Library 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. This special fund-raising program for ABDNHA is non-refundable. Non-member $25; Member $15 for the lecture only; or you can sign up for the Friday lecture and Saturday field trip together for NM $80, M $60. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Saturday Field Trip. Register: Call or come in, 760-767-3098.
Nov. 10, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Geology Field Trip to Mecca Hills – Special ABDNHA fund-raising trip
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 Library where you will be given a map with our stops along the way. Bring a lunch. Field trip limited to 24 people. Don Barrie is an excellent instructor and his programs normally fill rapidly. Nonmembers $80; ABDNHA Members $60. Price includes the November 9 lecture. This special fund-raising field trip for ABDNHA is non-refundable. Register online (see above), or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).

Nov. 10, Sun., 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.*
Tour: Old Borrego Townsite BOREGO HISTORY PRESERVATION DAY

You are invited to visit the Old Borego Townsite on History Preservation Day sponsored by the Borrego Civic Foundation and ABDNHA. Tour the historic buildings that were the center of commercial development for Borrego’s homesteaders and farmers in the 1930s and 40s. Visit with old timers and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Stop by the ABDNHA table under the eaves of the old general store to purchase copies of “Borrego Beginnings, Early Days in the Borrego Valley 1910-1960" and “Old Time Cattlemen.” Old Borego is located at 1580 Rango Way. Call or come by the ABDNHA Nature Center for directions, 760-767-3098

Nov. 10, Sat., 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Lecture & Stargazing: The Autumn Sky
Presenter: Randy Baron, Volunteer Astronomer

The autumn sky is a treasure trove of celestial delights. Beautiful star clusters of all kinds abound and can be seen with the naked eye, binoculars, and of course telescopes. Tonight we will learn about and then sample many of these celestial gems, and as an added bonus we will also look at some outstanding galaxies that happen to be perfectly placed for our viewing! We will begin with a lecture in the ABDNHA Library and then move out to the garden for telescope viewing, weather permitting. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Nov. 14, Wed.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip

Nov. 14, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 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, 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 the ABDNHA Nature Center. Bring water, hat, and hiking shoes. No charge; call or come in to reserve. 760-767-3098.

Nov. 14, Wed., 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
SDG&E Programs & Rate Reforms
Presenter: Carolyn Ortiz, SDG&E Outreach Advisor
Note the location: At the Borrego Springs Public Library, located at the east end of The Mall. This program is open to the public, and no reservations required.

Nov. 14, Wed., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Lecture & Viewing: The Moon
Dr. Jim and Grace Rickard

Earth’s companion in space, the 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, and our space exploration there. Following the lecture, weather permitting, we will go outside, to the ABDNHA garden, 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 Pahute tale called “Why the Moon Changes.” NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Nov. 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Nov. 15, Thur., 5:30 p.m.
Volunteer POTLUCK Social
ABDNHA Volunteers, staff, board members, and families are all invited to our annual potluck social to kick-off the new season Catch up with friends—old and new—after the summer hiatus. Phil and Linda Canfield are once again opening their beautiful home to us by hosting this year’s fall potluck. This is the same location as last year. Volunteers will receive a notice with more information. Mark your calendars for Nov. 15, and please RSVP to the Nature Center, on or after Oct.1,, 760-767-3098 or naturecenter@att.net, so we have an idea of attendance. Volunteers: If you have changed your email or mailing address, or want to be sure you are in our database as an ABDNHA Volunteer, please contact Andrea or Betsy at abdnha2@att.net. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please contact us for an application.

Nov. 17, Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
4WD Tour: Font’s Point, Vista del Malpais to Ocotillo Wells
Leader: Ed Pollock, ABDNHA Volunteer
This drive traverses some of the most scenic badland terrain in Anza-Borrego. Expect typical desert driving conditions, soft sand, badland canyons. We’ll begin 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 or come in to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Nov. 17, Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pre-Thanksgiving Sale in the Borrego Desert Nature Center
20% off today for ABDNHA Members. Join ABDNHA today and receive your discount!

Nov. 19, Mon., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hike: Agua Caliente Moonlight Canyon
Leader: Marilyn Moskowitz

This is a moderate hike of 3.5 miles through Agua Caliente County Park, including Moonlight Canyon, Squaw Peak pond, and desert overlook.  There are some steep parts, sandy washes, and uneven rocky ground. Bring lunch, as well as a bathing suit if you care to dip in the hot springs developed pools afterwards. Meet at the entrance of Agua Caliente County Park, 22 miles south of Scissors Crossing on Highway 78.  No charge for the hike, but the park has a $5 vehicle entrance fee.  Maximum 10 people. Call to reserve.

Nov. 22, Thur., 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thanksgiving 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

DESERT LECTURE SERIES
Nov. 23, Fri., 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Incredible Iceland: Living Geology and Natural History
Presenter: Geologist Don Barrie

As ABDNHA prepares for its first international natural history adventure, please join Mesa College Geology Professor, Don Barrie, for a photographic tour of Iceland, where he will be leading our trip in July 2019. ABDNHA’s trip will showcase some of the world’s most spectacular “geology in motion” as well as the fascinating environment of this unique destination.
Don's lecture will survey Iceland's most stunning geologic features, including bizarre volcanic landforms, glaciers that meet the sea, iceberg-strewn beaches, and stunning waterfalls. Along the way, he'll discuss two "big picture" scientific models that researchers use to understand Iceland's geologic evolution, including plate tectonic theory and mantle plume theory. Interestingly, Iceland and the Borrego area share common geologic features, including young volcanos, active faults, hot springs, shifting plates, and geothermal energy resources. Free for ABDNHA members, all others $10 at the door, seating first come first serve. Location: Borrego Springs Performing Arts Center.

Nov. 24, Sat., 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Full Moon 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 1.5-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. Space is limited to 22. Activity cancels with thick cloud cover or high wind. No charge; call the Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, to reserve.

Nov. 26, 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 3-4 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 Highway S2, then west at the turnoff for Mountain Palm Springs, and about ˝ mile to the trailhead.  Max. 10 people. Call to reserve.

Nov. 28, Wed., 2 p.m.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Meeting
Location: ABDNHA Activity Room

Nov. 29, 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call or come in to the ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Nov. 30, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program: A Raptor as a Guide
Presenter: Rebecca O’Connor, Rivers and Lands Conservancy

With 25 years of experience working with birds of prey as a licensed falconer, Rebecca speaks about “A Raptor as a Guide,” the lessons she has gleaned from eagles, hawks, and falcons on connecting with and listening to the natural world, and how this experience has given her a meaningful connection with the wild animals and the open spaces she shares. Rebecca is Development Director for the Rivers and Lands Conservancy, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in inland Southern California by conserving open space, habitats, and agricultural lands. Rebecca will be bringing Beatrice, a peregrine falcon, with her. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Dec. 1, Sat., 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Hike: The Bench
Leader: Kathy Bussey, ABDNHA Volunteer
Surround yourself with the natural beauty of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Clark Dry Lake, and the Borrego Badlands on this 2.3 mile hike. We’ll drive into Inspiration Wash, then continue on foot to reach the manmade memorial rock bench. You’ll have a 360-view of desert magnificence. It’s a moderately easy hike except for a short, steep ascent up a sandy hill to the bench. 4WD needed. Meet at ABDNHA Nature Center. Be willing to carpool. Bring water, hat, hiking boots, snack.. No charge; call to reserve.

Dec. 1, Sat., 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Annual ABDNHA Famous CHILI FEST – Member Appreciation Event
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—that’s an extra 5% over the usual 15% discount. For non-members, any receipt for a purchase from our Nature Center dated Dec. 1, 2018, entitles you to dinner tonight! Or, better yet, we invite you to join ABDNHA! Arrive early; the first 50 guests receive a special door prize. One of our most popular events of the year! Outside at the Nature Center.

Dec. 3, Mon., 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Hike: Exploring Volcan Mountain
Leader: Ann Keenan, Volunteer Naturalist

Join Ann Keenan for a day in the very beautiful Volcan Mountains, including areas that are generally not open to the public. We will visit and hike around the Volcan Mountain Foundation's Nature Center, which contains a 3D area watershed map. We will hike the Sky Island Trail, have lunch at the Log Circle, and finish the day with another hike further up the mountain. Length and type of hiking: approx. 4 moderate miles on dirt trails at about 5,000 foot elevation. Necessities are long pants, boots, water, lunch, and hiking poles for those who use them. Meet at ABDNHA to carpool. Maximum 12. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Dec. 3, Mon, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Hike: Harper Canyon
Leader: Robin Halford
This is a 10-mile, fairly strenuous hike. Harper Canyon drains toward the north from Harper Flats. This out and back hike goes up the canyon and then out onto Harper Flat to an area with morteros and slicks. Most of the bouldering is moderate with some bits being more strenuous. Meeting place: From Borrego Springs Road, drive east on Hwy 78 for 1.5 miles, turn left/north on Buttes Pass jeep road and park. We will carpool from here. Maximum 10. 4WD with high clearance required. Please be willing to take passengers if you can. Call or come in to the Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Dec. 6, 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.


Dec. 7, Fri., 10 a.m. – 11:30 ~ 12:00
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Paul Peterson, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join with ABDNHA each Friday, December 7 - March 29, at 10 am for our free weekly bike ride.  This is a recreational and social ride for all skill levels, open to the public. 
Rides last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the group and skill level.
The group meets at Bike Borrego on the south side of the mall.

Dec. 7, Fri., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: America’s Lion
Leader: Lyn Cullens, Executive Director, The Mountain Lion Foundation

Please join Lyn Cullens at the ABDNHA Library for this outstanding program with great images that portrays the life of America’s lion, their life story from birth until death, where they live, how they live, and the characteristics that enable them to survive. An elusive creature, our lions live lonely lives on territories that often exceed one hundred square miles. The mission of the Mountain Lion Foundation is to educate people about the biology, behavior, habitat, and ecology of mountain lions so that government policy and human development foster an environment that permits these majestic creatures to continue to exist. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Dec. 8, Sat., Noon
Grand Opening of New Borrego Springs County Library
County of San Diego
Cause for celebration! Located across from The Mall and the Post Office is the new 14,000 s.f. county library, park, and sheriff station, to be formally dedicated today. Speeches begin at noon, followed by ribbon cutting. Open to the public.

Dec. 8, Sat., 8 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, on or after Oct.1,, 760-767-3098. Cancelled in case of heavy cloud cover.

Dec. 12, Wed.
Borrego Rock & Gem Club Field Trip

Dec. 12, Wed., 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Hike: Glorietta Canyon
Hike Leader: Kathy Bussey
Join Kathy for this moderate hike in beautiful Glorietta Canyon just outside of Borrego Springs. It’s a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the scenery, and meet new friends. The hike is approximately is about 1.5 miles round trip. The sketchy trail is a gradual uphill and involves a little bouldering. At the top, a beautiful hidden landscape unfolds before us with incredible views of the Borrego Valley and on 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, and wear good walking shoes. No charge; call or come in to the Nature Center to reserve, 760-767-3098.

Dec. 13, 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Dec. 14, Fri., 9:30 a.m. – Noon
Pam’s Amble
Leader: Pam Blake
Pam’s Ambles are easygoing social walks where you will explore what you find along the way—plants, flowers, desert scenery, geology, all with time for photography. Locations are selected where participants can easily return to their car or continue further on their own if they wish. Meet at ABDNHA. Call to reserve, 760-767-3098. Maximum 12 people.

Dec. 14, Fri., 10 a.m. – 11:30 ~ 12:00
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Paul Peterson, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join with ABDNHA each Friday, December 7 - March 29, at 10 am for our free weekly bike ride.  This is a recreational and social ride for all skill levels, open to the public. 
Rides last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the group and skill level.
The group meets at Bike Borrego on the south side of the mall.

Dec. 14, Fri., 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Desert Gardeners
If you enjoy gardening in the desert, or if you think you might, then ABDNHA's group of Borrego Desert Gardeners will be just the place to meet others who share your passion, to learn from each other, and to share what you know. Everyone interested in gardening is invited to this fun, free, and casual group. Meets Nov – March, second Friday at 10 a.m., at ABDNHA. Please be sure to bring your own folding chair for outdoors! No reservations necessary for the monthly meetings. But to sign up to be on an email list, go to: https://www.abdnha.org/desert-gardening.html. We have recently started a Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Borrego-Gardeners-220078811979631/.

Dec. 14, Fri., 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Lecture & Viewing: The Moon
Presenters: Astronomer Dr Jim and Grace Rickard

Earth’s companion in space, the 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, and our space exploration there. Following the lecture, weather permitting, we will go outside, to the ABDNHA garden, 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 Pahute tale called “Why the Moon Changes.” NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Dec. 15, Sat., 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
ABDNHA TRAVEL SERIES
Armenia & Georgia in the Caucasus

Presenters: Jim and Grace Rickard

Travel along with Grace and Jim Rickard as they tour from the view of Mount Ararat in the south to the Russian border in the High Caucasus to the north. Grace's interest was to see the ancient wine making methods, but she found so much more. These countries regained their independence after the demise of the USSR. They are now reinventing themselves, each in their own manner. At the ABDNHA Library. NM$12, M$10, V$8. Register online or call or visit the ABDNHA Nature Center on or after Oct.1, (760-767-3098).
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Dec. 16, Sun., 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
4WD: Jasper Trail through Grapevine to Highway 78.
Leader: Ed Pollock ABDNHA Volunteer
An optional drive to the Pinyon Mountain Drop-off, Shelter Valley area is offered. We will not drive over the drop-off, but could include an optional hike over this. If you chose to take this optional drive, plan on bringing a lunch, camp chair, drinks, etc., to be enjoyed in the area of the drop-off. Bring clothing appropriate for a Borrego desert winter drive. Meet at ABDNHA at 9 a.m. Ensure your vehicle is in proper working order, full gas tank recommended. This route will be open to all 4WD vehicles, prior scouting conditions may change that recommendation. No charge but space is limited. Call us to reserve 760-767-3098.

Dec. 20, 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 Members and Volunteers: no charge; Nonmembers: $5 donation requested. Call ABDNHA Nature Center, on or after Oct.1, 760-767-3098 to register.

Dec. 21, Fri., 10 a.m. – 11:30 ~ 12:00
ABDNHA Weekly Bike Ride
Leader: Paul Peterson, ABDNHA Volunteer

Join with ABDNHA each Friday, December 7 - March 29, at 10 am for our free weekly bike ride.  This is a recreational and social ride for all skill levels, open to the public. 
Rides last approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the group and skill level.
The group meets at Bike Borrego on the south side of the mall.
       
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