Anza-Borrego Foundation

Anza-Borrego Foundation logoAnza-Borrego Foundation (ABF) has a forty-year legacy of promoting conservation in Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkĀ® and the surrounding ecological region through land acquisition, education, interpretation, and scientific studies.

Formed in 1967, the mission of the Foundation was solely to support and acquire land for the Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkĀ® through donation or purchase from willing sellers. ABF has acquired over 42,000 acres of in-holdings for the Park and is hard at work obtaining the remaining 32,000. Every acre of threatened desert purchased by ABF becomes part of the Park, protecting plants, animals and other resources for present and future generations.

In 2003, their mission expanded when Anza-Borrego Institute was established to support and augment the education, interpretation, and research within Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the other five parks that comprise the Colorado Desert District.
The Institute offers year-round programs for students and adults in natural history, science, Native American culture, archaeology, and the arts. Their programs are in-depth explorations with expert instructors. Learning opportunities are extended through youth programs, including fifth grade conservation camps, distance-learning and Junior Rangers, graduate research scholarships, science symposia and citizen science programs.

Anza-Borrego Foundation has proven itself to be a valuable asset to visitors and staff at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Support ABF by becoming a member! For more information about the association, to sign-up for a program, or to become a supporter, please visit the Anza-Borrego Foundation website. 

Through the Cooperating Associations Program, California State Parks has valuable relationships with more than 80 cooperating associations authorized pursuant to Public Resources Code 513.  The association on this page is one of these official organizations.  Like other associations it is dedicated to enhancing the educational and interpretive programs in California State Parks. 

Cooperating associations are related to, but independent of the state parks they serve.  They are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as charitable nonprofit organizations (IRS 501 (c) 3).

Many cooperating associations have websites.  California State Parks encourages you to visit these websites, however does not guarantee their content or accuracy.