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WIND WOLVES PRESERVE 5th ANNUAL SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 3 AND 4, 2018

Join Wind Wolves Preserve staff, guest experts and nature-enthusiasts in a variety of activities including guided hikes, wildlife and wildflower viewing, a virtual reality rock art experience, and more! (Programas ofrecidos en español)

On Saturday activities are ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm, concluding with a family-oriented movie in our newly enhanced San Emigdio Canyon Sunset Theater from 5:45 to 7:30 pm. Sunday’s activities start at 10 am and wrap up at 2:30 pm.

Advanced registration for activities will not be required this year. The one exception is for the Movies in the Canyon event on Saturday evening. Registration will open on February 26th - call 661-858-1115 to register. Due to copyright laws, we cannot advertise the movie.

Booth exhibits will be open at the administration building patio from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 2:30 pm on Sunday.

We will also have a restoration station where you can participate as a volunteer land steward by watering and planting native plants and removing invasive plants.

 

ENTRANCE TO THE PRESERVE AND ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!


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ACTIVITIES
EXHIBITS
FESTIVAL SPONSORS
VOLUNTEER
FAQs AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

DOWNLOADS (coming soon)

FESTIVAL BROCHURE TO PRINT (PDF)
DETAILED FESTIVAL SCHEDULE TO PRINT (PDF)
FESTIVAL MAP TO PRINT (PDF)



ACTIVITIES

GUIDED NATURE HIKE

Guided nature hikes will have themes such as birding, tracking, wildflowers, and more! Most of the hikes will be mild, with some uphill slopes, and cover a distance of 1 to 1.5 miles. Hikes are scheduled for 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, and 1pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Each hike will be approximately 1.5 hours long. The meeting location is the Crossing Parking Lot Kiosk. All ages welcome. Strollers not recommended.


CAMINATA GUIADA EN ESPANOL

Descubre el ambiente local durante una caminata en el Cañón de San Emigdio. ¡Aprende sobre plantas, fauna, insectos, pájaros, y más! Las caminatas están programadas para las 10:30 am y 1:30 pm el sábado y el domingo. Cada caminata durará aproximadamente 1.5 horas y cubrirá una distancia de 1.5 millas. El lugar de reunión para comenzar la caminata será en el quiosco de estacionamiento del cañón principal. Todas las edades bienvenidas. No se recomienda traer cochecitos de bebé.

 

CLAPPER STICK DEMONSTRATION WITH THE TEJON INDIAN TRIBE

SATURDAY
12 pm and 2 pm
SUNDAY
12 pm

Peer into prehistory by bringing ancient music to life with the construction of traditional Native Californian “clapper sticks” (percussion instruments used to keep rhythm for songs). Work with Native Californians from local tribes to personalize your very own, authentic clapper stick! All supplies provided by Wind Wolves and Tribes on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. All ages welcome. Each demonstration will be about 1 hour long, and will take place at the administration area.

 


 

MOVIES IN THE CANYON

Featuring the newly enhanced San Emigdio Canyon Sunset Theater, a relaxing evening awaits for movie-goers! After enjoying a beautiful sunset view, a family-friendly movie will be screened, with high quality sound and picture. Bring your picnic dinner, flashlights, chairs and blankets. Due to copyright laws, we cannot advertise the movies - so contact us to find out what will be showing! The San Emigdio Canyon Sunset Theater is located near the administration building, with parking close by. All ages welcome! Saturday only from 5:45 to 7:30 pm. Reservations required.

 

REPTILE TALK

Reptile talks will take place at the administration building at 11 am and
1 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Learn about the variety of snake species, their behavior, and even get a chance to touch them! There will be tortoises to meet too. Each talk will last about half and hour. All ages welcome.


RAPTORS, FALCONS AND HAWKS

SATURDAY
10 to 10:30 am and 3 to 3:30 pm
SUNDAY
2 to 2:30 pm
Learn about the difference in falcons and hawks. How do they fly differently? Why are their feathers not the same? How can it be that females are larger than males? Which ones are around this area? See birds up close and learn how they live and survive. All ages welcome. Location: Administration area

POND DISCOVERY

SATURDAY
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Enjoy exploring the pond at the Crossing Parking Lot, with added activities from a naturalist! Learn about aquatic animals and plants, and "fish" for tadpoles!


RESTORATION STATION

SATURDAY
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Find our restoration station near the Equestrian Parking lot (Lot 4). We have many native plants that need to be planted! Stop by and leave your legacy at Wind Wolves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXHIBITS

EXHIBITORS

  • Kern Astronomical Society
  • Tejon Indian Tribe
  • UC Cooperative Extension
  • Raptors, Falons and Hawks
  • Taft College STEM Club
  • Kern Audubon Society
  • Friends of California Condors Wild and Free
  • Tinkergarten
  • Sierra Club Buena Vista Group
  • CALM
  • Natural Resources Volunteer Program
  • San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society
  • Kern County Mineral Society
  • Los Padres ForestWatch
  • Backcountry Horseman of California - Kern Sierra Unit
  • California Native Plant Society

 

THE WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY BOOTHS

  • Archaeology Field School
  • Reptiles and Friends
  • Animal Skulls
  • Nature Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • TWC Information - Administration Building
  • TWC Information - Crossing Kiosk
  • TWC Information - Front Kiosk
  • Plant-a-Tree: Restoration Station/li>


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FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Thank you to all of our sponsors supporting Wind Wolves Preserve's 5th annual Spring Nature Festival!

Sponsorships are still available! Download the Sponsorship Flyer to learn more about how you can support this wonderful community event. If you're ready to become a sponsor now, complete and mail the form attached to the flyer or call the Preserve at (661) 858-1115.

LUPINE SPONSORS | $2500

CALIFORNIA RESOURCES CORPORATION

CHEVRON

KAISER PERMANENTE

MOTOR CITY BUICK GMC

SAN JOAQUIN FACILITIES MANAGEMENT



POPPY SPONSORS | $500-1000

CALIFORNIA WATER SERVICE

EUREKA LIVESTOCK

KERN COUNTY MINERAL SOCIETY

KERN FAMILY HEALTH CARE

OMNI FAMILY HEALTH

TETER ARCHITECTURE



IN-KIND SPONSORS

JIM BURKE FORD LINCOLN

RUSTY'S PIZZA

STUDIO PRINT AND DESIGN

SUBARU

TAFT MIDWAY DRILLER

VALLEY PUBLIC RADIO


VOLUNTEER

Are you interested in volunteering during the festival?

We need help running booths and exhibits, parking attendants, and trail monitors. You'll get to meet new people, log some community service hours, enjoy the festival before or after your shift (and even during!), and you'll receive a t-shirt and lunch.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and be able to commit to an entire shift (morning or afternoon).

The Spring Nature Festival is the largest event that Wind Wolves Preserve hosts, and we rely heavily on volunteers to allow this event run smoothly!

Contact the volunteer coordinator, Gillian Anteau, at gillian.a@twc-ca.org or call the Wind Wolves Preserve office at (661) 858-1115.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Where is the Nature Festival being held?

The Wildlands Conservancy's 5th annual Spring Nature Festival is being held (and is held each year) at Wind Wolves Preserve.



How do I get to Wind Wolves Preserve?

Wind Wolves Preserve is located off Maricopa Highway (Hwy 166) just 40 minutes south of Bakersfield.

Wind Wolves Preserve
16019 Maricopa Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311
(661) 858-1115

Get driving directions from Google Maps



What are the Preserve hours the weekend of the Nature Festival?

Wind Wolves Preserve will be open from 8 am to 5 pm the weekend of the Nature Festival.



Can I bring my dog to Wind Wolves Preserve?

Dogs are welcome at the Preserve and must remain on leash at all times. However, dogs are not allowed during the Movies in the Canyon event on Saturday night.

Will food be available for purchase at the Festival?

Food will not be available for purchase at the Festival. You are welcome to pack a lunch or snack and enjoy one of the many picnic areas at the Preserve. Water stations will be provided at the information booths and near the restrooms. Bring a canteen to refill throughout the day.


Where are the activities taking place?

  • Booths and exhibits will be at the administration patio
  • Reptile talks will take place at the San Emigdio Canyon Sunset Theater, which is next to the administration building.
  • Guided hikes (Spanish and English) will leave from the Crossing Parking Lot Kiosk.
  • Pond Discovery will be at Discovery Pond, next to the Crossing Parking Lot Kiosk.
  • Restoration Station - Mesquite Grove, just west of parking lots #5 and #6.

Do I have to register for activities?

The only activity that requires registration is the Movies in the Canyon event on Saturday night, held from 5:45 to 7:30 pm. Registration opens on February 26th - call (661) 858-1115 to sign up and find out what movie will be showing. All other activities are ongoing or first come, first serve.

Is there an entrance or parking fee?

The Wildlands Conservancy does not charge for activities, entry, or parking. The Nature Festival is absolutely free!


Other important information about the Preserve and Festival

  • Wind Wolves Preserve is a LEAVE NO TRACE facility. Whatever trash you create while at the Preserve must be packed out with you. Visit the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics website for additional information about Leave No Trace, or ask a TWC ranger or naturalist.
  • Strollers are not recommended for the guided nature hikes due to bumpy trail conditions, stairs, and creek crossings.
  • Wind Wolves Preserve is a nature preserve and all features (including wildflowers) are protected. Please do not remove anything from the Preserve and stay on designated trails to minimize impact to habitat.



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