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WIND WOLVES PRESERVE 6th ANNUAL SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL

Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17


Traducción en Español



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)

Saturday activities are ongoing from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, concluding with a family-oriented movie in our newly enhanced San Emigdio Sunset Theater from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Sunday's activities begin at 10:00 am and wrap up at 2:30 pm.
Booth exhibits will be open at the administration building patio and lawn from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday and 10 am to 2:30 pm on Sunday.

Get your hands dirty at the restoration station and participate as a volunteer land steward by planting native plants and removing invasive plants.

 

ENTRANCE TO THE PRESERVE AND ALL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!

No registration required.


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ACTIVITIES
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TRANSPORTATION FLYER (English & Spanish)



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 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 a.m. y 1:30 p.m. 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
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
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. Meet and greet, and enjoy other demonstrations from the Central California Yokuts NAGPRA Coalition, which includes the Tejon Indian Tribe, Table Mountain Rancheria, Tule River Reservation, Tachi Yokut Tribe, and the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians.

 


 

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 7:30 to 9:30 pm.

 

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 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
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 Discovery pond at The Crossing Parking Lot, with added activities from a naturalist! Learn about aquatic animals and plants, and “fish” for tadpoles! All ages welcome.


RESTORATION STATION

SATURDAY
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
We have many native plants that need to be planted! Stop by and leave your legacy at Wind Wolves! Location is the Mesquite Grove, near the Crossing Parking Lot. All ages welcome.

MULE INTERACTION AND DEMONSTRATION WITH BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMEN OF CALIFORNIA, KERN SIERRA UNIT

SATURDAY
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Learn about pack mules and meet one up close! BCHC will educate about leave no trace, their work on public lands, and answer your questions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FREE TRANSPORTATION

Thanks to an anonymous grant, we will be providing charter bus services from locations in town to Wind Wolves Preserve on Saturday, March 16. This is first come, first serve, and is absolutely free for riders! We understand that not everyone has reliable transportation to commute to the Preserve - but now you don't have to miss out! We've arranged buses to bring community members to the Preserve from Bakersfield, Delano, and Arvin! Pick ups from each location are on the hour every hour from 9am-1pm. This service is on a first come, first serve basis, and all minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.


Pick-up Locations

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Information Flyers

English & Spanish

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EXHIBITS

EXHIBITORS

  • Backcountry Horsemen of California, Kern Sierra Unit
  • Bakersfield Mineral Mites
  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife, manned by the Natural Resource Volunteer Program
  • California Native Plant Society
  • CALM Zoo
  • Central California Yokuts NAGPRA Coalition
  • Diaphonized Specimens
  • Entomology display with University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Fort Tejon State Park
  • Friends of the California Condor, Wild and Free
  • Kern Astronomical Society
  • Kern Audubon
  • Kern County Historical Society
  • Kern County Library Saturday Only
  • Kern County Mineral Society
  • Master Falconer, Steve Shaw
  • San Joaquin Lapidary Society
  • Sierra Club Buena Vista Group
  • STEM Club of Taft College

Interested in having an educational exhibit at the festival? Download the exhibitor registration form and email to Melissa Dabulamanzi at melissa.d@twc-ca.org.

 

THE WILDLANDS CONSERVANCY BOOTHS

  • Animal Skulls
  • Face Painting
  • Information
  • Nature Crafts
  • Pond Discovery
  • Reptiles and Friends
  • Virtual Reality Experience - featuring Pleito Cave


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FOOD VENDORS


New this year! We have a few local food vendors joining us at the festival selling delicious food options from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. This year's vendors are:



As always, you are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the preserve. We ask that you Leave No Trace by packing out what you pack in. Don't forget your re-usable water bottles!



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FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Thank you to all of our sponsors supporting Wind Wolves Preserve's 6th 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.

JEWELFLOWER SPONSORS | $10,000

   


POPPY SPONSORS | $2,500

KAISER PERMANENTE



LUPINE SPONSORS | $500-1000

APPLIED EARTHWORKS

COMPREHENSIVE BLOOD AND CANCER CENTER

KERN FAMILY HEALTH CARE

MCCORMICK BIOLOGICAL INC.



IN-KIND SPONSORS

JIM BURKE FORD LINCOLN

RUSTY'S PIZZA PARLOR

SANGERA SUBARU

STUDIO PRINT AND DESIGN


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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, Travis Bibee, at travis.b@twc-ca.org or call the Wind Wolves Preserve office at (661) 858-1115.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Where is the Nature Festival being held?

The Wildlands Conservancy's annual Spring Nature Festival is held at our 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 6 pm the weekend of the festival.



Can I bring my dog to Wind Wolves Preserve?

Dogs are welcome at the Preserve and must remain on leash at all times.

Will food be available for purchase at the Festival?

There will be a limited number of local food vendors at the preserve during the festival. Because of this, packing a lunch and drinks is still a good idea.


Where are the activities taking place?

  • Booths and exhibits will be at the administration patio and neighboring lawn.
  • 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

Do I have to register for activities?

No, all activities are ongoing or fist 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! Donations are certainly appreciated!


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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