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WIND WOLVES PRESERVE 4th ANNUAL SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MARCH 11 AND 12, 2017

Join Wind Wolves Preserve staff, guest experts and nature-enthusiasts in a variety of activities including guided hikes, wildlife and wildflower viewing, preserve tours, and more! (Programas ofrecidos en español.)

On Saturday activities are ongoing from 9 am to 4 pm, concluding with a night hike and astronomy talk from 6 to 8 pm. Sunday's activities start at 9 am and wrap up at 2:30 pm.

Advance registration for activities will not be required this year. You may sign up for a guided nature hike, safari tour, or other activity up to 1 hour in advance of the program start time at the main canyon parking lot kiosk (see map).

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 OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE!


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ACTIVITIES
EXHIBITS
FESTIVAL SPONSORS
ACTIVITY AND TOUR LEADERS (coming soon)
FAQs AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

DOWNLOADS

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



ACTIVITIES

WIND WOLVES SAFARI

See the backcountry of the preserve, with scenic views and chances to see wildlife. Tours are approximately 1.5 hours long, will seat 10 people, and will run every hour starting at 9:30am. The last tour will leave at 3:30pm on Saturday and 12:30pm on Sunday. The 10:30am and 2:30pm tours on Saturday will be in Spanish, and the 11:30am tour on Sunday will be in Spanish.


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 will start at 9am and leave every hour. The last hike will leave at 3pm on Saturday and 1pm on Sunday.


SAN EMIGDIO EXPRESS

Catch a ride to different trailheads! Stops include: The Admin Building, The Crossing, Twin Fawns, The Willows, Reflection Pond Trailhead, Los Osos Trailhead, and the El Camino Viejo Wilderness Trailhead.


CHILDREN'S HIKE

SATURDAY
11 am to 12 pm and 2:30 to 3:30 pm
SUNDAY
11 am to 12 pm
Explore the Discovery pond and waterfall with one of our naturalists, and get creative with an art project! This hike will be focused on activities for young children that may not be old enough to enjoy the longer guided nature hikes.


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SAFARI DE WIND WOLVES EN ESPAÑOL

Vengan a disfrutar un safari de la preserva, con vistas panorámicas y la posibilidad de ver vida silvestre. Las excursiones del sábado serán de 10:30 a 12:00 pm y de 2:30 a 4:00 pm. La excursión del domingo será de 11:30 a 1:00 pm.


CAMINATA GUIADA EN ESPAÑOL

SÁBADO
10:30 am to 12 pm and 1:30 to 3 pm
DOMINGO
10:30 am to 12 pm
Descubre el ambiente local durante una caminata en el Cañón de San Emigdio. ¡Aprende sobre plantas, fauna, insectos, pájaros, y más! La caminata será aproximadamente 1.5 horas de duración, y cubre una distancia de 1.5 millas.


REPTILE TALK

SATURDAY
10:30 am / 12:30 pm / 2:30 pm
SUNDAY
10:30 am / 12:30 pm
Come meet our snakes and tortoises! Learn about the variety of snake species, their behavior, and even get the chance to touch them. Each talk will last about a half hour.


SKULL PRESENTATION

SATURDAY
11:30 am / 1:30 pm
SUNDAY
11:30 am / 1:30 pm
Skulls can tell us many things about animals and how they once survived in their environment. Learn about predators, prey, and more! Each talk will last about a half hour.


NIGHT HIKE WITH ASTRONOMY TALK

SATURDAY
6 to 8 pm
Discover nighttime wonders as a Naturalist discusses nocturnal animals and bioluminescent insects. An astronomy talk will take place on top of Raven's Landing, a wonderful look out spot for stars! The hike will be about 1.5 miles. Bring a flashlight! Reservations are required for the Night Hike and the program is currently FULL. Call the Preserve at 661-858-1115 to get your name on the waiting list.


POND DISCOVERY

SATURDAY
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Enjoy exploring the pond at the Main Canyon 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!


MEET A MULE TO SUPPORT THIS WAY OF LIFE

SATURDAY
10 am to 4 pm (Ongoing)
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm (Ongoing)
Learn about the use of livestock (mules and horses) for packing and exploring in the mountains and high country all on our public domain. This experience is attainable at the Nature Fest and in our public lands all over the Unites States with mules and horses.





EXHIBITS

VENDORS

  • Friends of the California Condor
  • Kern Astronomical Society (Saturday only)
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Kern Audubon
  • Sea and Sage Audubon Society (Saturday only)
  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science
  • California Native Plant Society
  • San Joaquin Lapidary Society
  • Kern County Library (Saturday only)
  • Tule Elk State Natural Reserve
  • California Living Museum (CALM) (Saturday only)

 

TWC BOOTHS

  • Reptiles and Friends
  • Animal Skulls
  • Nature Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Archaeology
  • TWC Information


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FESTIVAL SPONSORS

Thank you to all of our sponsors supporting Wind Wolves Preserve's 4th 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.



CALIFORNIA POPPY SPONSORS | $2500


California Resources Corporation


Tejon Ranch Company








LUPINE SPONSORS | $1000


Bakersfield Magazine







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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Where is the Nature Festival being held?

The Wildlands Conservancy's 4th 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 6 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 on any Nature Festival activities.



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.



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.
  • 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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