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CANCELED - WIND WOLVES PRESERVE 7th ANNUAL SPRING NATURE FESTIVAL

The California Department of Public Health, in response to the coronavirus epidemic, has strongly advised the cancellation of public events for the remainder of March. In light of this advice, the Spring Nature Festival has been canceled. The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. We urge everyone to follow the recommendations of public health officials, and we apologize for any inconvenience.



Join Wind Wolves Preserve rangers and naturalists, 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)

Activities, including booths and exhibits located at the administration center, are ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm on 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!

 

ENTRANCE TO THE PRESERVE AND ALL FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!


No registration required.


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ACTIVITIES
FREE TRANSPORTATION
EXHIBITS
FOOD VENDORS
FESTIVAL SPONSORS
VOLUNTEER
FAQs AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

DOWNLOADS

FESTIVAL BROCHURE (PDF) Coming soon
DETAILED FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (PDF) Coming soon
FESTIVAL MAP (PDF) Coming soon

TRANSPORTATION FLYER (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 are not recommended. Traductores de español estarán disponibles.


NATURE JOURNALING

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
12 to 1 pm
Meeting Location: Administration area
Nature Journaling is a worldwide movement that integrates art, science, and nature exploration. Join Tejon Ranch Conservancy’s naturalist and educator, Paula Harvey to learn the basics of nature journaling. All journaling supplies will be provided on a first come first serve basis. Fun for all ages. Stroller friendly.




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CLAPPER STICK DEMONSTRATION WITH THE TEJON INDIAN TRIBE

SATURDAY
10:30 am to 3:30 pm, demonstrations every half hour
SUNDAY
10:30 am to 1:30 pm, demonstrations every half hour

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.

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 an hour. All ages welcome. Traductores de español estarán disponibles.


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, demonstrations every 20 minutes
SUNDAY
10 am to 2:30 pm, demonstrations every 20 minutes

We have many native plants that need to be planted! Stop by and leave your legacy at Wind Wolves! The location of the Restoration Station will bo located at the Red Tail Trail. All ages welcome. Traductores de español estarán disponibles.


FREE TRANSPORTATION

Don't want to hassle with parking? Want to cut down on your carbon footprint? Thanks to an anonymous grant, we will be providing FREE charter buses to Wind Wolves Preserve on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

This is first come, first serve and is absolutely free for riders!

We've arranged buses to bring community members to the Preserve from Bakersfield, Delano, Lamont, and Wasco! Pick ups from each location vary (please see location flyers for shuttle schedule.)

All minors must be accompanied by their parent or guardian.


Pick-up Locations

Click on the location for directions


Information Flyers

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Español


EXHIBITS

EXHIBITORS

  • Kern County Mineral Society
  • Kern Astronomical Society
  • Southern Sierra Hiking Club
  • Kern County Library
  • Kern Historical Society
  • Birdscapes L.C.C.
  • Friends of Condors
  • CALM
  • Friends of the Carrizo Plain
  • Kern Audubon Society
  • Taft College STEM Club
  • California State Parks (Tule Elk Reserve)
  • Tejon Ranch Conservancy
  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science
  • Institute for Wildlife Studies
  • Quantum Kids Laboratories
  • San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

Interested in having an educational exhibit at the festival? Download the exhibitor registration form and email to Linda Vasquez at linda.v@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

  • Nuestro Mexico
  • Michaelangelo's Wood Fired Pizza
  • Teen Challenge Food Concession


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 7th 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

YOUR NAME HERE



MARIPOSA LILY SPONSORS | $5,000

YOUR NAME HERE



POPPY SPONSORS | $2,500

KAISER PERMANENTE

VULCAN MATERIALS COMPANY



LUPINE SPONSORS | $500-1000

ACTIVE 20/30 CLUB

BRONCO ELECTRIC

APPLIED EARTHWORKS

EUREKA LIVESTOCK

KERN FAMILY HEALTH CARE

LAND LIFE COMPANY

MCCORMICK BIOLOGICAL, INC.

TETER ARCHITECT

THE WAITE FAMILY

WRA, INC.



IN-KIND SPONSORS

APPLIED TECHNOLOGY

SANGERA SUBARU

STUDIO PRINT & DESIGN

VALLEY PUBLIC RADIO


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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 $5 toward lunch from our food vendors.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, and be able to commit to an entire shift (8 hours with an hour break for lunch).

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!

PARKING VOLUNTEERS AND BILINGUAL VOLUNTEERS FOR THE
LIBRARY SHUTTLE STOPS ARE NEEDED!

These volunteers will recieve an extra special gift to be revealed the day of the festival!

Contact the volunteer coordinator, Brittany Hernandez, at brittany.h@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 - Near the beginning of the Red Tail Trail


Do I have to register for activities?

No, all 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! 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.
  • Peak attendance at the festival is midday on both Saturday and Sunday. If you want to avoid the crowds, plan your visit for 10 am when the festival opens each day, or the last couple of hours before the festival ends. If you plan to do an activity, allow yourself at least a half hour to park and walk to the activity meeting spot.



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