Weldon, CA –
Audubon Kern River Preserve will hold another free monthly family
nature exploration on Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
This time to see the wildflowers and anything else nature decides to
delight us with. While the rains have come and some flowers are
blooming; some areas around the valley are near peak while other
areas are waiting to burst forth in their spring glory. Come out to
the preserve and we will take a hike where the wildflowers are
blooming and identify what we see. The hike location depends on what
is blooming by Friday.
This will be an interactive hike. Begin at Audubon Kern River
Preserve headquarters, we'll start by learning the lawn flowers. We
will then leave the headquarters area (no later than 9:15 to get to
the best wildflower area so those who are late will miss out),
carpooling to another location on the Kern River Preserve and take a
hike along either a flat or a relatively rough trail identifying the
flowers along the way.
Wear hiking shoes, dress for variable weather. Bring water,
binoculars (can be used as hand-held microscopes), camera, field
guide and enthusiasm. Plan on an easy to moderate stroll. Please do
stay on the trail at all times and keep children under control...
trampling the flowers is not cool. Please leave dogs at home.
This hike will be led by Alison Sheehey, at the
Audubon Kern River Preserve.
For those interested, after a lunch break we can car caravan to
visit some of the wildflower hot spots around Isabella Reservoir to
see more species. Please RSVP for this part of the session.
Monthly events are free and appropriate for well controlled children
ages 5 and up. All interested persons (children are welcome but
those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult). All monthly events
begin at the Audubon Kern River Preserve headquarters and are held
outdoors. Always dress for cold to warm weather, wear a hat, bring
sunscreen, bug spray and bring drinks. There is no potable water at
For more information
please contact us at 1-(760) 378-2531 or
Directions to the
18747 Highway 178
Weldon, CA 93283
On State Highway 178, the preserve is 57 miles east of Highway 99 in
Bakersfield and 30 miles west of Highway 14 near Inyokern.
Look for a large Audubon California sign at the entrance to the Kern
The entrance is 100 feet west of Kelso Valley Road.
Turn on the dirt easement road… drive 0.2 miles to the parking area
inside the forest.
Look for Lake Isabella on a map if you are coming from outside the
About Audubon Kern River Preserve
The Kern River Preserve is managed by
Audubon California for the preservation of one of California’s
largest contiguous cottonwood-willow riparian forests and the
wildlife it supports.
Audubon Kern River Preserve supporters provide financial and volunteer support for Preserve outreach, education, wildlife habitat protection & stewardship.