Kern River Valley Bioregions Festival

Come join us on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, to celebrate the uniqueness of the Kern River Valley!

Come join us on Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at Circle Park in Kernville and the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA

The Kern Valley Bioregions Festival celebrates the local unique biological diversity found in the valley. Please join us on Earth day, Saturday April 22nd, 2017 at Circle Park in Kernville and at the Kern River Preserve in Weldon, CA. Events include: a wildflower walk, a Keysville Historic mining walk, a walk around the Hot Springs Valley Wetland in Weldon, bird walks, and a bird banding demonstration. $1 raffle tickets will be sold to benefit the Kern River Heritage Foundation Hot Springs Valley property; prizes include Eagle Optics binoculars, and a Hydroflask water bottle. See the Bioregions Festival pdf for more information.

Walks are free and spaces for events are limited. Additional events may be added.
To sign up or obtain more information on events please contact Wendy Rannals at

  • 9:00-11:00am - Lily Canyon Wildflower Walk by Steve Anderson, Biologist USFS
  • 12:30-2:00pm - Keysville Historic mining walk and talk by Tim Kelly, Archaeologist USFS
  • 9:00-11:00am - Hot Springs Valley Wetlands Walk - Past, Present, Future by Bob Barnes
  • 7:30-11:00am - Guided bird identification walk at Tillie Creek Campground by John Schmitt, professional wildlife artist
  • 7:30-11:00am - Bird Banding Demonstration at the Kern River Preserve by the Southern Sierra Research Station
  • 8:00am-noon - Introduction to birds and bird watching by Lee Sutton from Kerncrest Audubon. Meet at the Kern River Preserve Headquarters in Weldon
  • 7:00 and 9:00am - Bird walks at the Kern River Preserve, Weldon. Take a 1 mile walk through cottonwood-willow riparian forest and forest restoration plots along the South Fork Kern River. Each walk will take between one and two hours. Meet at the Kern River Preserve headquarters in Weldon.

Meet at Circle Park in Kernville; presentation at 9:45am. Talks will be given at the USFS Kernville office, from 10 – noon. Attendance total limited to 30.

  • Sequoia National Forest drought and recent tree mortality by Beverly Bulaon, Forest Entomologist, 30 minute talk.
  • Oak regeneration and propagation by Martin Mackenzie, Forest Pathologist, 15 minute talk.

$1 per ticket. Sold at various locations throughout the festival. Drawing will be at 5:00 on Saturday. You do not need to be in attendance to receive prizes. Prizes include a pair of Eagle Optics Denali 8x42 Binoculars, Hydroflask water bottle, various shirts, and other prizes.

Information booths from USFS (defensible forest space), Kern River Environmental Magnet School, Kerncrest Audubon, California Native Plant Society, Keepers of the Kern, Randall Skate Park committee, and others. There will also be a kid’s activity table and face painting.

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