Bakersfield Cactus & Valley Oak Restoration

Kern CNPS in cooperation with the Kern River Parkway Foundation, the Virginia and Alfred Harrell Foundation, and the Arts Council of Kern, and Tomas del Toro-Diaz sponsored a 1,000 square-foot mural of our efforts to restore the Bakersfield cactus in downtown Bakesfield.

Bakersfield cactus mural downtown Bakersfield.

In coordination with the Nature Conservancy, Kern Chapter volunteers have begun restoration of the Bakersfield cactus (Opuntia basilaris var. treleasei) and valley oaks (Quercus lobata) on degraded Conservancy properties near Caliente, California.

Frank Bedard loading up with water for our cacti plantation. 2021.
Phacelia nashiana, Charlotte's phacelia, Boraginaceae.
Phacelia nashiana, Charlotte’s phacelia, Boraginaceae.

How to Get Involved

General Meetings

General meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. There is no meeting in December, or in July and August. Meetings are open to the public. There is a gardening discussion and plant identification at each meeting from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm. If there’s a program, the program begins at 7.00 pm.

See our Events page for details of both upcoming and recent general meetings.

Field Trips

During the spring and early summer we often offer field trips and outings to explore the native plants in local natural areas. Most of these are open to both members and non-members. See our field trips page for details of upcoming field trips. These are not hikes as such and conducted at a CNPS pace with time to examine and identify plants that we find.


We participate in work parties on the Nature Conservancy Properties near Bakersfield. We plant, water, and maintain cacti and oaks under the supervision of the Nature Conservancy’s preserve manager. Work parties occur throughout the year. If you’re interested in participating, sign up with a Kern Chapter member.

Gardening with Natives

Several chapter members grow natives. See our Gardening with Natives page for more information.

Join CNPS!

With a CNPS membership you will receive discounts on CNPS-published books and posters, a subscription to Artemisia¬†and Flora, and if you choose Kern as your home chapter, the Mimulus Memo, the Kern Chapter’s newsletter.

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