Chapter Meetings

Chapter meetings are held the third Thursday of every month except December, July, and August. Meetings are open to the public.

Meetings are from 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm.

6.00 pm to 7.00 pm Plant Identification and Gardening.

7.00 pm program followed by a short business meeting and wildflower report.

Location varies monthly. Most meetings are held at the Kern Superintendent of Schools facility. Check for the facility and room number.

Goldfields (Lasthenia sp.)
Goldfields (Lasthenia sp.)


Upcoming Meetings

16 February 2023 In-Person Meeting with Dr Maynard Moe.

Don’t miss a presentation by Dr Maynard Moe on the Flower Formula. Dr Moe is the author of Kern County Flora: A Key to Vascular Plant Species of Kern County. His presentations are lively, entertaining, and always a hit. Dr Moe gave his presentation on the flower formula several years ago when we revived the Kern Chapter of CNPS and there were a lot people new to plant identification. Since the pandemic, there has been a new influx of members so we thought it would be good to offer Dr Moe’s introductory program again.

Meet in Room 101, Larry E Reider Building, 2000 K St. Park in the parking garage and enter from the back door.


Past Meetings

19 January 2023 In-Person Meeting: Annual Pot Luck and Show & Tell

Clyde Golden gave a wildflower photo quiz, we revealed the new web site, and had a bang-up potluck. Meghan and Jonathan even brought Emerald to lighten things up.

Thursday 17 November 2022 Program with Anje Lauer on BESA

Dr. Lauer described the Bakersfield Environmental Studies Area (BESA) and CSUB’s plans to restore the 400-acre floodplain along the Kern River across from the CSUB campus. The project is being supported by the City of Bakersfield’s Department of Recreation and Parks, the Sierra Club, Kern Audubon, the Kern River Parkway Foundation, Bring Back the Kern, and River Partners among others.

A plant list of the site can be found here: BESA plant list. To lean more about this riparian zone and to see images of the common plant species download this brochure: BESA brochure.

Mimulus Pictus Picnic

Every April the chapter holds an annual picnic in the foothills near Woody, California.  Always a lot of fun and plenty of Mimulus pictus to see around the granite bolders.

Horse Meadow Campout

Join us for a campout on the Kern Plateau at Horse Meadow campground in the Sequoia National Forest. Spend the day botanizing, hiking to the summit of Siretta Peak, or simply lounging in the Jeffrey Pine forest. At the headwaters of Salmon Creek, Horse Meadow is the home of the Salmon Creek paintbrush (Castilleja praeterita).

Field Trips

During the spring wildflower bloom, the chapter takes several field trips or hikes on local trails. These hikes are at a “botanical” pace so we can call out and identify the plants that we find in bloom. Bring a field guide, a plant list, a camera, and your curiosity.

April 2017 Mimulus pictus picnic at a member's homestead in the foothills.
April 2017 Mimulus pictus picnic at a member’s homestead in the foothills.
Botanizing in Horse Meadow, mid-summer of 2018.
Botanizing in Horse Meadow, mid-summer of 2018.
Hiking among the poppies on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tehachapi Pass.
Hiking among the poppies on the Pacific Crest Trail in the Tehachapi Pass.