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. Check for the facility and room number.

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


Upcoming Meetings

See you in the fall of 2024

Past Meetings

15 February 2024 In-Person Meeting No Speaker

16 November 2023 In-Person Meeting

19 October 2023 In-Person Meeting with Rich Spjut on Flowers & Fruits

21 September 2023 In-Person Meeting with Katherine Winters on Camp Okihi

18 May In-Person Meeting with Brandon Dunn on the proposal for a Kern Gateway Trail

20 April 2023 In-Person Meeting with Peyton Ellas on the Blue Oak Nursery

16 March 2023 In-Person Meeting with Megan Means on Atwell Island

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

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.

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 Antje 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.

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.

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.