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Ecology of Wind Wolves Preserve – Camping Trip

  • Wind Wolves Preserve 16019 Maricopa Highway Bakersfield, CA, 93311 United States (map)

Not long ago Pronghorn antelope grazed California's vast savannahs by the hundreds of thousands. Wind Wolves reserve, in an area some call California's Serengeti, is going to return Pronghorn to their historic habitat and is restoring grasslands in preparation. Spend a weekend camping and exploring in the rolling prairies, canyons and foothills of Wind Wolves Preserve. The preserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife. We will learn about and search for two iconic endangered species, the tule elk and the California condor. Both animals were locally extinct and after extensive restoration efforts both have reestablished wild populations. 

At 93,000 acres, Wind Wolves Preserve is the largest nonprofit preserve on the West Coast, located at the intersection of the Mojave Desert, Transverse Ranges, Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles south of Bakersfield.

We will camp out in San Emigdio Canyon on Saturday night. If you are interested in optional camping on Friday night, you must arrive before 6pm or the preserve gates will be closed. You will be responsible for bringing all your own camping gear and food. We will provide a detailed schedule and suggested packing list before the event.

The cost of the event is $150 with no additional fees for preserve entrance or camping. For those on a limited income, there are a number of scholarships available. Please email us at with the subject line "Wind Wolves scholarship" for more information.

Refund policy: CCNH will provide a 50% refund until the end of April 23. We cannot provide any refunds after the deadline.