We are partnering with Wind Wolves Preserve for a blood drive on Sunday, April 13th during their 1st Annual Nature Festival. Wind Wolves Preserve staff, guest experts and nature-enthusiasts will be hosting a variety of activities including guided hikes, wildlife and wildflower viewing, preserve tours and more. Activities are ongoing from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm Saturday, and from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Sunday. A complete list of available activities can be found here. People donating blood during the month of April can bring their donation slip to Wind Wolves and receive a complimentary two hour shuttle tour of their mid-slope and valley floor habitats. These tours will be offered later in April and May for donors who bring in their April donation slips. The April donation slip will be good for the donor and one guest. Please contact Courtney Carter (661) 858-1115 for more information on the event, the tour, or to sign up for the blood drive.
This partnership blossomed when Courtney, Administrative Assistant at the Wind Wolves Preserve, became passionate about making a positive impact in her community through Houchin. “I began donating blood when a friend of mine was in an accident a few years ago. I felt like there was nothing I could do to help her family during their stressful time. When they let me know that she was receiving blood to make up for the loss of her own supply, I knew that was my chance to help her and others! I went in to Houchin and donated for the first time. I haven’t stopped since and have tried to donate every chance I am eligible! It feels good knowing that you, as just one person, can help so many overcome illness and even death,” says Courtney.
She continues: “I work for The Wildlands Conservancy’s Wind Wolves Preserve, where we help restore and preserve the environment (among other wonderful things we do here and at our 12 preserves). Knowing what I do about Houchin, and about the organization I work for, it seemed natural for the partnership to blossom! It just seemed like a good fit. When our first annual Spring Nature Festival was being organized, I presented the idea to our team – and here we go, the beginning of a wonderful partnership!
Wind Wolves is a 95,000 acre nature preserve located in the San Emigdio Mountains 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield. The preserve boasts a great diversity of habitats that include grasslands, scrublands, riparian wetlands, valley and blue oak savannas, and coniferous forests. Wind Wolves is one out of 12 preserves that is part of The Wildlands Conservancy (TWC), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of the earth, and providing programs so that children may know the wonder and joy of nature. At more than 145,000 acres, The Wildlands Conservancy’s preserve system is the largest in California. Each year five of these 12 preserves, including Wind Wolves Preserve, host more than 20,000 students in free, award-winning outdoor education programs.
TWC partners with various community leaders and groups to achieve these accomplishments and help instill in the community “a love and respect for California’s wild places that will help us to steward these remarkable and important lands for generations to come.”