By Melissa Iger, Executive Director

Since 1994, the Tree Foundation of Kern and our many amazing volunteers have planted over 20,000 trees in Kern County.

No one is ever too young to learn about the importance of tree planting. (Photo courtesy of Tree Foundation of Kern)

We work not only to beautify the parks, schools and streets in the place we call home, but to clean our air and provide nice, fresh oxygen for all of us.

We are proud to say we have planted trees at Golden Valley High School, Mira Monte High School, South High School, Lowell Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Central Park at Mill Creek, Planz Park, Wilson Park, Beale Park, Jefferson Park and more!

Unfortunately, we have had to close our doors temporarily due to current public health crisis, and plan to reopen again in the fall.

We have an exciting project coming up then to do a garden makeover for the Bakersfield Senior Center! The project will include trees, flowering plants, new benches and tables. We will be working with the employees of one of our great community partners, IKEA. It’s going to be a peaceful and beautiful place for all the visitors to enjoy! Keep your fingers crossed on our behalf so that we can do this without any possible COVID-19 delays.

Although we are closed, we still have many expenses to pay until we can plant again. Please consider donating to us during Give Big Kern. What we do is unique and critical to the environment in Kern County. Just go to givebigkern.org and search for “tree” to find our page. Then give using the “Donate” button.

During these stay-at-home times, we can always rest assured that we are never alone in the company of a tree. They make us feel cool and lift our spirits whenever we’re feeling a little down.