Ojai herbalist-naturalist Lanny Kaufer will lead an easy walk on San Antonio Creek at Tucker’s Grove County Park in Goleta on Sunday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. He last visited there in March, shortly after the late February rains that bought a much-needed reprieve for the drought-stricken flowering plants. Now he’s returning to see what they look like in their flowering, fruiting and seeding stages, even though the creek itself is, no doubt, dry by now.
Even during a drought, creekside “riparian” habitats like this one, with their characteristic elements of water and shade trees, are the oases of the arid Southern California climate. As a result, they are the place to be in the summer for foragers, herbalists, and naturalists seeking out plants for food, first aid, home remedies, survival, crafts, ceremony and more.
On this walk, Kaufer will identify, demonstrate, and discuss the many uses of wild plants — from the strictly mundane to the mind-bending esoteric. Poisonous plants will also be identified. Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance, sustainable harvesting, the healing power of nature, and other topics generated by the participants.
“Herb Walks” originated in Santa Barbara in the early 1970′s, the creation of renowned herbalist William LeSassier who was living in the Montecito foothills at the time. Kaufer was a neighbor, friend and student of William and began leading his own Herb Walks around the Ojai Valley in 1976 after LeSassier moved east. He also studied with Juanita Centeno, the late Chumash plant expert — right here on the San Antonio Creek Trail — in the late ’70s.
The cost is $20 for adults or $15 for full-time students and seniors 62-and-older. No pre-payment is required to register and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Kids 5-12 can go free with an adult by prior arrangement. Toddlers must be in a carrier. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No dogs, please, as they can transmit poison oak on their fur.
To register or for more information, please contact Lanny Kaufer at 805-646-6281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.HerbWalks.com to view the event listing.
ABOUT LANNY KAUFER:
Lanny Kaufer has been leading informative and entertaining Herb Walks in Southern California since 1976 for groups of all ages. His expertise is in edible and medicinal uses of indigenous and naturalized plants. Lanny acquired much of his knowledge in field study with well-known herbalists and ethnobotanists. He studied with the late William LeSassier and has co-led workshops and expeditions with noted herbalists such as the late Chumash plant expert Juanita Centeno, the late Michael Moore, Michael Tierra, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Dr. Fred Siciliano, Dr. James Adams, and Chumash educator Julie Tumamait.
CALENDAR LISTING INFO:
● San Antonio Creek Herb Walk with Ojai herbalist-naturalist Lanny Kaufer
● Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
● Learn about the many uses of local wild plants for food, medicine and more
● Admission: $20 adults, $15 seniors/students. Children 5-12 free when accompanied by an adult. No dogs or toddlers, please.
● Register at www.HerbWalks.com or by phone at 805-646-6281