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See the event listing and article below to learn more about the Earth Day Herb Hike to Matilija Campground. As you'll see in this month's newsletter, there's a lot more going on, too. Photo: Upper North Fork of Matilija Creek, Heidi Anderson, USFS.
April 2017 Newsletter
Lanny at Potrero John Falls. Photo: James Wapotich
Coming Events!!
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Oxnard Earth Day: Saturday, April 15, 11-3
The California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter, is kicking off the statewide CA Native Plant Week with a plant sale on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third level parking area behind the Ventura City Hall on Poli St.

While you're there, or just as easily online, please become a member and support the nonprofit organization that does more than any other to preserve California's native landscape.
Mallards in the creek at Wheeler Gorge Campground. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Nature Walk at Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House

Join me on Saturday, April 22, for a 1.5 hour Nature Walk during the annual Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House. I’ll take a break from our Herb Walks Bookstore booth at 1:00 p.m. to lead a walk up the nearby Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail.

There is no admission to the Open House itself which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. My walk is specially priced at just $15. Kids 5-12 can come along free, one per adult.

To ensure your space, register here in advance.

Are you missing out? Have you "liked" my Facebook page & visited the Herb Walks Store lately?

Photo: Rich Kot
Earth Day Herb Hike to Matilija Camp
Celebrate Earth Day with an educational Herb Hike to Matilija Campground. The trail will take us into the Matilija Wilderness, one of my favorite locations in the Los Padres National Forest. The views of the surrounding mountains are stunning and there is a great diversity of riparian and chaparral plant life to identify, sample and discuss.

Once at the campground, we’ll practice cracking open and eating sweet Southern California Black Walnuts, one of the foods that foragers covet.

Read more and sign up here.

4-Week Monday class starts April 24

If you are 50 years of age or older, you can sign up for "Drought Defense: Native Plants for the Garden," my 4-week slideshow and field study course presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a branch of the California State University, Channel Islands, Extended University program.

There's still time to register but the deadline is coming up. Learn more here.

The breathtaking botanic garden seen April 8: Photo: Godfred Tong
2nd Herb Walk at private Ojai ranch April 30

Due to the overwhelming response to the April 8 hike at this venue, I have scheduled a second walk there so that no one has to miss it this spring.

I have been offered the opportunity to lead an Herb Walk on a beautiful private ranch in the Ojai mountains. One of the conditions is that I cannot divulge the location to the public. All I can say is that it’s a rare and special place where I have been longing to lead a walk for years. There are no public trails that allow access to this area. The property includes plants and features beyond what we usually encounter on my outings, including a renowned Mediterranean climate botanic garden. Once you register, I will send an email with photos and more details.

Celebrate California Native Plant Week by joining the California Native Plant Society
CNPS Plant Sale: Saturday, April 15, 9 - 2
The California Native Plant Society, Channel Islands Chapter, is kicking off the statewide CA Native Plant Week with a plant sale on Saturday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the third level parking area behind the Ventura City Hall on Poli St.

While you're there, or just as easily online, please consider becoming a member and supporting the nonprofit org that does more than any other to preserve our native landscape.
Figueroa Mtn. Wildflower Guide
While there is no substitute for going on an Herb Walk and owning a copy of Milt McAuley's Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains, here's a link to a handy online guide to identifying local wildflowers, courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service. I know. The annual wildflower season is ending but, on any given day, something wild is flowering out there.

Entering Potrero John Canyon. Photo: Jill Forman
Nature Hike to Potrero John Campround

On Saturday, May 6, we'll go deep into the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest on Potrero John Creek, 20 miles north of Ojai. We'll cover 1.7 miles each way on a mostly level trail with very gradual elevation gain through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 3700 feet.

This hike is presented under a Special Use Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

To learn more and sign up, click here.

Wild cashew growing at Alvany Santiago's restoration projiect in northeastern Brazil. The nut is at the bottom of the cashew "apple."
Think globally; act locally......... in Brazil!!
Here's a chance to make a small but significant contribution to the planet on Earth Day by supporting my friend Alvany's Santiago Eco Peace Living project near her hometown in Brazil. It's small scale, hand labor intensive, tree planting effort and just a few donations from my readers could make it happen. Let's give her the Herb Walks bump! Here's a link to the Indiegogo campaign, "Building a paradise in the Atlantic forest."
Tejon Ranch. Photo: Nancy Buck
California Native Plant Week

Did you know the third week of April is officially designated as California Native Plant Week by the CA State Legislature? From April 15 to April 23 celebrate California's biodiversity with one of many options right here in this newsletter.

Does someone in your life love nature and native plants?
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