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Join our annual spring visit to San Antonio Creek in Santa Barbara, now bolstered by the March rains. See details below. Photo: James Wapotich.
Lanny identifying the edible weeds on the trail into the Ventura River Preserve. We're going back on Saturday, April 22. See details below. Photo: Rondia Kaufer
April 2018 Herb Walks Newsletter
Upcoming Herb Walks Events
San Antonio Creek, March, 2012. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
San Antonio Creek Herb Walk: Saturday, April 14

We’ll make our annual visit to my favorite Santa Barbara frontcountry trail on San Antonio Creek. I will lead a 3-hour Herb Walk there on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

On this walk, we will identify, demonstrate and discuss the many uses of wild plants for foragers, herbalists, and naturalists seeking out plants for food, first aid, home remedies, survival, crafts, ceremony and more. Poisonous plants will also be identified.

Read more and sign up at this link.
A special discount for my readers
Now is the time to add this classic resource to your library. Not only because it's wildflower season but also because I'm offering it to you, my loyal readers, with a 25% discount this month!

Get the discount code and order your copy here.
Lanny discussing Yerba Santa on the VRP. Photo: Harold Wissell
Earth Day  Herb Walk on the VRP on Sunday, April 22
Celebrate Earth Day with an Herb Walk on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve with me and a group of like-minded nature lovers and students of the Earth. This walk will take place on Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by an optional lunch gathering at Farmer and the Cook Cafe in Meiners Oaks for further discussion, sharing and camaraderie.

Read more and sign up at this link.
Land Trust members crossing Arroyo Hondo Creek, March 2018. Photo: Linda Blue Photography
Linda Blue's Arroyo Hondo Photos
On March 17, I had the privilege of leading an herb walk for members of The Land Trust of Santa Barbara, the stewards of the Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Accompanying us was photographer extraordinaire Linda Blue. The Land Trust shared an album of her photos on their facebook page and I added captions identifying the plants we saw.

I'll return to beautiful Arroyo Hondo on Saturday, June 2, with an added option of visiting nearby Santa Barbara Natives nursery afterwards. Read more and sign up at this link.
Rick Halsey in Cluff Vista Park in February. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor
Don't miss Rick Halsey on Saturday, May 5!
Following his sold-out presentation here in February, chaparral ecologist and author Richard Halsey will return to Ojai to join me for a fire ecology field workshop on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. entitled “Fire Walk With Us." This event is presented in association with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) who are offering a special discount for their members.

Read more and register at this link.
Professor James Adams as shown in the USC School of Pharmacy's Results magazine . Photo: David Sprague
Spring workshop with Jim Adams nearly full
Professor James Adams, co-author with Cecilia Garcia of Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West, has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past six years.

The upcoming Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. All his workshops here have filled up so, as the saying goes, he’s “back by popular demand.” There are just 5 spaces left as of this writing (4/4/18).

Read more and register at this link.
California Poppies on the Ventura River Preserve, April, 2008. Photo: Lanny Kaufer
Look to the mountains for wildflowers this year
In this recent L.A. Times article, local National Park Service restoration ecologist Joey Algiers says, “The recent rains that we’ve had are encouraging.”  He goes on to optimistically predict that “what was looking like a bad year for wildflowers could turn around, potentially peaking in mid- to late April.” The article says the place to look this year, unlike 2017, is not in the deserts but in the mountains.

We'll visit the Los Padres National Forest on May 12 and the Santa Monica Mountains on June 10. See the Upcoming herb Walks Events calendar in this newsletter for more details.
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