View of the west shore of Lake Casitas from Highway 150 (Photo by Lanny Kaufer, January 2013)

 
February 2013
Pasture alongside the trail

West Sulphur Mountain Trail

This is an ideal trail to see early spring edibles in a variety of habitats

The first Herb Walk of 2013 will begin at 9:30 am in the moist shade of California Bay trees and take us from the riparian habitat through oak woodland to a mix of chaparral and green pastures. Along the way, we’ll forage for edibles like the elusive Toothwort and learn how to make a positive ID of useful and poisonous plants while discussing the modern and traditional uses for wild plants we find. Expect a gradual uphill climb of about 3/4 mile on a graded road, returning at approximately 12 noon.
Toothwort ( Dentaria integrifolia). Photo by Greg Pasetta.

You can register right now at the event listing on the website or visit www.HerbWalks.com anytme to see the Calendar.The cost is for this walk is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, and $15 for full-time students. Kids 5-12 can go free with an adult by prior arrangement. No dogs, please.

Once registered, you will receive an email with directions to the trailhead and other necessary information. No pre-payment is required, just your promise to let us know in a timely fashion if you need to cancel. Payment by cash or check is accepted on the morning of the walk.

In the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to contact us.




Kaufer's Kwiz

Still not a winner? Don't give up. Here's a "photo opportunity."

If you can remember back to our December newsletter then you will recall that the last Kwiz Kwestion went as follows: "From the 1890's until 1956, one of our local native herbs was listed first in the U.S. Pharmacopeia as a drug for asthma and bronchitis and later in the U.S National Formulary as a flavoring agent to add to bitter medicines like quinine. Name that plant."

As usual there were several excellent guesses but the first person to come up with the correct answer was Tom Stebbins. Congratulations Tom, for identifying the mystery plant, Yerba Santa. Tom won a complementary Herb Walk and you can, too, with this month's quiz.
This month's mystery plant

Do you recognize the native plant in the photo above? Be the first to email me the English and Latin names and you can see your name in this column next month and join us for a free Herb Walk.

Herb Walk at Alapay, April 2010 (Photo by Mark Pierson)

Spring Events Schedule

Here's a sneak preview of what's coming up in the next few months.

At the time of this writing, all these dates are not yet entered on the Calendar but here's a save-the-date list. Some may be subject to change due to trail or other conditions.

This year, Herb Walks will be $20 for adults and longer Herb Hikes will be $25 with a $5 discount for all events for seniors 62-and-older and full-time students. Prices may be slightly higher when we have special guest presenters along.

Sunday, February 10: W. Sulphur Mountain Herb Walk   9-11:30 a.m.

Sunday, February 17: Lake Casitas Herb Hike   9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23: Gridley Trail Herb Walk   9-11:30 a.m.    

Sunday, March 10: Matilija Canyon Herb Walk   9-11:30 a.m.   

Saturday, March 16: Arroyo Verde Park Herb Walk  9-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 23: El Nido Meadow Herb Hike   8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  

Sunday, March 24: Ventura River Preserve Herb Walk   9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Learn medicinal plants with special guest Dr. James Adams of USC School of Pharmacology

Sunday, April 7: San Antonio Creek Herb Walk, Santa Barbara   9-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 13: Sisar Creek Herb Hike   8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.    

Sunday, April 14: Old Baldwin Trail Herb Walk 'n' Roll:   9-11 a.m.    Wheelchair-accessible plant walk

Sunday, April 21: Potrero John Creek Herb Hike   8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   

Saturday, May 11: Rose Valley Falls Herb Walk   8:30-11 a.m.  

Saturday, May 18: Matilija Campground Herb Hike   8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.   

Sunday, May 19: Horn Canyon Herb & Butterfly Walk   8:30-11a.m.  An interpretive nature walk with Lanny and butterfly expert Michelle Dohrn

Saturday, June 8: Stunt High Trail Herb Walk, Calabasas Hills   8:30-11a.m

Sunday, June 16: Sespe River Herb Hike   8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.   

Sunday, June 23: Wheeler Gorge Herb Walk    8:30-11:30 a.m.


Links to Learning Resources at HerbWalks.com

You might be amazing at how much information is amassed on this page.

I'm what's known as a lifelong learner and I love how many online resources are avaiable for learning. As a teacher I also derive great enjoyment from sharing knowledge so I've created an extensive page of Links to Resources at HerbWalks.com. Hopefully, you will find this page to be your one-stop free shop for everything related to Southern California native plants, trails, nurseries, herbal medicine and more.

I'm always adding and updating so please send me your suggestions.

Aun aprendo!
My grandson Nick holding wild plums ( Prunus americana)

E. Shore Trail at Lake Casitas

This trail has it all: plants, birds, scenery.

Let’s do some foraging and botanizing on the East Shore Trail at beautiful Lake Casitas. We’ll meet on Santa Ana Road outside the gate at 9 a.m., carpool through the gate to share the $10/vehicle entrance fee, and drive 1 mile to the trailhead. We’ll find edible and medicinal plants, both native and naturalized; see the waterbirds; and enjoy the scenery. We’ll stop for snack/lunch and return to the trailhead at 12:30 p.m. I'll even show you my wild plum tree though you'll have to come back in July for the fruit.

Register at the event listing on the website. The cost for this hike is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for full-time students. Kids 5-12 can go free with an adult by prior arrangement. No dogs, please.

Once registered, you will receive an email with directions to the trailhead and other necessary information. No pre-payment is required, just your promise to let us know in a timely fashion if you need to cancel. Payment by cash or check is accepted on the morning of the hike.

In the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to contact us.




The Herb Walks Store is open

Supplement your Herb Walks experience

Please visit our new online Herb Walks Store. My wife Rondia, the Store Manager, and I have carefully selected books, herbal soaps, and other herbal products that represent the wild plants and aromas of Southern California. We will also have these available at walks and hikes throughout the year.

Our Book department has several of the most important books that every student of native plants and herbal medicine should have in their library.

The Soaps are made for us by Ojai's own Violet's Soap Company. We are the exclusive online source. Each beautifully handcrafted bar is made with Saponified Oils of Olive, Coconut and Palm; Super Fatting Oils of Jojoba; Glycerine; and Honey plus Herbal Essential Oils and Toppings representing our local flora.

Continuing with our local theme, the Herbal Products we carry from the Juniper Ridge brand are made from the very plants we walk by and commune with on our walks and hikes. Now you can bring these natural fragrances home with you. We have amzingly life-like Room Sprays as well as Incense and Teas, all made from 100% sustainably wild-harvested Douglas Fir, Black Sage, Siskiyou Cedar, California Bay and other native plants..

And finally, if you know someone who would appreciate the gift of an Herb Walk, we have

www.HerbWalks.com

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