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Always entertaining and a font of phytochemical knowledge, Dr. Jim Adams is returning to Ojai to join us for the third time this year on Saturday, September 12, for a Medicinal Plant Walk on Sisar Creek in the Upper Ojai Valley. He's shown here explaining an effective and sustainable way to use White Sage ( Salvia apiana). Photo: Lorenz Schaller
September 2015 Newsletter
Please note that the Fall Nature Hike on Pine Mountain is rescheduled to October 11 due to a temporary road closure resulting from the Chorro Fire. We still will celebrate the Fall Equinox on September 20 with an Herb Walk on Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail.
Monterey Cypress anchoring a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Douglas Family Preserve in Santa Barbara.
Coming Events
Reyes Peak Trail
Fall Nature Hike on Pine Mountain on Sun., Oct. 11
PLEASE NOTE: Our previously scheduled Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mountain has been rescheduled to this date due to a temporary road closure as a result of the recent Chorro Fire. The road has since been reopened earlier than planned but we’re sticking with the new date of October 11.

Visit some of the most spectacular scenery and habitat that Ventura County has to offer on our 3rd annual Fall Nature Hike on Pine Mountain at an elevation of 7000 feet. According to Craig Carey, author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura, the Reyes Peak Trail along the northern slope of the peak is “quite simply one of the most beautiful stretches in the southern Los Padres.” And he’s not even talking about the views.

Read more and register here.
Medicinal Plant Walk with Dr. James Adams of USC

Join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy on Saturday, September 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a Medicinal Plant Walk on Sisar Creek in the Upper Ojai Valley between Ojai and Santa Paula.

Dr. Adams brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a unique perspective on herbal medicine. He is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use. As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology, he has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students......

Read more and register here.

Lanny speaking to customers of the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District on drought tolerant native plants.
OLLI Class on "Edible and Medicinal Plants of Ventura County"
As many of my readers and Herb Walkers know, there is a tremendous diversity of edible and medicinal plants to be found in the mountains, canyons, rivers, and valleys of Ventura County.

I will offer a 6-week slideshow-lecture class on “Edible and Medicinal Plants of Ventura County” at Little House Senior Center in Ojai beginning Friday, September 11.

The class is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and is open to anyone 50 years of age or older. We will meet each Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., skipping October 2, and finishing up on Friday, October 23.

Read more and find out how to register here.
Douglas Family Preserve Herb Walk (Santa Barbara): Saturday, September 26
This Herb Walk will begin at 9 a.m. at a site of great native plant diversity, the Arroyo Burro Estuary/Mesa Creek Restoration Area at the east end of the Arroyo Burro (Hendry’s) Beach parking lot. From there we will slowly climb up the trail to the Douglas Family Preserve overlooking the ocean, and return to the parking lot by 12:00 noon.

We will be identifying useful native and naturalized plants and learning about the many ways that they have can be utilized for food, home remedies, wildcrafting, foraging, survival, landscaping and more.

Free Drought Tolerant Plant Guide from LVMWD
Even before the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District invited me to present an August slideshow lecture to their customers on "Native and Drought Tolerant Plants with Medicinal Uses" I already had a link to their great plant guide on my website. If you missed downloading it free from my Links to Resources page, here is another chance. Just click on the cover photo at the top of this article.

If you would like a printed copy, stop in at LVMWD headquarters in Calabasas or send me an email and I'll save a free copy for you for the next time you attend a walk or hike.

Be the first to name this valley in the Ojai backcountry and receive free shipping on your next order.
Upper North Fork of Matilija Creek as it flows alongside Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail
Fall Equinox Herb Walk at Wheeler Gorge on Sunday, September 20
PLEASE NOTE: The Fall Equinox Nature Hike on Pine Mountain previously scheduled for this date has been moved to October 11.

Celebrate the Fall Equinox on Sunday, September 20, with an Herb Walk on the Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail just upstream from the famous Wheeler Gorge on scenic Maricopa Highway.

We will identify wild plants in riparian and chaparral habitats and discuss the many ways they can be used for food, medicine, crafts, survival, landscaping and more.

Read more and register here.

"Nature's Most Amazing Medicine: Phytochemicals"
This informative internet article by Barry Parker, Ph. D., professor emeritus (physics, biophysics) at Idaho State University, will help prepare you for your next walk with our special guest Jim Adams. Dr. Parker explains the importance of the naturally-occurring chemicals such as carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, and isoflavones that give plant foods their healthful and medicinal properties.

Read the article at
Featured Book for Aug.-Sept.
Don't let the archaic title fool you. This is a classic. Written by Ernest Thompson Seton, the originator and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America, and a renowned naturalist, author, and painter, The Gospel of the Redman was originally published in 1935 while Seton was living among Native Americans. At that time the word “Redman” was one of the most common expressions to refer to First Peoples and was not considered improper by those Seton interviewed for the book.

Read more and order it here.

Discount Code!
As our thank-you to you for opening and reading this newsletter, here is a discount code worth 10% off all items (except Gift Certificates and event admission charges) for the months of August and September at the Herb Walks Store. We are always adding new books to our collection. Have you looked lately?

Just click on the Herb Walks logo below to get the code. Then copy and paste it when requested at checkout.
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