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    Ojai Herb Walk at Private Ranch on Saturday April 8th


    Ojai native plant educator Lanny Kaufer is pleased to announce that he has been offered the opportunity to lead an herb walk on a beautiful private ranch in the Ojai mountains. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., including travel time. One of the conditions is that the location cannot be divulged in publicizing the event. As Kaufer explains, “It is 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 land includes plants and features beyond what we usually encounter on my outings.” A docent also will be present to share some of the rare exotic plants found on the property.

    The group will meet at Maricopa Plaza for a carpool to reduce the number of cars on the private road. The travel time to the trailhead will be 15-20 minutes. Walkers can plan on returning to Maricopa Plaza by 1 p.m.

    As usual, Kaufer will identify important native plants and discuss and demonstrate the many ways that wild plants are used by Native Americans, herbalists, foragers, campers and gardeners for food, medicine, survival, and many other uses.

    The cost is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 years of age and up, and $10 for students 13-18. Payment can be made by cash or check on the morning of the walk. An additional $5/person donation is requested by the nonprofit organization that manages the property to cover the costs associated with having visitors. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. No dogs or smoking, please.

    To register for the Ojai Herb Walk, visit, email [email protected], or call 805-646-6281

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    Lanny Kaufer has been leading interpretive native plant walks and hikes in the Ojai-Ventura-Santa Barbara area since 1976 for groups of all ages. He is regarded as a local expert on the 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, Professor James Adams, and Chumash educator Julie Tumamait-Stenslie.

    Lanny graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1974 with a degree in Biology. While there, under the supervision of his Biology professor, he did extensive independent studies in the field of naturopathic medicine and worked in the university’s arboretum. With a California Teaching Credential, he has taught science, health and natural history for many schools and environmental education programs.


    • Ojai Herb Walk at private ranch with local native plant educator Lanny Kaufer
    • Saturday, April 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Learn identification and uses of native plants
    • $20 for adults, $15 seniors 62-and-up, $10 for students 13-18. No dogs, please.
    • Register at, email [email protected]or call 805-646-6281


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