Ojai’s native plant educator Lanny Kaufer is kicking off his 41st year of leading interpretive walks and hikes on Monday, February 20, with a nature hike and foraging expedition on West Sulphur Mountain Trail in the Casitas Springs area between Ventura and Ojai. He will identify wild native and naturalized plants in riparian, oak woodland, and coastal sage scrub communities and demonstrate and discuss their indigenous and modern uses for food, medicine, crafts, landscaping and more. There will also be opportunities to sample edible wild greens, learn about ethical foraging, local ecology, and, hopefully, see signs of the animals that inhabit the area.
Beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m., this will be a slow-paced hike of less than two miles each way on a wide dirt road that steadily gains elevation with corresponding views and changing plant communities. The hike will be suitable for hikers of all levels of ability who are capable of walking that distance up and downhill, standing for periods of time or sitting on the trailside. A lightweight camp stool may be a good option for some. The group will take a half-hour lunch break on the trail.
The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors 62-and-older and full-time students 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Toddlers must be in a carrier. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Payment by cash or check is accepted on the morning of the walk. Registrants will receive an email during the week prior to the hike with all necessary information.
Please note: This hike will go on rain or shine with the exception of a heavy downpour that morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day.
- Presidents’ Day Nature Hike on Sulphur Mountain
- Learn identification and uses of native plants, ecology, and ethical foraging with native plant educator Lanny Kaufer
- Cost: $25 adults, $20 seniors 62-up an students 13-18. Kids 5-12 free, one per adult.