Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer will make his annual visit to his favorite Santa Barbara front-country trail on San Antonio Creek out of Tucker’s Grove County Park. He 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, he 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.
Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance, sustainable foraging, Chumash plant uses, and other topics generated by the participants. This slow-paced walk is suitable for hikers of all levels of skill levels able to walk 1.5 miles round-trip and stand for periods of time.
“Herb Walks” originated in Santa Barbara in the early 1970’s, the creation of renowned herbalist William LeSassier who was living in the Montecito foothills at the time. Kaufer was a neighbor, friend and student of William and began leading his own Herb Walks around the Ojai Valley in 1976 after LeSassier moved east. He also studied with Juanita Centeno, the late Chumash plant expert — right here on the San Antonio Creek Trail — in the mid-1970s.
The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-and-older, and $15 for students 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go along 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. No smoking and no dogs, please, as they can transmit poison oak on their fur.
Register now by clicking on the REGISTER button at the event listing on HerbWalks.com or by calling 805-646-6281. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info.
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.
• San Antonio Creek Herb Walk in Santa Barbara with Lanny Kaufer
• Tucker’s Grove County Park
• Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
• Learn many uses of wild plants for food, home remedies, landscaping and more
• $25/adults, $20/seniors 62-and-older, and $15/students 13-18.