Spring Equinox Nature Hike at Lake Casitas on Sunday, March 19, 2017

Celebrate the Spring Equinox with Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer enjoying some botanizing, sightseeing, and nature exploration on the East Shore Trail at beautiful Lake Casitas from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19. Hikers can expect to find edible and medicinal wild plants, see the waterbirds, and enjoy the scenery. The group will stop for lunch on the trail and return to the trailhead by 2:00 p.m.

Kaufer will discuss and demonstrate the many ways that wild plants have been used, and continue to be used, by Native Americans, herbalists, foragers, campers and gardeners for food, medicine, survival, and many other uses.

If there is sufficient interest, Kaufer’s Herb Walks program will introduce a new option for children ages 5-12 at this event: a kid-friendly companion hike and nature experience led by Heather King of Ventura Wild.

To register for the Nature Hike, visit www.HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281. No prepayment is required. Registrants will receive a confirmation email several days before with all necessary info. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-and-older, and $15 for students 13-18 . Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement or choose to sign up for the Ventura Wild companion hike. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. No dogs or smoking, please.



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.


Heather King has a Masters Degree in Outdoor Education Administration, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Education, and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is a professional outdoor educator and mentor with over 25 years of experience.

Her broad range of positions have included outdoor education coordinator and science teacher at Oak Grove High School, program director and educator for the International Center for Earth Concerns on the Taft property in Ojai, the Sunbow Ecology Center in Ojai, and Naturalists at Large in Ventura, among many others. Currently Heather is the Education Director for Once Upon a Watershed in Ojai. In 2009 Heather co-founded Ventura Wild and continues as the director and lead instructor.

For more information, please visit HerbWalks.com, email [email protected] or call 805-646-6281.

  • Spring Equinox Nature Hike at Lake Casitas with local native plant guide Lanny Kaufer
  • Sunday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Learn identification and uses of native plants
  • $25 for adults, $20 seniors 62-and-up, $15 for students 13-18. No dogs, please.
  • Optional children’s hike (ages 5-12) with Heather King of VenturaWild.com
  • Register at HerbWalks.comor call 805-646-6281

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