Wheeler Gorge Nature Walk on Saturday — April 22nd

Why not celebrate Earth Day on April 22 in the Los Padres National Forest? Join Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer on Saturday, April 2, for a 1.5 hour Nature Walk during the annual Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House. He’ll take a break from his booth among the day’s events and displays at 1:00 p.m. to walk up the nearby Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail. The trail climbs very gradually alongside the shaded creek and then up and out of the riparian plant community to loop back to the trailhead through the sunny chaparral plant zone. The total distance is less than one mile. The walk is classified as an “easy” hike by the Los Padres National Forest.

On this walk, Kaufer will explain the ecology of Wheeler Gorge and demonstrate and discuss the many uses of wild plants by traditional Chumash and modern herbalists and foragers alike. Poisonous plants will also be identified.

Kids 5-12 can attend free, one per adult. This walk is specially priced for adults at $15 as it is being presented in association with the Open House and shorter than usual to allow people plenty of time for the rest of the displays and presentations. There is no admission to the Open House itself which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Visitor Center is located on Highway 33 across the road from Wheeler Gorge Campground at 17017 Maricopa Highway, Ojai CA 93023.

Lanny Kaufer is enjoying his 41st year of leading informative and entertaining Herb Walks in Southern California for groups of all ages. His expertise is in 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. James Adams, and Chumash educator Julie Tumamait-Stenslie.

To register, please contact Lanny Kaufer at 805-646-6281 or [email protected]. Visit www.HerbWalks.com to view the event listing.

Mallards in creek at Wheeler Gorge by Lanny Kaufer

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