“We are constantly walking on herbs, the virtues of which no one knows.” – Chumash tradition*

What are Herb Walks?

Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer are interpretive nature walks and hikes with an emphasis on edible and medicinal plants, those classified as “herbs” for their culinary and medicinal properties. Lanny discusses and demonstrates the plants’ traditional and modern uses for food, home remedies, botanical medicine, survival, sustainable foraging, wildcrafting, landscaping, camping, crafts, ceremony and more.

  • You’ll learn to positively identify native plants in their natural habitats and those suitable for foraging.
  • You’ll discover the plants’ roles in the ecology of the area as well as their applications for humans and learn the concept of sustainable foraging.
  • This type of learning cannot be done accurately with books, photos and web images alone.

Herb Walks and Nature Hikes with Lanny Kaufer are a great way to discover the many wonderful trails of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Los Angeles area of Southern California while meeting interesting like-minded people.

*Hudson, Travis, Ed. Breath of the Sun: Life in Early California as Told by a Chumash Indian, Fernando Librado, to John P. Harrington. Malki Museum Press, Morongo Indian Reservation. Banning, California: 1979.


Lanny describing the ecology of Potrero John Creek to summer hikers. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor