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Apr
28
Sat
2018
FULL: Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop in Ojai with Professor James Adams, PhD @ Meet at AT&T Parking Lot
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Professor Adams holding Purple Sage branch provided by USC School of Pharmacy. Photo by David Sprague

FULL: We have reached capacity for this event. Please use the REGISTER button at the bottom of the page to join the waiting list. Thank you.

Please join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for a Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past six years. This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. All his workshops here have filled up. As the saying goes, he’s “back by popular demand.” There are just a handful of spaces left (3/27/18) so don’t delay!

The plant identification session will take place on the pathways at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Cluff Vista Park and the Ojai Valley Museum’s Chumash Garden, two native plant gardens in downtown Ojai, where Dr. Adams will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of plants. The morning outing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be a slow-paced walk around the two gardens. They are both wheelchair-accessible although there is a hill entering Cluff Vista Park. The morning session will involve stopping for discussion for periods of time. A few benches are scattered about. A lightweight campstool could be useful as well.

Lanny and Jim on OVLC’s Ventura River Preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Dr. Adams will demonstrate how to prepare edible and medicinal products from seasonal native plant material such as California Sagebrush, Sacred Datura, and Black Sage. After the workshop, participants will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes and other info.

A prepared lunch option will be available. Info on that and a short list of cafes will be shared in a confirmation email sent to those registered.  If you’d like to stay overnight, here is a guide to some camping and lodging options.

Photo: Christopher Nyerges

Dr. Adams brings to Ojai a wealth of scientific knowledge and field experience as well as a singular perspective on herbal medicine. As he tells it, “My family came to Virginia in 1635 and has always survived by using American Indian healing. On the frontier, there were no doctors. American Indian healing was better than European medicine anyway. I continue this tradition.”

He is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their Use. The book can be purchased beforehand at that link and will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Page 14 of Fall issue of Results magazine published by USC School Pharmacy.

As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the prestigious University of Southern California, Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He has over 200 publications. He was recently featured in a beautifully illustrated cover story in the School of Pharmacy’s magazine, Results. Here is a link to an online edition of the magazine. Advance to page 14 for the article “The Healing Power of Plants” as seen here on the right side of this page. You may have to do a quick, free signup for the online viewing service.

Running parallel with his academic career, Dr. Adams has worked with the Chumash people since 1998 and studied Chumash healing with Cecilia Garcia for almost 15 years. In addition to their book, they wrote 30 journal articles together. Jim is now the carrier of the healing knowledge passed to him by his teacher. Dr. Adams will have copies of all his several books with him for purchase and signing.“Humans have used plant medicines ever since humans came into existence, about 200,000 years ago,” Dr. Adams explains in Healing with Medicinal Plants. “That means that our ancestors experienced an intense natural selection. Those who responded to plant medicines survived and passed their genes on. We are the products of this natural selection. Our bodies are designed to respond to plant medicines.”

Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the Spring Medicinal Plant Workshop is $75, including all materials for preparing plant medicines. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. To be added to the waiting list, please use the REGISTER button below.

 

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May
5
Sat
2018
“Fire Walk With Us” — A Fire Ecology Workshop with Richard Halsey and Lanny Kaufer @ Ojai CA
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Rick Halsey at Cluff Vista Park in Ojai on February 17, 2018. Photo: Enrique Villaseñor

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Following his sold-out presentation here in February, chaparral ecologist and author Richard Halsey will return to Ojai to join me for a fire ecology field workshop on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. entitled “Fire Walk With Us” (with apologies to David Lynch’s 1992 film of a similar name). This event is presented in association with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) who are offering a special discount for their members.

After a morning walk in the burn area on the OVLC’s Ventura River Preserve to identify and discuss chaparral plants and their responses to the recent fire, we will reconvene at a downtown Ojai venue for a lunch break and afternoon slideshow discussion elaborating on the morning’s topics.

The cost for the full-day workshop is $55 for adults; $45 for seniors 62-up, and $35 for OVLC members, students 13-18, and fire survivors (those who lost property in the Thomas and Koenigstein Fires). Those who attend the full workshop will go home with a packet of valuable information on fire ecology basics including several of the lessons Halsey uses in his Chaparral Naturalist class. Most are in color. Admission to the afternoon lecture only is $25 for the general public or $15 for OVLC members.

ABOUT RICHARD HALSEY:
Richard W. Halsey is a writer, photographer, and the director of the California Chaparral Institute, a non-profit research and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of California’s native chaparral ecosystem, helping communities understand the dynamics of wildland fire, and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by the natural environment.

The second edition of his book, Fire, Chaparral, and Survival in Southern California, available at the preceding link in the Herb Walks bookstore, was published in 2008 and was awarded the Best Nonfiction-Local Interest Book by the San Diego Book Awards Association. He will have copies of this and his other publications on hand for sale and signing.

Author Richard Halsey will return as our special guest on Saturday, May 5, 2018, for a workshop, “Fire Walk With Us.”

Halsey also works with the San Diego Museum of Natural History, teaches natural history throughout the state, and leads the Chaparral Naturalist Program at the Elfin Forest Reserve in Escondido. While teaching high school biology, Halsey was selected as the Teacher of the Year for San Diego City Schools and awarded the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship.

An entertaining and dynamic speaker, he has given more than 400 public lectures, conducted numerous research projects, and published more than a dozen papers and articles concerning the ecology of California’s chaparral ecosystem. Halsey also has been trained as a wildland firefighter long past the age most would consider prudent.

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May
12
Sat
2018
Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp @ Maricopa Plaza for carpool
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Nature hikers entering Potrero John Canyon. Photo: Jill Forman

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Please join me and a friendly group of like-minded lovers of the outdoors for a Nature Hike to Potrero John Camp deep in the Sespe Wilderness of the Los Padres National Forest on Saturday, May 12.

The hike will take place on Potrero John Creek, 20 miles north of Ojai. We will cover 1.7 miles each way on a mostly level trail with some elevation gain through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 3700 feet. Our destination is a (bring-your-own) lunch stop in the shade of a large oak at Potrero John Camp.

The focus will be on identifying both useful and poisonous wild plants and learning about the many ways that they have been used by the indigenous Chumash people, herbalists, campers, and gardeners for food, medicine, wildcrafting, survival, landscaping and more. The canyon is home to Mariposa Lilies, Incense-Cedar, Bigcone Douglas-Fir, Giant Stinging Nettle, Yerba Santa, Matilija Poppy, Wild Rose, and many more native plants.

We’ll also look for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Discussion will include the ecology of the southern Los Padres National Forest, traditional and modern methods of sustainable foraging, and resource conservation, as well as other topics generated by the participants’ interests.

Butterfly Mariposa Lily along Potrero John Creek. Photo: Melinda Angle

Lanny teaching on the trail to Potrero John Camp. Photo: Rondia Kaufer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This hike is presented under a Special Use Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

The day will begin with a carpool from the Maricopa Plaza parking lot in Ojai at 9:00 am and return there by 4 pm. 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. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian. Toddlers must be in a carrier. No dogs or smoking, please.

Register at the link below or by calling 805-646-6281. You will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info. No pre-payment is required, just your promise to let me know as soon as possible if your plans have to change.

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(The background photo for this website was taken in the gorge at the mouth of Potrero John Canyon.)

PLEASE NOTE: Light rain will not cancel. Heavy rain or thunderstorms will. Once you register you will receive weather updates.

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Jun
2
Sat
2018
Arroyo Hondo Preserve & SB Natives Nursery @ Street parking for carpool
Jun 2 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

Hollister Meadow at Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Photo by James Wapotich.

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I was introduced to this beautiful coastal location by writer and hiking guide James Wapotich who says “Arroyo Hondo is considered by many to be the jewel of the Gaviota Coast.” The Preserve is managed by The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. It features a year-round creek surrounded by oak forest, coastal chaparral, grassland, and coastal sage scrub. It is where the Chumash village of Tuxmu was once located.

Recent group crossing creek. Photo: Linda Blue Photography

We’ll start with a carpool from 23 S. Hope Avenue in Santa Barbara.  At 10 a.m. we’ll drive from there about 30 minutes up the coast to Arroyo Hondo Preserve.  Also, at 9 a.m., those of us in Ojai who want to carpool from there to Santa Barbara will meet at Maricopa Plaza (1207 Maricopa Highway, Ojai). Carpools are optional, of course. Those who choose to drive straight to Arroyo Hondo will receive detailed directions in a confirmation email.

The plant diversity at the Preserve is exceptional. In the creekside riparian habitat we’ll see a wide array of Southern California native trees including White Alder, California Bay, Blue Elderberry, Bigleaf Maple and Coast Live Oak  among others. The creek is also home to California Newts.

California Newt in the pond on Arroyo Hondo Creek

Under the canopy we’ll look for Giant Horsetail, Humboldt Lily, Gooseberry, Stream Orchid, Hummingbird Sage, and Giant Chain Ferns. In the sunnier sage scrub and chaparral areas Toyon, Black Sage, Coastal Sagebrush and Greenbark Ceanothus are thriving.

Rondia in a primeval forest of Giant Chain Ferns

After some easy walking, identifying plants, and stopping for a lunch break, we’ll regroup at 3:30 at the parking lot for a private, direct-from-the-grower, native plant sale hosted by Santa Barbara Natives (SBN), a beautiful native plant nursery managed by Arroyo Hondo Preserve Manager John Warner. SBN carries an inventory of about 100 of the most popular local California native plants. John will bring a selection of those we will see on our walk. People who register in advance will have the opportunity to request specific plants.

Once you are registered you will receive an email with more information and directions to Arroyo Hondo. The cost for the day is $25. The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County also requests a small cash donation at the site to cover stewardship of the land. There is no pre-payment required to register. Participants will receive an email afterwards with notes and a complete list of all plants and animals observed.

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Jun
10
Sun
2018
Stunt High Trail Nature Hike @ Stunt High Trail, Calabasas Hills,CA 91302 USA
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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After visiting this lush canyon in late winter we will return to the secluded Stunt High Trail to see the elusive Stream Orchids and other native spring wildflowers. The trail follows Cold Creek down through the Calabasas Hills on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains. This will be an easy, slow-paced walk other than the descent down into the canyon and the inevitable climb back up. We’ll be mainly under the oaks by the stream where we’ll take a lunch break of 30-45 minutes to give us time to appreciate our peaceful surroundings and the sound of the babbling brook.

You will learn to positively identify native and naturalized herbs of the riparian and chaparral plant communities and discover their many uses for food, medicine, survival, crafts, ceremony, and much more.

We’ll also see evidence of previous Chumash occupation. Information will be shared on the ecological value of native plants, sustainable use of natural resources, and other aspects of natural history. To learn more about me, see the “About Lanny Kaufer” link.

The Stunt High Trail is located in the Santa Monica Mountains near Calabasas and easily accessible from Malibu and Topanga Canyon as well as all points in the San Fernando Valley. Carpooling is encouraged as there is limited parking at the trailhead.  No dogs or smoking, please.

Stream Orchid

 

Pre-registration is recommended for this hike. Just click the Register link at the bottom of this page or return anytime to the “Register for an Event” link on the left sidebar of this website. No pre-payment is required, just your promise to let me know in a timely fashion if your plans change.

Once you register, about a week prior to the hike you will receive an email with all the relevant information including what to wear, directions to the trailhead, etc, as well as any updates that may come up. After the hike, participants will receive an email with a complete plant and animal list including common and scientific names of the plants and animals and their families.

NOTE: This hike will go on unless there is heavy rain that morning or 100% chance of heavy rain during the hiking hours.

 

 

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Jun
24
Sun
2018
Summer Solstice Nature Hike on Pine Mountain @ Maricopa Plaza for carpool
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Rondia at the trailhead

Celebrate the Summer Solstice  with a Nature Hike on Pine Mountain. We’ll visit some of the most spectacular scenery and habitat that Ventura County has to offer just when many late spring wildflowers are blooming up there at an elevation of 7000 feet.  According to Craig Carey, author of Hiking and Backpacking Santa Barbara and Ventura, the Reyes Peak Trail along the northern slope of the peak is “quite simply one of the most beautiful stretches in the southern Los Padres.”

The outing will start at 9:00 a.m. with a carpool caravan of about 35 miles up Highway 33 from the Maricopa Plaza, (1207 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023) to the Reyes Peak trailhead. The final 5.5 miles are on a narrow, winding paved road and the very last half-mile is dirt. Trucks or SUV’s are preferred for the last stretch but most passenger cars with high clearance can also make the drive.

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Lanny examines the needles of a White Fir sapling on the Reyes Peak Trail.

We will start walking into the Sespe Wilderness from the trailhead (where there is a restroom) at about 10:30 a.m., stop for lunch (not provided) in the forest, and return to the trailhead at 3:00 p.m., arriving back at the Maricopa Plaza by 4:00 p.m. We will hike on a well-used trail through Yellow Pine Forest habitat, stopping often to identify and discuss native plants, birds and wildlife. There will be some elevation gain and loss skirting the north side of Reyes Peak, sometimes traversing hillsides on a narrow trail. The total hiking distance will be about 3 miles.

This intermediate level hike is suitable for moderately experienced hikers or physically fit beginners. Weather and marine layer permitting, we will have panoramic views of the Cuyama Valley to the north and the Channel Islands to the south.  This hike is another in a series of backcountry walks and hikes under an Operating Permit from the Ojai Ranger District Office of the U.S. Forest Service designed for guides who provide recreational and interpretive services to the public.

There is no prepayment required, just your promise to notify me in a timely fashion if your plans change. You will receive a confirmation email several days before with all necessary info. After the hike you will receive an email with a complete list of all the plants and wildlife identified, including common and scientific names.

The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62 and older, and $20 for full-time students 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No dogs or smoking, please.

Carpool: If possible, please be prepared to either take a few passengers or share in the gas cost as a passenger. There is no obligation to participate in the carpool but parking is limited at the trailhead and we like to cut down on our group’s gas consumption and exhaust emissions when we can.

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View of the Channel Islands looking south from Pine Mountain. Photo by Erika Klohe.

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View north of the Cuyama Valley from Pine Mountain

Oct
6
Sat
2018
Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop in Ojai with James Adams, PhD @ Meet at unmarked parking lot
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo: Angela Kirwin

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Please join me and special guest Professor James Adams of USC School of Pharmacy for our annual Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop on Saturday, October 6, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Dr. Adams has been a frequent and popular contributor to my events for the past six years. This workshop is based on his ground-breaking pharmacological studies on local native plants. All his workshops here have filled up so, as the saying goes, he’s “back by popular demand.”

The plant identification session will take place on the pathways at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Cluff Vista Park and the Ojai Valley Museum’s Chumash Garden, two native plant gardens in downtown Ojai, where Dr. Adams will identify and discuss the medicinal uses of a wide variety of native plants. The afternoon hands-on preparation session will be held at a community kitchen nearby. After the workshop, participants will receive a complete list of all plants that are identified and/or utilized as well as recipes and other info.

Dr. Jim with a wild Buckwheat cake fresh out of the oven at the Fall 2016 workshop

The morning outing from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. will be a slow-paced walk around the two gardens. They are both wheelchair-accessible although there is a hill entering Cluff Vista Park. The morning session will involve stopping for discussion for periods of time. A few benches are scattered about. A lightweight campstool could be useful as well. After a one-hour lunch break, the afternoon kitchen session from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. will focus on preparing seasonal plants for edible and medicinal uses. Dr. Adams will demonstrate how to prepare edible and medicinal products from wild foraged plant material such as yerba santa, California buckwheat seed, oak acorns, black walnuts, and hollyleaf cherry. The specific seasonal plants to be used will be determined as the date gets closer. those who register.

A prepared lunch option will be available. That and a short list of cafes will be shared in a confirmation email sent to those registered.  If you’d like to stay overnight, here is a guide to camping and lodging options.

Lanny and Jim on OVLC's Ventura River preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

Lanny and Jim on OVLC’s Ventura River preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

Dr. Adams brings to Ojai a wealth of scientific knowledge and field experience as well as a singular perspective on herbal medicine. As he tells it, “My family came to Virginia in 1635 and has always survived by using American Indian healing. On the frontier, there were no doctors. American Indian healing was better than European medicine anyway. I continue this tradition.”

Dr. Adams is the co-author — with the late Chumash healer Cecilia Garcia — of the groundbreaking book, Healing with Medicinal Plants of the West: Cultural and Scientific Basis for Their UseThe book can be purchased beforehand at that link and will also be available for purchase and signing at the event.

As an Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the prestigious University of Southern California, Dr. Adams has been teaching pharmacy students, medical students, doctors and other healthcare professionals for over 25 years while researching the natural pharmaceutical compounds in native plants. He has over 200 publications.

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Photo: Christopher Nyerges

Running parallel with his academic career, Dr. Adams has worked with the Chumash people since 1998 and studied Chumash healing with Cecilia Garcia for almost 15 years. In addition to their book, they wrote 30 journal articles together. Jim is now the carrier of the healing knowledge passed to him by his teacher. Dr. Adams will have copies of all his several books with him for purchase and signing.“Humans have used plant medicines ever since humans came into existence, about 200,000 years ago,” Dr. Adams explains in Healing with Medicinal Plants. “That means that our ancestors experienced an intense natural selection. Those who responded to plant medicines survived and passed their genes on. We are the products of this natural selection. Our bodies are designed to respond to plant medicines.”

Please note: This workshop will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour in the morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day. No dogs or smoking, please.

The cost for the Fall Medicinal Plant Workshop is $75, including all materials for preparing plant medicines. After the workshop, participants will receive a follow-up email including plant lists and recipes.

To pre-register, use the REGISTER button below. To complete registration and secure your space with a payment, please use the PayPal button. Registrants will be emailed a receipt from PayPal and also receive a confirmation email from register@herbwalks.com with all necessary information including directions, what to bring, etc.

Please contact lanny@herbwalks.com if you prefer to mail in a check.

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