4-Week OLLI Class: “Drought Defense: Native Plants for the Garden”

April 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cal State University, Channel Islands, (Broome Library)
1 University Dr
Camarillo, CA 93012
CSUCI Extended University (Oscher Lifelong Learning Institute)


PLEASE NOTE: This course will run for four consecutive Mondays beginning April 24, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You must be 50 years of age or older to attend OLLI classes.

The current drought is neither the first nor the longest in Southern California’s history, and it is undoubtedly not the last. This winter’s welcome rains notwithstanding, the reality of living in an arid Mediterranean climate is sinking in, leaving residents to question if they can still have green foliage around their homes. Local native plants are a viable alternative to lawns and water-guzzling exotics. Learn about some of the best choices that can also provide food and medicinal benefits with a minimal amount of water. Each class will include a slideshow presentation and a (wheelchair-accessible) walk outside the library to see some of the native plants in action.

This 4-week course, “Drought Defense: Native Plants for the Garden,” is presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), a branch of the California State University, Channel Islands, Extended University program. Membership in OLLI is open to participants 50 years of age or older. Classes are reasonably priced at $40 for the four-week class and with discounts available for multiple class enrollments. There are no additional membership fees. For information about joining OLLI or to register for this and other classes, please call 805-437-2748 or see the current catalogue at the OLLI website at http://ext.csuci.edu/documents/olli/courses/late-spring-2017-catalog-olli.pdf.


Lanny Kaufer is a retired high school teacher who has been leading native plant “herb walks” and nature hikes on Ojai, Ventura, and Santa Barbara trails since 1976 for groups of all ages. In 2015 he began offering plant classes through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a branch of the California State University, Channel Island, Extended University program.

Kaufer 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, field classes, and expeditions with noted herbalists and plant experts such as the late Chumash teacher Juanita Centeno, the late Michael Moore, Michael Tierra, Amanda McQuade Crawford, Dr. Fred Siciliano, Professor James Adams, and Chumash educator Julie Tumamait.

Kaufer graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1974 with a degree in Biology. While there, he did extensive studies in the field of naturopathic medicine and worked in the university’s arboretum. He has taught science, health and natural history at Santa Paula High School, Happy Valley School, Ojai Valley School, Mountain View High School, and Renaissance Continuation High School. He also served as Outdoor Education Director at Happy Valley School in Ojai, Education Director for The C.R.E.W. (Concerned Resource and Environmental Workers), and was a co-founder of the Sunbow Ecology Center, an environmental education program for teenagers. Lanny is now retired from teaching special education and science at Santa Paula High School.


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