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Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk

June 15 @ 9:30 am 12:30 pm

Arroyo Hondo Preserve Herb Walk

Arroyo Hondo Creek. Photo by Andreina Diaz


The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County’s Arroyo Hondo Preserve has always been an amazing example of California’s biodiversity. The Montecito Journal describes it as “one of Santa Barbara’s most significant treasures.” Since the Alisal Fire swept through it in October of 2021, it also serves as an example of the amazing regenerative power of Nature. On June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we’ll return to observe how the land is regaining its legendary status as “the jewel of the Gaviota Coast.”

The Alisal Fire approaching Arroyo Hondo. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County

We’ll look in the creekside riparian habitat for Southern California native trees, including White Alder, California Bay, Blue Elderberry, Bigleaf Maple, and Coast Live Oak. We’ll seek out signs of the return of shade-loving native plants and herbs like Giant Horsetail, Gooseberry, Hummingbird Sage, Maidenhair Fern and Giant Chain Fern.

Carrizo Grass returning on Day 52. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
California Bay tree resprouting from the crown. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Return of the Giant Chain Fern (Day 52). Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Giant Chain Fern resprouting from underground rhizomes. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County








The sunnier exposed sage scrub and chaparral areas were hardest hit by the fire but I still expect to see natives like Toyon, Black Sage, Coastal Sagebrush, Lemonade Berry, and Greenbark Ceanothus taking back the space 3+ years after the latest fire.

Western Sycamore resprouting from the base of the burnt trunk. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Numerous Toyon sprouts seen on Day 185. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Fire Poppy (Papaver californicum), an aptly named fire-follower. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County
Large-Flowered Phacelia (Phacelia grandiflora), a common fire-follower. Photo: Land Trust for Santa Barbara County









After the walk, I will break out my mobile bookstore, including copies of my book, Medicinal Herbs of California, available for sale and signing. A number of the plants that we’ll meet can be found in the book. I’ll also have Milt McAuley’s classic Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains which includes every plant we’ll see.

The cost for the walk is $35. I highly encourage you to plan on leaving an onsite donation of at least $10 cash for The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County to cover stewardship of the land. Once registered, attendees will receive an email during the week prior to the walk with more information and directions to Arroyo Hondo. No dogs or smoking are allowed. Participants also will receive an email afterwards with notes and a complete list of all plants and wildlife observed.






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Note: Online payment includes a PayPal fee. If you prefer, when you register you can request instructions for mailing a payment of $35/person.

If the event sells out, PayPal will not accept your payment. You will see a message that says this event “is not available at this time” and you will be returned to this page. If that happens, be sure to click on the REGISTER button below to sign up for the waiting list. If spaces become available they will be filled based on date and time of waiting list signup.

Cancellation policy: I will refund your payment if you notify me up to 72 hours (3 days) before the start of the event. After that I will make every effort to fill your space (and I’m usually successful) but cannot guarantee.


June 15
9:30 am – 12:30 pm


Lanny Kaufer
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