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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Herb Walk

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Herb Walk

July 14 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm


On Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. we will return to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, also known as El Estero, a rare salt wetland in Southern California. Nearly destroyed by development, the remaining estuary was restored in the late 1990s by a group of concerned citizens along with the City of Carpinteria, UCSB, and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Completed in 1997, the 8-acre portion of the marsh owned by the City of Carpinteria was renamed the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park.

Shovelnose Guitarfish, Corbina and Round Sting Rays. Photo: John Brant

The park includes walking trails and interpretive signage. It is home to hundreds of migrating birds and other wildlife, including exotic sharks, rays and native fish when conditions are right. Depending on the tide level we may be able to see marine wildlife like the Guitarnose Shovelfish and Round Stingrays shown in John Brant’s photo from our walk there in 2021.

There is a great variety of edible and medicinal plants of the Coastal Strand and Coastal Sage Scrub plant communities for us to see and learn from. Useful native plants there include Blue Elderberry, California Blackberry, Grindelia, Lemonade Berry, Mugwort, Pickleweed, Wild Rose, and Coastal Sagebrush.

Due to the sensitivity of the habitat, dogs are prohibited here. No smoking, please.

Copies of my book, Medicinal Herbs of California, will be on hand for sale and signing before and after the walk.



July 14
10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Lanny Kaufer
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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park

103 Ash Ave.
Carpinteria, 93013 United States
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