Photo: Harold Wissell

Earth Day Herb Walk on Ventura River Preserve

April 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ventura River Preserve, Meiners Oaks
W El Roblar Dr & S Rice Rd
Ojai, CA 93023
$20/adults, $15 seniors 62-up, and $10 for students 13-18.. Kids 5-12 free with adult by prior arrangement.


Lanny with Yerba Santa on the Ventura River Preserve. Photo: Harold Wissell

Celebrate Earth Day with an Herb Walk on the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy’s Ventura River Preserve with me and a group of like-minded nature lovers and students of the Earth. This walk will take place on Sunday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by an optional lunch gathering at Farmer and the Cook Cafe in Meiners Oaks for further discussion, sharing and camaraderie.

On this walk, we will identify, demonstrate and discuss the many uses of wild plants for foragers, herbalists, and naturalists seeking out plants for food, first aid, home remedies, survival, crafts, ceremony and more. Poisonous plants will also be identified.

Trailside discussion will include humankind’s role in the ecological balance, sustainable foraging, fire ecology, Chumash plant uses, and other topics generated by the participants. We will meet at the Riverview Trailhead on Rice Road in Meiners Oaks just south of the intersection of Rice and El Roblar Drive. Once we walk down a short but steep hill into the river bottom, this will be an easy-paced walk of about 1.5 miles on a level trail, suitable for hikers of all abilities, returning to the trailhead at 12 noon.

The cost for this walk is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, and $10 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 guardian. No dogs or smoking, please. Payment by cash or check is accepted on the morning of the walk.

You can  register by clicking the REGISTER button below right now or return later to this event page or to the “Register for an Event” link in the left sidebar menu. 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 and a follow-up email afterwards with plant list and other info.

Please note: This hike will go on RAIN OR SHINE with the exception of a heavy downpour that morning and/or a 100% chance of heavy rain that day.



2 thoughts on “Earth Day Herb Walk on Ventura River Preserve

    1. That’s great, Nancy. You’re on my email list already so I’ll go ahead and add you to the signup list for that one. If you get a chance please also register by clicking on the REGISTER button on this event listing page. Thanks!

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