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CANCELLED: Earth Week Herb Walk in Matilija Canyon

April 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Upper North Fork Matilia Creek. Photo: Heidi Anderson

UPDATE: Given the April 9 Stay Well At Home order from the Ventura County Health Officer banning all gatherings of 2 or more unrelated persons, I am cancelling this event. Please subscribe to my newsletter to be informed of upcoming and rescheduled events. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for how you can continue your herbal education while supporting my gathering-dependent small business:

1) If you’ve already pre-paid for this or another cancelled event, transfer your payment to an existing future event or maintain a credit for a future event.

2) Schedule a one-to-one video consultation to learn first-hand about the plants on your property or local trail. I will be with you via FaceTime, Google Duo, or Facebook Messenger as you go outside with your device to experience the plants.

3) Visit the Herb Walks Store and buy a gift certificate for a future event or select a book from my carefully curated collection.

4) Visit my website’s page of free online Resources and discover scores of handpicked, free websites with info on plant identification, herbal medicine, growing native plants, and much more.

Stay well and thanks for understanding,

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by kicking off the week with a slow-paced herb walk on Sunday, April 19, in Matilija Canyon deep in the mountains of the Matilija Wilderness in Los Padres National Forest. The hike will take place northwest of Ojai on Matilija Creek. We will cover approximately 1 mile each way on a mostly level trail through chaparral and riparian settings, beginning at 1500 feet. The terrain includes two creek crossings. Otherwise, we will be on a wide, level, dirt road most of the time. This walk is suitable for physically fit beginning hikers with the proper footwear.

We’ll identify useful wild herbs and their plant families and explore the many ways native plants have been used by the indigenous Chumash, herbalists, campers and gardeners for food, medicine, wildcrafting, survival, landscaping and more. The canyon is home to White Sage, Coastal Sagebrush, Yerba Santa, Matilija Poppy, Manzanita, and many more wonderful and useful native plants.

We will also look for birds, butterflies and other wildlife and discuss the ecology of the Southern Los Padres National Forest. As always, but especially in honor of Earth Week, we’ll discuss  traditional and modern methods of sustainable foraging, resource conservation, and mindful enjoyment of nature.

This walk 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 caravan from the Maricopa Plaza parking lot in Ojai at 9:00 am and return there by 3:00 pm. Along the way we’ll take a relaxing lunch break along the upper north fork of Matilija Creek. The cost is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors 62-and-older, and $15 for students 13-17. 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 by clicking on the REGISTER link at the top and bottom of this page before using the PayPal button to secure your space. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info. After the hike they will receive a detailed follow-up email including a list of all plants identified.

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


April 19, 2020
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Lanny Kaufer
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Maricopa Plaza for caravan to trailhead
1207 Maricopa Hwy.
Ojai, CA 93023 United States
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