4800 Cathedral Oaks Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93111
We’ll make our annual visit to my favorite Santa Barbara frontcountry trail on San Antonio Creek. I will lead a 3-hour Herb Walk there on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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, Chumash plant uses, and other topics generated by the participants. This slow-paced walk is suitable for hikers of all levels of skill levels able to walk 1.5 miles round-trip and stand for periods of time.
“Herb Walks” originated in Santa Barbara in the early 1970’s, the creation of renowned herbalist William LeSassier who was living in the Montecito foothills at the time. I was a neighbor, friend and student of William and began leading my own Herb Walks around the Ojai Valley in 1976 after he moved east. I also studied with Juanita Centeno, the late Chumash plant expert — right here on the San Antonio Creek Trail — in the mid-1970s.
The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-and-older, and $15 for students 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go along free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. Toddlers must be in a carrier. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No smoking and no dogs, please, as they can transmit poison oak on their fur.
Register now by clicking on the REGISTER button below or by calling 805-646-6281. You also can return to this website any time and click on the event listing itself in the left sidebar on the homepage or click on the “Register for an Event” link in the same sidebar menu. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary 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.