Wheeler Gorge Open House Nature Walk

April 22, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center
Los Padres National Forest
17017 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023
$15. Kids 5-12 free, one per adult
Lanny Kaufer
Mallards in the creek at Wheeler Gorge Campground. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

Join me for a 1.5 hour Nature Walk during the annual Wheeler Gorge Visitor Center Open House. I’ll take a break from our booth — featuring our mobile Herb Walks Bookstore — at 1:00 p.m. to walk up the nearby Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail. The trail climbs very gradually alongside the creek and then up and out of the creek’s riparian plant community to loop back to the trailhead through the sunny chaparral plant zone. The walk is classified as an “easy” hike by the Los Padres National Forest.

On this walk, I will demonstrate and discuss the many uses of wild plants by traditional Chumash and modern herbalists and foragers alike. Poisonous plants will also be identified. Trailside discussion will include the difference between native and naturalized plants, humankind’s role in the ecological balance, folk medicine, sustainable harvesting, and other topics generated by the participants.

White alders along the North Fork of Matilija Creek on the Wheeler Gorge Nature Trail

There is no admission to the Open House itself which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. My walk is specially priced at just $15 as it is being presented in association with the Open House and shorter than my usual walks and hikes to allow people plenty of time for the rest of the displays and presentations. Kids 5-12 can join the Nature Walk free, one per adult.

Open House visitors will be signing up for the walk onsite. Space on the trail is limited so to ensure your spot, you can register now at the link below. There is no pre-payment required. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email during the week before the walk. They you just have to show up a little early to check in.



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