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Ojai Urban Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer on Sundays in April and May


Beginning Sunday, April 11, 2021, Ojai author and naturalist Lanny Kaufer will lead a series of two-hour Ojai Urban Herb Walks in downtown Ojai on Sunday mornings in April and May. Meetup locations and itineraries will vary. All walks will start at 10 a.m. and end at 12 noon. Groups will walk less than a mile total distance and visit useful native and non-native plants in and around the downtown area. The April 11 and May 16 walks will start and end in Libbey Park. The walks on April 25 and May 30 will visit Cluff Vista Park and the Chumash Garden at the Ojai Valley Museum. Registrants will receive parking directions by email.

Libbey Park and Stewart Creek, which runs through the park, have been replanted with native California plants over the years. Renovations are ongoing. The park provides an easy-to-access place to see how these native plants do in urban landscapes. Kaufer also will discuss useful non-native plants such as rosemary and eucalyptus that are often found in Southern California’s urban and suburban areas. He will focus on how to identify these plants and discuss their edible and medicinal uses. Monuments and plaques sprinkled throughout the park area will serve as talking points for some of the cultural history of Ojai.

Cluff Vista Park is a native plant demonstration garden designed by the late Thomas Bostrom and maintained by the City of Ojai with assistance from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. Kaufer was a consultant on the design and plant selection for the Chumash Garden at Ojai Valley Museum.

Kaufer has been leading herb walks and nature hikes in Ojai and Southern California since 1976. His field guide, Medicinal Herbs of California, is due out in November from Globe Pequot Press.

Until such time as they are no longer needed, safeguards will be in place to prevent possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Attendance will be limited to 12 participants. Temperatures will be checked digitally on arrival, face coverings will be required, and the group will maintain 6 feet of physical distance at all times.

The cost for these walks is $25/person. Registration is required. Please visit HerbWalks.com or call (805) 646-6281 for more information and registration. No dogs or smoking, please.


Calendar Info:

  • Ojai Urban Herb Walks with Lanny Kaufer
  • Sundays, April 11 & 25, May 16 & 30, 10:00 am. to 12:00 p.m. 
  • Guided tours of useful plants in downtown Ojai
  • $25 admission
  • Register at HerbWalks.com or call 805-646-6281