Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sespe Wilderness: A Backpacking Field Exploration
Situated just outside the southwest border of the Mojave Desert, this remote, rugged, and arid landscape is part of a vast mountainous wilderness complex (the 4th largest roadless region in the continental U.S) with elevation ranges from 2500’ to 7500’. The area is best known for its magnificent colored sandstone canyons and the wild and scenic Sespe River (the last remaining undammed river in Southern California). The area is also home to some of the HOTTEST and most isolated hot springs to be found in the state! Sespe is rich in botanical diversity, many useful plants being found in the region, such as: White Sage, Yerba Santa, Flannel Bush, Lobelia, Stream Orchid, Prince's Plume, Matilija Poppy, and many others! Topics to be covered during our journey include: field botany/ID, plant family characteristics, medicinal/edible/utilitarian uses, regional ethnobotany, medicine making techniques, ethical harvesting practices, safety issues, natural history, and more. Days will be spent hiking and exploring trails which wind through the various plant communities in the area. Nighttime will include campfire conversation, relaxing with friends, and soaking in the springs.
Dates: April 14-16 (Fri-Sun)
Class begins at 10am Friday morning and concludes at 6pm Sunday night. Thursday night arrival is optional)
Location: Sespe Wilderness (near Ojai, CA. Approx. 2 hours NW of Los Angeles, CA)
Instructor/Trip leader: Tellur Fenner
$170 advanced pre-registration discount before March 3.
$195 after March 3.
Email (preferred): [email protected]
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Things that are necessary are: Tent, Sleeping Bag, Rain Gear, Warm Clothes, Hiking Boots, Sandals, Hat/Sunscreen, Backpack, Food/Snacks (class fee does not include meals), Camp Stove, Camping Pad, Headlamp, Water Bottles, and most importantly...a sense of adventure!
Optional (yet recommended): Notebook, Camera, and a Hand Lens.
Recommended (but not required) Texts:
Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West by Michael Moore
Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West by Michael Moore
Medicinal Plants of the Desert and Canyon West by Michael Moore
A Flora of the Santa Barbara Region, CA by Clifton Smith
A Key to the Vascular Plant Species of & Flora of Kern County California by Moe and Twisselmann
Class will occur rain or shine!
*Interested, but don’t have a car? Inquire about carpooling options.
Looking for a more substantial/comprehensive SoCal edible/medicinal plant learning experience? If so, scope out the following 60 hour program that I'll be offering March-May 2017. Guaranteed to be QUITE the floristic adventure!