Foraging Strawberry Canyon

  • July 12, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Learn how to ID and use edible, medicinal, and useful plants, arthropods, and other organisms of Strawberry Canyon!

This is a nice area with old forests of many types. Hopefully we will have time to make it up to the ridge to talk about the chaparral plants (and see the nice views). We will basically follow the fire trail for about two hours, stopping often to look at different plants, keeping an eye out for arthropods and other edible/medicinal/useful organisms. I'll teach you about all the useful species we can find, and try to at least ID any species group members point out.

We will reserve the last hour to walk back to the parking lot at a little faster pace. It is a really easy trail to follow so if you need to arrive late or leave early you should be able to find your way to us or back. It is a bit hilly, but nothing too steep. 

There is limited parking at the meeting parking lot, but if it is full, you can park either at the lot by the pool/softball field downhill from the meeting lot or at the botanical garden lot uphill from the meeting lot. It's about a 5 minute walk from the alternative parking lots. If you're late, you can just follow the fire trail a ways and find us.

You may want to bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. A notebook, pencil, and camera would be useful to record species info.

I'm requesting a contribution of $10 cash each, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Note: I do not endorse the removal or disturbance of any plant, fungal, or animal life from public lands. I vehemently condemn any selling of wild-gathered foods from public lands and those with such intentions should not attend. However, I believe mindful gathering for personal or family use should be the right of everyone.

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  • Cyrus H.

    Thanks for the reviews everyone! I'm sorry I was late; I'll try to be early next time then maybe I'll be on time! I had a really fun time with y'all and I hope everyone comes to the next meetup! There's a lot I didn't get to cover just in Strawberry Canyon and so many more ecosystems just in the East Bay Hills!

    July 13

  • Cyrus H.

    (list continued)
    monkeyflower / Mimulus auranticus
    cleavers / Galium sp.
    ocean spray / Holodiscus discolor
    Willow / Salix sp.
    Coffeeberry / Rhamnus californica
    Plantain / Plantago sp.
    Poison oak / Toxicodendron diversilobium

    Animals:
    Honeydew
    European honeybee (and native bees)
    Sphinx moth caterpillar

    1 · July 12

    • Gracia

      And Usnea :)

      July 12

    • Cyrus H.

      Yes, thanks! And Mallow / Malva neglecta

      July 13

  • Doug M.

    Cyrus gets bad marks for punctuality but makes up for it with his knowledge and enthusiasm. I look forward to the next foraging meet up and would recommend emilym and Cyrus as excellent teachers.

    July 13

  • Leslie H.

    I got lost. I saw several different groups and asked for the foragers. I look at the directions closer next time. They was a closed gate where it said Strawberry Canyon. I had never been up there

    July 12

    • Cyrus H.

      I'm sorry you couldn't find us. I hope you can make the next one.

      July 12

    • Leslie H.

      Thanks. I did en joy the scenic drive in that area though

      July 12

  • MonSheree

    today someone asked about the nutrition found in nettle, this just popped up on my fb so thought i'd share : )
    http://www.naturalcuresnotmedicine.com/2014/07/amazing-health-benefits-stinging-nettle.html

    July 12

  • Sashont

    Great walk and learned a lot of new edibles to try. Meetup got started a bit late so had to duck out at 1pm. Was happy I attended and enjoyed some of my foraging treats that night for dinner!

    July 12

  • Cyrus H.

    In case your notes are unclear or you forgot to take them, here is the list of species (common / scientific names) we saw and discussed uses for on today's walk. It's just from memory so I may have forgotten a few things.

    Plants:

    hazelnut / Corylus cornuta
    California bay laurel / Umbellularia californica
    buckeye / Aesculus californica
    horsetail / Equisetum sp.
    storksbill / Epilobium sp.
    yellow curly dock / Rumex crispus
    madrone / Arbutus menzeisii
    blackberry / Rubus ursinus, R. armeniacus
    thimbleberry / Rubus parviflorus
    toyon / Heteromeles arbutifolia
    mustards / Brassica sp.
    thistle / Cirsium sp.
    coast live oak / Quercus agrifolia
    teasel / Dipsacus sp.
    cherry plum / Prunus cerasifera
    stream orchid / Epipactis gigantea
    bracken fern / Pteridium aquilinum
    sword fern / Polystichum munitum
    incense cedar / Calocedrus decurrens
    stinging nettle / Urtica dioica
    redwood / Sequioa sempervirens
    blue elderberry / Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
    grasses / Poaceae
    mugwort / Artemesia douglasiana

    1 · July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great talk, very informative, loved everybody getting to participate and give input! Even though I couldn't stay the whole time I still learned a ton!

    July 12

  • Gracia

    We didn't make it all the way down the trail but it was very informative lovely walk. I got introduced to some valuable and interesting plants and learned more about ones I was already familiar with. All in all, I'm glad I went!

    July 12

  • Katherine K.

    Lots of people here at the parking lot. Is the leader on his way? :)

    July 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi y'all, i'd be glad to go, but am not that prepped a cyclist yet--could i join ride w/someone? am in downtown oakland nr lake merritt, but could meet closer to uc if needed. thanks, pls contact me!

    July 10

    • Leslie H.

      Hi seeley,

      July 10

    • Leslie H.

      I am in downtown Oakland Lake Merritt area . This is my first outing I am not sure how to contact you

      July 10

  • MonSheree

    but ppl want too much money for classes like this. thanks for setting this up

    July 5

  • MonSheree

    oh i've been looking for something like this!

    July 5

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