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.