Field Trips

Field trips are typically held on Saturday and/or Sunday, and started back up again in March 2022 after a two year hiatus. Watch this page and our Facebook page for announcements. Meanwhile we invite you to explore the many trails open in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Hit the trails early during the summer months and keep cool and hydrated!

Botany Hike, Ventura County
Arroyo Verde Park, City of Ventura

Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 9am–11am
Winter Celebration Picnic to follow from 11am-1pm
Leader: David Torfeh

David Torfeh, a local naturalist, will show us the common flowering plants of the Ventura foothills, a rare plant, Plummer’s baccharis (Baccharis plummerae ssp. plummerae), and some colorful birds while guiding us along the trails of scenic Arroyo Verde Park.  We will visit coastal sage scrub, chaparral, and oak woodland habitats.  Bring water and sunscreen, and wear hiking boots, sunglasses, and a hat.  The hike will be on moderately sloping dirt trails with moderate gain/loss of elevation.  There is some poison oak in the area.  We will meet at 9:00 a.m. near the eagle totems in the third parking lot back from the entrance kiosk.  There are restrooms in the park.  Parking is $5.00 per day, but free street parking is available along Foothill Road next to the park.  The hike will be followed by a chapter picnic from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP for the picnic to Ellen Dean 

Directions:  Take the 101 Freeway to Victoria Avenue in Ventura and exit, turning north (toward the hills).  Continue north on Victoria, passing over the 126 Freeway, until you finish climbing a steep grade and reach the traffic signal at Foothill Road.  Turn left on Foothill Road and drive several blocks, passing Skyline Drive, then turn right into Arroyo Verde Park at Day Road.

For more information call  (805) 794-5334

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