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Sun, Aug 06



Herb Walk at Ellwood Butterfly Preserve

Join local herbalist Emily Watson to learn about the medicinal and edible herbs of Santa Barbara, at the Elwood Butterfly Preserve.

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Herb Walk at Ellwood Butterfly Preserve
Herb Walk at Ellwood Butterfly Preserve

Time & Location

Aug 06, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT

Goleta, 495 Coronado Dr, Goleta, CA 93117, USA

About The Event


Join local herbalist Emily Watson to learn about the medicinal and edible weeds of Santa Barbara, move your body, breathe, and reconnect with nature. Come explore the bluffs and Eucalyptus forest along the Elwood Butterfly Preserve and enjoy the bounty of herbs along its trails.

During this hike, you will learn more about the folk, magical, medicinal, and culinary uses of herbs, trees, and shrubs that grow in our own backyard. Safe plant id and ethical wild crafting with be taught, along with easy to make herbal remedies for everyday ailments.

Please be aware that due to frequent  Wildfires in CA and COVID19, we may have to postpone the event last  minute.  Please check your email the day before classes for any updates.


  • The Key Principles of SAFE Plant ID and poisonous plants to avoid.
  • Common Edible Weeds that you can find all over for field salads and snacks!
  • Medicinal & Folk Uses of Herbs, and how to use them for everyday ailments.
  • How to PROTECT our Wild Medicine for generations to come!


Elwood Butterfly Preserve is a stunning Eucalyptus grove along the grassy Elwood Bluffs.  It has a mixture of native plants, and many invasive species,  some which have become naturalized, such as the Blue Gum Eucalyptus, in the life cycles of the Monarch Butterfly migration route each year.

The peak time to see the Butterflies are from November-February, however the peak time to see herbs is typically late spring-summer.  We typically visit in the summertime just because there can be some slight flooding after winter storms.

Come enjoy a 1/2 shaded stroll with us along ~1.5 mile stretch of trail.  The walk will be mostly flat, however wheelchair access might be limited on some of the terrain.

General Information about this location:

  • There are no restrooms available at this location.
  • Dogs are welcome to come as long as they remain on leash.
  • Children under the age of 12 can come free of charge.


Artemisia Academy has partnered with the Gaviota Coast Conservancy to put on this live event.

The  Gaviota Coast Conservancy is dedicated to protecting the rural  character and environmental integrity of the Gaviota Coast for present  and future generations.

20% of all ticket sales are donated to the G.C.C. to help keep our wild areas wild along the coast.

To learn more about the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, please visit:

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