Led by Biologist Haruka Ito
Next hikes: July 6, 13, and 27
Call Ocean Safari at 626-287-6283 to sign up for the next one.
Did you know that with over 6000 native plant species, California has the most diverse plant life of all the US and Canada? Plus, over 2000 of those species are found no where else in the world. Come out and learn about the numerous native plants and animals that inhabit our mountains! We will even forage and eat some of the plants, and discuss their medicinal uses. You will have a guided, educational hike with light breakfast and drink included. The healthy meal may feature seasonal wild edible plants.
Identify plants and animals of the San Gabriel mountains
Find local edible plants
Establish sustainable and safe practices for wild-harvesting
Discuss medicinal and cultural uses of plants
Discover the health benefits of spending time in nature
Start the day off fresh with a nature walk, light learning, and healthy breakfast!
Expert nature guide, Haruka Ito
Light Sack Breakfast, featuring seasonal and wild foods
Tea/Infused Water/Lemonade featuring wild edible plants
Please Bring Your Own:
Empty Canteen (for the provided drink/tea)
1L Water (minimum)
Day Pack/Back pack (to put your sack food and drink)
Optional Items to Bring:
Notebook and pencil
Suggested donation of $10
“All seaweeds are edible, but not all are palatable” says Dr. Ryan Drum, who is considered one of the top medicinal algae experts in North America. Seaweeds have higher nutritional content than land plants, but we often overlook them as a food source from the ocean. Come dive with expert Haruka Ito to sustainably harvest seaweeds and learn to cook with them!
Identify marine algae species
Establish sustainable and safe practices for harvesting seaweeds
Learn how to process harvested seaweeds for food/medicine use
Discuss the nutritional and medicinal values of marine algae
Guided dives led by biologist Haruka Ito
Prepared seaweed tasting
Fishing License with Ocean Enhancement Stamp
Gallon sized zip lock bag
Underwater Slate and/or Camera for notes
Only 4 spaces available, call the shop to sign up!
At San Clemente Island we enjoyed diving among the young giant kelp forest. The crew on Horizon dive boat told us much of the kelp had died out in the last few years, but the kelp forest is finally coming back and looking healthy. Looking forward to a thicker and even more luscious kelp forest when we go back there next time (our next planned trip to San Clemente is 7/30/17 aboard Westerly).
We saw colonies of Bugula netitina (brown bryozoan) on many of the giant kelp blades at San Clemente Island. They are called moss animals. Yep, they are invertebrate animals.