Family Nature Walks

“If you want to be an environmentalist, that means you have to go outside!”
– Ecology Center Board Treasurer, Andy Fusso

Our Family Nature Walk Program is designed to be a fun and educational experience for community members of all ages. In our technological society, the environmental wisdom and connection our ancestors relied upon is getting lost in the noise. If we want to reverse this trend and grow into a society that is technologically advanced as well as deeply connected to our natural environment, we need to strive for balance.

Family Nature Walks are a multi-faceted sensory experience. We are sure to enjoy a nibble if Mint crosses our path or feel the soft leaves of Mullein.

We have squished and experienced the color changing magic of St. John’s Wort flowers and enjoyed the silly surprise of Cleavers sticking to our clothes! You never know what herbs we will meet along the way but you can be sure we are always respectful of the natural environment and never ingest a plant we aren’t 100% familiar with.

We have the privilege of learning from Cara Saunders, an extremely knowledgeable local herbalist and owner of Bear Wallow Herbs.

2019 Family Nature Walk Schedule

June 8th
9:30 – 11AM
Hedge Creek Falls
Join Cara Saunders of Bear Wallow Herbs to discover native medicinal herbs and useful local weeds on this easy walking trail to a beautiful waterfall. We’ll learn to identify and avoid poison oak and which herbs can heal a poison oak rash. We will also see herbs that can be used to improve digestion, support our bodies through stress and anxiety, and improve sleep! Bring a water bottle, sun hat, and come join others in your community who enjoy connecting with nature! We’ll meet at the trailhead and leave at 9:30.

July 13th 
9:30AM – 11AM
Sisson Meadow

Learn to identify more than a dozen plants, some indigenous to this area and some weeds, all with very significant health benefits for people and animals. Herbs growing in and around Sisson Meadow include California poppy, catnip, wild lettuce, queen anne’s lace, red clover, teasel, yarrow, yellow dock, lemon balm, horsetail, plantain, and dandelion. By adding these plants to our home medicine cabinet, we can naturally be prepared for accidents or injuries, prevent disease, and live wildly healthy! We will meet herbs that improve digestion, stop bleeding, calm anxiety, boost immunity, and many more practical and spiritual benefits. Bring a water bottle, sun hat, and come join others in your community who enjoy connecting with nature! We’ll meet by the library and leave at 9:30.

August 3rd
9:30 – 11AM
Elsa Rupp Nature Study Area (1 N Old Stage Rd, Mt. Shasta)

This is a beautiful shady trail that crosses Big Springs Creek.  During the walk  we will learn about local herbs that can improve our health. We will take a close look at Yarrow. This smart herb can both clot blood and improve circulation. We will also see Yellow Dock, whose yellow roots grow in the muddy creek bank and can help us digest our food better.  Free event! All people are welcome. Bring a water bottle, dress appropriately for weather, and come join others in your community who enjoy connecting with nature!
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