Online registration beginning of September

Lanny’s Herb walks

Visit Lanny Kaufer’s web page at HERBWALKS for his schedule of herb walks. When we can, Ventura Wild will provide children’s programs at the same time in support of the adult herb walks. Contact Heather at, or watch this page for additions.

Birds of the Ojai Valley

  • Lecture: Sept. 7 – Oct. 12, Thursdays, 6-8pm
    Field: Sept. 9 – Oct 14, Saturdays 8:30 – 11:30am
  • Ages: 18 and older
  • Instructor: David Lee, MSc in Biology
  • Location: Wild spaces around Ojai
  • Required: Binoculars (contact instructor for recommendations)
  • Fee: $120
Register September 1

Observing our local birds offers the perfect invitation to connect with Ojai wildlife, learn about the science of birds and explore local natural areas.

In Birds of the Ojai Valley, students will learn the basics of bird ecology and field identification through informative lectures and birding adventures. Lecture sessions will introduce the evolution of flight, bird habitat and diet, migration and biogeography. Bird conservation and the role of citizen science will also be presented.

Field trips will focus on visual and auditory bird identification skills, birding equipment and note taking. We will go on birding adventures to local parks and natural areas around the Ojai and Ventura.

Kamana Nature Study Group

  • Dates: Tuesdays, August 29 – Oct. 17

  • Times: 9:30 – 11:30

  • Ages: 18 and older

  • Fee: $168 (cost of Kamana book is extra. Recommended but not essential)

  • Instructor: Heather King and staff
Register September 1
This is a deeply satisfying way to delve into wilderness, self-connections and inspirations. The natural world is full of questions, answers, inspirations and wonder. We draw from Jon Young’s Kamana workbook, Coyote Mentoring, Art of Questioning and the 8 Shields of Leadership. In this highly experiential workshop you will learn to cultivate a deep connection with nature by exploring your natural interests and curiosities. Some hiking and exploring, some investigation, research and observations. Some discussion and sharing discoveries and mysteries. Some projects and journaling. This class prepares you to continue a nature connection practice in your life’s work, parenting and your inner journey. This class can lead to leadership opportunities with Ventura Wild as well. All levels of ability and knowledge welcome.