Join Charles for a Monsoon-Enlivened Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk at Catalina State Park
When: Saturday, August 14th, 7am-10am
Where: Catalina State Park (mostly adjacent to and a bit within the boundaries)
Meet-up: At 7am we’ll assemble at a small residential park within the Rams Pass/Canyon subdivision. The closest address to the park is 11190 N Ram Park Ln, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. This address is a residence and unaffiliated with me (do not knock on the door!). I’m listing it here because the park is directly across the street from the house. From the park, we’ll start the plant walk, skirting the development, spending most of our time in the foothills and Sutherland Wash area. Google maps location of meeting place.
If you arrive late (not recommended), it will be difficult to find us. We’re walking along the outer southeastern edge of the development until we come to a secondary wash. From there we turn south and head into the foothills.
Cost: $60 per person. Use the PayPal link for payment. If you’d rather send a check/money order, let me know via email and I’ll provide my mailing address. $50 for students, seniors, and veterans. There is no PayPal button for the discounted rate. Email me (email@example.com), and I’ll send an invoice.
Registration: your PayPal receipt is your registration. Bring it with you to the class. Once paid/registered, I’ll send a welcome email.
Cancelations: If you must cancel (and can’t find a surrogate), a refund will be issued (minus a $10 admin fee, per person, and PayPal fees) up to the 11th. From the 12th to the 13th, there are no direct refunds, but you can use the payment as a credit for the next plant walk, towards a clinic appointment, or book purchase. Canceling the day of, after the fact, or no-shows – you’re out of luck. I’m not Walmart.
If some unforeseen circumstance arises and I must cancel, everyone gets a full refund.
Waiting List: The group size limit is 10-12. It’s first come, first serve. If the class fills up, I’ll start referring people to the next plant walk. If the PayPal link is still visible, openings remain.
Mini Book Signing: After we finish, I’ll have a book signing at the cars for anyone who wants to purchase a book (or bring your own copy for me to sign). I’ll have these titles available to sign/purchase:
- Medicinal Plants of the American Southwest (covers low elevation SW plants)
- Medicinal Plants of Western Mountain States (covers high elevation SW/Western plants) (Mt. Lemmon)
- Sonoran Desert Food Plants (low elevation wild edibles, Arizona)
- Wild Edible Plants of Arizona (high elevation Arizona) (Mt. Lemmon)
- Wild Edible Plants of California
- Wild Edible Plants of Colorado
- Wild Edible Plants of New Mexico
- Wild Edible Plants of Texas
- Wild Edible Plants of Utah
Considerations: At 7am it’ll be around 80F. By 10am, 90F. The plan is to be done before the higher temps of mid day. Bring water. Bring a hat. Sunscreen/long-sleeves for sensitive skin. We’ll be mostly on a trail (about a mile of walking), but with the exploding vegetation (rains), I expect it to be overgrown…pants or shorts…your call. Regardless of the weather, rain or shine, the plant walk will be held.
I love pets/babies/children…but this really isn’t the right event for them. A focused middle-teen may have the necessary attention span, but anyone younger will be climbing the walls. If I allow one pet, I have to allow them all, which means animal chaos with a side of plant walk.
Love or hate them, cell phones are now a part of our lives. The camera function will come in handy for plant photos. Audio recording the walk for later review is fine. Or old-school paper, pen, and tape for notes and leaf samples. But, please, no video (of me).
Additional: Charles, why are you guiding a plant walk at this elevation in the summer? It’s about how the plants have responded to summer rains. In June, everything is dried, desiccated, and below ground. When the monsoons arrive, precipitation spurs growth for a couple months, not only enlivening the perennials, but also germinating the annuals.
This is the best time of year to see one of our tastier greens, Amaranth. Annual Devil’s claw, with it’s edible pod, is pushed into high gear. Medicinal perennials like Desert lavender, Beebrush (Desert oregano), Canyon bursage, and Western mugwort are vegetation-renewed. The poisonous plants, Wild tobacco and Datura, are too fairing well with new growth. All in all, I’ll touch on 25-30 edible/medicinal/poisonous plants.
You’re welcome to email me with questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once registered, I’ll provide a cell phone # for text/updates.
Additional Upcoming Plant Walks:
- 8/21/2021 Mt. Lemmon
- 8/28/2021 Catalina State Park