Ventura Hillsides Conservancy events

River Restoration Saturday. On Sat., March 18, VHC staff, volunteers and members of the California Conservation Corps. will join forces from 9 a.m.-12 noon to clean up trash and clear paths at the Willoughby Nature Preserve.  River Restoration Saturdays are a part of VHC’s ongoing efforts to bring the Ventura River back to its natural state and make it more welcoming to human and wildlife visitors alike.

Volunteers should meet VHC staff at 9 a.m. next to Conservancy’s kiosk on the Main St. Bridge along the bike path near downtown Ventura (at Main St. & Peking Streets). Participants must be 16+ years, should wear pants, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes and sunscreen and are encouraged to bring a water bottle.

Ethnobotany of Local Native Plants: On Thurs., March 23 at 7 p.m., Angela Rockett Kirwin, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, will discuss the edible and pharmaceutical uses of a variety of local native wild plants. For thousands of years, the indigenous peoples of California sustainably gathered, managed and used local plants for food, cultural practices and environmental stewardship.  Discover the rich history of some of the plants that cover Ventura’s beautiful hillsides.

This free community lecture, a part of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s ongoing Environmental Speaker Series, will take place in the Santa Paula Room at the Poinsettia Pavilion.

All events are free but reservations are highly recommended. RSVP at

For more information call the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy 643-8044.


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