Solano Land Trust Events

Below you'll find fun activities for you, your friends, and your family. These include free guided hikes and volunteer opportunities every month, as well as special events like our annual kite festival, trail run, sporting clay shoot, feast & art auction. Enjoy!

No RSVP necessary, unless otherwise stated.

Sun, Nov 23, 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm

Fall Power Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Take a quick-paced hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley.  Enjoy great views of oak woodlands while getting in shape! This guided power hike is led by docents Cathy and Richard Christo.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A quick pace with a few short breaks hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, and mountain lion country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. Carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain cancels. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended online at conta.cc/1xbau1W or by calling Cathy at 707-745-1913.

Fri, Nov 28, 2014
10:00am – 2:00pm

Turkey Walk-Off and Leftovers-4-Lunch Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Remember the day AFTER Thanksgiving? Not interested in Black Friday crowds? Had your fill of football games? Kids need wiggle-time? Nothing to do or offer your out of town Thanksgiving holiday visitors? Bring yourself, the family, visitors and leftovers for lunch, and let’s get outdoors and explore a hidden corner of Solano County.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A 4 to 5 mile route with 400 feet of elevation gain, including an optional ascent to a 360-degree view for the real go-getters. Hiking up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, and mountain lion country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water, snacks and those leftovers for lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. Carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call Steven at 707-474-8423.

Sat, Nov 29, 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm

Hike for exercise and the views

Lynch Canyon

Spend an autumn morning hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. Enjoy the trees, the birds, and the views of the bay. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure.

COST: The guided hike is free. Parking is $5 per motorized vehicle. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) A 4-6 mile hike at a moderate pace with occasional stops. All ages are welcome, but you must be prepared to hike at this pace on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Some travel may be off-trail. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (5) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (6) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (7) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 cash for parking. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guide in the parking lot.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger cancels the hike. Call your guide if the weather is uncertain (see below).

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated to Jim Hanser at 707-372-6090 or hanserjames@comcast.net.

Wed, Dec 03, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Fri, Dec 05, 2014 to Sun, Dec 07, 2014
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions some Fridays through Sundays now through February 15, 2015. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

The following Fridays through Sundays are when the Marsh and South Pasture Trails are closed:
  • Dec. 5 - 7
  • Dec. 12 - 14
  • Jan. 2 - 4, 2015
  • Jan. 23 - 25
  • Feb. 6 - 8
  • Feb. 13 - 15

Sat, Dec 06, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Sun, Dec 07, 2014
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour featuring resident and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey.

Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these Solano Land Trust birds of prey hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested. He distinguishes a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk and a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances. He is known to demonstrate the wing beat movements and wing configuration patterns of different species by using his spread arms.

COST: $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration required (see below).

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for a slow-to-moderate pace covering about 4 miles. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (5) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (6) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (7) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 cash for parking. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guides in the parking lot before 10am.

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION. Space is limited. Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

Fri, Dec 12, 2014 to Sun, Dec 14, 2014
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions some Fridays through Sundays now through February 15, 2015. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

The following Fridays through Sundays are when the Marsh and South Pasture Trails are closed:
  • Dec. 12 - 14
  • Jan. 2 - 4, 2015
  • Jan. 23 - 25
  • Feb. 6 - 8
  • Feb. 13 - 15

Sat, Dec 13, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon (2nd Saturday of most months)

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:
  • Ages 12 and up are welcome.  Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass.
  • Tools are provided.
 
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog).
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Dec 19, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Dec 20, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

10:00am – 2:00pm

Fall into Winter Birding Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join Solano Land Trust volunteers on this last day of fall for a hiking tour featuring resident and over-wintering birds, especially birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey and migratory songbirds.

COST: The hike is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for a slow-to-moderate pace covering about 4 miles. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (5) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (6) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (7) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 cash for parking. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guides in the parking lot before 10am.

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION. An RSVP is requested (not required) to Mary Beth at mbcrittendon@comcast.net or (707) 685-5908.

Thu, Jan 01, 2015
9:30am – 1:30pm

New Year's Day Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Start the new year with a quick-paced hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley.  Enjoy great views of oak woodlands while getting in shape! This guided power hike is led by docents Cathy and Richard Christo.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A quick pace with a few short breaks hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, and mountain lion country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes are recommended. (5) Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera are also recommended.

MEETING PLACE: Meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. Carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain cancels. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended online at conta.cc/1srPai4 or by calling Cathy at 707-745-1913.

Fri, Jan 02, 2015 to Sun, Jan 04, 2015
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions some Fridays through Sundays now through February 15, 2015. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

The following Fridays through Sundays are when the Marsh and South Pasture Trails are closed:
  • Jan. 2 - 4
  • Jan. 23 - 25
  • Feb. 6 - 8
  • Feb. 13 - 15

Sat, Jan 03, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Wed, Jan 07, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Jan 10, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification Workshop and Hike

Rush Ranch

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, and a book review. 

Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Each fall and winter season he offers tours on Solano Land Trust lands. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who gives beginning and experienced birders easy ways to identify year-round and migratory raptors. He shares useful handouts on raptor information and identification, and brochures on where to spot them. 

COST: $10 per person. Space is limited. Advance registration required (see below). 

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The presentation will take place indoors from 10am to approximately noon. Following a brief social break and time for a snack, Larry will lead a short but steep hike up Suisun Hill where participants will observe eagles, falcons and hawks and test their new identification skills. 

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Binoculars. (2) Snacks or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog and rain). (6) Also recommended: Camera and hiking sticks.

MEETING PLACE: Meet at the Rush Ranch Nature Center by 10am. DIRECTIONS.

WEATHER PLAN: The workshop will take place rain or shine. Rain may shorten or cancel the afternoon hike.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

Fri, Jan 16, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Jan 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Fri, Jan 23, 2015 to Sun, Jan 25, 2015
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions some Fridays through Sundays now through February 15, 2015. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

The following Fridays through Sundays are when the Marsh and South Pasture Trails are closed:
  • Jan. 23 - 25
  • Feb. 6 - 8
  • Feb. 13 - 15

Wed, Feb 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Fri, Feb 06, 2015 to Sun, Feb 08, 2015
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions some Fridays through Sundays now through February 15, 2015. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

The following Fridays through Sundays are when the Marsh and South Pasture Trails are closed:
  • Feb. 6 - 8
  • Feb. 13 - 15

Sat, Feb 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Fri, Feb 13, 2015 to Sun, Feb 15, 2015
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails are closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Mar 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Mar 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Sun, Mar 08, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour featuring resident and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey.

Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these Solano Land Trust birds of prey hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested. He distinguishes a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk and a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances. He is known to demonstrate the wing beat movements and wing configuration patterns of different species by using his spread arms.

COST: $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration required (see below).

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for a slow-to-moderate pace covering about 4 miles. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (5) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (6) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (7) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 cash for parking. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guides in the parking lot before 10am.

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION. Space is limited. Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

Fri, Mar 20, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Mar 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sun, Mar 22, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification Workshop and Hike

Rush Ranch

 

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, and a book review.

Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Each fall and winter season he offers tours on Solano Land Trust lands. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who gives beginning and experienced birders easy ways to identify year-round and migratory raptors. He shares useful handouts on raptor information and identification, and brochures on where to spot them.

COST: $10 per person. Space is limited. Advance registration required (see below).

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The presentation will take place indoors from 10am to approximately noon. Following a brief social break and time for a snack, Larry will lead a short but steep hike up Suisun Hill where participants will observe eagles, falcons and hawks and test their new identification skills.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Binoculars. (2) Snacks or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog and rain). (6) Also recommended: Camera and hiking sticks.

MEETING PLACE: Meet at the Rush Ranch Nature Center by 10am. DIRECTIONS.

WEATHER PLAN: The workshop will take place rain or shine. Rain may shorten or cancel the afternoon hike.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

Wed, Apr 01, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Apr 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Apr 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, May 02, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Wed, May 06, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Fri, May 15, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, May 16, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Jun 03, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Jun 06, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Jul 01, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Jul 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

7:00pm – 11:15pm

Moooonlight and Fireworks Hike

Lynch Canyon

Save the date! It's our 4th annual July 4 fireworks viewing hike on the Bay Area Ridge Trail.

COST: $10. All proceeds help Solano Land Trust permanently protect natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connect our community to these lands.

REGISTRATION: Registration is not open yet.

Photo by Steven Chun

Fri, Jul 17, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Jul 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Aug 01, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Wed, Aug 05, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Aug 15, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Fri, Aug 21, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Wed, Sep 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Sep 05, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Fri, Sep 18, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Sep 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Oct 03, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Wed, Oct 07, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Fri, Oct 16, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Nov 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

1001 Texas St, Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533 *(Unless notified otherwise)

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting can do so during the public session.

Sat, Nov 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Ranch Crew at Rush Ranch (1st Saturday of most months)

Rush Ranch

Help care for Rush Ranch through maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Ages 12 and up are welcome. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Tools are provided.
WHAT TO BRING:
  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Heavy work gloves.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from sun, wind, and fog.
  • Optional: bug repellent.

RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can bring enough tools.

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by Jim Walsh and/or James Chang, both expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Reaching the trailhead may require driving 1.5 miles on rough gravel road. This may not be suitable for all vehicles. (3) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and poison oak. (There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground.) (4) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the ranches are otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (11) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water. (2) Snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

WEATHER PLAN: Only very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Jim Walsh at 916-870-4824 or james.walsh@landcare.com.

Fri, Nov 20, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (3rd Friday of most months)

Location varies

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Nov 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturdays - timing & activities vary)

Rush Ranch

Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather.

November through March: The blacksmith shop remains open for visitors! The wagons are in storage for the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather.

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm).

September: Same as above, except no horse-drawn wagon rides. (The horses are away, performing at the Draft Horse Classic!)

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks or picnic lunch, bug repellent. Be prepared for variable weather by bringing layered clothes, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Optional: binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The horse stables are along the entrance road, before you reach the barn. The blacksmith shop and Native American display are in the gravel courtyard, just west of the barn. The guided walk begins in the brick courtyard, also just west of the barn.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.