Solano Land Trust Events

Below you'll find fun activities for you, your friends, and your family. These include guided hikes and volunteer opportunities every month, as well as special events like our annual Rush Ranch Open House, Lynch Canyon Kite Festival, and Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike. See each event's listing below for important details, including registration information, what to be prepared for, what to bring, and where to meet. Many of our events are free and others low cost thanks to the support of our members and volunteers. Enjoy!

Click below for event flyers: 

Fri, Feb 05, 2016 to Sun, Feb 07, 2016
  

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 28, 2016. 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. 5 - 7
  • Feb. 26 - 28

Sat, Feb 06, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science - Planting!

Vallejo Swett Ranch

Please note: This volunteer opportunity may be full. Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org to clarify. 

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know. The plan for this particular day: Restoration planting. We will be planting shrubs and trees in a small riparian area and at disturbed construction areas at the Vallejo Swett Pond #5. About 25 trees will get large cages.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Contact Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or sue@solanolandtrust.org. Meeting place directions provided upon registration.

9:00am – 1:00pm

30th Anniversary Hike Exclusively for Members & Business Partners of Solano Land Trust

The King-Swett Ranches

2016 is Solano Land Trust's 30th Anniversary!

Solano Land Trust Members and Business Partners are invited to celebrate with us on this special hike at the King-Swett Ranches. In the coming months we'll offer hikes for our Members and Business Partners on other properties too.

Members make a donation of $50 or more to Solano Land Trust, and Business Partners donate $1,000 or more. These tax-deductible donations enable our 501(c)3 nonprofit public-benefit organization to further our mission: protecting land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land.

Thank you, Members and Business Partners!

REGISTRATION: Sorry, registration is full. We're planning more Members and Business Partners hikes and we hope you'll be able to join us for those!

Not a Member or Business Partner yet? Become one to join future 30th Anniversary hikes!

 
 
 Photo of the King-Swett Ranches by Bud Turner

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Feb 13, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Valentine's Day Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Come celebrate Valentine's Day weekend with nature's own valentines. Learn about other local historical relationships too. Bring your own valentine along if you like! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. (2) Expect a moderate pace hiking 4 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) Appropriate for children age 5 and up if they like to hike. Children must be accompanied by an adult. (4) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the preserve is 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, rattlesnake, mountain lion, poison oak, and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Layered clothes and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at Rockville Trails Preserve, please meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red barn with "Ice House" printed on its side, located 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 "Ice House" lettering. A Rockville Trails Preserve docent will be there to greet you. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead. Map: goo.gl/maps/y6Zrc.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call John at 707-718-3498 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at conta.cc/1ZPXRbq.

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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm

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.

In February:

  • 10am-1pm: Blacksmithing: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop. Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake.
  • 10am-Noon: Science Discovery Labs: Learning stations will be set-up with engaging science and engineering activities for families.
  • Noon-1pm: Guided Walk alongside the Tidal Marsh: Rush Ranch is locally loved and nationally famous. Learn why scientists across the country get so excited about the tidal marsh at Rush Ranch, and why the natural mixing of saltwater and freshwater in the marsh is so good for people and the plants and animals that call Rush Ranch home. Up to one mile.
  • 11am-1pm: Weather permitting, ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride; the wagons are specially-designed with a wheelchair lift.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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 CouncilAccess AdventureNapa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Mon, Feb 22, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Winter's Day Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Enjoy this winter's day outdoors! Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. (2) All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. 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, mountain lion, poison oak, and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Layered clothes and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at Rockville Trails Preserve, please meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red barn with "Ice House" printed on its side, located 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 "Ice House" lettering. A Rockville Trails Preserve docent will be there to greet you. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead. Map: goo.gl/maps/y6Zrc.

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain cancels. Call if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at conta.cc/1S8oP8e.

Fri, Feb 26, 2016 to Sun, Feb 28, 2016
  

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Valley Trail

Rush Ranch

The Marsh and South Pasture Trails will be closed to the public due to seasonal use restrictions Friday through Sunday, February 26 through February 28, 2016. Please enjoy the Suisun Hill Trail and all other facilities at Rush Ranch during this time.

Sun, Feb 28, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm

Eagles, Hawks and Other Birds of Prey Hikes

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and team for a hiking tour featuring resident, migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. Broderick is a gifted and entertaining teacher who brings over 25 years of experience researching, rescuing and rehabilitating raptors. Learn about these majestic birds, including where they go, what they do, and how to distinguish different species based on their looks, behaviors, and the ways they fly. Birds of prey we've seen on past hikes include Golden and Bald Eagles, Rough-legged, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned and Ferruginous Hawks, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, and other more common raptor species.

COST:

  • $10 per person for the guided hike (payable when registering). All proceeds help Solano Land Trust protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land.
  • $6 per motorized vehicle (self pay system in parking lot, cash or check only), or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.

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. Expect to hike off-trail for extended periods of time. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one outhouse, 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, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $6 cash or check 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: Binoculars, camera, hiking sticks, bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call Larry at 707-791-0335 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at conta.cc/1PxaxPd.

Wed, Mar 02, 2016
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 05, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Sun, Mar 06, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm

Eagles, Hawks and other Birds of Prey Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and team for a hiking tour featuring resident, migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. Broderick is a gifted and entertaining teacher who brings over 25 years of experience researching, rescuing and rehabilitating raptors. Learn about these majestic birds, including where they go, what they do, and how to distinguish different species based on their looks, behaviors, and the ways they fly. Birds of prey we've seen on past hikes include Golden and Bald Eagles, Rough-legged, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned and Ferruginous Hawks, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, and other more common raptor species.

COST:

  • $10 per person for the guided hike (payable when registering). All proceeds help Solano Land Trust protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land.
  • $6 per motorized vehicle (self pay system in parking lot, cash or check only), or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.

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. Expect to hike off-trail for extended periods of time. (2) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (3) There is no drinking water. (4) There is one outhouse, 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, poison oak, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $6 cash or check 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: Binoculars, camera, hiking sticks, bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call Larry at 707-791-0335 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at conta.cc/1SxNTUF.

Fri, Mar 11, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Mar 12, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sun, Mar 13, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sat, Mar 19, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Workshop & Hike

Rush Ranch

Join Larry Broderick for an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat protection and restoration, and a book review. Then enjoy a guided hike to practice your new identification skills!

Broderick is a gifted and entertaining teacher who brings over 25 years of experience researching, rescuing and rehabilitating raptors. Learn about these majestic birds, including where they go, what they do, and how to distinguish different species based on their looks, behaviors, and the ways they fly. 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 for the workshop and guided hike (payable when registering). All proceeds help Solano Land Trust protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) The presentation will take place indoors from 1pm to approximately 3pm. Following a brief social break and time for a snack, Larry will lead a short but steep hike up Suisun Hill where participants may observe eagles, falcons and hawks and test their new identification skills. Suisun Hill Trail is about one mile of rugged, steep, and slippery terrain, full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (2) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range cattle. (3) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (4) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Binoculars. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (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. Optional: Bug repellent.

MEETING PLACE: Meet in the Rush Ranch Nature Center for the workshop. Click here for directions.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call Larry at 707-791-0335 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at conta.cc/1jzqB4k.

Sun, Mar 20, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sat, Mar 26, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sun, Mar 27, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sat, Apr 02, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sun, Apr 03, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Wed, Apr 06, 2016
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, Apr 08, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Apr 09, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

12:00pm – 4:00pm

8th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival

Lynch Canyon

Bay breezes, grassy hills and open fields make for ideal kite-flying conditions at Lynch Canyon.  Learn more about kite-flying at www.kite.org and www.nationalkitemonth.org.

COST:

  • The festival is free! 
  • Parking is $6 (cash or check), or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages and ability levels are welcome! (2) Dogs are not allowed (to protect wildlife, rare plants, and free-range cattle). (3) Expect rough, uneven ground. (4) Expect cow manure as this is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) There is one outhouse. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (8) 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) A kite. (2) Drinking water. (3) A picnic lunch. (4) Protection from sun and wind. (5) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (6) $6 cash or check for parking. (7) Your friends and family! 

MEETING PLACE: The grassy field for kite-flying is right beside the parking lot. Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. 

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up! If you have questions, contact Natalie at 707-432-0150 ext. 203 or volunteer@solanolandtrust.org.


 Photo by Dave Reider

Sun, Apr 10, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sat, Apr 16, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sun, Apr 17, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sat, Apr 23, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sun, Apr 24, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sat, Apr 30, 2016
  

26th Annual Rush Ranch Open House

Rush Ranch

This is your once-a-year opportunity to feast on burgers and hot dogs hot-off-the-grill; shop for jewelry, art, books, crafts made of wood and metal, and other unique items; enjoy live music and square dancing; admire live animals on display including bats, birds of prey, horses, cows, and sheep; join a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh; play games and watch live demonstrations; and much, much more all in a single day. Attending the festival is free; all purchases of food, art and raffle tickets benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council.

We hope you join us! 


 Photo courtesy of the Rush Ranch Educational Council

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sun, May 01, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Wed, May 04, 2016
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, May 07, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Sun, May 08, 2016
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 12 through May 8)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 12 through May 8 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. (2) All ages are welcome. (3) It is often windy. (4) The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (3) Layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Park and meet near the outhouse. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: If your group is 5 or less, no RSVP is necessary. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at wfm-kfm@pacbell.net or 530-758-5093.

Fri, May 13, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, May 14, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, May 21, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Jun 01, 2016
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 04, 2016
8:00am 

9th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike

Lynch Canyon

Run, skip, hike or walk at the Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike!

To do the 2.5 mile community hike:
It's free! Just show up!

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run: 
Details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org
Save money by pre-registering! Register online at active.com.

  • Through 1/1 (11:59pm): 5K=$15 / 10K=$20 / Half=$30
  • 1/2 through 3/6 (11:59pm): 5K=$20 / 10K=$30 / Half=$45
  • 3/7 through 5/1 (11:59pm): 5K=$30 / 10K=$40 / Half=$55
  • 5/2 through 6/2 (11:59pm): 5K=$40 / 10K=$50 / Half=$65
  • Race Day: 5K=$50 / 10K=$60 / Half=$75

 


 
 Photo by Karlyn H. Lewis

9:00am – 1:00pm
CANCELLED

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

There won't be a hike at the King-Swett Ranches on this day because we'll all be at the Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike. We hope you join us there!

Fri, Jun 10, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Jun 11, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Jun 18, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Jul 02, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Jul 06, 2016
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, Jul 08, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Jul 09, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Jul 16, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Aug 03, 2016
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 06, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Aug 12, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Aug 13, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Aug 20, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Sep 03, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Sep 07, 2016
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, Sep 09, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Sep 10, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Sep 17, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Oct 01, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Oct 05, 2016
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, Oct 08, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Fri, Oct 14, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Oct 15, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Nov 02, 2016
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 05, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Nov 11, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Nov 12, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Nov 19, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Dec 03, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Dec 07, 2016
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 09, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Dec 10, 2016
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Dec 17, 2016
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Jan 04, 2017
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 07, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Jim Walsh and team will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. 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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip and tough soles (to prevent falls and protect from thorns). (3) Long, sturdy pants and long socks. (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), 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 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: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Jan 13, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (2nd 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) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) 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!

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

Sat, Jan 14, 2017
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.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you RSVP, free lunch!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (4) If you RSVP, tools and free lunch are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Heavy 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 that you don't mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) cancel. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP to Ken Poerner at ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277 so he can plan projects and bring enough tools and food.

Sat, Jan 21, 2017
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.

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Feb 01, 2017
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.