Solano Land Trust Events

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

No RSVP necessary, unless otherwise stated.

Tue, Dec 30, 2014
10:00am – 11:30am

Holiday Week Walk

Rush Ranch

Explore how the plants and animals of Suisun Marsh prepare for the New Year by joining this guided walk. Solano Land Trust volunteer Gayle Vaughan will lead the walk with the theme "Holiday Exploration of the Marsh."

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is a two mile amble on mostly level but uneven dirt trails around the edges of the marsh. We are likely to encounter mud, wet foliage, and slippery areas as well as free roaming cattle. Kids and adults of all ages who are able to walk this distance on this terrain are encouraged to come, release some steam and enjoy the outdoors. (2) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed on these trails. (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) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) Layered clothes that can get wet or muddy.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. Meet your guide in the brick courtyard beside the Nature Center exhibit.

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

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated to Gayle at 707-745-8322.

Thu, Jan 01, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Reflect and Re-energize

Lynch Canyon

Join us for a New Year’s Day hike to reflect and re-energize. There is no better way to start a new year than getting out in the fresh air, enjoying the changes of the season, reflecting upon your past year and dreaming up a fantastic new year. As Lynch Canyon becomes revitalized, so will you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and get ready. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: This hike will be approximately 5.5 miles. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. The trail will take us through the valley and then up onto the ridgeline. We will keep a moderate pace with plenty of breaks to catch our breath, discover the wildlife and reflect over the vistas. (3) Since Lynch Canyon is otherwise closed on this day, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (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, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guide at the entrance gate.

WEATHER PLAN: Fog is fun. Rain will cancel. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated to Marion Kastner at mewoodbury@live.com or 603-801-1210.

9:30am – 1:30pm

New Year's Day Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

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

COST: Free!

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at Rockville Trails Preserve, meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead.

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended online at conta.cc/1srPai4. For questions, call Cathy at 707-745-1913.

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

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

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

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

Sat, Jan 03, 2015
  
CANCELLED

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

Rush Ranch

No ranch crew this month. Happy New Year!

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

Wed, Jan 07, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science

Lynch Canyon

Help plant native plants!  We will be planting the western most project site on Middle Valley Trail where we planted and installed irrigation last year. This site has over 100 successful trees and shrubs from last winter's planting. We will be adding another 75 plants this year.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided. (3) This site is about a mile's hike from the parking lot. Expect to dig and bend, walk on slopes and on uneven ground.

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!

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call Sue if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required to Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org, 707-432-0150 x207, or 707-590-0307.

Thu, Jan 08, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science

Lynch Canyon

Help plant native plants! We will be planting the western most project site on Middle Valley Trail where we planted and installed irrigation last year. This site has over 100 successful trees and shrubs from last winter's planting. We will be adding another 75 plants this year.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided. (3) This site is about a mile's hike from the parking lot. Expect to dig and bend, walk on slopes and on uneven ground.

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!

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call Sue if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required to Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org, 707-432-0150 x207, or 707-590-0307.

Sat, Jan 10, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Hike for Exercise and the Views

Rockville Trails Preserve

Hike through beautiful California oaks on this winter morning with Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Hanser. Get some exercise on the hills, appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys, and listen to the music of the birds and squirrels.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) A 4-6 mile hike at a moderate pace. All ages are welcome, but you must be prepared to hike at this pace on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. 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, and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip. (3) Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. (4) You may also want to bring gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at Rockville Trails Preserve, meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead.

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

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated online at conta.cc/1vOqaVT. For questions, call Jim at 707-372-6090.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification Workshop and Hike

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) The presentation will take place indoors from 10am to approximately noon. Following a brief social break and time for a snack, Larry will lead a short but steep hike up Suisun Hill where participants will observe eagles, falcons and hawks and test their new identification skills. (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 tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog and rain). (6) Also recommended: Camera and hiking sticks.

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

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

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

Fri, Jan 16, 2015
  
CANCELLED

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: CITIZEN SCIENCE FRIDAY (3RD FRIDAY OF MOST MONTHS)

LOCATION VARIES

No citizen science on this day. Search for "citizen science" to find other dates you can help us this winter.

Sat, Jan 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Mon, Jan 19, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Holiday Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: An intermediate to strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. 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, and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip. (3) Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) You may also want to bring gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, 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 "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. A Rockville Trails Preserve docent will be there to greet you. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead.

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended online at conta.cc/1rTOOGH. For questions, call Cathy at 707-745-1913.

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Flooded with Science and Seawater: A guided nature walk along the edge of Suisun Marsh during the King Tide

Rush Ranch

Take a pause on Martin Luther King Day to learn about science while walking on the edge of Rush Ranch’s wild wetland. Join scientist and educator Sarah Ferner from San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a short walk near the edge of Suisun Marsh during one of the highest high tides of the year – a King Tide. Nature should put on a quietly beautiful show as the rising tide slowly floods the marsh. We will learn about Rush Ranch’s tidal marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what King Tides can teach us about sea level rise.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This event is primarily for adults, though interested young people are welcome. (2) Please dress appropriately for winter weather, including walking on trails that will likely be wet or muddy and standing still in windy conditions. (3) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed on these trails. (4) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (5) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) Layered clothes that can get wet or muddy. (5) Also recommended: Bring binoculars to get a closer view of things. Bring your camera to participate in California King Tide Initiative’s citizen science photo monitoring.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. Meet at the Rush Ranch Nature Center.

WEATHER PLAN: The walk will proceed rain or shine because stormy weather creates an even more interesting scene! (A very heavy storm may cancel.)

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is required online at goo.gl/Gx3ma3.

Thu, Jan 22, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science

Lynch Canyon

Help plant native plants! We will be planting about 100 plants, acorns and other seeds in the tributary area and the banks of the creek at sites just after the Lynch Road split on Middle Valley. We will be installing Driwater along with planting.

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) Tools are provided. (3) This site is about a 0.5 mile hike from the parking lot. (4) Expect to dig and bend, walk on slopes and on uneven ground.

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!

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may cancel. Call Sue if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required to Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org, 707-432-0150 x207, or 707-590-0307.

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

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

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

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

Sat, Jan 24, 2015
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Bees, Bees, Bees! Why are bees so vital? How can we attract them and help them prosper?

Rush Ranch

Dr. Robbin Thorp, UC Davis Professor Emeritus, will make an appearance to share his extensive knowledge of California's native bees, discuss their importance as crop pollinators, and encourage participants to create habitats that foster growth of bee populations on farms and in gardens.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: This is an indoor lecture that could last up to two hours.

WHAT TO BRING: No need to bring anything.

MEETING PLACE: Rush Ranch Nature Center. Click here for directions.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or shine.

REGISTRATION: None—show up early though because space is limited.

Tue, Jan 27, 2015 to Fri, Jan 30, 2015
  

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science

Lynch Canyon

Help plant native plants!  Details to come.

Tue, Feb 03, 2015 to Sat, Mar 07, 2015
  

Volunteer Opportunity: Become a Jepson Prairie Docent

Training classes in Davis & field trips at Jepson Prairie

Become a Jepson Prairie Docent by attending a series of trainings on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings in February and early March. Learn about vernal pools and the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Then you'll be part of the docent team that offers tours of Jepson Prairie from mid-March to early May. Details to come.

Wed, Feb 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

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

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

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

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

Sat, Feb 07, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Hike for Exercise and the Views

Rockville Trails Preserve

Hike through beautiful California oaks on this winter morning with Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Hanser. Get some exercise on the hills, appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys, and listen to the music of the birds and squirrels.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. (2) A 4-6 mile hike at a moderate pace. All ages are welcome, but you must be prepared to hike at this pace on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. 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, and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip. (3) Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. (4) You may also want to bring gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, 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 "Ice House" building on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. A Rockville Trails Preserve docent will be there to greet you. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead. Click here for a map.

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

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated online at conta.cc/1w2I0I8. For questions, call Jim at 707-372-6090.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

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

Closed: Marsh Trail & South Pasture Trail

Rush Ranch

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

Sat, Feb 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

10:00am – 2:00pm

Valentine's Day Birdwatching Hike / SF Bay Flyway Festival

Lynch Canyon

Love is in the skies!  Join Solano Land Trust volunteers for a Valentine's Day hiking tour featuring resident and over-wintering birds, especially birds of prey.  The birds can get romantic this time of year.  Resident species are preparing for nesting season, and winged winter visitors are anxious to be on their way back north to their breeding grounds. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey and migratory songbirds. This hike is offered as part of the 19th annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Feb 20, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Feb 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Mar 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Mar 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

Sun, Mar 08, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sat, Mar 14, 2015 to Sun, May 10, 2015
  

Wildflowers and Water Critters Walk

Jepson Prairie

Join a guided walk to explore Jepson Prairie Preserve – one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Learn about vernal pools and the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. We expect to offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to noon from mid-March to early May. Details to come.

Sat, Mar 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Mar 20, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Mar 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sun, Mar 22, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification Workshop and Hike

Rush Ranch

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, Apr 01, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Apr 04, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Sat, Apr 11, 2015
  

Kite Festival

Lynch Canyon

Save the date for Lynch Canyon's 7th annual Kite Festival!

COST: The festival is free! Parking is $5, 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.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Details to come.

Photo by Dave Reider

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Apr 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Apr 25, 2015
  

Open House

Rush Ranch

Save the date for Rush Ranch's 25th annual Open House!

COST: Free!

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Details to come.

Photo courtesy of the Rush Ranch Educational Council

Sat, May 02, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

Wed, May 06, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, May 09, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, May 15, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, May 16, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Jun 03, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Jun 06, 2015
  

Trail Run & Community Hike

Lynch Canyon

Save the date for Lynch Canyon's 8th annual Trail Run & Community Hike! Learn more at lynchcanyontrailrun.org. Details to come.

Photo by Karlyn H. Lewis

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Sat, Jun 13, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Jul 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

7:00pm – 11:15pm

Moooonlight and Fireworks Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

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

REGISTRATION: Registration is not open yet.

Photo by Steven Chun

Sat, Jul 11, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Jul 17, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jul 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Aug 01, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Aug 05, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Aug 08, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Aug 15, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Fri, Aug 21, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Wed, Sep 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Sep 05, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 12, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Sep 18, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Sat, Oct 03, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Oct 07, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Oct 10, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Oct 16, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Nov 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Nov 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Nov 20, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Nov 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

Wed, Dec 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Dec 05, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) 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 (to protect from thorns and poison oak). (4) Layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect from thorns and poison oak), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) 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 sun, wind, and fog. (7) Optional: bug repellent.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Ken if the weather is uncertain.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Sat, Dec 12, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Ages 12 and up are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. (2) When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. (3) Tools 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.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Dec 18, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Dec 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  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, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.