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.

Fri, Aug 22, 2014
7:00pm 

Astronomy Night

Rush Ranch

Join local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell for a night of adventure with our skies. It begins at 7pm with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center, followed by telescope viewing after dark.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Children are very welcome! (2) Telescopes will be on hand, with their owners ready to guide you as you check out what they are focused on. (3) Personal scopes and binoculars are welcome, but you need to be familiar with the set up of your scope. (4) To protect viewers' night vision, flashlights should be covered with red cellophane, and latecomers are asked to dim their headlights.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Warm clothing, as it can get chilly after dark. (2) Mosquito repellent.

MEETING PLACE: The presentation is in the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Telescope viewing is in the gravel courtyard. Click here for directions.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up! For more information, call Karen at 707-689-2639 or Mary at 707-422-4491.

Brought to you by the Rush Ranch Educational Council, in partnership with Solano Land Trust.

Sat, Aug 23, 2014
8:30am – 1:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: "Ranger for a Day"

Downtown Vallejo

Solano Land Trust volunteers are invited to help staff an urban Ranger Station recently opened in downtown Vallejo as part of Visions of the Wild. The Station is an information center for public lands, near and far, with the purpose of introducing urban residents to the parks and forests that belong to all Americans. While the Station is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, it offers information and maps about all lands that are public and/or open to the public, including those managed by cities, counties, states, other federal agencies, and local land trusts. In that spirit, it has been staffed every Saturday by representatives from a variety of organizations, including the Fish & Wildlife Service, Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Student Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, and other conservation groups and land managing agencies, in addition to employees of the Forest Service.

Volunteers are needed on Saturdays between now and September 6. The Station is very busy on Saturdays, and visitors ask lots of questions about lands that Solano Land Trust owns and manages. They would love to have someone there behind the counter to talk about opportunities to visit Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, and Solano Land Trust's other lands. This is a great way to increase Solano Land Trust’s visibility in the community!

RSVP: To volunteer as "ranger for a day", contact lead urban ranger Meriel Melendrez at merieljoan@gmail.com with the date and time you are available. The Ranger Station is seeking a representative from Solano Land Trust every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm, now through September 6. You can be "ranger for a day" for the whole 5-hour shift, or for a 2.5-hour shift (8:30-11am or 11am-1:30pm).

LOCATION: The urban Ranger Station is located at 419 Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo.

8:30am – 12:30pm

Hike & Enjoy Nature

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join docents Richard and Cathy Christo for a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. We'll take a few short breaks to enjoy the views and catch our breath. Enjoy this beautiful open space while getting in shape! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is 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) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A quick pace with a few short breaks hiking 4-5 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, and mountain lion country.

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather (e.g., heavy rain or red flag conditions) may cancel. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call Cathy at 707-745-1913.

Sat, Aug 30, 2014
8:30am – 1:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: "Ranger for a Day"

Downtown Vallejo

Solano Land Trust volunteers are invited to help staff an urban Ranger Station recently opened in downtown Vallejo as part of Visions of the Wild. The Station is an information center for public lands, near and far, with the purpose of introducing urban residents to the parks and forests that belong to all Americans. While the Station is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, it offers information and maps about all lands that are public and/or open to the public, including those managed by cities, counties, states, other federal agencies, and local land trusts. In that spirit, it has been staffed every Saturday by representatives from a variety of organizations, including the Fish & Wildlife Service, Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Student Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, and other conservation groups and land managing agencies, in addition to employees of the Forest Service.

Volunteers are needed on Saturdays between now and September 6. The Station is very busy on Saturdays, and visitors ask lots of questions about lands that Solano Land Trust owns and manages. They would love to have someone there behind the counter to talk about opportunities to visit Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, and Solano Land Trust's other lands. This is a great way to increase Solano Land Trust’s visibility in the community!

RSVP: To volunteer as "ranger for a day", contact lead urban ranger Meriel Melendrez at merieljoan@gmail.com with the date and time you are available. The Ranger Station is seeking a representative from Solano Land Trust every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm, now through September 6. You can be "ranger for a day" for the whole 5-hour shift, or for a 2.5-hour shift (8:30-11am or 11am-1:30pm).

LOCATION: The urban Ranger Station is located at 419 Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo.

8:30am – 12:30pm

Hike for exercise and enjoy the views

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join docent Jim Hanser for a chance to hike in beautiful country. Pass a wide variety of oaks, listen to the birds, and enjoy views of the valleys below. Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is 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) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A moderate pace with occasional stops hiking 4-5 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, and mountain lion country.

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather (e.g., heavy rain or red flag conditions) may cancel. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call Jim at 707-372-6090.

Wed, Sep 03, 2014 to Sat, Sep 06, 2014
  

Visions of the Wild

Downtown Vallejo & local wildlands

Join Solano Land Trust and partners for Visions of the Wild: A Festival Connecting Nature, Culture & Community.

What is your vision of the wild? Whether it's bird watching in your local park or backpacking through remote forest, wildness is where you find it.

The Visions of the Wild festival marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act and will feature local artwork depicting the wildness of nature. There will be author talks, a film series, art showings, panel discussions and field trips highlighting both wilderness and local wildlands. The festival will take place in Vallejo, a city known for its cultural and natural diversity and vibrant arts community. With the help of many public and private partners, the festival will spotlight the anniversary of the historic legislation that preserves and protects wilderness areas across the American landscape.

The Visions of the Wild festival celebrates these magnificent public lands and invites you to find wildness wherever you live.

Join us!  visionsofthewild.org

Wed, Sep 03, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Sep 06, 2014
8:30am – 1:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: "Ranger for a Day"

Downtown Vallejo

Solano Land Trust volunteers are invited to help staff an urban Ranger Station recently opened in downtown Vallejo as part of Visions of the Wild. The Station is an information center for public lands, near and far, with the purpose of introducing urban residents to the parks and forests that belong to all Americans. While the Station is hosted by the U.S. Forest Service, it offers information and maps about all lands that are public and/or open to the public, including those managed by cities, counties, states, other federal agencies, and local land trusts. In that spirit, it has been staffed every Saturday by representatives from a variety of organizations, including the Fish & Wildlife Service, Friends of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the Student Conservation Association, the Sierra Club, and other conservation groups and land managing agencies, in addition to employees of the Forest Service.

Volunteers are needed on Saturdays between now and September 6. The Station is very busy on Saturdays, and visitors ask lots of questions about lands that Solano Land Trust owns and manages. They would love to have someone there behind the counter to talk about opportunities to visit Lynch Canyon, Rush Ranch, and Solano Land Trust's other lands. This is a great way to increase Solano Land Trust’s visibility in the community!

RSVP: To volunteer as "ranger for a day", contact lead urban ranger Meriel Melendrez at merieljoan@gmail.com with the date and time you are available. The Ranger Station is seeking a representative from Solano Land Trust every Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm, now through September 6. You can be "ranger for a day" for the whole 5-hour shift, or for a 2.5-hour shift (8:30-11am or 11am-1:30pm).

LOCATION: The urban Ranger Station is located at 419 Georgia Street in downtown Vallejo.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Where the Wild Things Are

King-Swett Ranches

Explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo—known as the King-Swett Ranches—as part of Visions of the Wild: A Festival Connecting Nature, Culture & Community. You'll be led by Jim Walsh, an expert Solano Land Trust guide who knows this area inside out. He'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) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Click here to sign up.

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Walk on the Wild Side

Lynch Canyon

Take a walk on the wild side at Lynch Canyon as part of Visions of the Wild: A Festival Connecting Nature, Culture & Community. Your guide, Natalie DuMont, will encourage you to use all your senses to explore and observe this wild land. What sounds will we become aware of when our eyes are closed? How many pollinators will we notice out and about? What clues will wildlife leave behind to tell us who they are and what they eat? Come find out!

COST: The guided walk is free! Parking is $5 per motorized vehicle.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages are welcome. This will be a very slow-paced hike with frequent stops, covering 2 miles or less. The route may include 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 with good tread. (4) Layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Long, sturdy pants are recommended. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (6) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, a camera, and a magnifying glass.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain or red flag conditions)—call Natalie at 415-517-2624 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Click here to sign up.

Sat, Sep 13, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Sep 19, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 20, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: California Coastal Cleanup Day

Hill Slough Bridge, near Rush Ranch

We all depend on clean water, and we can all make a difference. Trash on our streets and in our waterways often ends up in the ocean. That's bad for people and bad for marine life. Find out why and what we can do about it by watching this video.

Be a part of the localstate, and international effort to make trash extinct! The third Saturday of September is California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup throughout the state. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the state's largest volunteer event. In 2013, over 58,000 volunteers removed almost 750,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.

There are dozens of waterway cleanup sites in Solano County for our creeks, rivers, marshes and bay. Solano Land Trust's site is Hill Slough, part of the Suisun Marsh that borders Rush Ranch.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: Lots of bending and lifting as you pick up trash and recyclables.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Work gloves, waterproof if possible. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Waterproof boots if you have them. Otherwise 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. Again, waterproof if possible. (6) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (7) Also recommended: bug repellent.

MEETING PLACE: Meet at 9am at Hill Slough Bridge. Click here for a map. It's the first bridge you cross on Grizzly Island Road coming from Highway 12. It lies about 1 mile south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection, and about 1 mile north of the entrance to Rush Ranch.

WEATHER PLAN: This is a rain or shine event!

RSVP (appreciated but not required): Ken Poerner, ken@solanolandtrust.org or 707-580-6277. 

10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sun, Sep 21, 2014
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

Today’s hike launches our eighth season of birds of prey tours and workshops on Land Trust properties! Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour featuring resident, migrating 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. 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 or red flag conditions). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.

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

Sat, Sep 27, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

Hike for exercise and enjoy the views

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join docent Jim Hanser for a chance to hike in beautiful country. Pass a wide variety of oaks, listen to the birds, and enjoy views of the valleys below. Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is 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) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A moderate pace with occasional stops hiking 4-5 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, and mountain lion country.

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather (e.g., heavy rain or red flag conditions) may cancel. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call Jim at 707-372-6090.

7:00pm 

Astronomy Night

Rush Ranch

Join local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell for a night of adventure with our skies. It begins at 7pm with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center, followed by telescope viewing after dark.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Children are very welcome! (2) Telescopes will be on hand, with their owners ready to guide you as you check out what they are focused on. (3) Personal scopes and binoculars are welcome, but you need to be familiar with the set up of your scope. (4) To protect viewers' night vision, flashlights should be covered with red cellophane, and latecomers are asked to dim their headlights.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Warm clothing, as it can get chilly after dark. (2) Mosquito repellent.

MEETING PLACE: The presentation is in the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Telescope viewing is in the gravel courtyard. Click here for directions.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up! For more information, call Karen at 707-689-2639 or Mary at 707-422-4491.

Brought to you by the Rush Ranch Educational Council, in partnership with Solano Land Trust.

Wed, Oct 01, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Oct 04, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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, Oct 11, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Oct 17, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Oct 18, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

Trails and Tales-From Cobblestones to Counterfeiters

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join docent John McVicar for a moderate hike. He'll share stories and lore about the local human history—from Patwin Native American projectile points to pioneer rock walls—along the way.

COST: Free!

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather (e.g., heavy rain or red flag conditions) may cancel. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call John at 707-718-3498.
 

10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sun, Oct 19, 2014
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour featuring resident, migrating 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. 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 or red flag conditions). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.

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

Fri, Oct 24, 2014
7:00pm 

Astronomy Night

Rush Ranch

Join local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell for a night of adventure with our skies. It begins at 7pm with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center, followed by telescope viewing after dark.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Children are very welcome! (2) Telescopes will be on hand, with their owners ready to guide you as you check out what they are focused on. (3) Personal scopes and binoculars are welcome, but you need to be familiar with the set up of your scope. (4) To protect viewers' night vision, flashlights should be covered with red cellophane, and latecomers are asked to dim their headlights.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Warm clothing, as it can get chilly after dark. (2) Mosquito repellent.

MEETING PLACE: The presentation is in the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Telescope viewing is in the gravel courtyard. Click here for directions.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up! For more information, call Karen at 707-689-2639 or Mary at 707-422-4491.

Brought to you by the Rush Ranch Educational Council, in partnership with Solano Land Trust.

Sat, Nov 01, 2014
  

Volunteer Opportunity: REI - Ridge Trail Service Day at Rockville Trails Preserve

Rockville Trails Preserve

Rockville Trails Preserve has been selected as a site for the 7th annual REI - Ridge Trail Service Day.  The goal of this service day is to build and improve the Ridge Trail.

Save the date! Details and registration information to come.

9:00am – 12:00pm
CANCELLED

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

Rush Ranch

No volunteer day at Rush Ranch today. Please join us for the REI - Ridge Trail Service Day at Rockville Trails Preserve instead!

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) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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, Nov 05, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Nov 08, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Nov 15, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Fri, Nov 21, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Wed, Dec 03, 2014
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Dec 06, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Sun, Dec 07, 2014
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

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

COST: $10 per person. 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. Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

Sat, Dec 13, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Dec 19, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Dec 20, 2014
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

10:00am – 2:00pm

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

Sat, Jan 03, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Wed, Jan 07, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Fri, Jan 16, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jan 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, 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 are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Feb 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Fri, Feb 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 Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Mar 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Mar 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Fri, 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 Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, 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 are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Apr 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Apr 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, May 02, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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 are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

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 Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Jun 03, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Jun 06, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Jul 01, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Jul 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Fri, 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 Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Aug 01, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

Our land is our future, so jump in with your boots on! Rush Ranch is over 2,000 acres of tidal marsh and upland grasses. Help maintain it through trail maintenance, construction, litter removal, and other improvement projects.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

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

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

NOTE: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below) to the trailhead. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: A fast pace hiking 4-6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. There are very few trails and those that do exist are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and off-trail travel. (3) These are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the ranches are 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, 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 tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet 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). (Jim has a white "TruGreen" pickup truck.) Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there.

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

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

Wed, Aug 05, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

The Solano Land Trust monthly Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, excluding January, July and December. The general public is welcome to attend board meetings, with the exception of closed agenda items. Any parties wishing to speak at a board meeting are encouraged to contact the Administrative Assistant at (707) 432-0150 ext 201 to be put on the agenda.

Sat, Aug 15, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush (3rd Saturday of every month – timing and activities may 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 and activities vary month-to-month.

April through October: Volunteer-run activities may include a guided walk alongside 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).

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.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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