Solano Land Trust Events

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

No RSVP necessary, unless otherwise stated.

Tue, Apr 22, 2014
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Earth Day Hike

Rush Ranch

Take this short guided hike to the overlook and along the marsh to observe the plants and animals here. Learn the importance of our marsh habitat and how we can protect it.  

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: This educational hike is very youth friendly and is appropriate for ages 7 to 97. The terrain is slightly uneven, mostly flat, and may be muddy.  

WHAT TO BRING: A backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain, cold). Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, camera.

COST: Free!

MEETING PLACE: Meet in the courtyard outside the Nature Center.

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy or steady rain cancels.

REGISTRATON: Space is limited.  RSVP to Gayle at 707-745-8322.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Apr 26, 2014
  
CANCELLED

Wildflowers & Water Creatures Walk

Jepson Prairie Preserve

There wasn't enough rain this winter for there to be tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve this spring. You can still visit Jepson Prairie on your own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought. Learn more about Jepson Prairie here, and more about the impact of this year's drought here.

Vernal pool wildflowers and water creatures are well adapted to survive drought, so we expect to offer tours again in the spring of 2015. See you then!

9:00am – 12:00pm

Pre-Trail-Run Practice: 7 to 8K Power Hike / Jog

Lynch Canyon

Get in shape for the Lynch Canyon Trail Run! Whether you plan to do Lynch Canyon's 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Community Hike on June 7th, this guided 7 to 8 kilometer power hike / jog will be good practice. Anyone who wants to get in shape for summer or pursue their own personal health and exercise goals is also invited.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Cash for parking ($5). (2) Plenty of water and snacks. (3) Trail-running shoes. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) There is no drinking water on the property. (2) Lynch Canyon is a working ranch—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. (3) In order to protect our natural habitats and cattle, and for your pet's safety, dogs are not allowed.

COST: The guided hike/jog is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle with all proceeds helping Solano County Parks to keep this land open and safe.

RSVP: sltvolunteers@gmail.com.

DIRECTIONS. Meet your guide, Karen, in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

10:00am – 3:00pm

24th Annual Rush Ranch Open House

Rush Ranch

Rush Ranch's open house is bursting with free fun for the whole family! This annual event is not to be missed. Enjoy live music and square dancing. Live animals on display include bats, birds of prey, horses, and cows. Scientists lead a marsh walk geared toward all ages, from 7 to 70. Interactive demonstrations include blacksmithing, Native American flute making and tool creation, wheat weaving, wool spinning, wooden cow roping, and windmill pumping. Guests can pot plants for their homes and gardens (while supplies last). Horse-drawn wagons offer tours of the ranch. The special design of the wagons and a solar-powered wheelchair lift enable those with limited mobility to experience the freedom and excitement of exploring beautiful open spaces like Rush Ranch, with highly trained horses and experienced drivers. On top of it all, children can create art while adults enjoy a local art show and silent auction, and shop for paintings, photographs and crafts to take home that same day. Raffle winners will leave with great prizes. Guests can purchase a delicious lunch, snacks and refreshments, and shop for t-shirts, patches, and handbooks.

COST: Admission and parking is free. All sale proceeds and donations support the educational programs and projects of the Rush Ranch Educational Council.

DIRECTIONS

Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

 

Sun, Apr 27, 2014
  
CANCELLED

Wildflowers and Water Creatures Walk

Jepson Prairie Preserve

There wasn't enough rain this winter for there to be tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve this spring. You can still visit Jepson Prairie on your own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought. Learn more about Jepson Prairie here, and more about the impact of this year's drought here.

Vernal pool wildflowers and water creatures are well adapted to survive drought, so we expect to offer tours again in the spring of 2015. See you then!

10:00am – 4:00pm
CANCELLED

Nature Journaling Field Trip with John Muir Laws

Lynch Canyon

Cancelled on this day—rescheduled for May 25.

Sat, May 03, 2014
  
CANCELLED

Wildflowers & Water Creatures Walk

Jepson Prairie Preserve

There wasn't enough rain this winter for there to be tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve this spring. You can still visit Jepson Prairie on your own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought. Learn more about Jepson Prairie here, and more about the impact of this year's drought here.

Vernal pool wildflowers and water creatures are well adapted to survive drought, so we expect to offer tours again in the spring of 2015. See you then!

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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

11:00am – 4:00pm

6th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival

Lynch Canyon

The ingredients needed for a perfect kite-flying experience are wind, an open grassy field, and a lack of Kiteus Eatemupus (more commonly known as kite-eating trees).

Solano County Parks and Solano Land Trust will provide these ingredients at Lynch Canyon's 6th Annual Kite Festival.

All you need to bring are your kites and your kids. It's a family-friendly event, and all ability levels are welcome.

Here are lofty reasons to fly a kite at the festival:
  • What could be more magical than colorful kites, green sweeping hills, sunshine, and family?
  • Your family can bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while watching dancing kites.
  • You'll be outdoors, getting exercise, and having fun!

People around the world have been flying kites for centuries. Kites have been used to fight evil spirits, bless harvests, carry messages, advance science, win wars, learn about wind and weather, teach kids about science, and last but not least, to bring joy. Learn more about kiting and its history, and how to get started at www.nationalkitemonth.org.

WHAT TO BRING: Water, snacks and/or a picnic lunch, kites. Optional: picnic blanket, folding chairs, etc.

DIRECTIONS

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

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

REGISTRATION: None—just show up and bring the whole family!

 

Lynch Canyon's kite festival is dedicated to its founder, Mike Rydjord (September 8, 1946 - November 2, 2013).

Sun, May 04, 2014
  
CANCELLED

Wildflowers and Water Creatures Walk

Jepson Prairie Preserve

There wasn't enough rain this winter for there to be tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve this spring. You can still visit Jepson Prairie on your own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought. Learn more about Jepson Prairie here, and more about the impact of this year's drought here.

Vernal pool wildflowers and water creatures are well adapted to survive drought, so we expect to offer tours again in the spring of 2015. See you then!

Fri, May 09, 2014
8:30am – 12:30pm

Fitness Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Take a docent-led quick paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. We will take a few short breaks to catch our breath and discuss the flora, fauna, history, and geology of this beautiful open space. Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.

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: An intermediate to strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. (3) Rockville Trails is a working ranch—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. (4) All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect our natural habitats and your pet's safety, dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and maintain a safe distance from wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes).

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks/lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain, cold). (5) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, camera.

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call Cathy if the weather is uncertain: 707-745-1913.

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

Sat, May 10, 2014
  
CANCELLED

Wildflowers & Water Creatures Walk

Jepson Prairie Preserve

There wasn't enough rain this winter for there to be tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve this spring. You can still visit Jepson Prairie on your own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought. Learn more about Jepson Prairie here, and more about the impact of this year's drought here.

Vernal pool wildflowers and water creatures are well adapted to survive drought, so we expect to offer tours again in the spring of 2015. See you then!

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.

9:30am – 1:00pm

Kayak Suisun Marsh, alongside Rush Ranch

From the Suisun City Waterfront to Rush Ranch and back

Slice through the still waters of the Suisun Marsh and explore this watery world while getting to know its inhabitants on a guided kayak tour. Your guides will be docents from Solano Land Trust. They'll show you Rush Ranch from the water, and share why it's locally loved and nationally famous.

COST: $10 per boat for the guided tour. Pay during registration. All proceeds help Solano Land Trust permanently protect natural areas, working farms, and ranchlands in Solano County and connect our community to these lands.

 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:
  • Space is limited to 10 boats (kayaks or canoes—no motorized vessels).
  • Participants must bring their own boats, and their own personal flotation devices. Personal flotation devices must be worn at all times while on the water.
  • Every boat must contain at least one person with some previous paddling experience. If you do not have paddling experience and you do not have an experienced partner to share a boat with, please take a class or otherwise gain experience before registering.
  • Those under 18 years of age are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • This is an easy to moderate paddle. Roundtrip will be less than three miles. Winds can be a factor which can then make the sloughs more challenging. Winds may cancel the tour. Please consider your skills and boat when joining this event.
  • Be able to (and be equipped for) self-rescue; ideally, bring a buddy. If anyone capsizes, they may continue the tour wet or be guided back to the Suisun waterfront.
  • No disembarking at Rush Ranch or other private property. The only time out of the boats will be putting-in/taking-out at the Suisun waterfront.
  • The guided tour will launch promptly. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for launch. Guides cannot wait for late arrivals as the tour is scheduled according to optimal tides.
 
WHAT TO BRING:
  • Kayak or canoe.
  • Paddle(s).
  • Personal flotation device with a whistle attached.
  • Plenty of water and snacks in a waterproof bag.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, fog).
  • Dress in layers so you're ready for variable weather, including a light jacket such as a windbreaker. Avoid any cotton clothing. Instead wear layers of wool, fleece, polyester or other synthetic fibers.
  • Wear waterproof boots or footwear that can get wet.
  • Towel, change of clothes, and change of shoes for the drive home.
  • Also recommended: bug repellent.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or strong wind cancels. Registrants will be contacted by the tour leader if this is the case.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Register by Thursday, May 8 online or by calling Natalie at 707-432-0150 x200.

MEETING PLACE: Start and finish at the Suisun City public access boat ramp at the intersection of Kellogg and Maple Streets. The address is approximately 1200 Kellogg Street, where Maple dead-ends into Kellogg. Click here for a map. Visit Suisun City's website to learn more about the marina and boat ramp.

Sun, May 11, 2014
  
CANCELLED

Wildflowers and Water Creatures Walk

Jepson Prairie Preserve

There wasn't enough rain this winter for there to be tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve this spring. You can still visit Jepson Prairie on your own to see how the vernal pools and prairie are responding to the drought. Learn more about Jepson Prairie here, and more about the impact of this year's drought here.

Vernal pool wildflowers and water creatures are well adapted to survive drought, so we expect to offer tours again in the spring of 2015. See you then!

Mon, May 12, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike

Lynch Canyon

 
Join this free guided hike with your docent, Linda.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 for parking. (2) Plenty of water and snacks. (3) Closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Trekking poles if you find them helpful. (4) Protection from sun, wind, fog. (5) Binoculars and camera if you wish.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Pets, flip-flops, anything involving a flame or smoke.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: Pollen, insects, hills, perhaps a little mud.

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet your guide in the parking lot when the gate opens at 9:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION: None required. Just show up!

Fri, May 16, 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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 17, 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm

Trails and Tales: From Cobblestones to Counterfeiters

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join docent John McVicar for a moderate hike while he shares stories and lore about the local human history—from Patwin Indian projectile points to pioneer rock walls—along the way.

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 hiking 4 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of loose rocks, sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. (3) Rockville Trails Preserve is a working ranch—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. (4) All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect our natural habitats and your pet's safety, dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and maintain a safe distance from wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes).

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks/lunch. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Layered clothes. Long, sturdy pants are suggested. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (5) Also recommended: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, camera.

MEETING PLACE: Meet John promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct, near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., Fairfield, CA. Carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

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

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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, May 24, 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature Hike: Geology Exploration

Rockville Trails Preserve

Explore the rock types and sources with docent Lorenzo Burch on this free guided hike. Are the rocks related to the collision of the Pacific Plate and underlying movement beneath the North American Plate? What is under the ground of the Preserve? Did you know you can see a portion of the Cordelia Fault line at the Preserve? What is the relationship of that fault and the nearby Green Valley Fault to the San Andreas Fault? Where was the nearest volcano—was it Mount Diablo, was it near Napa and Sonoma? When were these rock formations created? We will also look for the effects of landslides and erosion. This is not a technical geology hike—it is a layperson’s physical geography trek.

Take advantage of this opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's newly acquired Rockville Trails property is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.

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: Amoderate to intermediate pace hiking 4 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. (3) Rockville Trails is a working ranch—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. (4) All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect our natural habitats and your pet's safety, dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and maintain a safe distance from wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes).

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: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, camera.

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call Lorenzo at 707-330-7263.

Sun, May 25, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm

Nature Journaling Field Trip with John Muir Laws

Lynch Canyon

Grab your sketchbook and join a free nature journaling field trip with John Muir Laws at Lynch Canyon. The field trip is part of John's Nature Journal Club, a free, family friendly, intergenerational community who connect with nature through art and field journaling. The field trip will combine nature exploration, sketching demonstrations, a potluck lunch, and time to explore and create your own work.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: No experience necessary. All ages are welcome. Participants must be prepared for uneven dirt trails; rugged, steep, and slippery hills; sticky seeds and thorny plants; and free-range cattle.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Water and snacks. (2) Each field trip is also a potluck lunch. Bring a spoon, bowl, and something delicious to share. We often stray far from our vehicles so make sure you have everything packed and portable. (3) You do not need a lot of expensive materials to get started. At the most basic level, a field journal and a pencil is all you need. If you want to go further, John has prepared a suggested equipment list. You do not need everything on his list. Keep your kit light and accessible. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). (6) Also recommended: Long, sturdy pants; layered clothes; hiking sticks; bug repellent.

COST: The field trip is free! Parking is $5 per motorized vehicle.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. If rain is forecasted, the trip may be relocated to an indoor venue. Check the program description that morning before leaving for updates and changes.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

DIRECTIONS. Meet John in the parking lot.

Sat, May 31, 2014
8:00am – 11:00am

Pre-Trail-Run Practice: 10K Power Hike / Jog

Lynch Canyon

Get in shape for the Lynch Canyon Trail Run! Whether you plan to do Lynch Canyon's 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or Community Hike on June 7th, this guided 10 kilometer power hike / jog will be good practice. Anyone who wants to get in shape for summer or pursue their own personal health and exercise goals is also invited.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Cash for parking ($5). (2) Plenty of water and snacks. (3) Trail-running shoes. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) There is no drinking water on the property. (2) Lynch Canyon is a working ranch—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. (3) In order to protect our natural habitats and cattle, and for your pet's safety, dogs are not allowed.

COST: The guided hike/jog is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle with all proceeds helping Solano County Parks to keep this land open and safe.

RSVP: sltvolunteers@gmail.com.

DIRECTIONS. Check in with your guide, Karen, at the Lynch Canyon entrance gate between 7:45 and 8:00am, before the park opens to the public.

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join docent and Navy Veteran James Chang for a Memorial Day Weekend hike. This hike will cover 4-5 miles at a moderate pace, with stops to explore the local ecosystem. Discover if mistletoe is part of an ecosystem or only for kissing. Take advantage of this opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time.

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 to intermediate pace hiking 4-5 miles up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. (3) Rockville Trails is a working ranch—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. (4) All trails are unimproved—expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (5) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (6) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (7) There is no drinking water. (8) There are no bathrooms. (9) In order to protect our natural habitats and your pet's safety, dogs are not allowed. (10) Take only pictures, leave only footprints, and maintain a safe distance from wildlife (e.g., rattlesnakes).

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: Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars, camera.

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Advance registration required. Click here to register online, or call James at 707-980-3678.

Sat, Jun 07, 2014
8:00am 

7th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike

Lynch Canyon

Challenge yourself to Solano County's Toughest Trail Run!

Choose the 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon run, or the free two and a half mile community hike.

Learn more and register at lynchcanyontrailrun.org.

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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

Mon, Jun 09, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
CANCELLED

Lynch Canyon closed today

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is usually open Saturdays through Mondays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, however it will be closed on Mondays between June 8, 2014 and July 18, 2014 due to construction on trails.

Sat, Jun 14, 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.

Mon, Jun 16, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
CANCELLED

Lynch Canyon closed today

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is usually open Saturdays through Mondays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, however it will be closed on Mondays between June 8, 2014 and July 18, 2014 due to construction on trails.

Fri, Jun 20, 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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 21, 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Mon, Jun 23, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
CANCELLED

Lynch Canyon closed today

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is usually open Saturdays through Mondays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, however it will be closed on Mondays between June 8, 2014 and July 18, 2014 due to construction on trails.

Mon, Jun 30, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
CANCELLED

Lynch Canyon closed today

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is usually open Saturdays through Mondays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, however it will be closed on Mondays between June 8, 2014 and July 18, 2014 due to construction on trails.

Fri, Jul 04, 2014
7:00pm – 11:15pm

Third Annual July 4 Fireworks Viewing Hike

Lynch Canyon

Watch the fireworks from the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Depending on visibility, expect to see various communities' fireworks around Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa. The hike is 4.5 miles round trip, over uneven terrain, at a mostly moderately easy pace with some moderately strenuous slopes.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of drinking water and snacks
  • Flashlight and/or headlamp (preferably red)
  • Binoculars or telescope (recommended)
  • Hiking sticks/trekking poles (if you find them helpful) and closed-toed shoes that grip well
  • Wear long pants; Carry a jacket, gloves, and layered clothing to protect you from the chilly Bay breezes

OPTIONAL:

  • You are welcome to bring:  Collapsing camp chair, camera and tripod, bug repellent, sunscreen, hot cocoa in a vacuum bottle, glow sticks, battery-operated lantern, those little lights that clip onto shoes, glow-in-the-dark face paint, etc.

WHAT NOT TO BRING:
  • Fireworks, flip-flops or other open-toe shoes, pets, laser pointers, alcohol, anything involving a flame or smoke
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:
  • Check-in at the park entrance between 6:55 and 7:20 pm
  • The park entrance gate will be locked shut except for check-in time and for exit at approximately 11:15 pm
  • Participants of all ages are welcome but must be prepared for a 4.5-mile hike on uneven terrain, mostly moderately easy with some moderately strenuous slopes
  • The park's only restroom is at the parking lot
  • Lynch Canyon is a wildlife habitat and cattle ranch wildlife and cattle are free to roam as they please

COST: $10 per person; no charge for parking

REGISTRATION: Advance paid registration required: Click here to register online. Space is limited to ensure a quality experience, but we try to accommodate everyone who wants to go on this special adventure.

MEETING PLACE: Check in at the Lynch Road entrance; Assemble by the trailhead gate.

Sat, Jul 05, 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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

Mon, Jul 07, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
CANCELLED

Lynch Canyon closed today

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is usually open Saturdays through Mondays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, however it will be closed on Mondays between June 8, 2014 and July 18, 2014 due to construction on trails.

Sat, Jul 12, 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.

Mon, Jul 14, 2014
9:00am – 5:00pm
CANCELLED

Lynch Canyon closed today

Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon is usually open Saturdays through Mondays between the hours of 9am and 5pm, however it will be closed on Mondays between June 8, 2014 and July 18, 2014 due to construction on trails.

Fri, Jul 18, 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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 19, 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Aug 02, 2014
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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

Sat, Aug 09, 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.

Mon, Aug 11, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike

Lynch Canyon

 
Join this free guided hike with your docent, Linda.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 for parking. (2) Plenty of water and snacks. (3) Closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Trekking poles if you find them helpful. (4) Protection from sun, wind, fog. (5) Binoculars and camera if you wish.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: Pets, flip-flops, anything involving a flame or smoke.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: Pollen, insects, hills, perhaps a little mud.

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet your guide in the parking lot when the gate opens at 9:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION: None required. Just show up!

Fri, Aug 15, 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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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, Aug 16, 2014
8:30am 

4th Annual Aim for Ag and Open Space: Sporting Clay Shoot & Luncheon

Birds Landing

Grab your friends and take aim for this sporting clay shoot. Then feast on delicious food and drink and find out if you're a winner. Awards include High Overall, Labor Division, Ladies Division, Under 18, and Duck-and-Cover. There are great raffle prizes too.

More details to come. Save the date!

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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Sep 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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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

Solano County Coastal Cleanup Day

Hill Slough on Grizzly Island Road, between Hwy 12 and Rush Ranch

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.

We all depend on clean water. Be a part of the local, state, and international effort to make trash extinct!

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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Oct 04, 2014
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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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
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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Nov 01, 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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 06, 2014
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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Feb 07, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

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.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS

Sat, Apr 04, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.
  • Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR:

  • Carpool or caravan from the meeting place (see below).
  • Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following:  A strenuous pace hiking 4-6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle.
  • The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please.
  • Very heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 916-870-4824 if the weather is uncertain.

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

MEETING PLACE:  Meet Jim and/or James promptly at the 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.

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.

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.

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.
  • Sturdy 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 you don't mind getting dirty.
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • 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 and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. 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.

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

COST: Free!

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

RSVP: None.

DIRECTIONS