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.

Sat, Apr 25, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 14 through May 10)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy walk in a portion of the Preserve only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 14 through May 10 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet near the bathroom. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

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

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

10:00am – 3:00pm

25th Annual Open House

Rush Ranch

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

Click here for the schedule of events. We hope you join us! 


Photo courtesy of the Rush Ranch Educational Council

Sun, Apr 26, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 14 through May 10)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy walk in a portion of the Preserve only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 14 through May 10 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet near the bathroom. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

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

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

Sat, May 02, 2015
8:45am – 1:00pm
CANCELLED

Nature Journaling

Rockville Trails Preserve

This event will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 14 through May 10)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy walk in a portion of the Preserve only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 14 through May 10 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet near the bathroom. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

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

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

Sun, May 03, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 14 through May 10)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy walk in a portion of the Preserve only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 14 through May 10 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet near the bathroom. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

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

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

Wed, May 06, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, May 08, 2015
  
CANCELLED

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

There is no Citizen Science Friday in May. Join us in June!

Sat, May 09, 2015
7:45am – 12:00pm

Hiking and Yoga (HOGA)

Rockville Trails Preserve

Enjoy the tranquil setting of Rockville Trails Preserve with a mixture of hiking and yoga, HOGA. This guided hike with standing yoga poses along the way will focus on connecting with nature and the outdoors through movement and meditation.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. (2) The hiking portion of HOGA will cover up to five miles. Travel will be up and down rocky, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Some travel may be off-trail. At various points we will stop for a set of standing yoga poses led by a Certified Yoga Therapist/Registered Yoga Teacher. The yoga poses will be beginner level, including lunging, reaching, and meditating. We welcome yogis of all levels, and anyone 10 years and older. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants--and for your pet's safety--dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, mountain lion, and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip. (3) Long, comfortable, flexible pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. (No yoga mat is necessary since the poses will be standing yoga.)

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space will be limited and pre-registration will be required. Pre-registration will first open on Monday, May 4 at conta.cc/1Gufpjq. For questions, call John at 760-604-1800.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 14 through May 10)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy walk in a portion of the Preserve only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 14 through May 10 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet near the bathroom. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

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

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

Sun, May 10, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk (Saturdays & Sundays, March 14 through May 10)

Jepson Prairie

Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy walk in a portion of the Preserve only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, March 14 through May 10 (Mother's Day).

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Meet near the bathroom. Click here for directions to Jepson Prairie.

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

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

Mon, May 11, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike (2nd Mondays through Summer)

Lynch Canyon

Join a guided hike along the trails at Lynch Canyon. Enjoy the outdoors while looking for wildlife, wildflowers and whatever else nature has to offer here. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

MEETING PLACEMeet your guide in the Lynch Canyon parking lot at 9am.  Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon.

 

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain or red flag fire warning cancels hike. Moderate rain, strong wind, or high temperatures may shorten hike.

 

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Linda Sonner at 707-495-3205 or lgso@comcast.net. 

Fri, May 15, 2015
  
CANCELLED

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (no longer 3rd Fridays)

Citizen Science Friday timing has changed—it is now on the 2nd Friday of most months.

Sat, May 16, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Hike for exercise and the views

Rockville Trails Preserve

Hike through beautiful California oaks with Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Hanser. Get some exercise on the hills and appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys.

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated online at conta.cc/1CucGn2. For questions, call Jim at 707-372-6090.

10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, May 23, 2015
9:00am – 11:30am

Practice for the Trail Run

Lynch Canyon

Volunteer Jim Hanser is leading this practice run/jog/walk-run in preparation for the 8th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike two weeks later.

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) The route of this practice run/jog/walk-run will depend on the group's interests, the conditions of the trails, and the weather. Jim's plan is to do the 10K route, 5K route, or some combination. Route maps are available at www.lynchcanyontrailrun.org. (2) Participants must be prepared to run/jog/walk-run on rough, rocky, uneven ground. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. (3) Jim will orient participants at the beginning. The size of the group and the pace of participants will determine if the group stays together or if participants run/jog/walk-run on their own. (4) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (7) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (8) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $5 cash for parking. (2) Plenty of water and snacks. (3) Closed-toe trail running shoes that grip well. (4) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).

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

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

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

Wed, Jun 03, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Jun 06, 2015
8:00am 

8th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike

Lynch Canyon

Run, skip, hike or walk at the 8th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike!

Download the flyer here.

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

To do the 5K, 10K, or Half marathon run: 
Details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org.
Pre-registration recommended at active.com.

 
 
Photo by Karlyn H. Lewis

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Mon, Jun 08, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike (2nd Mondays through Summer)

Lynch Canyon

Join a guided hike along the trails at Lynch Canyon. Enjoy the outdoors while looking for wildlife, wildflowers and whatever else nature has to offer here. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

MEETING PLACEMeet your guide in the Lynch Canyon parking lot at 9am.  Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon.

 

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain or red flag fire warning cancels hike. Moderate rain, strong wind, or high temperatures may shorten hike.

 

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Linda Sonner at 707-495-3205 or lgso@comcast.net. 

Fri, Jun 12, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jun 13, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Hike for exercise and the views

Rockville Trails Preserve

Hike through beautiful California oaks with Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Hanser. Get some exercise on the hills and appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys.

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated online at conta.cc/1G0X3V2. For questions, call Jim at 707-372-6090.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Mon, Jun 15, 2015
9:30am – 1:30pm

Hike for exercise and views of the Bay

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
  
CANCELLED

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (no longer 3rd Fridays)

Citizen Science Friday timing has changed—it is now on the 2nd Friday of most months.

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Jul 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm – 11:15pm

Moooonlight and Fireworks Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: Walking 4.5 miles round trip on uneven terrain, mostly moderately easy with some moderately strenuous slopes. On July nights, Lynch Canyon tends to get windy and chilly, especially on the ridge. Depending on visibility, expect to see various communities’ fireworks around Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa.

WHAT TO BRING: Drinking water, snacks, flashlight and/or headlamp (preferably red), binoculars or telescope (recommended), hiking sticks/trekking poles (if you find them helpful), and closed-toe shoes that grip well. Even though it's summer, bring layers of clothes, including a jacket and gloves.

If desired, you are welcome to bring: Collapsing camp chair, camera and tripod, bug repellent, glow sticks, those little lights that clip onto shoes, glow-in-the-dark face paint, etc.

DO NOT BRING: Fireworks, open-toe footwear, high heels, pets, laser pointers, alcohol, anything involving a flame or smoke.

REGISTRATION: Advance paid registration required: http://bitly.com/1EpcuXa. Space is limited to ensure a quality experience.

Photo by Steven Chun

Fri, Jul 10, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jul 11, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Mon, Jul 13, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike (2nd Mondays through Summer)

Lynch Canyon

Join a guided hike along the trails at Lynch Canyon. Enjoy the outdoors while looking for wildlife, wildflowers and whatever else nature has to offer here. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

MEETING PLACEMeet your guide in the Lynch Canyon parking lot at 9am.  Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon.

 

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain or red flag fire warning cancels hike. Moderate rain, strong wind, or high temperatures may shorten hike.

 

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Linda Sonner at 707-495-3205 or lgso@comcast.net. 

Sat, Jul 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Aug 01, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Aug 05, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Aug 08, 2015
  

Aim for Ag

Birds Landing

Save the date! Details to come.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Mon, Aug 10, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike (2nd Mondays through Summer)

Lynch Canyon

Join a guided hike along the trails at Lynch Canyon. Enjoy the outdoors while looking for wildlife, wildflowers and whatever else nature has to offer here. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

MEETING PLACEMeet your guide in the Lynch Canyon parking lot at 9am.  Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon.

 

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain or red flag fire warning cancels hike. Moderate rain, strong wind, or high temperatures may shorten hike.

 

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Linda Sonner at 707-495-3205 or lgso@comcast.net. 

Fri, Aug 14, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Aug 15, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Sep 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Sep 05, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Sep 11, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 12, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Mon, Sep 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

Nature Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join a guided hike along the trails at Lynch Canyon. Enjoy the outdoors while looking for wildlife, wildflowers and whatever else nature has to offer here. 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

MEETING PLACEMeet your guide in the Lynch Canyon parking lot at 9am.  Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon.

 

WEATHER PLAN: Heavy rain or red flag fire warning cancels hike. Moderate rain, strong wind, or high temperatures may shorten hike.

 

REGISTRATION: RSVP (appreciated, not required) to Linda Sonner at 707-495-3205 or lgso@comcast.net. 

Sat, Sep 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Oct 03, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Oct 07, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Oct 09, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Oct 10, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Nov 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Nov 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Nov 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Dec 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Dec 05, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Fri, Dec 11, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Dec 12, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Dec 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Jan 02, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, Jan 06, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Jan 08, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jan 16, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Feb 03, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Feb 06, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Mar 02, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Mar 05, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Mar 11, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Mar 19, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Apr 02, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Apr 06, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Apr 08, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday (New timing--2nd Friday of most months)

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Apr 16, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

April through August, and October: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Other activities usually include Little Bear's table full of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm). Some months there is also a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies).

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

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  Most activities begin in or near the gravel and brick courtyards.

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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