Solano Land Trust Events

 

Fri, Dec 09, 2016
8:30am – 1:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science

Lynch Canyon

Our Citizen Science Friday will bring us to the Old Homestead -the last restoration site on the Lynch Creek watershed – about 1.5 miles from the parking lot. We will walk in and plant shrubs, remove Driwater tubes from the 5 year old trees, and make sure our trees are well protected. Weeding is also on the chore list! Bring food for the long walk back or stay on Prairie Ridge for lunch with a view. We're looking for 8 volunteers to help us.

COST: Free parking pass for the day—thank you for volunteering!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. This will involve walking about 3 miles roundtrip, bending, digging, and other moderate physical activity. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks or lunch. (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!

WEATHER PLAN: Rain may reschedule. Details provided upon registration. 

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required at least two days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Dec 10, 2016
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Dec 17, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush!

Rush Ranch

Solano County has its very own blacksmith shop that is open to the public and filled with antique tools! It lies at the heart of Rush Ranch, a 2,000-plus acre natural area and working ranch that is protected forever by Solano Land Trust. The historic blacksmith shop is open this Sat. Dec. 17 and the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rain or shine, volunteer blacksmiths fire up the forge and teach how blacksmithing was done back in the 1800s and early 1900s, and how it can still be done today. You can take part in an interactive demonstration with smithy Virgil Sellers and team. You may even get the opportunity to make your own iron nail or other keepsake!

Weather permitting, volunteers will also offer science discovery labs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids and families are invited to visit these learning stations with engaging science and engineering activities related to Rush Ranch’s tidal marsh.

The blacksmith shop and science discovery labs are part of Get the Rush! – a series of free and fun activities led by volunteers 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.

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch.  The blacksmith shop is located in the gravel courtyard and the science discovery labs will be nearby.

WEATHER PLAN: The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Other activities may be influenced by the weather.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sun, Dec 18, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

COST:

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $6 cash or check for parking and, if you haven't already registered, $10 for the guided hike. (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 (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, hiking sticks, bug repellent.

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at http://conta.cc/2fcUx97.

Sat, Dec 31, 2016
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Sun, Jan 01, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

New Year's Day Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

The New Year is a powerful symbol in our lives—a time of reflection, promise, and renewal. Dedicate the first day of January to your health and well-being by joining us on this winter's day hike. Sweeping views of Suisun and Green Valleys from the hilltops will recharge your spirit!

COST: Free!

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at Rockville Trails Preserve, please meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red barn with "Ice House" printed on its side, located on Suisun Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the "Ice House" lettering. A Rockville Trails Preserve docent will be there to greet you. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/y6Zrc

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

REGISTRATION: Since space is limited, pre-registration is strongly recommended at http://conta.cc/2gDDlLm.

Sat, Jan 07, 2017
  

Native Bee presentation

Rush Ranch

Dr. Robbin Thorp will teach about native bees. Details to come!

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Jan 11, 2017
12:00pm – 2:00pm

Flooded with Science & Seawater: A guided nature walk at Rush Ranch during a King Tide

Rush Ranch

Details to come!

Fri, Jan 13, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jan 14, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Jan 21, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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.

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Workshop & Hike

Rush Ranch

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

Broderick is a gifted and entertaining teacher who brings over 25 years of experience researching, rescuing and rehabilitating raptors. Learn about these majestic birds, including where they go, what they do, and how to distinguish different species based on their looks, behaviors, and the ways they fly. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who gives beginning and experienced birders easy ways to identify year-round and migratory raptors. He shares useful handouts on raptor information and identification, and where to spot them.

COST: $10 per person for the workshop and guided hike (payable when registering). All proceeds help Solano Land Trust protect land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land.

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Binoculars. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, wind, fog, rain. (6) Also recommended: Camera and hiking sticks. Optional: Bug repellent.

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended at http://conta.cc/2eJanWn.

Tue, Jan 31, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Wed, Feb 01, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Feb 04, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Feb 10, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Feb 11, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sun, Feb 12, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Hike

Lynch Canyon

Part of the San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. Details to come!

Sat, Feb 18, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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.

Tue, Feb 28, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Wed, Mar 01, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Mar 04, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Mar 10, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Mar 11, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Mar 18, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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.

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Workshop & Hike

Rush Ranch

Details to come!

Fri, Mar 31, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Sat, Apr 01, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Apr 05, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Apr 08, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Fri, Apr 14, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Apr 15, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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 29, 2017
  

27th Annual Rush Ranch Open House

Rush Ranch

The Rush Ranch Open House 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; admire live animals on display including bats, birds of prey, horses, cows, and sheep; do engaging science and engineering activities; 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.

Join us for this free, family-friendly, fun-filled day!


 Photo courtesy of the Rush Ranch Educational Council

Sun, Apr 30, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Wed, May 03, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, May 06, 2017
  

9th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival

Lynch Canyon

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

COST:

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

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages and ability levels are welcome! (2) Dogs are not allowed (to protect wildlife, rare plants, and free-range cattle). (3) Expect rough, uneven ground. (4) We do our best to minimize it for the festival, but expect some cow manure as this is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (5) There is no drinking water. (6) There is one outhouse. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (8) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country. 

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A kite. (2) Drinking water. (3) A picnic lunch. (4) Protection from sun, wind, fog and rain. (5) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes. (6) $6 cash or check for parking. (7) Your friends and family! 

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

WEATHER PLAN: The festival is still happening though there is a chance of rain. We hope to have a window of sunshine for kite flying!

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up! Questions:  707-432-0150 or info@solanolandtrust.org.


 Photo by Dave Reider

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, May 12, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, May 13, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, May 20, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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, May 31, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Sat, Jun 03, 2017
8:00am 

10th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike

Lynch Canyon

Run, Skip, Hike Or Walk!
Teams Encouraged!
Costumes Encouraged! 
All races and the hike begin at 8am.

To do the 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon:
Sign up and see details at lynchcanyontrailrun.org.

To do the 2.5 mile community hike:
It's free! Just show up!
Note though, parking is limited.

Course maps:
5K
10K
Half marathon
Community hike
All runs and the hike

Course profiles 

Get updates on Facebook

 

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) All ages are welcome but they must be prepared for the following: routes include rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. (2) Lynch Canyon is home to wildlife and it's a working cattle ranch—wildlife and cattle are free to roam as they please. (3) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (4) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (5) 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: Wear trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain).


 Photo by Karlyn H. Lewis

9:00am – 1:00pm
CANCELLED

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

Wed, Jun 07, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Jun 09, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jun 10, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Jun 17, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Fri, Jun 30, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Sat, Jul 01, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Jul 05, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Jul 08, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Fri, Jul 14, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jul 15, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, or extreme heat may cancel other activities.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Mon, Jul 31, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Wed, Aug 02, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Aug 05, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Aug 11, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Aug 12, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Aug 19, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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.

Thu, Aug 31, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Sat, Sep 02, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Wed, Sep 06, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Sep 08, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 09, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Sep 16, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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, Sep 30, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Wed, Oct 04, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Oct 07, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Oct 13, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Oct 14, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Oct 21, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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.

Tue, Oct 31, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Wed, Nov 01, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Nov 04, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.

Fri, Nov 10, 2017
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Nov 11, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering! Free parking pass for the day and, if you pre-register, free pizza!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. Pre-registration will open approximately one month in advance. For questions, contact Jordan at jordan@solanolandtrust.org or 315-262-4090.

Sat, Nov 18, 2017
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

Year-round you can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm). Try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake! Horse-drawn wagon rides are usually offered April through October; the horses then rest during the winter. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

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, soil conditions, 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.

Thu, Nov 30, 2017
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides may take place on any date agreed upon by you and the Solano Land Trust docent guiding you. (Any day of the month can be requested, not just the date listed on this calendar entry.) If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

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Solano Land Trust's equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust's properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. See the registration information below to make an appointment.

Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays and offers great riding opportunities through peaceful grasslands accented with groves of buckeyes and live oaks, along with spectacular views of the Bay Area, Delta, Wine Country, and the Sierra Nevada from the inspiring 900 ft. ridgetops. Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but our equestrian docents are eager to show you this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as you ride atop hills above Suisun Valley. We look forward to sharing one or both of these great natural parks with you!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses who are both trail and road trained. For rides at Rockville Trails Preserve, we do walk along Rockville Rd. for a short time before entering the property. (2) The terrain at Lynch Canyon varies and the terrain at Rockville Trails Preserve is difficult. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground, and rugged, steep, and slippery hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Please discuss this with Mindi or Christine when you register to be sure this is appropriate for you and your horse. (3) Both preserves are working ranches where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) At Rockville Trails Preserve and at Lynch Canyon when otherwise closed, visitors must be accompanied by a docent at all times and the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the ride. (5) There is no drinking water for people at either preserve. There is water for cattle and horses at both preserves. (6) There is no bathroom at Rockville Trails Preserve. There is one outhouse at Lynch Canyon. (7) Dogs are not allowed at either property, in order to protect wildlife, cattle, horses and rare plants. (8) Take only pictures, leave only hoof and footprints. (9) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that these are tick, mountain lion and poison oak country. Rockville Trails Preserve is also rattlesnake and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

REGISTRATION: Dates are by appointment and space is limited. If you are interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or would just like more information, email either Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com.

Sat, Dec 02, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They'll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive on time and be prepared to immediately carpool or caravan from the meeting place 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) The terrain at the King-Swett Ranches is difficult. All ages are welcome, but those with health, breathing or balance issues should consider an easier hike. Participants on this hike must be prepared for the following: A potentially strenuous pace hiking 4 to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be 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) Hiking boots or trail running shoes with good grip (to prevent falls on the slippery, steep, rugged terrain). (2) Long socks pulled over long, sturdy pants (to protect your legs from thorny plants and any poison oak, and to make any ticks more visible so that you can brush them off you). (3) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (4) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a bag lunch. (5) You may also want to bring hiking sticks (to prevent falls), gaiters (to further protect your legs from thorny plants), bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide 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. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

WEATHER PLAN: Only heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended and will open approximately one month in advance.