Solano Land Trust Outdoor adventures

Below you'll find fun activities for you, your friends, and your family! These include guided hikes and volunteer opportunities every month, as well as special events like our annual Rush Ranch Open House, Lynch Canyon Kite Festival, and Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike. See each event's listing below for important details, including registration information, what to be prepared for, what to bring, and where to meet. Many of our events are free and others low cost thanks to the support of our members and volunteers.


Event flyers:
August Outdoor Adventures

Sun, Aug 20, 2017
9:15am – 11:00am

Kids Bingo Hike

Lynch Canyon

We are offering a kids hike on Sunday August 20th at 9:15am at Lynch Canyon. It will be a combination of a scavenger hunt and a type of Bingo. Get those kids out in nature before they have to settle in to their school year! 

 
MEETING PLACE: The gravel parking lot at Lynch Canyon; 3100 Lynch Rd., Fairfield, 94533
 
WHAT TO BRING: Be sure to bring plenty of water, (there is no water at Lynch Canyon), snacks for yourself and your kiddo, tennis shoes, long pants, and layered clothing. We recommend sun protection as well.
 
REGISTRATION: No pre-registration required, just show up! 

Mon, Aug 21, 2017
9:00am – 11:45am

Solar Eclipse Viewing

Rush Ranch

Don't miss the solar eclipse! This event is a part of the Rush Ranch Stargazing program of 2017. The morning begins at 9am for partial eclipse viewing, and the maximum eclipse time will be at 10:17am.
 
Telescopes and binoculars will be available for public viewing along with other safe viewing aids.
 
MEETING PLACE: Rush Ranch visitor center at 3521 Grizzly Island Rd. in Suisun City.
 
REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!
 
The astronomy program is  made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council volunteers. For questions, contact Mary at 707-422-4491.
 

Wed, Aug 23, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve

Rockville Trails Preserve

Spend a summer morning with knowledgeable docents hiking the beautiful hills at Rockville Trails Preserve. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure, including the trees, birds and views of the bay. The guided hike is free. You will meet the docents in the parking lot at the big red barn labeled "Ice House" at the corner of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. at 8:45am, and then carpool to the trailhead.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The hike will be 4 to 7 miles up and down hills on uneven ground. Dogs are not permitted at Rockville Trails Preserve.
WHAT TO BRING: A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear layers and good hiking shoes. Long sturdy pants are recommended. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.  
REGISTRATION: RSVP is required.

Sat, Aug 26, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

Hike at Lynch Canyon!

Lynch Canyon

Spend a summer morning with knowledgeable docents hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure, including the trees, birds and views of the bay. The guided hike is free.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The hike will be 4 to 7 miles up and down hills on uneven ground. Dogs are not permitted at Lynch Canyon.
WHAT TO BRING: A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. There is no drinking water at Lynch Canyon. Wear layers and good hiking shoes. Long sturdy pants are recommended. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is required.

9:00am – 11:00am

Yoga Hike

Rush Ranch

Enjoy a walk in the beautiful nature of Rush Ranch led by Barbara Fredericks of Benicia Yoga & Wellness. She will lead you on a walk while stopping to incorporate easy yoga moves “for every body”.  
 
REGISTRATION: None, just show up! Meet at the picnic tables at Rush Ranch at 3521 Grizzly Island Rd., Suisun City.
 
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable, layered clothing and water
 
COST: Free! 

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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Mon, Sep 04, 2017
9:00am – 1:00pm

Holiday Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Come join Solano Land Trust docents for a free guided Labor Day Holiday Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve. You can expect an intermediate to strenuous pace, hiking 4 to 5 miles up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills through the oaks and grassland. You will take a few short breaks to enjoy the views and catch your breath. Enjoy this beautiful open space while getting in shape!
 
Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time. Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hikes. Meet your guides promptly at 8:45am at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct., near the intersection of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd., outside of Fairfield. Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. High fire danger cancels.
 
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a backpack with plenty of water and lunch. There is no water at Rockville Trails Preserve. We recommend you wear hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread, and long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that provide protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog). Hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera are also recommended. Dogs are not permitted.
 
REGISTRATION: Required. Click here to RSVP
 
COST: Free

Wed, Sep 06, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Sep 09, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

9:00am – 1:00pm

Native American Natural Resources Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Explore with your imagination, past moments in the every day life of the local Patwin People. Discover how they might have utilized local natural resources to survive in our very own Rockville Trails Preserve. After a short tailgate presentation we will take a moderate hike up to some great vistas and hopefully be treated to some wildflowers and wildlife along the way. You will meet the docents in the parking lot at the big red barn labeled "Ice House" at the corner of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. at 8:45am, and then carpool to the trailhead.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The hike will be 4 to 7 miles up and down hills on uneven ground. Dogs are not permitted at Rockville Trails Preserve.
 
WHAT TO BRING: A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Wear layers and good hiking shoes. Long sturdy pants are recommended. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is required.
Click here to RSVP
 
 

Fri, Sep 15, 2017
7:30pm – 9:30pm

Stargazing

Rush Ranch

Are you curious about our amazing night skies? Then don't miss the Rush Ranch Stargazing program of 2017. The evening begins with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center by local astronomy enthusiast Jon Pannier, followed by outdoor telescope viewing when dark.
 
COST: Free! WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Telescopes will be on hand, but personal scopes and binoculars are welcome. You must be familiar with their set up and arrive before dark. (2) Children are welcome, but must be supervised at all times. (3) To protect night vision, flashlights must be covered with red cellophane which is available at the ranch, and latecomers are asked to dim their vehicle headlights when pulling into the parking lot.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) Encouraged: Warm clothing and mosquito repellent. (2) Optional: Flashlight covered with red cellophane (see above).
 
MEETING PLACE: Rush Ranch visitor center at 3521 Grizzly Island Rd. in Suisun City. The presentation begins at 8pm in the Nature Center. Stargazing begins in the courtyard at dark.
 
WEATHER PLAN: Cloud cover will force cancellation of the outdoor part of the event.
 
REGISTRATION: None. Just show up! These astronomy nights are made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council volunteers. For questions, contact Mary at 707-422-4491.
 

Sat, Sep 16, 2017
  

Coastal Cleanup Day

Rush Ranch

Please mark this down on your calendars! Keep checking back-we will post more details soon as we approach the date!

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.

 

Sun, Sep 17, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Migration Sensation Hike 2017

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon. This is the first Lynch Canyon birds of prey hike of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. It provides these raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle.
 
REGISTRATION: Required. Click here to RSVP
 
COST: $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $6 per vehicle (payable at the park).
 
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.

Sat, Sep 23, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

Hike at Lynch Canyon!

Lynch Canyon

Spend a summer morning with knowledgeable docents hiking the beautiful hills at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. Use all your senses to appreciate this local treasure, including the trees, birds and views of the bay. The guided hike is free.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The hike will be 4 to 7 miles up and down hills on uneven ground. Dogs are not permitted at Lynch Canyon.
 
WHAT TO BRING: A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. There is no drinking water at Lynch Canyon. Wear layers and good hiking shoes. Long sturdy pants are recommended. You may also want to bring hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
 
COST: $6 parking fee, which goes towards supporting Solano County Parks.
 
REGISTRATION: Recommended. Registration not yet open, please check back.  

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

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Sun, Oct 08, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Migration Sensation and Over-wintering distributions

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. It provides these raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle.
 
REGISTRATION: Required. Registration not yet open, please check back. 
 
COST: $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $6 per vehicle (payable at the park).
 
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.

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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Oct 14, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

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

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Nov 11, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sun, Nov 12, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Over-wintering Wonderland

Rockville Trails Preserve

Join Larry Broderick and team for a birds of prey hike at Rockville Trails Preserve. Rockville Trails Preserve is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. It provides these raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle.
 
REGISTRATION: Required, but registration is not yet open; please check back
 
COST: $10 per person (payable when registering)
 
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.

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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Wed, Dec 06, 2017
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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, Dec 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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Dec 09, 2017
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Dec 16, 2017
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Tour and Golden Eagle Identification field study

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and team for a birds of prey hike at Lynch Canyon. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. It provides these raptors with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle.
 
REGISTRATION: Required. Registration not yet open, please check back.
 
COST: $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $6 per vehicle (payable at the park).
 
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.

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.

 

Sun, Dec 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, Jan 03, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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, Jan 06, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Fri, Jan 12, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Jan 13, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Jan 20, 2018
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, Jan 31, 2018
  

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, Feb 03, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Wed, Feb 07, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(Unless notified otherwise)

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

Fri, Feb 09, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Feb 10, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
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, Feb 28, 2018
  

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, Mar 03, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Wed, Mar 07, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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, Mar 09, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Mar 10, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Mar 17, 2018
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, Mar 31, 2018
  

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, Apr 04, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 07, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Fri, Apr 13, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Apr 14, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Apr 21, 2018
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, Apr 30, 2018
  

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 02, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 05, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Fri, May 11, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, May 12, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, May 19, 2018
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, May 31, 2018
  

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 02, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Wed, Jun 06, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 08, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Jun 09, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Jun 16, 2018
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, Jun 30, 2018
  

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, Jul 04, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 07, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Fri, Jul 13, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Jul 14, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Jul 21, 2018
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, Jul 31, 2018
  

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 01, 2018
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

700 Main St, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585 *(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 04, 2018
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 very heavy rain or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain.

 

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Click here to register for the 9/2/17 hike. Registration for subsequent hikes opens approximately one month before a hike.

Fri, Aug 10, 2018
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 two or more days in advance. Contact Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org or 707-590-0307. Meeting place provided upon registration.

Sat, Aug 11, 2018
8:30am – 11:30am

Trail Crew

Lynch Canyon

Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP.
 
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. You will most likely be hiking and doing physical work. 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) Plenty of water (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. 
 
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended. RSVP to Jordan.
 
 

Sat, Aug 18, 2018
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.