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:
 
 

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.


11:00am – 3:00pm

Birds of Prey Workshop & Hike

Rush Ranch

Learn about eagles, hawks and falcons – the ways they fly, what they eat, where they hunt and rest, and why they migrate great distances or stay in one place all year. This two hour workshop with Larry Broderick covers birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat protection and restoration, and a book review. Participants come away with tools to identify differences between species, distinctions across individuals within one species, and changes over time during one individual’s life. A 1.5-mile hike after the workshop gives participants an opportunity to practice spotting eagles, falcons and hawks in the hills and above the marsh. $10 per person. Space is limited.
 
 
COST: $10
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and hawks, (7) bird or hawk field guide (book) to help you learn real time skills
 
Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Larry: 707-791-0335

Sat, Jan 27, 2018
9:30am – 1:00pm

Lynch Canyon Nature Hike

Lynch Canyon

Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks welcome the public to join docent Jim Hanser for a weekend hike at Lynch Canyon. You will explore and learn about the human history and phenomenal plant and wildlife diversity of Lynch Canyon. Come enjoy Lynch Canyon’s 1,039 acres of rolling grasslands, pond and oak woodlands with your family and friends. The hike can range from 4-7 miles.
 
 
COST: Parking is $6.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and hawks (optional).
 
Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-372-6090

10:30am 

Out of the Dark: Demystifying Bats

Rush Ranch

Join the Rush Ranch Educational Council in welcoming back the “Bat Lady” Corky Quirk, as she dispels the myths surrounding the much maligned and misunderstood mammals: bats. Corky, along with a few of her bewitching bat friends, will make their appearance in the Rush Ranch Nature Center for just one day-so mark your calendars now!
 
REGISTRATION: No RSVP required, but space is limited so arrive early.
 
COST: Free.

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

9:00am – 1:00pm

Valentine's Day Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Valentine’s Day Hike: Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with nature’s own valentines. Guests will learn about other local historical relationships too, and they are invited to bring their own valentine along. This is a special opportunity because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed. Up to four miles. Space is limited.
 
 
COST: Free

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and hawks (optional).
 
Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call John: (707)718-3498

Sun, Feb 11, 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Migration Hike (a SF Bay Flyway Festival event)

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a Birds of Prey Migration Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park on Sunday, February 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This hike is part of the 22nd Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. This hike will offer raptor identification tips and views of resident and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey. All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a moderate pace covering about 4 miles, possibly off-trail in places, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, and passing free range cattle along the way.
 
REGISTRATION: Recommended
 
COST: Just the $6 parking fee.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and hawks, (7) bird or hawk field guide (book) to help you learn real time skills
 
Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Larry: 707-791-0335

Sat, Feb 17, 2018
9:00am – 11:00am

Yoga Hike

Rockville Trails Preserve

Yoga Hike: Enjoy a walk in the beautiful open space of Rockville Trails Preserve 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”. Meet at the parking lot in front of the big red barn labeled "Ice House" at the corner of Suisun Valley Rd. and Rockville Rd. in Fairfield. You will then carpool to the trailhead.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and hawks (optional).
 
Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Deanna: 707-567-0594
 
REGISTRATION: Recommended
 
COST: Free

10:00am 

Native Flute Making

Rush Ranch

The beauty of flute making, a native Californian tradition, is the subject of this workshop sponsored by the Rush Ranch Educational Council and the Solano Land Trust.
 
Well renowned flute maker and player Antonio Flores, a docent with East Bay Regional Parks, will show participants not only how to carve flutes from Elderberry branches; he'll also divulge how to coax a few notes from the flutes by playing a few native songs. 
All materials will be supplied. Coffee, tea, water & hot chocolate will be provided.
 
REGISTRATION: Required to Mary

COST: $10, (covers supplies and expenses. 

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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 24, 2018
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Hike

Lynch Canyon

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Hike: Lynch Canyon is a magnet for birds of prey. It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Resident and over-wintering raptors seen on past hikes include Golden and Bald Eagles, Rough-legged, Cooper's, Sharp-shinned and Ferruginous Hawks, Peregrine and Prairie Falcons, and other more common raptor species. About four miles. Arrive by 9:45 for parking and orientation.
 
REGISTRATION: Recommended. Please check back for registration.
 
COST: $10 per person. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) binoculars to enjoy the wildlife and hawks, (7) bird or hawk field guide (book) to help you learn real time skills
 
Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Larry: 707-791-0335

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.

-- 

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

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 – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

 

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

 

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

 

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


Fri, Aug 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, Sep 01, 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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

Wed, Sep 05, 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, Sep 08, 2018
8:30am – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

Fri, Sep 14, 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, Sep 15, 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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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 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.

-- 

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 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, Oct 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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

Fri, Oct 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, Oct 13, 2018
8:30am – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

Sat, Oct 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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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, Oct 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.

-- 

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, Nov 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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

Wed, Nov 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, Nov 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, Nov 10, 2018
8:30am – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

Sat, Nov 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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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

 

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

 

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

 

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


Fri, Nov 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.

Sat, Dec 01, 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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

Wed, Dec 05, 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, Dec 08, 2018
8:30am – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!

Fri, Dec 14, 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, Dec 15, 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! Science Discovery labs are offered from 11am-Noon, while a docent-led walk alongside the marsh will take place from 1pm-2pm. Other activities are dependent on volunteer availability and the weather. Check back for updates.

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, Dec 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, Jan 02, 2019
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 05, 2019
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.
 
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. This hike could be up to six miles.
 
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sunglasses. (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (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!
 

Note: Rain may cancel. If unsure, call Jim: 707-373-1221
 
COST: Free
 
REGISTRATION: RSVP is recommended.

Fri, Jan 11, 2019
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 12, 2019
8:30am – 12:30pm

Trail Crew at Lynch Canyon

Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000-plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.
 

Registration: Recommended. RSVP to Ken. Occurs every 2nd Saturday of most months.
 

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!