Solano Land Trust Events

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

No RSVP necessary, unless otherwise stated.

Sat, Feb 28, 2015
9:30am – 12:30pm

Tales and Trails -- Local History and Nature Too

Rockville Trails Preserve

Hike through the hills between Green Valley and Suisun Valley. As you look at the beautiful views, docent John McVicar will regale you with his many tales of the local area, its interesting people and historical events.

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required online at conta.cc/1CVphx5. For questions, call John at 707-718-3498.

9:30am – 2:00pm

Bay Area Ridge Trail Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join us at Lynch Canyon to hike a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. On this hike you will challenge yourself getting up to the ridgeline and hiking a full 8+ miles but the 360 degree views from the ridgeline are worth the effort.

COST: The guided hike is free! Parking is $5, or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and get ready. (2) Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared for the following: This hike will be approximately 8.3 miles. The route includes rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. The trail will take us up to the ridgeline and we will descend a steep hill on our return. We will keep a moderate pace with plenty of breaks to catch our breath, discover the emerging plant life and search the vistas. (3) This is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) There is no drinking water. (5) There is one bathroom, located in the parking lot. (6) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed. (7) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (8) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, mountain lion, and potentially rattlesnake country.

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated to Marion Kastner at mewoodbury@live.com or 603-801-1210.

9:30am – 2:00pm

Find your wild at the Vallejo Ranger Station

Downtown Vallejo

Plan an adventure. Make art. Learn a skill. Volunteer. Learn more at eepurl.com/_gBQL. To volunteer as "Ranger for a day" and share information about Solano Land Trust at the Vallejo Ranger Station, contact Meriel at vallejoranger@gmail.com.

Wed, Mar 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Thu, Mar 05, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: 2015 Bluebird Program--Day 1 of 2 for training to become a monitor

Solano Land Trust office, 1001 Texas St. Ste. C in downtown Fairfield

Do you have beginning knowledge of bird identification and an interest in joining some great volunteers in monitoring bluebirds this season? This is the first of two days of training to become a bluebird monitor at Lynch Canyon and/or Rush Ranch.

Training details are available to download here. Bring a bag lunch.

Please notify Sue Wickham at Solano Land Trust of your interest: Sue Wickham, 707-432-0150 x207 (office), 707-590-0307 (cell), sue@solanolandtrust.org.

Sat, Mar 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:30am – 2:00pm

Find your wild at the Vallejo Ranger Station

Downtown Vallejo

Plan an adventure. Make art. Learn a skill. Volunteer. Learn more at eepurl.com/_gBQL. To volunteer as "Ranger for a day" and share information about Solano Land Trust at the Vallejo Ranger Station, contact Meriel at vallejoranger@gmail.com.

10:00am – 2:00pm

Volunteer Opportunity: 2015 Bluebird Program--Day 2 of 2 for Training To Become A Monitor

Lynch Canyon

This is the second and final day of training to become a bluebird monitor at Lynch Canyon this season.

Training details are available to download here. Bring a bag lunch.

Please notify Sue Wickham at Solano Land Trust of your interest: Sue Wickham, 707-432-0150 x207 (office), 707-590-0307 (cell), sue@solanolandtrust.org.

Sun, Mar 08, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike

Lynch Canyon

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour featuring 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.

Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these Solano Land Trust birds of prey hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested. He distinguishes a ferruginous hawk from a red-tailed hawk and a prairie falcon from a peregrine falcon from great distances. He is known to demonstrate the wing beat movements and wing configuration patterns of different species by using his spread arms.

COST: $10 per person (payable when registering) plus $5 per vehicle (payable at the park). Advance registration required (see below).

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Lynch Canyon. Meet your guides in the parking lot before 10am.

WEATHER PLAN: Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION. Space is limited. Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

Fri, Mar 13, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Find your wild at the Vallejo Ranger Station

Downtown Vallejo

Plan an adventure. Make art. Learn a skill. Volunteer. Learn more at eepurl.com/_gBQL. To volunteer as "Ranger for a day" and share information about Solano Land Trust at the Vallejo Ranger Station, contact Meriel at vallejoranger@gmail.com.

Sat, Mar 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

9:30am – 2:00pm

Find your wild at the Vallejo Ranger Station

Downtown Vallejo

Plan an adventure. Make art. Learn a skill. Volunteer. Learn more at eepurl.com/_gBQL. To volunteer as "Ranger for a day" and share information about Solano Land Trust at the Vallejo Ranger Station, contact Meriel at vallejoranger@gmail.com.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, Mar 15, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Tue, Mar 17, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

Volunteer Opportunity: Host Solano County Booth at 13th Annual Youth Ag Day

Solano County Fairgrounds

Youth Ag Day is a fun and educational event free to all third grade classes in Solano County. Help host a booth where children will do agriculture-themed crafts.

To volunteer: RSVP to Kelley Cortright at kecortright@solanocounty.com or 707-784-2974.

Fri, Mar 20, 2015
  
CANCELLED

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

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

10:00am – 11:30am

Spring equinox walk

Rush Ranch

Join this guided walk to observe the plants and animals of Suisun Marsh during the Spring equinox. See and hear what they are up to at this time of year. Find out why Rush Ranch is locally loved and nationally famous!

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is a two mile amble on mostly level but uneven dirt trails around the edges of the marsh. We are likely to encounter mud, wet foliage, and slippery areas as well as free roaming cattle. Kids and adults of all ages who are able to walk this distance on this terrain are encouraged to come, release some steam and enjoy the outdoors. (2) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants—and for your pet's safety—dogs are not allowed on these trails. (3) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (4) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick and wild pig country.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good tread. (3) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). (4) Layered clothes that can get dirty or muddy.

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. Meet your guide in the brick courtyard beside the Nature Center exhibit.

WEATHER PLAN: Steady rain or heavy wind cancels. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: RSVP appreciated to Gayle at vonwind@yahoo.com or 707-745-8322.

Sat, Mar 21, 2015
8:45am – 12:00pm

Hiking and Yoga, HOGA

Rockville Trails Preserve

Celebrate spring and enjoy the tranquil setting of Rockville Trails Preserve with a mixture of hiking and yoga, HOGA. The guided three mile hike with standing yoga poses along the way will focus on connecting with nature and the outdoors through movement and meditation.

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: Space is limited and pre-registration is required at conta.cc/1v6ot3S. For questions, call John at 760-604-1800.

9:30am – 2:00pm

Find your wild at the Vallejo Ranger Station

Downtown Vallejo

Plan an adventure. Make art. Learn a skill. Volunteer. Learn more at eepurl.com/_gBQL. To volunteer as "Ranger for a day" and share information about Solano Land Trust at the Vallejo Ranger Station, contact Meriel at vallejoranger@gmail.com.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sun, Mar 22, 2015
10:00am – 2:00pm

Birds of Prey Identification Workshop and Hike

Rush Ranch

 

Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for an interactive presentation covering birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, the importance of habitat conservation, acquisition and restoration, and a book review.

Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Each fall and winter season he offers tours on Solano Land Trust lands. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who gives beginning and experienced birders easy ways to identify year-round and migratory raptors. He shares useful handouts on raptor information and identification, and brochures on where to spot them.

COST: $10 per person. Space is limited. Advance registration required (see below).

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: The presentation will take place indoors from 10am to approximately noon. Following a brief social break and time for a snack, Larry will lead a short but steep hike up Suisun Hill where participants will observe eagles, falcons and hawks and test their new identification skills.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Binoculars. (2) Snacks or a bag lunch. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog and rain). (6) Also recommended: Camera and hiking sticks.

MEETING PLACE: Meet at the Rush Ranch Nature Center by 10am. DIRECTIONS.

WEATHER PLAN: The workshop will take place rain or shine. Rain may shorten or cancel the afternoon hike.

REGISTRATION: Advance registration and pre-payment required. Click here to register online.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sat, Mar 28, 2015
9:30am – 2:00pm

Find your wild at the Vallejo Ranger Station

Downtown Vallejo

Plan an adventure. Make art. Learn a skill. Volunteer. Learn more at eepurl.com/_gBQL. To volunteer as "Ranger for a day" and share information about Solano Land Trust at the Vallejo Ranger Station, contact Meriel at vallejoranger@gmail.com.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, Mar 29, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, Apr 01, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Apr 04, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, Apr 05, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Apr 10, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Apr 11, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

11:00am – 4:00pm

Kite Festival

Lynch Canyon

Save the date for Lynch Canyon's 7th annual Kite Festival!

COST: The festival is free! Parking is $5, or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. All proceeds help Solano County Parks keep this land open and safe.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Details to come.

Photo by Dave Reider

Sun, Apr 12, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
  
CANCELLED

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

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

Sat, Apr 18, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am – 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.

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sun, Apr 19, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sat, Apr 25, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am – 3:00pm

Open House

Rush Ranch

Save the date for Rush Ranch's 25th annual Open House!

COST: Free!

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Details to come.

Photo courtesy of the Rush Ranch Educational Council

Sun, Apr 26, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sat, May 02, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, May 03, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, May 06, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, May 08, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, May 09, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Sun, May 10, 2015
10:00am – 12:00pm

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

Jepson Prairie

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

COST: A donation is requested.

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, May 15, 2015
  
CANCELLED

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

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

Sat, May 16, 2015
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.

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Jun 03, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Jun 06, 2015
8:00am 

Trail Run & Community Hike

Lynch Canyon

Save the date for Lynch Canyon's 8th annual Trail Run & Community Hike! Learn more at lynchcanyontrailrun.org. Details to come.

Photo by Karlyn H. Lewis

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Fri, Jun 12, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jun 13, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Jun 19, 2015
  
CANCELLED

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

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

Sat, Jun 20, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Jul 04, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

7:00pm – 11:15pm

Moooonlight and Fireworks Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

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

REGISTRATION: Registration is not open yet.

Photo by Steven Chun

Fri, Jul 10, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jul 11, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Jul 18, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Aug 01, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Aug 05, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Aug 08, 2015
  

Aim for Ag

Birds Landing

Save the date! Details to come.

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Fri, Aug 14, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Aug 15, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Sep 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Sep 05, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Sep 11, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Sep 12, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Sep 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Oct 03, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Wed, Oct 07, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Oct 09, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Oct 10, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Oct 17, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Nov 04, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Nov 07, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, Nov 13, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Nov 14, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Nov 21, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Dec 02, 2015
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Dec 05, 2015
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Fri, Dec 11, 2015
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Dec 12, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Lynch Canyon

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels.

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Lynch Canyon parking lot.

Sat, Dec 19, 2015
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Sat, Jan 02, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, Jan 06, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Fri, Jan 08, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Jan 16, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

Wed, Feb 03, 2016
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

Sat, Feb 06, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

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

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

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

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

DIRECTIONS. Meet in the Rush Ranch courtyard.

Fri, Feb 12, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

Sat, Feb 20, 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm

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

Rush Ranch

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

COST: Free!

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

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

April through August, and October: Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (~10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (~10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (~11am-1pm).

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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