Solano Land Trust Events

 

  • Below you'll find fun activities for you, your friends, and your family! See each event's listing below for important details, including registration information, what to be prepared for, what to bring, and where to meet. Many of our events are free and others low cost thanks to the support of our members and volunteers. 
  • Click here for our September Outdoor Adventures flyer.
  • Teachers, apply by Monday, September 12 for our Teachers on the Estuary two-day workshop at Rush Ranch on October 15 & 22.

Thu, Sep 01, 2016
  

Guided rides on your horse

Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

COST: Free!

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

WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

Sat, Sep 03, 2016
9:00am – 1:00pm

"Where the Wild Things Are" Nature Hike (1st Saturday of most months)

King-Swett Ranches

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

COST: Free!

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

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

MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended at http://conta.cc/2bKB7F3. Space is limited.

Wed, Sep 07, 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, Sep 09, 2016
8:30am – 12:30pm

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

Location varies

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

COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

7:30pm 

Stargazing

Rush Ranch

Are you curious about our amazing night skies? Then don’t miss this final 2016 stargazing event at Rush Ranch! The evening begins at 7:30pm with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center by local astronomy enthusiast Jon Pannier, followed by outdoor telescope viewing when dark.

COST: Free!

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Powerful telescopes will be on hand. Personal scopes and binoculars are also welcome, but you must be familiar with your equipment's set up and arrive before dark. (2) Children are welcome, but must be supervised at all times. (3) To protect night vision, flashlights must be covered with red cellophane which is available at the ranch, and latecomers are asked to dim their vehicle headlights when pulling into the parking lot.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) Encouraged: Warm clothing and mosquito repellent. (2) Also recommended: Flashlight covered with red cellophane (see details above).

MEETING PLACE: Click here for directions to Rush Ranch. The presentation begins at 8pm in the Nature Center. Stargazing begins in the courtyard at dark.

WEATHER PLAN: Cloud cover will force cancellation of the outdoor part of the event.

REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

Astronomy nights are made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council volunteers. For questions, contact Mary at 707-422-4491.

Sat, Sep 10, 2016
8:30am – 11:30am

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

Lynch Canyon

Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
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Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

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

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

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

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

WEATHER PLAN: Rain or high fire danger (red flag warning) may cancel. Call Ryan at 727-412-3862 if the weather is uncertain.

REGISTRATION: Pre-register at http://conta.cc/2bI0ANPSpace is limited and pre-registration is recommended so that we can plan projects and bring enough tools and food. 

Sun, Sep 11, 2016
10:00am – 2:00pm

Eagles, Hawks & other Birds of Prey Hike

Lynch Canyon

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

COST:

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

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

WHAT TO BRING: (1) $6 cash or check for parking and, if you haven't already registered, $10 for the guided hike. (2) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (3) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes that grip well. (4) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. (5) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (6) Also recommended: Binoculars, camera, hiking sticks, bug repellent.

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

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

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

Thu, Sep 15, 2016
3:00pm 

Guided Tours & Night Photography

Rush Ranch

Join the Rush Ranch Educational Council and the Nocturnes from 3pm until late at night for this exciting one-night workshop on this full "Harvest Moon".

This is an intensive workshop limited to 15 participants, closely supervised on location.

See details at www.thenocturnes.com/workshops/rushranch.html.

Schedule—from 3pm until late: Guided tours of Ranch, Marsh, surrounding trails by Ranch Docents. Introductory discussion of Night Photography. "Light Painting" Demonstrations. Photographing late into the night, under the Full "Harvest Moon".

COST: $100. Proceeds from the workshop will benefit the outreach and education programs of the Rush Ranch Educational Council.

REGISTRATION: Deadline to register: September 10. To register, contact Susan at nichols@thenocturnes.comor 707-645-9860, or mail Susan Nichols, P.O. Box 291, Napa, CA 94559.

Sat, Sep 17, 2016
9:00am – 12:00pm

California Coastal Cleanup Day

Hill Slough Bridge, alongside Rush Ranch

Trash on our streets and in our creeks doesn't just look bad, it's bad for our health. Because stormdrains on our streets lead to our waterways and because water is always moving, trash on the ground can travel all the way to San Francisco Bay and out to the Pacific Ocean. That's bad for people and bad for animals and plants.

Be a part of the solution! Join the localstate, and international effort to get trash out of our water. Every third Saturday of September is California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state's largest volunteer event. 

Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, churches, service clubs, and individuals are all invited to come together to make a difference. There are dozens of waterway cleanup sites in Solano County for our creeks, rivers, marsh and bay. Solano Land Trust's site is Hill Slough, part of Suisun Marsh alongside Rush Ranch.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: Lots of bending and lifting as you pick up trash and recyclables. Getting dirty, muddy, and possibly wet.

WHAT TO BRING:

To be as eco-friendly as you can be, bring:
  • A filled, reusable water bottle (instead of a disposable plastic water bottle).
  • A pair of reusable gloves from home (instead of using the disposable plastic gloves provided at the Cleanup)
  • A bucket or reusable bag for collecting trash (many Cleanup sites are equipped with dumpsters or roll-away bins so you can dump what you collect and bring your bucket or reusable bag back home)
Also recommended:
  • Waterproof boots if you have them. Otherwise sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain.
  • Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Again, waterproof if possible.
  • Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses).
  • Protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain).
  • A change of clothes for your ride home.

MEETING PLACE: Meet at Hill Slough Bridge. Click here for a map. It's the first bridge you cross on Grizzly Island Road coming from Highway 12. It's about 1 mile south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue/Grizzly Island Road intersection, and about 1 mile north of the entrance to Rush Ranch.

WEATHER PLAN: This is a rain or shine event!

REGISTRATION: Pre-register at http://conta.cc/2byiGnb. For questions, contact Jordan at 315-262-4090.

10:00am – 1:00pm

Get the Rush! (3rd Saturday of every month)

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.

In September:

  • 10am-1pm: Blacksmithing: Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop. You may even have the opportunity to try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake!
  • 11am-1pm: Weather and soil conditions permitting, ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon! Wheelchair users are encouraged to board the wagon and experience the ride; the wagons are specially-designed with a wheelchair lift.

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

    Get the Rush is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access AdventureNapa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers.

    Sat, Oct 01, 2016
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Wed, Oct 05, 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, Oct 08, 2016
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
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    Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fri, Oct 14, 2016
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Oct 15, 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.

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Tue, Nov 01, 2016
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    Wed, Nov 02, 2016
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Nov 05, 2016
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Sun, Nov 06, 2016
    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Eagles, Hawks & other Birds of Prey Hike

    Rockville Trails Preserve

    Details to come!

    Fri, Nov 11, 2016
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Nov 12, 2016
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
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    Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    10:00am – 2:00pm

    30th Anniversary Hike Exclusively for Members & Business Partners of Solano Land Trust

    Lynch Canyon

    2016 is Solano Land Trust's 30th Anniversary!

    Solano Land Trust Members and Business Partners are invited to celebrate with us on this special hike at Lynch Canyon.

    Details to come!

    Sat, Nov 19, 2016
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Thu, Dec 01, 2016
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    Sat, Dec 03, 2016
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Wed, Dec 07, 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, Dec 09, 2016
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Dec 10, 2016
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
    --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, Dec 17, 2016
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Sun, Dec 18, 2016
    10:00am – 2:00pm

    Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Hike

    Lynch Canyon

    Details to come!

    Sun, Jan 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

    -- 

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    Wed, Jan 04, 2017
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Jan 07, 2017
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Fri, Jan 13, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Jan 14, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
    --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, Jan 21, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    1:00pm – 5:00pm

    Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Workshop & Hike

    Rush Ranch

    Details to come!

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

    -- 

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Feb 04, 2017
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Fri, Feb 10, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Feb 11, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
    --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, Feb 18, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Wed, Mar 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

    -- 

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Mar 04, 2017
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Fri, Mar 10, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Mar 11, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
    --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, Mar 18, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Sat, Apr 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

    -- 

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Wed, Apr 05, 2017
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Apr 08, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
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    Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fri, Apr 14, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Apr 15, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Mon, May 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    Wed, May 03, 2017
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, May 06, 2017
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Fri, May 12, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, May 13, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
    --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, May 20, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Thu, Jun 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

    -- 

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    Sat, Jun 03, 2017
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Wed, Jun 07, 2017
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Fri, Jun 09, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Jun 10, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
    --

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, Jun 17, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Sat, Jul 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Wed, Jul 05, 2017
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Jul 08, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
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    Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fri, Jul 14, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Jul 15, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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

    Tue, Aug 01, 2017
      

    Guided rides on your horse

    Lynch Canyon & Rockville Trails Preserve

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

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

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

    COST: Free!

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

    WHAT TO BRING: Inquire upon registration.

    MEETING PLACE: Inquire upon registration.

    WEATHER PLAN: Inquire upon registration.

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

    Wed, Aug 02, 2017
    5:30pm – 7:30pm

    Solano Land Trust Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

    Sat, Aug 05, 2017
    9:00am – 1:00pm

    Nature hike (1st Saturday of most months)

    King-Swett Ranches

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

    MEETING PLACE: Since there is no parking lot at the King-Swett Ranches, please meet your guide promptly at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead. Map: http://goo.gl/maps/YNpgX

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

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

    Fri, Aug 11, 2017
    8:30am – 12:30pm

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

    Location varies

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

    COST: Free—thank you for volunteering!

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

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

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

    Sat, Aug 12, 2017
    8:30am – 11:30am

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

    Lynch Canyon

    Note that 8:30am is our new start time!
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    Help take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sat, Aug 19, 2017
    10:00am – 1:00pm

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

    Rush Ranch

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

    COST: Free!

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

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

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

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

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

    REGISTRATION: None. Just show up!

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