Fresh start February: Adventures with the Solano Land Trust

Solano Land Trust and partners are offering numerous outdoor adventures in February.

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Solano Land Trust and partners are offering numerous outdoor adventures in February so the community can experience oak woodlands, grasslands, tidal marsh and vernal pools during this time of year. The hillsides are green, creeks are flowing, and vernal pools are filling from winter rains.

At the same time, the earliest of spring flowers like California buttercups are beginning to bloom, aquatic invertebrate like the Conservancy Fairy Shrimp are beginning to hatch, and soon it will be mating and nesting season for birds like the Great-horned Owl. For important details, including each event’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the activity calendar at For additional questions, call 707-432-0150.

February opportunities include:

Friday, Feb. 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rockville Trail Preserves

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering.  This month, the citizen science project will be stream health assessment at our Rockville Trails Preserve. We will be sampling invertebrates in a small spring and creek that holds water year round, and using our finding to assess stream health using the California Streamside Biosurvey protocol.  For more information contact Jasmine at:

Saturday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lynch Canyon

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres.  Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding and more.  No experience necessary.  Participants learn while volunteering.  Free lunch and a parking pass provided.  For more information contact Jordan at:

Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Flyway Festival Offers Birds-of-Prey Hike: Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a Birds of Prey Migration Hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park on Saturday February 9th, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Take advantage of this special opportunity to discover, observe and learn about eagles, hawks and other raptors because this hike is part of the 24th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival. This hike will offer raptor identification tips and views of resident and over-wintering birds of prey.  Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey.

All ages are welcome, but participants must be prepared for a moderate pace covering about 4 miles, possibly off-trail in places, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants and thistle, and passing free range cattle along the way.

There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.  Pre-registration required. 

Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Kid’s Hike- Love Birds:  Kids’ Hike:  The kids will be out of school for the day, what to do??  Come join the next kids’ hike at Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, hosted by Solano Land Trust, for some fresh air, exercise, and fun!  Participants will spot resident and over-wintering raptors at Lynch Canyon.  No registration required.  Meet in the parking lot at 9:45 for a 10:00 departure.  The hike is free. *NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch: On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch.  Timing and activities vary month to month. In February, kids and adults can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and learn why Rush Ranch is nationally famous by participating in tidal marsh activities.  At 11:00, docents will lead families on an interpretive hike along the marsh.  Visitors can also explore exhibits, wander trails on their own, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy.  Free.

Ongoing at Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides on your horse: Tours of Rockville Trails Preserve and Lynch Canyon are offered for experienced trail riders with fit horses that are both trail- and road-trained.   Horses not provided.  Contact Mindi at or Christine at Parking is $6 at Lynch Canyon. The guided rides are free. Space is limited.

Ongoing at Rush Ranch

Horse Feeding Volunteer Opportunity: Get trained to feed the horses at Rush Ranch weekly throughout the year. Contact Tom at

Explore on your own

Lynch Canyon is open Fridays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to picnic, fly a kite, see cows and wildlife, and explore the hills on foot, mountain bike or horse. Parking is $6. Rush Ranch is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to picnic, explore exhibits, see horses and cows, and walk alongside the tidal marsh or hike up hills. Parking is free. Both locations offer 360 degree views of Solano County and the Bay Area.

Solano Land Trust protects land to ensure a healthy environment, keep ranching and farming families on their properties, and inspire a love of the land. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit


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