Get your hands dirty at Lake Solano

Putah Creek Council Stewardship Team member and Winters resident Jeff Carlson installs native, drought tolerant shrubs at Lake Solano Park. Courtesy photo

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Putah Creek Council is hosting several volunteer opportunities in January, including two at Lake Solano Park.

Community members are invited to help install plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers to improve habitat along this portion of Putah Creek in Winters. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to learn how to install irrigation to keep these plants watered during the hot summer months.

These plants, grown by volunteers in the Putah Creek Nursery, will provide food and shelter to wildlife, create screening to campsites, and beautify the campground for Lake Solano Park visitors.

“Visitors are always impressed by the wildlife they see at Lake Solano Park,” says Karin Young, Putah Creek Council education coordinator. “Habitat plantings like these are a great way to be a part of making sure this Park continues to support the animals we love to see — like Pipevine swallowtail butterflies and Western Bluebirds.”

January volunteer opportunities include:

~  Saturday, Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m. to noon, the Putah Creek Nursery, Davis

~  Saturday, Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Lake Solano Park, Winters

~  Saturday, Jan. 20, 1:30-4 p.m., Lake Solano Park, Winters

~  Saturday, Jan. 27, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Putah Creek Nursery, Davis

Putah Creek Council will provide all the plants, tools, gloves, and other supplies. Please dress appropriately for the weather in clothes that can get dirty and wear closed-toe shoes. These are “rain or shine” events, and mud boots and ponchos will be provided if needed.

For more details and to register in advance, visit or call 795-3006.

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