Suisun City, CA-Solano Land Trust and partners are offering exciting outdoor adventures in May. You can enjoy wildflowers and green hills before the spring season ends and the summer begins. This month includes our 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival.The kite festival is part of a state-wide effort called Take It Outside California, designed to get all Californians outdoors and connected to parks and natural lands. For important details about the kite festival and other activities, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org.For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 203. May opportunities include:
Saturday. May 5, 12-4 p.m.
Lynch Canyon Kite Festival: Families can bring their kites, their kids and a picnic lunch for a fun day at this natural park and working ranch. Lynch Canyon’s open spaces and breezes provide the perfect venue for kite-flying. The festival is free, and the parking fee has been generously waived by Solano County Parks. Click herefor more information.
Saturday. May 5, 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches: Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide participants through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They’ll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home. Take advantage of this special opportunity if possible because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Cost is free. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended.
Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6 and May 12-13, 10 a.m. to noon, Jepson Prairie Preserve
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk: Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these tours every Saturday and Sunday through May 13 (Mother’s Day). A minimum $5 donation is encouraged.
Friday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (location varies)
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
Saturdays, May 12 and 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Lynch Canyon
Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunities: Help take care of Lynch Canyon’s 1,000-plus acres. Trail crew day falls on the second Saturday of most months. However, in preparation of our11thAnnual Lynch Canyon Trail Run on June 2, this month we will be hosting 2 trail work days, as we will need extra help these days with weed whacking and installing trail markers. No experience required, as participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch. No RSVP required.
Friday, May 18, 8 p.m., Rush Ranch
Stargazing: Astronomy nights at Rush Ranch are back. Those curious about the amazing night sky will want to attend this first Rush Ranch Stargazing event of 2018. The evening begins with an indoor presentation, followed by outdoor telescope viewing. Free. No RSVP required.
Saturday, May 19, 9-11 a.m., Rockville Trails Preserve
Yoga Hike: Enjoy a walk in the beautiful open space of Rockville Trails Preserve led by Barbara Fredericks of Benicia Yoga & Wellness. She will lead you on a walk while stopping to incorporate easy yoga moves “for every body.” Participants will meet at the big red barn labeled “Ice house” on the corner of Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. The group will then carpool to the trailhead. Bring water and good tennis shoes. Free. No RSVP required.
Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rush Ranch
Get the Rush: On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary month to month. In May, visitors can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, experiment with science discovery labs, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh. Weather permitting; they can also 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. Guests can also explore exhibits and wander trails on their own. Free. No RSVP required.
Saturday, May 26, 9:45 a.m. to noon, at Lynch Canyon
Kids’ Hike: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite kids of all ages to join Docents at Lynch for the “I Spy” Kids’ Hike. They will be challenged to locate familiar and unfamiliar sights along the trail…and there is always a surprise or two waiting for them at this beautiful park. Bring water and snacks. Please arrive at 9:45 in the Lynch Canyon parking lot. Hike begins at 10. The hike is free. Parking is $6.
Guided rides for equestrians
Solano Land Trust’s equestrian docents are now available to lead riders and their horses on two of Solano Land Trust’s properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. Lynch Canyon is open to the public Fridays through Mondays. It 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 ridgetops that reach up to 900 feet.
Rockville Trails Preserve is not yet open to the public, but the Land Trust’s equestrian docents are eager to show riders this stunning property filled with groves of blue and live oaks, wildflowers and wildlife as one rides atop hills above Suisun Valley. Riders interested in a personalized tour of either of these properties or wanting more information can email either Mindi at email@example.com Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking is $6 at Lynch Canyon. The guided rides are free. Space is limited.
Ongoing at Rush Ranch
Horse Feeding Volunteer Opportunity: Access Adventure is seeking volunteers who enjoy physical outdoor work on a ranch and are available for 45 minutes one or more times a week throughout the year. These volunteers will be trained to feed the horses at Rush Ranch. Free.
Explore on your own
For visitors who like to explore on their 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, or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. Rush Ranch is open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 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.
Save the date
Solano Land Trust and partners invite the community to the annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run and Community Hikeon Sat. June 2.
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 solanolandtrust.org.