Solano Outdoor Adventures: March into spring

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Solano Land Trust and partners are offering outdoor adventures in March so that local residents and visitors can spend time outside. There will be guided walks and hikes, blacksmithing and ways to volunteer. See  new growth on trees, wildflowers in bloom, aquatic life in vernal pools and birds getting ready for the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  For important details, including each activity’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the activity calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 212. March opportunities include:

Friday, March 8 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Jepson Prairie Preserve

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Join SLT staff to learn about this unique rangeland ecosystem, look for early flowers, and help strike the balance between visitor access and preservation. Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering.  For more information contact Jasmine at: jasmine@solanolandtrust.org

Saturday, March 9 from 9-11:30 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:jordan@solanolandtrust.org

Saturdays and Sundays, from March 9 to March 31, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at 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. Visitors can enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Participants can learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these two-hour tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., March 9 through May 12 (Mother’s Day). No pre-registration required. The event is free, but donations are requested.

Saturday, March 16 from 9-11 a.m. at Rush Ranch

Yoga Hike: This easy, family friendly hike will start and end at the Rush Ranch picnic area.  Barbara Fredericks will lead some warm up stretches and then will proceed on the trail. On yoga hikes, participants practice standing poses to support the body before, during and after the hikes. Participants can enjoy the sun on their face and the wind in their hair while they do yoga. RSVP recommended. Meeting location: Picnic area at Rush Ranch. The event is free.

Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-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 March, 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 a.m., 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. The event is free.

Wednesday, March 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

Spring Has Sprung! Hike: Join us on this, the first full day of Spring, enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, rain cancels, 9am-1pm. Pre-registration recommended. Free. Meeting location: The “Ice House” parking lot at corner of Suisun Valley Rd. & Rockville Rd.

Monday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Kids’ Hike: The kids will be out of school for the day, what to do? Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite families to attend the next Kids’ Hike: Find Something Green! Lynch Canyon is turning all shades of green. The public is invited to see just how many green things they can find at Lynch Canyon. Meeting location: Lynch Canyon Parking lot at 9:45 a.m. Wear good walking shoes and bring water and snacks.  If it is raining, mud boots are advised. RSVP recommended. This event is free. There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. a Rockville Trails Preserve

Join Solano Land Trust for the Second Annual Bikes and Brews event. This is an opportunity to mountain bike the hills of Rockville Trails Preserve led by mountain bike docents. There will be beer tasting available after the ride. This property is not yet open to the public, and only accessible by docent-led tours at this time, so be among the first ever to ride on this property. This event is not recommended for beginners. Registrants should be skilled riders in good physical condition. RSVP is required. Cost is $25. Visit solanolandtrust.org to register.

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 are not provided.  Contact Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com. 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 tmuehleise@aol.com.

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 solanolandtrust.org.

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