Solano Land Trust and partners are offering a few outdoor adventures in April, including the 28th Annual Rush Ranch Open House on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For important details, including each activity’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the activity calendar at solanolandtrust.org/events. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 212.
April opportunities include:
Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at King Swett- Ranches
Nature Hike: Wander the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity if they can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. The hike is up to 6 miles. The event is free. Meet at the unmarked park-n-ride lot near Hiddenbrooke (American Canyon Rd. and McGary Rd., Vallejo.) Pre- Registration is Recommended.
Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Bird of Prey Hike & Northern Harrier Presentation: Learn about eagles, hawks and falcons – the ways they fly, what they eat, where they hunt and rest and why they migrate long distances or stay in one place all year. This is the final bird of prey hike of the season. Larry Broderick will lead the hike and cover birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats and the importance of habitat protection and restoration. Participants learn how to identify differences between species, distinctions across individuals within one species and changes over time during one individual’s life. In addition, participants can attend a Northern Harrier Presentation by Dr. Skalos of UC Davis. In lieu of the $10 registration fee, Solano Land Trust is collecting donations for The Suisun Wildlife Center. Visit the activities calendar on the Solano Land Trust website to see a full wish list. RSVP recommended.
Saturdays and Sundays from April 6 to April 28 from 10 a.m.-12 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 is required. Free, but donations requested.
Friday, April 12 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m Rockville Trails Preserve
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Join Solano Land Trust at Rockville Trails Preserve to help monitor our population of the rare nodding harmonia, a small yellow wildflower in the tarweed family that is only found in very small patches in the coast range mountains. Participants will learn about the biology of this flower while conducting an annual census to assess the health of the population. The hike to and from the site features sweeping vistas of the surrounding areas and colorful spring wildflowers. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. For more information contact Ryan at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 13 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: email@example.com
Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Hike for Exercise and the views!: Join us to hike the vistas of Solano County while exercising and searching for wildflowers. The hike is 4-6 miles long, and is considered moderate to strenuous. If it is raining the hike will be cancelled. Pre-registration recommended. The event is free. Meet at the “Ice House” parking lot at corner of Suisun Valley Rd. & Rockville Rd.
Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Kids’ Hike: Mad Libs!: 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. Meet at the Lynch Canyon parking lot at 9:45 a.m.There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.Wear good walking shoes and bring water and snacks. If it is raining, mud boots are advised. RSVP recommended. This event is free.
Saturday, April 20 from 9-11 a.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Yoga Hike: Barbara Fredericks will lead this family friendly hike with 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. RSVP recommended. Meet at the “Ice House” parking lot at corner of Suisun Valley Rd. & Rockville Rd. This event is free.
Saturday, April 20 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 April, 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 where participants can make observations of birds, climate change and learn about the history of the land. Visitors can also explore exhibits, wander trails on their own and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. This event is free.
Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. along Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite the public to celebrate Earth Day weekend by volunteering to remove litter along Grizzly Island Road. This is the main road that serves as a scenic drive leading visitors into Suisun marsh, and to destinations like Belden’s Landing and Rush Ranch Open Space. Removing litter along this road is especially important, as trash can be dangerous to the fragile health of the marsh and to the critters that live there. Meet at the Rush Ranch parking lot. Snacks and water will be provided. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. along McGary Rd., Fairfield
Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite you and your family to celebrate Earth Day weekend by volunteering to remove litter along McGary Road towards Lynch Canyon. This is the main road that serves as a scenic drive leading visitors into Lynch Canyon Open Space. Removing litter along this road is especially important. Adult Volunteers are recommended for this particular site, due to safety issues along the main road. For more information, contact email@example.com,
Monday, April 22 from 9 a.m.-1p.m. Rockville Trails Preserve
Earth Day Hike! : Celebrate Earth Day while exercising and searching for wildflowers.The hike is 4-6 miles long, and is considered moderate to strenuous. If it is raining the hike will be cancelled. Pre-registration recommended. This event is free. Meet at the “Ice House” parking lot at corner of Suisun Valley Rd. & Rockville Rd.
Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Rush Ranch
29th Annual Rush Ranch Open House: Feast on burgers and hot dogs hot off the grill; shop for jewelry, art, crafts, and other unique items; listen to live music; look at live animals on display including bats, birds of prey, horses, cows and sheep; experiment with engaging science and engineering activities; play games; watch live demonstrations and more. The festival is free. All purchases of food, art and raffle tickets benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council, an all-volunteer organization that provides educational programs and public outreach for the ranch.
Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Nature Hike: This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prairie Ridge. Expect about a 5 mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prairie Ridge. The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 a.m. from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon. Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water and a snack. Call for more information. RSVP requested. The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore on your own
Lynch Canyon is open Fridays through Mondays from 9 a.m.-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.-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.]]>