Explore the outdoors this January

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By Di Holokahi
Special to the Express

Join Solano Land Trust and their docents to explore the outdoors and experience the beauty of Solano County. For important details, including each activity’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org/events. For additional questions, call 707-420-1041.

January opportunities include:

Saturday, Jan. 1 from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space

Nature Hike: Start the new year right with an invigorating hike through the oak-lined hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley. Climb the spectacular hills to reach vistas of Solano County you won’t find anywhere else. Moderate strenuous, four to six miles, rain cancels. Registration Required.

Saturday, Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at King Swett Ranches

Nature Hike: Come explore the sweeping hills near Cordelia on one of the land trust’s most vast and rugged properties. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. Docents will share insights about the birds, plants, and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout. This is also a rare opportunity to see abundant water on this often dry property. Space is limited. Hike level: Moderate to Moderately Strenuous. Registration is Required

Saturday, Jan. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space

Mountain Bike Tour: Please join us for an approximately seven to 10-mile mountain bike ride with nearly 1,500 feet of climbing. The ride will cover most of the trails at the property with scenic views and several interpretive stops. This trip is recommended for experienced riders with hardtail or full suspension mountain bikes that are in good condition. Registration is Required.

Saturday, Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space

Nature Hike: Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Scenic stands of blue and live oaks and the fascinating geology of the park make this a truly unique hike. Moderate strenuous, four to six miles, rain cancels. Registration is Required.

Saturday, Jan. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space

Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunities: Join Trail Crew every second Saturday of the month in partnership with Solano County Parks to work on trails and projects at Lynch Canyon Open Space. Registration is Required.

Saturday, Jan. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rush Ranch

Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Hike: Join us for a socially distanced, 30-minute Mindful Meditation with Barbara Fredericks at Rush Ranch, followed by a yoga hike. Participants will be led through seated meditation while enjoying the fresh air and the beautiful birdsongs of Rush Ranch. Contact volunteer@solanolandtrust.org with questions. Registration is required.

Saturday, Jan. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Get the Rush: Get the Rush is a free, family-friendly monthly gathering with activities for all. We will have the blacksmith shop, the marsh walk, the storybook walk in partnership with the Library, and the self-guided geocache scavenger hunt, Explorer Quest, presented in partnership with Solano County Office of Education. Registration for the marsh walk is required.

Saturday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space

Bird of Prey Hike: Larry Broderick, of West County HawkWatch, has led thousands of visitors on raptor tours at Lynch Canyon, an ideal place for novice and experienced viewers to see majestic birds of prey. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks and a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey from as far away as the Arctic Circle. It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. This hike will be between four to six miles. The guided hike is $10 per person. The parking is $6 per vehicle, which goes to support Solano County Parks. Registration is required.

Saturday, Jan. 22 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon Open Space

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. Registration is required.

Saturday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park

Trail Crew Opportunity: Come join us in building new trails at Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi! Get a sneak peek of the new trail system and meet the cool people who care about land in Solano County. Most importantly, participants can be part of the legacy of getting the property open to the public. Registration is required.

Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch

2022 Docent Training: Members of the community are invited to an upcoming recruiting event to train fresh, new, and enthusiastic volunteers to become Solano Land Trust Docents. Participants will attend a series of training sessions to learn how to lead guided tours throughout 2022 on protected Solano Land Trust properties such as King Swett Ranches, Lynch Canyon, Patwino Worrlta Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park, Jepson Prairie, and Rush Ranch. Registration is required.

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 how to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.

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