May Outdoor Adventures with Solano Land Trust

Solano Land Trust and their partners are offering opportunities for outdoor activities in May.

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Solano Land Trust and partners are offering multiple 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 activities calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 212.  May opportunities include:

Fri. May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Rush Ranch

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Please join Solano Land Trust and assist with weeding, caging, and tending plants in the upper spring branch restoration at Rush Ranch.  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

Sat. May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

Nature Hike: Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, rain cancels, 9am-1pm.  Registration is recommended.  Meet at the red “Ice House” building on the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Rd.

Sat. May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 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

Sun. May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Kid’s Hike- Mother’s Day Hike:  Come Kick off Mother’s Day with us!  From spring to early summer, Lynch Canyon is in bloom. Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite the community to bring their kids and join the next kids’ hike to see how many different flowers they can find. All ages are encouraged to join the hike. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45; hike starts at 10. Bring plenty of water and snacks.  RSVP recommended. The Hike is Free.   *NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

Sat. May. 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lynch Canyon  

Yoga Hike– Lynch Canyon:  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.  Participants can enjoy the sun on their face and the wind in their hair while they do yoga. RSVP recommended. Meeting location: Lynch Canyon Parking Lot.  *NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

Sat. May 18 from 10 a.m. to 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 May, 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 11:00, 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.  Free.

Sat. May 25 from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Rockville Trails Preserve 

Mountain Bike Ride: Docent-led mountain bike ride at Rockville Trails Preserve.  Please join us for an approximately 7 to 10-mile mountain bike ride with approximately 1,500 feet of climbing.  The ride will cover most of the trails at the site with scenic views and several interpretive stops.  Experienced riders recommended with hardtail or full suspension mountain bikes that are in good condition.  RSVP recommended.  Meet at the red “Ice House” building at the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Road.

Sat. May 25 from 9 a.m. to 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.  It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.  Hike leaves promptly at 9:15 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.  COST: 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 not provided.  Contact Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine atcnken13@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 attmuehleise@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 trails 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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