Outdoor Adventures with Solano Land Trust in October

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By Deanna Chedsey

There are many ways the community can explore Solano’s hills and wetlands with Solano Land Trust and partners in October. For important details about each activity below, including its meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150.

Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King-Swett Ranches

Nature Hike: Wander the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will get a workout and 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. Up to six miles. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. Meet at the (unmarked) Park-and-Ride lot, McGary Rd. & Hiddenbrooke Parkway.

Friday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: This month’s project will involve monitoring some of the riparian planting sites. Care will be taken to pair experienced and new citizen scientists, so no previous experience is necessary. Expect to walk one to two miles, and to stand and bend. Bring a backpack with water, snack and wear layered clothing. Meet in the parking lot.  RSVP required to  ryan@solanolandtrust.org, or 727-412-3862 (Please note area code is 727).

Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon 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 parking pass for the day and free lunch. No RSVP required.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 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 October, 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. 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. Visitors can also explore exhibits, wander trails, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

 Nature’s Bounty Hike: Get outside and enjoy a great hike in our newest open space. Discover views of Solano County and beyond. Explore nature’s bounty the way our local Native American inhabitants may have used it and come away with a new perspective of our surrounding area. Meet at the Ice House parking lot (corner of Suisun Valley and Rockville rds), then carpool to the gate entrance. Pre-registration recommended. Free.

Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

Yoga Hike: Celebrate the end of the long Bay Area summer by joining a special hiking & yoga event. This easy, family friendly hike will start off by meeting at the Ice House parking lot (corner of Suisun Valley and Rockville rds.), then carpool to the gate entrance. Barbara Fredericks of Benicia Yoga & Wellness will lead some warm up stretches and a yoga session later on. Participants can enjoy the sun on their face and the wind in their hair while they do yoga. Bring water. No pre-registration required. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 21, from 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Kid’s Hike: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are offering a kid’s hike in the beautiful open space of Lynch Canyon. Bring water, snacks, layered clothing, and tennis shoes. Pre-registration is required, and the activity itself is free, but you will need to bring $6 for parking. Meet at the gravel parking lot at Lynch Canyon. Lynch Canyon can be accessed where the frontage rd., Mcgary Rd., and Lynch Rd. intersect.

Solano Land Trust Seeks Your Input!

Community Input Survey: Solano Land Trust is interested in your thoughts about the Solano County landscape, parks and natural areas. Please take a few minutes to give them your opinions about what’s important to you! Use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VCZ6XX7  or visit www.solanolandtrust.org to participate in the survey.All survey participants will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to SLT’s signature event – Sunday Supper, or a Private Hike and lunch for four. Survey closes October 3.

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 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.

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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