July events with Solano Land Trust

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Join Solano Land Trust and partners for summer adventures outdoors. For important details, including each activity’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-709-9023. July opportunities include:

Sat. July 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the King-Swett Ranches

Nature Hike: Explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia and Vallejo. Participants will get a workout, and see 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.

Fri. July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location to be determined

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Every second Friday of the month, get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free. Space is limited. RSVP to: Jasmine@solanolandtrust.org at least 2 days in advance.

Wed. July 13 from 9 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. July 13 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.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 is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free pizza lunch provided. No RSVP required.  Contact jordan@solanolandtrust.org

Sat. July 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Get the Rush!: On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary month to month. In July, visitors can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and join a docent-led interpretive hike focused on the birds, plants and water of the marsh. 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. Guests can also explore exhibits, wander trails on their own, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. Free.

Fri. July 26 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Stargazing Program: Don’t miss stargazing at Rush Ranch to learn about our amazing night sky.  This presentation will focus on dark matter dark energy.  Telescopes will be provided for everyone’s viewing when it gets dark.  Participants may bring their own telescope or binoculars.  The event is free. For more information contact the Rush Ranch Educational Council- Mary (707)422-4491.

 Sat. July 27 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 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 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.

Save the date: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m.

Sunday Supper at Joyful Ranch: We are honored to host our Sunday Supper in recognition of your lasting commitment to land conservation. Enjoy an extraordinary evening filled with stories of the land and live music. Dine on a sumptuous meal prepared by Lindsey Chelini, the Executive Chef & Owner of Backdoor Bistro. Please join us and your fellow kindred spirits for this evening of rustic elegance! Tickets are $150. A full table for 8 people is $1,200. Click here to purchase tickets, or call 707-709-9022.

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