Outdoor Adventures with Solano Land Trust in September

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Eagles, hawks, falcons, horses, bright stars in a dark sky – these are just some of the things you can enjoy on outdoor adventures with Solano Land Trust and partners this September. Spend time outdoors with family and friends doing healthy activities and getting fresh air. 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. September outdoor adventures include:

Friday, Sept. 7 from 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Stargazing: Join us for the fifth and last astronomy night for 2018. Local astronomy enthusiast Jon Pannier will talk about Elon Musk and the Space X program as well as what to look for in the skies in the coming months. The indoor presentation lasts about an hour, and will be followed by outdoor telescope viewing. Free. No pre-registration required.

Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 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 necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free pizza with RSVP. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. Email Jordan.

Friday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (location varies)

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Email Jasmine.

Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hill Slough and Rush Ranch

California Coastal Cleanup Day: This is a volunteer opportunity throughout the state to help remove trash from our creeks, marshes, bays, and ocean. Hill Slough and Rush Ranch are part of a national system of reserves that protects more than 1.3 million acres of coastal land and water. To volunteer to help clean up at this site, please RSVP.

Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lynch Canyon

Yoga Hike: Enjoy a walk in the beautiful open space of Lynch Canyon led by Barbara Fredericks of Benicia Yoga & Wellness. She will lead you on a walk while stopping to incorporate easy yoga moves “for every body”. This is a free hike and no RSVP is required. Meet in the gravel parking lot. Bring water and $6 for parking.

Satuday, Sept 15 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. Visitors can travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and try making your own iron nail or other keepsake. Visitors are also welcome to explore exhibits, wander trails on their own, and bring a picnic lunch. Free.

Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Kids’ Hike: Families are invited to join us in exploring the beauty of Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. This month we will be strolling through this gorgeous park while using the natural setting to inspire nature journaling. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45.  The hike is free and for kids of all ages.  Parking is $6 (we are not able to make change).  Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water.

Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Birds of Prey Migration Sensation Hike: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present the first Lynch Canyon birds of prey hike of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey.  It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. This hike will be between 4-6 miles. The guided hike is $10 per person. The parking is $6 per vehicle, which goes to support Solano County Parks. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Ongoing at Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides on your horse: Solano Land Trust’s equestrian docents are available to lead you and your horse on two of Solano Land Trust’s properties: Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve. These tours are for experienced trail riders with fit horses that are both trail and road trained. For more information, email Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.netor 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.

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, and goes to support Solano County Parks. 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. Both locations offer 360 degree views of Solano County and the Bay Area.

Reserve your seat now for an exceptional experience on Sun. Oct. 7

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 $125. Click here for more info, or call 707-709-9022.

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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