This time of year is ideal to explore the recreational areas in and around the Fairfield and Suisun Valley regions.
Solano Land Trust, a public benefit organization dedicated to protecting working farms and natural areas in Solano County, hosts fun activities for children and adults alike year-round at Rush Ranch Open Space, Rockville Hills Regional Park, and Lynch Canyon Open Space. Whether its a free guided hike, a volunteer opportunity, or a special event like a kite festival trail run, or art activity, these events are fun for the entire family.
[caption id="attachment_1211" align="alignright" width="300"] A bird of prey hike at Lynch Canyon[/caption]
Save the dates for these upcoming activities!
- Oct. 13, Columbus Day Power Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve: Join docents Richard and Cathy Christo for a quick-paced hike through the oaks and grassland with some hill climbs. We'll take a few short breaks to enjoy the views and catch our breath. Enjoy this beautiful open space while getting in shape! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because Solano Land Trust's Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed. The free hike will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the red Ice House building on Suisun Valley Court, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Road intersection. Park beside the red barn and the group will carpool from there to the trailhead. Advance registration required. Call Cathy at 707-745-1913
- Oct. 18, Trails and Tales - From Cobblestones to Counterfeiters at Rockville Trail Preserve: Join docent John McVicar for a moderate hike. He'll share stories and lore about the local human history—from Patwin Native American projectile points to pioneer rock walls—along the way. The free hike will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Once again, meet at the red Ice House building and from there, carpool to the trailhead. Registration is required by contacting John at 707-718-3498.
- Oct. 18 Get the Rush at Rush Ranch: Get the Rush is a series of fun activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run. Timing and activities vary month-to-month based on volunteer availability and the weather. Activities may include a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh and through upland grasses (timing varies), a traditional blacksmith shop in action (10am-1pm), an interpretive display of Native American tools and decorations (10am-1pm), and horse-drawn wagon rides that are wheelchair accessible (11am-1pm). For this month's event, experience the fun of decorating pumpkins in the outdoors. Small artificial pumpkins and craft supplies will be provided for this free activity as part of the Get the Rush at Rush Ranch series. Bring or wear clothing you can get paint on. Pumpkin decorating will be from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Feel free to bring a lunch and picnic at the ranch. Reservations are requested, by calling 707-432-0150 ext. 209, so the necessary amount of pumpkins can be ordered. Otherwise, pumpkins are on a first come, first served basis.
[caption id="attachment_1212" align="alignright" width="300"] photo by Tom Muehleisen[/caption]
- Oct. 19 Birds of Prey Identification and Natural History Hike at Lynch Canyon: Join Larry Broderick and the Solano Land Trust Raptor Team for a hiking tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring resident, migrating and over-wintering birds of prey. Previous sightings include golden eagles, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, Cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, ferruginous hawks, peregrine falcons, prairie falcons and other more common birds of prey. Broderick brings over 25 years of experience studying, researching, identifying, rescuing and rehabilitating birds of prey. Over the last decade he has been sharing his love of hawks on these Solano Land Trust birds of prey hikes and tours. He’s a gifted and entertaining teacher who is anxious to share his knowledge of and passion for raptors with anyone who is interested. The cost is $10 per person, payable when registering, plus $5 per vehicle, which is payable at the park. Advance registration is required. Extreme weather cancels (e.g., heavy rain or red flag conditions). Call Mary Beth Crittendon at (707) 685-5908 if the weather is uncertain.
- Oct. 24 Astronomy Night at Rush Ranch: Join local astronomy enthusiast Jim Jerrell for a night of adventure with our skies. It begins at 7pm with a presentation in the Rush Ranch Nature Center, followed by telescope viewing after dark. The presentation is in the Rush Ranch Nature Center. Telescope viewing is in the gravel courtyard. The event is free and no registration is required. For more information, call Karen at 707-689-2639 or Mary at 707-422-4491.
For more information about any of these events or the Solano Land Trust, visit www.solanolandtrust.org.