Explore Fairfield’s outdoors in March with the Solano Land Trust

Green grasses are growing and the wildflowers are blooming in Fairfield's rolling hills

Solano Land Trust and partners are offering outdoor adventures in March so that local residents and visitors can spend time outside.

Come enjoy guided walks and hikes, blacksmithing, science discovery labs, and ways to volunteer. See bright green new growth on trees, wildflowers in bloom, aquatic life in vernal pools, and birds getting ready for the end of winter and the beginning of spring. For important details, including each activity’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 203. March opportunities include:

Sat. Mar. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at King-Swett Ranches

Nature Hike: Explore 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. Take advantage of this special opportunity if possible because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Up to 6 miles. Pre-registration recommended. Free. Meeting location for carpool: The Park-n-ride at Red Top Road.

Fri. Mar. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (location varies)

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust ranches. No experience is necessary. Participants will learn while volunteering. Space is limited. RSVP two or more days in advance to Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org. Free.

Sat. Mar. 10 from 9:00 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 necessary. Participants will learn while volunteering. No RSVP necessary. Free parking pass for the day at check-in, and free pizza while supplies last.

Sat. Mar. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

Hike the Oak Woodlands: Admire majestic oak trees, enjoy exercise and fresh air, and see sweeping views of the valleys, marsh, delta and Mt. Diablo. Up to 5 miles. Pre-registration recommended. Free. Meeting location for carpool: The “Ice House” parking lot, at corner of Suisun Valley rd. & Rockville rd.

Sat. Mar. 17 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. The community can experiment with science discovery labs; and travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action. Guests can also explore exhibits and trails, and bring a picnic lunch. No RSVP necessary. Free.

Sat. Mar. 17 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Kids’ Hike: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite families to attend the next Kids’ Hike on St. Patrick’s Day.  Lynch Canyon is turning all shades of green. The public is invited to see just how many green things they can find at Lynch Canyon. Meeting location: Lynch Canyon Parking lot at 9:45.  Wear good walking shoes and bring water and snacks.  If it is raining, mud boots are advised. No RSVP required. The hike is free.  Parking is $6.00.

Sat. Mar. 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rush Ranch

Yoga Hike:  This easy, family friendly hike will start and end at the Rush Ranch picnic area. 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. No pre-registration required. Meeting location: Picnic area at Rush Ranch. Free.

Wed. Mar. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

Spring Has Sprung! Hike: Join us on this, the first full day of Spring, enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, rain cancels, 9am-1pm. Pre-registration recommended. Free. Meeting location: The “Ice House” parking lot at corner of Suisun Valley Rd. & Rockville Rd.

Sat. Mar. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lynch Canyon

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Hike: Lynch Canyon is a magnet for birds of prey. It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. The community is invited to join Larry Broderick and team to spot resident and over-wintering raptors. Birds of prey seen this winter at Lynch Canyon include Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Ferruginous, Cooper's, and Sharp-shinned Hawks; White-tailed Kite; Northern Harrier; American Kestrel; Prairie Falcon; Turkey Vulture; Burrowing Owl; and Bald and Golden Eagles. Four miles. Pre-registration recommended. This guided hike is $10, and parking at Lynch Canyon is $6 per vehicle.

Ongoing at Lynch Canyon and Rockville Trails Preserve

Guided rides on horse: Tours of Rockville Trails Preserve and Lynch Canyon for experienced trail riders with fit horses that are both trail- and road-trained. Contact Mindi at splish@sbcglobal.net or Christine at cnken13@juno.com. The guided rides are free. Parking is $6 at Lynch Canyon.

Ongoing at Rush Ranch

Horse Feeding Volunteer Opportunity: Access Adventure is seeking volunteers who enjoy physical outdoor work on a ranch and are available one or more times a week throughout the year to feed the horses at Rush Ranch. Contact Tom at tmuehleise@aol.com about training. Free.

Save the date.

Bring family and friends to the annual Rush Ranch Open House on Sat. April 28, Lynch Canyon Kite Festival on Sat. May 5, and Lynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike on Sat. June 2.

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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