Explore the outdoors around Fairfield this spring

Lichen growing on Manzanita at Rockville Trails Preserve by Nicole Byrd

With the green grass growing and wildflowers blooming, now is a great time to get outside with the Solano Land Trust

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. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Training to Become a Volunteer Bluebird Monitor: Are you interested in joining some great volunteers in monitoring bluebirds this season? We are in need of monitors that have a beginning knowledge of bird identification and can walk, ride their mountain bike, or ride their horse between 2 and 6 miles. Training consists of participating in this one-day classroom session followed by field training with experienced monitors at one of Solano Land Trust’s ranches. Graduates from training then join a group that observes bluebird boxes weekly from mid-March until the end of July. Monitors enjoy being out on Solano Land Trust ranches, meeting new friends, and getting to know a few bluebirds very well. RSVP to Sue at sue@solanolandtrust.org. Free.

Sat. Mar. 4 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 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.

Fri. Mar. 10 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. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.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.

Sun. Mar. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve

“Spring Ahead.” Hike: Start the first day of Daylight Saving Time with a hike up and down hills and through oak woodlands. Guests can enjoy views of Solano’s valleys, the delta and Mt. Diablo. The community is invited to take advantage of this opportunity if they can because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed. Up to 6 miles. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Free.

Sat. Mar. 18 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 March, the community can learn about sun dials, solar telescopes and Native American astronomical beliefs; 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. 18 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rush Ranch

Eagles, Hawks & Other Birds of Prey Workshop & Hike: Learn about eagles, hawks and falcons – the ways they fly, what they eat, where they hunt and rest, and why they migrate long distances or stay in one place all year. In the workshop (up to two hours), Larry Broderick covers birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, and the importance of habitat protection and restoration. Participants learn how to identify differences between species, distinctions across individuals within one species, and changes over time during one individual’s life. A hike (up to 1.5 miles) after the workshop gives the group an opportunity to practice spotting eagles, falcons and hawks in the hills and above the marsh. Bring a brown bag lunch or potluck item. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. $10 per person.

Sat. Mar. 25 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.

Sat. Mar. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lynch Canyon

Yoga Hike for Every Body:  Guided by her love of the outdoors and passion for yoga, Barbara Fredricks of Benicia Yoga and Wellness is offering this yoga hike at Lynch Canyon. The pace will be moderate and the yoga practice suitable for all. No experience, no yoga mat, and no RSVP necessary. The guided hike and yoga are free. Parking is $6.

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 29, Lynch Canyon Kite Festival on Sat. May 6, andLynch Canyon Trail Run & Community Hike on Sat. June 3.

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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