Solano Land Trust and partners are offering a few outdoor adventures in April, so that local residents and visitors can spend time outside and enjoy the beauty and natural parks in our community, including the 28th Annual Rush Ranch Open House on Sat. April 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For important details about the open house, kite festival, and other activities, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150. April opportunities include:
Sat. Apr. 7 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, see spring wildflowers, and learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home. The community is encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity, because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Up to six miles. Free. Meeting location is at the Red Top Rd. Park & Ride. Pre-registration recommended.
Fri. Apr. 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (location varies)
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity: Get involved in science on Solano Land Trust lands. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.
Sat. Apr. 14 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 is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free parking pass for the day and free lunch. Meet in the parking lot. Bring water and dress to work outside. No RSVP required.
Sat. Apr. 14 from 9:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Kids’ Wildflower Hike: From spring to early summer, Lynch Canyon is in bloom. Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite the community to bring their kids and join the next kids’ hike to see how many different flowers they can find. All ages are encouraged to join the hike. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45. Hike starts at 10. Bring plenty of water and snacks. No pre-registration required. The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon.
Sat. Apr. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Bikes & Brews: Join Solano Land Trust for this exclusive opportunity to mountain bike the hills of Rockville Trails Preserve led by mountain bike docents. Ride to be followed by beer tasting hosted by Bruehol Brewing. This property is not yet open to the public, so be a few of the first to ever ride on this property. This event is not for beginners. Participants should be skilled riders in good physical condition. RSVP is required. Very limited space. Tickets are $20.
Sat. Apr. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. along Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City
Volunteer Opportunity: Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks invite the public to celebrate Earth Day weekend by volunteering to remove litter along Grizzly Island Rd. This is the main road that serves as a scenic drive leading visitors into Suisun marsh, and to destinations like Belden’s Landing and Rush Ranch Open Space. Removing litter along this road is especially important, as trash can be dangerous to the fragile health of the marsh and to the critters that live there. Meet at the Rush Ranch parking lot. RSVP recommended. Snacks and water will be provided. After the cleanup, you and your family are invited to check out Get the Rush! activities just down the road.
Sat. Apr. 21 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 April, visitors can experiment with science discovery labs, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal 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 and wander trails on their own. No pre-registration required. Free.
Sat. Apr. 21st from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Lynch Canyon
Yoga Hike: Enjoy a walk in the beautiful nature 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”. No pre-registration required, just meet in the parking lot at Lynch Canyon. Hike is free, but parking is $6. Bring water and good hiking shoes.
Sat. Apr. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush Ranch
28th Annual Rush Ranch Open House: Feast on burgers and hot dogs hot off the grill; shop for jewelry, art, crafts, and other unique items; enjoy live music; admire live animals on display including bats, birds of prey, horses, cows and sheep; experiment with engaging science and engineering activities; play games; watch live demonstrations and more. The festival is free. All purchases of food, art and raffle tickets benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council, an all-volunteer organization that provides educational programs and public outreach for the ranch.
Sat. Apr. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Oak Woodland Hike: Enjoy a hike in the beautiful open space of Rockville Trails Preserve and discover all the colorful spring wildflowers that have bloomed from the recent rains. Guests will explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. The community is encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity for a docent-led hike because Rockville Trails Preserve is otherwise closed. Four to six miles. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended.
Ongoing at Rush Ranch
Horse Feeding Volunteer Opportunity: Access Adventure is seeking volunteers who enjoy physical outdoor work on a ranch and are available for 45 minutes one or more times a week throughout the year. These volunteers will be trained to feed the horses at Rush Ranch. Free.
Explore on your own
For visitors who like to explore on their 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, or an annual parking pass can be purchased; call 707-784-6765 for details. 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.
Save the date!
Solano Land Trust and partners invite the community to the 10th annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival on Sat. May 5, and the 11th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run on 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.