Outdoor adventures in April with the Solano Land Trust

Tundra Swans by Karlyn Lewis

Solano Land Trust and partners are offering outdoor adventures in April so local residents and visitors can spend time outside and enjoy the beauty and natural parks in our community.

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 27th Annual Rush Ranch Open House on Sat. April 29 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. 1 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. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity if they can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Up to six miles. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended. 

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

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 with RSVP. Space is limited. Pre-registration recommended.

Sat. Apr. 14 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. 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. 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. Free.

Sat. Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rush Ranch

27th 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; do 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.

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 9th annual Lynch Canyon Kite Festival on Sat. May 6, and the 10thAnnual Lynch Canyon Trail Run on 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, visitsolanolandtrust.org.

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