Outdoor adventures in May with the Solano Land Trust

[caption id="attachment_1661" align="alignnone" width="3054"]An Access Adventure wagon ride at Rush Ranch, by Elizabeth Moorehead An Access Adventure wagon ride at Rush Ranch, by Elizabeth Moorehead [/caption]

Solano Land Trust invites local residents and visitors to experience vernal pools, tidal marsh and oak woodlands as they transition from spring to summer.

Vernal pools go dry and dormant each summer, so the last guided tour of the year at Jepson Prairie will be on May 10. Tours continue every Saturday and Sunday until then.

Grasses turn from green to gold at the King-Swett Ranches, Lynch Canyon, Rockville Trails Preserve and Rush Ranch, while the wetland at Rush Ranch stays green. Participants in Solano Land Trust activities can see these seasonal changes while doing yoga, hiking, running, or riding in a horse-drawn wagon. For important details, including each event’s meeting location, directions and registration information, visit the events calendar at solanolandtrust.org. For additional questions, call 707-432-0150 extension 200. May opportunities include:

Sat. May. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Ranch Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help with ranch maintenance and construction projects. Free.

Sat. May 2 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. Up to six miles. Free.

Sat. May 2 and Sun. May 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Jepson Prairie
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk: Explore one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of color, and its vernal pools host a diversity of rare aquatic life. Less than one mile. Donation requested.

Sat. May 9 from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Hiking and Yoga: Enjoy the tranquil setting of Rockville Trails Preserve with a mixture of hiking and yoga, or HOGA. This guided hike with standing yoga poses along the way will focus on connecting with nature and the outdoors through movement and meditation. Up to five miles. Free.

Sat. May 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 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. Free parking pass for the day.

Sat. May 9 and Sun. May 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Jepson Prairie
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk: This is the last opportunity in 2015 for a guided tour of Jepson Praire’s vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. The vernal pools are transitioning to their dry and dormant state. Less than one mile. Donation requested.

Mon. May 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lynch Canyon
Nature Hike: Spend your Monday morning enjoying the outdoors and exploring the natural world. Up to five miles. Guided hike is free. Parking is $5.

Sat. May 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Hike for Exercise and Views: Get exercise on this guided hike through groves of oak trees and up and down hills. Participants will enjoy views of surrounding valleys. Up to seven miles. Free.

Sat. May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Get the Rush: On the third Saturday of every month, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop in action. Visitors can try blacksmithing and make an iron nail or other keepsake. In May they can also visit Little Bear’s table of Native American tools and decorations he handcrafted, and ride around the ranch on a horse-drawn wagon. Wheelchair users are especially encouraged on the rides. Guests can explore the nature exhibit and wander trails alongside the tidal marsh. Free.

Sat. May 23 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lynch Canyon
Practice for the Trail Run: Prepare for the 8th Annual Lynch Canyon Trail Run on Sat. June 6. A guide will orient participants to the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon routes and invite them to practice running or jogging together. Route maps are available at www.lynchcanyontrailrun.org. The time with a guide is free. Parking is $5.

Solano Land Trust permanently protects natural areas, working farms and ranchlands in Solano County and connects the community to these lands. For more information about Solano Land Trust, its upcoming events and to make a donation, visit solanolandtrust.org.