Outdoor adventures with Solano Land Trust in September

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Solano Land Trust invites the community to go outside and explore Solano’s hills and wetlands as the seasons change from summer to fall.

Lynch Canyon is open Fridays through Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for visitors to picnic, fly a kite, see cows and wildlife, and explore the hills on foot, mountain bike or horse. Parking is $6. 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. Parking is free. Both locations offer sweeping views of Solano County and the Bay Area.

Solano Land Trust and partners are offering volunteering, guided hikes, blacksmithing, stargazing, and night photography in September. 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 200. September opportunities include:

Sat. Sept. 5 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.

Fri. Sept. 11 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. Sept. 12 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 and free lunch with RSVP. Space is limited.

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Sat. Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Stargazing: Learn about astronomy and gaze at the stars and planets. Free.

Sat. Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Hill Slough Bridge
California Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteer Opportunity: Trash on our streets and in our waterways doesn't just look bad, it's bad for our health. Because stormdrains on our streets lead to our waterways and because water is always moving, trash on the ground can travel all the way to San Francisco Bay and out to the Pacific Ocean. That's bad for people and bad for animals and plants. Help put trash where it belongs on California Coastal Cleanup Day. Solano Land Trust's cleanup site is Hill Slough Bridge on Grizzly Island Road. Free.

Sat. Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Rush Ranch
Tidal Marsh Walk: Learn why scientists across the country get so excited about the tidal marsh at Rush Ranch, and why the natural mixing of saltwater and freshwater in the marsh is so good for us and the plants and animals that call Rush Ranch home. Free.

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Sat. Sept. 19 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 September they can also take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh (see above), and visit Little Bear’s table full of Native American tools he handcrafted. Free.

Fri. Sept. 25 starting at 3 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Guided Tours and Night Photography Workshop: Enjoy guided walks in the afternoon and expert night photography lessons when darkness falls. $100 per person. Space is limited. Register by September 15.

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.

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.