Outdoor adventures with the Solano Land Trust

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Local residents and visitors are invited to spend time at Lynch Canyon and Rush Ranch this summer, and to take part in some of the many activities offered by Solano Land Trust and its partners.

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 oak woodland and grassland trails 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.

Upcoming Solano Land Trust activities include volunteer opportunities, guided hikes, horse-drawn wagon rides, and stargazing. 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. July opportunities include:

Fri. July 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 lands. No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Free. Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Sat. July 11 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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Mon. July 13 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 $6.

Sat. July 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
Little Bits of Local History and Lots of Nature: Hike through the hills and see beautiful views while hearing tales of the local area, its interesting people and historical events. Up to four miles. Free. Ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required.

Sat. July 18 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. They can also visit Little Bear’s table full of Native American tools 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.

[caption id="attachment_1879" align="alignnone" width="2048"]Long time volunteer, Virgil Sellers, in the blacksmith shop at Rush Ranch. Photo by Nicole Byrd. Long time volunteer, Virgil Sellers, in the blacksmith shop at Rush Ranch. Photo by Nicole Byrd.[/caption]

Sat. July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Stargazing: Learn about astronomy and gaze at the stars. Free.

Wed. July 22 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rockville Trails Preserve
A Midweek Guided Hike: Hike through the hills, enjoying views of Solano’s valleys, the delta and Mt. Diablo. Up to six miles. Free. Pre-registration required.

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.