Solano Land Trust offers outdoor adventures in August

[caption id="attachment_1935" align="alignnone" width="1008"]A resting spot at Lynch Canyon, by Karylin H. Lewis A resting spot at Lynch Canyon, by Karylin H. Lewis[/caption]

The local community and tourists 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.

Solano Land Trust’s biggest event in August is a sporting clay shoot and luncheon on Sat. Aug. 8. There are also volunteer opportunities, guided hikes, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a night of 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. August opportunities include:

Sat. Aug. 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 and learn about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home. Up to six miles. Free.

Sat. Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Ranch Crew Volunteer Opportunity: Help with ranch maintenance and construction projects. Free.

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Sat. Aug. 8 starting at 8:30 a.m. at Birds Landing
5th Annual Aim for Ag and Open Space Sporting Clay Shoot and Luncheon: Grab your friends and take aim for this sporting clay shoot fundraiser for Solano Land Trust. Then feast on delicious food and drink and find out if you're a winner. Awards include High Overall, Labor Division, Ladies Division, Under 18, and Duck-and-Cover. There are great raffle prizes too, including a gun safe. Competitors at the fundraiser choose between a 50-target or 100-target shoot, for $85 or $125, respectively. Shotguns and ammunition are not included in the fundraiser’s ticket prices. Participants can bring their own shotgun and ammunition, or make a reservation to rent a shotgun and purchase ammunition by calling Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays at 707-374-5092. Non-shooters can come along and enjoy the day by buying a "Lunch Only" ticket for $20. Learn more and register at solanolandtrust.org.

Sat. Aug. 8 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.

Mon. Aug. 10 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.

Wed. Aug. 12 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.

Fri. Aug. 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.

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Sat. Aug. 15 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 August they can also visit a tidal marsh activity table with games for kids and the young at heart, and visit Little Bear’s table full of Native American tools he handcrafted. Guests 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 and there is a wheelchair lift. Guests can also explore the nature exhibit and wander trails alongside the tidal marsh. Free.

Sat. Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Stargazing: Learn about astronomy and gaze at the stars. Free.

Tues. Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rush Ranch
Volunteer Opportunity: Attend this one-day training to become a docent at Rush Ranch for the Rush Ranch Educational Council. Those who attend the training will learn about the history and culture of the Patwin Native Americans who lived in this region. They will then join the team that teaches third graders about the Patwin on Tuesday mornings at Rush Ranch between September and November, and again between February and June.

[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]

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.

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.