Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Donate: Our Forever Promise


You are a vital part of our mission. Your support makes a real difference in helping to save the natural areas and farm and ranchlands in Solano County forever and to inspire a love of the land. The rolling hills and wide-open agricultural land help create the Solano County way of life. The lands we have protected will be protected forever. Together, we can ensure more of these special places will be here for future generations. Every donation supports programs that focus on clean water and clean air, connecting people with nature, and protecting critical habitat.

Your gifts help us buy land and agricultural conservation easements, connect people to nature, and improve our lands through management, research, and restoration.

Working together, we can protect and preserve the natural and agricultural heritage unique to Solano County.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Please Join Us @ Joyful Ranch: Sunday, October 6th, 2019


We are honored to host our Sunday Supper in recognition of your lasting commitment to land conservation. Enjoy an extraordinary evening filled with stories of the land and live music.

We are proud to present Chef Ken Frank, Executive Chef/Owner of Napa Valley La Toque Restaurant – Winner 2018 Michelin Star | 2018 Wine Spectator Grand Award

Dine on a sumptuous meal and join us and your fellow kindred spirits for this evening of rustic elegance!

Single tickets are $150. A full table of 8 is $1,200.

In addition, Business Sponsorships are available

Please join us @ Joyful Ranch

Date: October 6th, 2019, Sunday

Time: 4:00- 7:00 p.m.

Location: Joyful Ranch | 8212 Pleasant Valley Rd. | Vacaville, CA 95688

Tickets may be purchased through Solano Land Trust only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Phone: 707-432-0150

Email: Michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Thursday, September 12, 2019

VOLUNTEERISM REAPS REWARDS

It takes a village to achieve lofty goals. Solano Land Trust is only able to serve our community thanks to the supporters and partnering organizations that share, and help us to accomplish, a key part of our mission.

The Rush Ranch Educational Council (RREC), is one of those partnerships that get kids outside on our lands in nature’s classroom, and they are recruiting for more help to do it.

Since 1994, RREC has taught over 37,000 Solano County school kids through the Patwin Program. Last year alone, docents greeted 1,491 third and fourth graders. That’s a lot of kids getting outside to learn about local history!

We asked RREC president, Karen Vittorio, to tell us more about what it takes to join the popular docent team that makes the Patwin Program possible.


The free-of-charge program fulfills California standards for history and social studies and teaches the students about the Patwin native people who were seasonal residents of the Suisun Marsh.

The program is so popular that all the available slots are filled the same day RREC opens registration for the season.

Solano Land Trust: What are you looking for in a docent?

Karen Vittorio: We welcome all skills, backgrounds, and ages. The more varied the experiences of our docents the better. Ideally, they are lifelong learners who enjoy sharing their knowledge with others; they are naturally curious and still in possession of a sense of wonder, and they possess an infectious passion about the scholarship that affects every student entrusted to our care. This person doesn't have to have teaching experience but should be okay with speaking to small groups.

SLT: Is there training involved? If yes, when is it?

Karen: We provide docents with a manual that includes a syllabus and background materials for each teaching station of native plants, food preparation, baskets and games, village life, trading, and hunting. The new docents follow a group of students through each of the six stations with a seasoned docent. The new docent will continue to shadow until they feel comfortable enough to assist an experienced docent, and when they’re comfortable, teach at a station on their own.


SLT: What is expected?

Karen: Docents adhere to a basic format that's guided by our state's education standards. We developed the program using the standards for third and fourth-grade social studies and history, and it's imperative that the program adheres to those standards.

SLT: What days are docents needed and how much time is expected?

Karen: The program takes place on Tuesday mornings during the school year, with a long break in December and January, and a break around Easter.

SLT: Any environmental considerations?

Karen: Docents don't have to be marathon runners or too athletic, but shouldn't mind the half-mile, round-trip walk to and from the village site. A love of the outdoors is a good trait to have as well.


SLT: Finally, what's fun and great about being a docent for the Patwin Program?

Karen: As there is simply not enough time to list all the fun and great things about being a Patwin Program docent, I'll list a few of my personal favorites:

1. You will improve your community. While children are the primary beneficiaries by simply getting outside in nature, teachers and schools benefit as well. With so much strain being placed on education budgets, the service we provide to educators creates a domino effect. Teachers are able to give their students a richer learning experience that can result in better retention of material, higher test scores, increased self-esteem and confidence, and a more positive educational experience. This can lead to fewer dropouts and more graduates, which benefits the entire community.

2. You will have a greater sense of purpose. According to many research studies, those who volunteer to gain better health and greater longevity improved mental and physical fitness, and less depression.

3. You will make new friends. One of the best ways to get out there and meet new people is to volunteer! Our Patwin Program docents may differ in background and life experiences, but the thread that ties everyone together is the desire to give back and share their skills with each other and the community. All of us benefit from these ties that bind, and we carry these benefits into the world, creating ripples far wider than anyone can imagine. Who wouldn't want to rub elbows with such dedicated and talented folks?

The 2019-2020 Patwin Program season begins on Tuesday, September 10. RREC invites anyone interested to come and watch them in action - just show up any Tuesday about 9 a.m. and introduce yourself to our Patwin Program director, Ann. Or send her an email.

Photos courtesy of Solano Land Trust and Karen Vittorio.

Monday, September 9, 2019

The Fun & Educational Subscription For Kids: CRANEium


CRANEium is a fun and educational subscription package for children ages 5-10 years old.  Remember that feeling of excitement you had as a child when you received a piece of mail addressed just to you? CRANEium captures that same feeling of excitement, while also introducing and educating kids to animals that live on  Solano Land Trust properties. CRANEium hopes to teach children to appreciate and love the nature and wildlife that surrounds us every day.

Proceeds benefit The Solano Land Trust.  By purchasing a CRANEium subscription package, you are supporting a wonderful non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving land that is home to the animals featured in CRANEium.

Friday, September 6, 2019

TRAIL CREW AT LYNCH CANYON SEPTEMBER 14th 2019


September 14th @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 lunch and parking pass for the day.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) This is an outdoor experience involving physical exertion. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be moving outdoors for approximately four hours. Depending on the citizen science goals for the day, you may be hiking, doing physical work, and/or recording observations about plants and animals. You may be using hand tools like clippers; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses, and weeds; and sweating. (2) Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this kind of physical exertion are welcome—those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. (3) Tools are provided.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Sturdy work gloves. (3) Eye protection (e.g., sunglasses). (4) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain. (5) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. (6) Protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. (7) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Please Join Us @ Joyful Ranch: Sunday, October 6th, 2019


We are honored to host our Sunday Supper in recognition of your lasting commitment to land conservation. Enjoy an extraordinary evening filled with stories of the land and live music.

We are proud to present Chef Ken Frank, Executive Chef/Owner of Napa Valley La Toque Restaurant – Winner 2018 Michelin Star | 2018 Wine Spectator Grand Award

Dine on a sumptuous meal and join us and your fellow kindred spirits for this evening of rustic elegance!

Single tickets are $150. A full table of 8 is $1,200.

In addition, Business Sponsorships are available

Please join us @ Joyful Ranch

Date: October 6th, 2019, Sunday

Time: 4:00- 7:00 p.m.

Location: Joyful Ranch | 8212 Pleasant Valley Rd. | Vacaville, CA 95688

Tickets may be purchased through Solano Land Trust only.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Phone: 707-432-0150

Email: Michelle@solanolandtrust.org

Saturday, August 31, 2019

September Kid's Hike: Nature Detectives 9/2/2019


Spend Labor Day with Solano Land Trust on a hike at Lynch Canyon!  During this hike, participants will strengthen and exercise their nature detective skills.  All ages are encouraged to join the hike. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45; the hike starts at 10. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration recommended for HeadCount.

COST: The hike is free, but parking is $6.00 at Lynch Canyon