Sunday, November 17, 2019

Donate Now!


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.

Solano Land Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your contribution is fully tax-deductible
to the extent provided by law. Our tax identification number is 94-3015363.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Saving Ground


Ken and Cherie Schroeder have made a big decision. They recently worked with Solano Land Trust to protect a piece of their family's historic farm. The 77-acre working farm can be seen from Interstate 80 and is a visible reminder of Solano County's rich agricultural past, present, and now, future.

Over the years, much of the family land has been divvied up and sold. Ken and Cherie have made a different choice — one that is available to them because of you and your support of Solano Land Trust. They are proud to have protected a piece of the family's historic farm forever. Read On...

Monday, November 11, 2019

Gotta Love Rush Ranch!


"Leaving the Ranch this morning, just north of Suisun Hill, I saw a red-tailed hawk on the ground. I pulled over to retrieve my camera, and the hawk flew about 20 yards and landed again. By the time I got my camera, he was gone. Then I looked up to see this big beautiful bird, not a hawk but a beautiful bald eagle.

Gotta Love Rush Ranch!”

Friday, November 8, 2019

Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch November 16th 2019


November 16 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary from month to month. In November, you and your kids can experiment with science discovery labs, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh. Weather permitting, you 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 with a wheelchair lift. You can also explore exhibits and wander trails on your own. No pre-registration required.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

ORIGIN OF AN EGG


Did you know Solano Land Trust is helping young people make the connection between food and where it comes from?

This summer, youth from Vacaville Boys and Girls Club came to Rush Ranch to participate in a food-to-fork program organized by one of our agricultural partners, California Rangeland Trust.

A national survey by US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance found that 72% of consumers know very little about farming or ranching. That goes for young people, too. The most telling survey about this connection gap comes out of Britain where almost half the kids don’t know that butter comes from cows or eggs from chickens.

With funding support from Raley’s and AT&T, California Rangeland Trust’s Where Your Food Grows and Grazes program brings young people to a Raley’s supermarket and a working ranch. The Vacaville youth participated this summer with a tour of Raley’s and Rush Ranch, where they learned about land conservation, cattle body language, and marsh ecology.

“This was an incredibly powerful day that gave these youth a unique and special opportunity to form their own connections to land and to one another,” said Rangeland Trust’s executive director, Nita Vail. The organization coordinates the event and partners with sponsors to pay for transportation and lunch, and thanks to you, we are able to offer lands like Rush Ranch to serve as an outdoor classroom for important programs like this.

SLT’s conservation program manager, Tracy Ellison, says the young people were most engaged when given a physical task such as looking for barn owls and pellets in the barn; reading cow body language and searching for cow pies in the field; and playing with the marsh simulator.

San Francisco National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Sarah Ferner recruited her young daughter to help make the marsh simulators. The "glitter calming jars" were filled with colorful glitter, glitter glue, and hot water, and helped show students how sediments settle in a marsh.

 “I was incredibly impressed with how respectful and curious the students were,” says Sarah. “They asked good questions and were always ready to answer questions, too.”

A visit to Rush Ranch offers a reminder of the connections between conservation, public access, agriculture, and ecology. It’s a great classroom for kids of all ages.

Photos courtesy of California Rangeland Trust and Sarah Nolan

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Kid’s Hike- Leaf Rubbing Art November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


November 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spend the kids’ day off with Solano Land Trust on a hike at Lynch Canyon!  During this hike, participants will learn about leaf rubbing art.  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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A TRAIL FOR THE RIDGES


Adding to the Bay Area Ridge Trail

Thanks to you, we have broken ground on trail building at Rockville Trails Preserve. The overall vision for the future of the property’s trail system includes a tw0-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which will provide inspirational views of Suisun Valley, Mount Diablo, Green Valley, Rockville Hills Regional Park, and Rockville Trails Preserve.

This two-mile trail will contribute to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a planned 550-mile trail that soars on ridges throughout the Bay Area. Thirty years ago, the first segment was dedicated and within six years 200 miles of the Ridge Trail clicked into being. Today there are 375 miles of trail dedicated, and the rest will come in sections to provide great local adventures and longer thru-hikes.


A future thru-trail

The Bay Area Ridge Trail at Rockville Trails Preserve will loop back to the parking lot at first. In the future, it will continue northwest to the Vallejo Lakes Watershed and up to Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, and Mount St. Helena, the northernmost tip of the trail. The portion at Rockville Trails Preserve will also eventually loop to Skyline Wilderness Park in Napa and back down to Lynch Canyon.

Janet McBride, executive director of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, says the biggest challenges in finishing the remainder of the planned trail are to get trail access across or adjacent to private property.

For example. Rockville Trails Park has 4.2 miles of Ridge Trail, and people are going to want to across Rockville Road to hike from Rockville Trails Park to Rockville Trails Preserve. Plans for that are in the works.

“We couldn’t piece together the trail without partnerships like the one we have with Solano Land Trust,” says Janet. “Everything happens because of partnership.” The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council nonprofit is an advocacy organization dedicated to getting the trail built. It’s the partners and public landowners that plan, build and steward the segments of the Bay Trail, she says.

With your support, Solano Land Trust has already contributed to the Bay Area Ridge Trail by dedicating trails at Lynch Canyon and King-Swett Ranches. Check out this map to see how you can hike from Martinez to Rockville Trails Preserve, and (soon) beyond.


Photos courtesy of Kuo Hou Chang, Jasmine Westbrook, and Jorge Fleige.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Nature Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve 11/09/19


Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, rain cancels, 9am-1pm.



Meet at the red “Ice House” building on the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Rd.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Trail Crew Needs YOU! November 9th 2019


Here is a chance for you to help with the development of trails on this property and create a long-lasting memory for generations to hear about. Help Solano Land Trust prepare for major work that will be taking place on this property very soon!

November 9th from 9am - 12pm

To participate or to get more info contact:volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Click here for things you should know before you come

Monday, October 21, 2019

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity November 8th 2019


November 8th @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff will teach you all you need to know.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required two or more days in advance. Contact Jasmine at: jasmine@solanolandtrust.org or 707-709-9028. Meeting place provided upon registration.

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!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches November 2nd 2019


November 2nd @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They’ll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.
You will meet the docent at the Park and Ride and then carpool to the trailhead from there.

REGISTRATION: RSVP Recommended

Please note! Registration opens approximately one month prior to the hike. Double-check the date of the hike on the registration link.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: There is no drinking water at this property. There is usually no shade. A potentially strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Meet at the Red Top Rd. Park-and-ride in Fairfield.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.  (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes  (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (4) Protection from the elements
(5) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

Note: Only really heavy rain may cancel.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bird of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon 10/26/19


October 26th @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm $10

Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present this popular series of birds of prey hikes of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey.  It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

COST: The guided hike is $10 per person. You can pay online when registering, or bring cash/check, payable to Solano Land Trust.

*NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Yoga Hike at Rush Ranch 10/19/19


October 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This easy, family-friendly hike will start and end at the Rush Ranch picnic area. Barbara Fredericks will lead some warm-up stretches and a yoga session later on. Participants can enjoy the sun on their faces and the wind in their hair while they do yoga.

Meeting location: Picnic area at Rush Ranch.


This hike is Free.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

TRAIL CREW AT ROCKVILLE TRAILS PRESERVE OCTOBER 12TH


Here is a chance for you to help with the development of trails on this property and create a long-lasting memory for generations to hear about. Help Solano Land Trust prepare for major work that will be taking place on this property very soon!

OCTOBER 12th from 9am - 12pm

To participate or to get more info contact:volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Click here for things you should know before you come

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity October 11th 2019


October 11th @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff will teach you all you need to know.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required two or more days in advance. Contact Jasmine at: jasmine@solanolandtrust.org or 707-709-9028. Meeting place provided upon registration.

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!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

October Kid’s Hike: Nature Ninjas


October 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spend the kids’ day off with Solano Land Trust on a hike at Lynch Canyon!  During this hike, participants will strengthen and exercise their nature ninja skills.  All ages are encouraged to join the hike. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45; 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

Monday, September 30, 2019

Sunday Supper 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

Friday, September 27, 2019

Rockville Trails Preserve


Here is a chance for you to help with the development of trails on this property and create a long-lasting memory for generations to hear about. Help Solano Land Trust prepare for major work that will be taking place on this property very soon!

SEPTEMBER 28th from 9am - 12pm
OCTOBER 4th from 9am - 12pm
OCTOBER 12th from 9am - 12pm

To participate or to get more info contact:volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Click here for things you should know before you come

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

We Are Honored To Host Our Sunday Supper: 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, September 21, 2019

Bird of Prey Hike at Lynch Canyon 09/29/19


September 29 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm $10

Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present this popular series of birds of prey hikes of the winter migration season. Lynch Canyon is home to golden eagles and hawks. It is also a magnet for migrating and over-wintering birds of prey.  It provides them with over 1,000 undeveloped acres where they can hunt and rest. Some feathered visitors come from as far away as the Arctic Circle. This hike will be between 4-6 miles. Meet in the parking lot.

COST: The guided hike is $10 per person. You can pay online when registering, or bring cash/check, payable to Solano Land Trust.

*NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks.

REGISTRATION: Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

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

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wildfire-Readiness Links


From trail closures to pet safety

Wildfires are a natural part of living in California and can benefit the land. They can also be destructive. Solano Land Trust is committed to public safety, and we close our properties to the public when the National Weather Service issues red-flag warning days, or when wildfires are nearby.

Red-flag warnings may affect Solano Land Trust properties, including:

•  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
•  Rockville Trail Preserve
•  Jepson Prairie
•  King-Swett Ranches
•  Rush Ranch (the picnic area and Nature Center will remain open for Access Adventure volunteers only)

•  To learn if Solano Land Trust properties are closed, please visit the new wildfire safety page on our website.

•  CAL FIRE provides a comprehensive array of information on how to prepare for wildfires.

•  CAL FIRE provides an updated incident map.

•  CAL FIRE’s Twitter handle is @CAL_FIRE.

•  Solano County Office of Emergency Services provides information on the park and open space closures.


•  When you’re preparing emergency to-go bags, don’t forget about your pets. PetSmart provides tips that can help your pets during an emergency.

•  The California Farm Bureau Federation provides fire safety tips for evacuating families and farm animals.

•  While official drones can help firefighters spot and fight fires, fire officials ask that you keep drones grounded during fires. Drones flown by amateurs above or near a wildfire will impede or delay firefighting. CAL FIRE reminds the public not to fly drones over wildfires.

Have a plan, check on your neighbors, and stay safe! Thank you for being part of this community that cares about land, wildlife, and people.

Images courtesy of Aleta George and the California Farm Bureau Federation.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Wildfire Safety


Wildfires are a natural part of living in California and can benefit the flowers and animals of our lands. But as we all know, they can also be destructive.

Solano Land Trust is committed to public safety.  We will close the following parks completely on Red Flag Warning days based on Solano or Napa County.

Solano Land Trust follows the standard guidelines by Solano Land Parks, please visit the following link for all Open Space Closures.

Closures will affect the following properties of Solano Land Trust:

•  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
•  Rockville Trail Preserves
•  Jepson Prairie
•  King-Swett Ranches
•  Rush Ranch Trails
(Rush Ranch picnic area and Nature Center will remain open
for Access Adventure Volunteers only.)

Have a plan, check on your neighbors, and stay safe! Thank you for being part of this community that cares about land, wildlife, and people.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunity 9/13/2019


Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff will teach you all you need to know.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required two or more days in advance. Contact Jasmine at: jasmine@solanolandtrust.org or 707-709-9028. Meeting place provided upon registration.

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!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Labor Day Hike 2019



Explore the hills between Suisun Valley and Green Valley, and see sweeping views of Solano County and beyond. Enjoying the vistas of Solano County and searching for wildflowers. Moderate to Strenuous, 4-6 miles, red flag closure or rain cancels, 9am-1pm.


Meet at the red “Ice House” building on the corner of Rockville Road and Suisun Valley Rd.

Friday, August 16, 2019

A Lasting Legacy: Robbin Thorp: 1933-2019


Dr. Robbin Thorp was a passionate advocate for bees, and a beloved fixture at Jepson Prairie Preserve for decades. An emeritus professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, Robbin died at age 85 at his home in Davis on June 7, 2019.

The community will reap the rewards of Robbin Thorp’s passions for a long time.

You probably know that Jepson Prairie Preserve, protected with your support, has exquisite wildflower displays and tiny endangered critters that live their short lives here. Jepson Prairie also has an amazing and talented group of people who study this rare land and share their generous knowledge, time, and passion—people like Robbin Thorp.

Robbin was a member of the UC Davis entomology faculty for 30 years, from 1964-1994. His knowledge of the native flowers at Jepson Prairie and the bees that pollinate them was singular, as he was one of the first scientists to study vernal pool flowers and their pollinators.

“Robbin was a mainstay of the docent program at Jepson Prairie,” says Kate Mawdsley, Jepson Prairie’s docent volunteer coordinator. “He unfailingly provided a great talk on the role of solitary bees in pollinating vernal pool plants. Moreover, he came to almost every training session. He was so kind and unassuming that new docents were completely unaware that they were talking to a world expert.”

In Robbin’s retirement, he continued his research, worked full-time at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven on the UC Davis campus, and advocated for pollinator species protection. He was a fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, and chair (1992-2011) of the advisory committee for the Jepson Prairie Reserve, UC Davis/Natural Reserve System.


His bee advocacy work with Solano Land Trust didn’t stop there. Since 1993, Robbin gave a workshop about native bees at Rush Ranch. The event was always standing room only, and everyone who attended left with an understanding of the importance of California’s native bees.

“He will be missed by our native bees and all of us,” says Rush Ranch Educational Council’s Mary Takeuchi. “I feel like I’ve lost a friend.”

Solano Land Trust honors the work and legacy of Dr. Robbin Thorp. “We are proud to protect land, and proud that open space advocates — be they amateur enthusiasts or specialists like Robbin — can participate in protecting the health and well-being of our local plants and animals,” says executive director Nicole Braddock.

A celebration of life date will be announced soon. Further information will be posted on the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology website.

Photos courtesy of Kathy Keatley Garvey and Scott Braley.

Tuesday, August 13, 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

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon 08/24/19


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

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

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch August 17th 2019


On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. Timing and activities vary month to month. In April, you and your kids can experiment with science discovery labs, travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and take a guided walk alongside the tidal marsh. Weather permitting, you 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 with a wheelchair lift. You can also explore exhibits and wander trails on your own. No pre-registration required.

Date: August 17th
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Rush Ranch
3521 Grizzly Island Rd. 
Suisun City, CA 94585 United States

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Creek Restoration At Rush Ranch


For a few months starting in August, the South Pasture Trail at Rush Ranch will be closed to hikers — but open for restoration!

Thanks to your support, the restorative measures taken at Lower Spring Branch Creek will improve the connection between the Suisun Marsh and the uplands. This restored natural connectivity will provide several benefits, such as more food for fish of all ages in the marsh.

Years ago, landowners built a long berm to control the flow of the creek and provide water for cattle. They also installed two culverts below the ranch road, but the culverts were too small to accommodate the flow. With a design by Siegel Environmental and implementation by Hanford ARC, we’re letting the water run its natural course.

“The whole project is about connecting the uplands to the marsh,” says Sue Wickham, former project manager, and current volunteer. “The old, too-small culverts were acting like two large holes in an earthen dam. The new 20-foot diameter half-culvert with an open bottom will let the water flow.”

The improved flow will allow runoff from the hills, which will bring sediments to the marsh. That sediment from soil and plants will provide food for fish such as salmon and the embattled Delta smelt.

Improved flow also allows water to move into the uplands. Non-native weeds don’t like the brackish (salty) water from the slough, but native wetland plants do. Improving natural circulation will help native plants thrive, and that helps wildlife.

The South Pasture Trail will be closed for the restoration work from August 8 to November 1, 2019.

A second restoration project at the north end of the ranch will take place simultaneously. At Suisun Hill Hollow, we are lowering a man-made berm that was created when the soil was quarried from the ranch and used as fill in Suisun City.


The Marsh Trail will be closed at Suisun Hill Hollow from the end of September to mid-October.

Once these changes to the land have been made, we will be looking for help to replant several areas. Keep an eye out for announcements about several big restoration days. You can also contact Di Holokahi and ask to be put on a list for the Rush Ranch restoration project. Call 707-420-1041 or email volunteer@solanolandtrust.org

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia Commons and Tom Muehleisen.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Sunday Supper 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

Monday, July 29, 2019

Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches August 3rd @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


August 3rd @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo. Solano Land Trust docents will guide you through this area, known as the King-Swett Ranches. They’ll share insights about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed.
You will meet the docent at the Park and Ride and then carpool to the trailhead from there.

REGISTRATION: RSVP Recommended

Please note! Registration opens approximately one month prior to the hike. Double-check the date of the hike on the registration link.

WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: There is no drinking water at this property. There is usually no shade. A potentially strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles up and down slippery, steep, and rugged hills that may be full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Expect rough, rocky, uneven ground. Some travel may be off-trail. Sorry, no dogs allowed.

Meet at the Red Top Rd. Park-and-ride in Fairfield.

WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks.  (2) Boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes  (3) Long, sturdy pants and layered clothes (4) Protection from the elements
(5) Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds!

Note: Only really heavy rain may cancel.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Hike Our Lands


Wide-open spaces are a dominant characteristic of the Solano County landscape, but with California's population expected to grow by 11 million new residents by 2030, open space preservation cannot be taken for granted. Solano Land Trust has been in the vanguard of protecting Solano County's open space since 1986. To date, SLT has permanently protected 22,270 acres of natural areas and agricultural lands while also stewarding the diverse and important habitats and species on those properties, including many that are threatened and endangered.

To protect and enhance our lands, we work in close partnership with various private and public entities, such as the University of California, San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. We also work hand-in-hand with several nonprofits including Access Adventure, Rush Ranch Educational Council, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Napa-Solano Audubon, and the Solano Resource Conservation District.

Grazing on our lands is also important to our mission. Grazing continues historic use patterns, helps control invasive weeds to improve native plant communities and provides a source of income for property maintenance.

We hope you will explore our lands. Protect the legacy of Solano County's open spaces by supporting Solano Land Trust.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon July 27th 9am - 1pm


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

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

Saturday, July 20, 2019

11th Annual Kite Festival May 4, 2019 | Lynch Canyon, CA



11th annual kite festival held at Lynch Canyon, CA. Area is located between Vallejo and Fairfield, CA.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Rush Ranch



Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown, http://www.nancydbrown.com, visits Rush Ranch in Suisun Valley, California. This working cattle ranch is owned & managed by Solano Land Trust. The historic ranch offers kid-friendly activities, horses, bird and wildlife viewing.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Mid-Year Resolutions


Why should New Year’s Eve be the only time to set goals and make improvements in your life? Why not give some of that thunder to the half-year mark

Here is a list of suggested resolutions, but don’t take it as pressure. Even if you vow to make one of these changes, you will help to improve your health, your community, and the world.

#1. Get outside

 Some people like camping during the summer, while others like to explore other cultures. There is a third option and one for which you don’t even have to leave Solano County! For summer exploration, take advantage of your own local open spaces, and in return, you will improve your fitness and state of mind.

A study by the Centers for Disease Control says that less than one-quarter of Americans get the exercise they need. Regardless of which category you fall in, you have plenty of opportunities to get outside and exercise more! Yes, it can be hot in the summer, but a morning walk at Lynch Canyon often has a nice breeze from the marine influence that pours through the Golden Gate. And most of our docent-led hikes are in the morning.

#2. Take a kid outside

Kids like to be outside! A Nature Conservancy study found that kids 13 to 18 years old said being outdoors made them feel peaceful, calm, free, happy, adventurous, and alive. Not only does it benefit them physically and emotionally, but it can also help combat stress and obesity, and even help them in school. SLT provides a lot of opportunities to get kids outside. Check out our activities calendar.

#3. Eat fresh & local

Eating local and seasonal food is a win-win. It’s good for your health, and it also supports our local farmers. Take advantage of summer and the fact that you live in an area where you can buy produce directly from those who grow it. You can find Farmer’s Markets in the cities of Benicia, Vallejo, Fairfield, Rio Vista, and Vacaville. There are also several places where you can buy food straight from the farmer including Brazelton Ranch, Larry’s ProduceSoul Food Farm (for eggs), Be Love Farm, and Robledo's Farm Fresh Produce.


#4. Volunteer

 Volunteering is good for you! Several studies have revealed that volunteering improves health and mental and emotional well-being. Working with others, especially outside in nature, can reduce blood pressure and ease depression. Solano Land Trust has many volunteer opportunities, including helping as a Citizen Scientist, working at events, or being a docent and ambassador on our properties.

#5. Cut down on plastic use

It’s time to get serious about cutting single-use plastics out of our lives and keeping it out of our waterways. We can make an impact together! A recent study by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute found that microplastic (plastic debris less than five millimeters across) is in the ocean from the surface to the seafloor, and is entering the food web. One easy way to make a difference is to carry your own reusable water bottle and coffee cup.


#6. Plant a tree

Trees are superheroes! They provide home and habitat for birds and mammals while absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen for us to breathe. They provide shade and can help lower the temperature in urban and suburban areas. Trees reduce stormwater runoff and may help to reduce flooding. Trees provide food, protection, and homes for many birds and mammals. If you don’t have a place to plant a tree, show your support for trees and make a donation to Solano Land Trust. We plant them all the time!

Photos courtesy of Aleta George, Brazelton Ranch, Be Love Farm, Robledo’s Produce, and doityourself.com.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nature Hike at Lynch Canyon July 27th 9am - 1pm


This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prarie Ridge. Expect about a 5-mile hike at a moderate, but even pace over uneven ground. Muddy spots will have cattle prints. There are steep climbs over several hills with the longest at Prarie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo.

The hike leaves promptly at 9:15 from the parking lot; expect to be back by noon.

Docent guides will be discussing plant communities, landforms, and birds at Lynch Canyon pointing out highlights as we go. Bring boots, appropriate clothing, water, and a snack. Call for more information.

RSVP requested.

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