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Solano County Open Space is waiting for you!  At this time, all access is exclusively docent-guided. Please note that there are no water facilities or other amenities. 
 
Current activities at Solano Open Space include:
  Hiking
  Horseback riding
  Bird Watching
  Photography
  
 
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Below is a list of outdoor events taking place in Solano County in the next 30 days. To find events scheduled for a particular date, you may click the date on the calendar at the left.

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Walk with Hannigan    Friday,  DEC  6, 2019
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches    Saturday,  DEC  7, 2019
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  King-Swett Ranches
Come explore the hills between Fairfield, Benicia, and Vallejo! You'll be led by expert Solano Land Trust guides who know this area—known as the King-Swett Ranches—inside out. They'll share insights about the wildlife and spring flowers in this area, and give you a great workout! Take advantage of this special opportunity if you can because the King-Swett Ranches are otherwise closed. Bring: a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rugged, steep, and slippery off-trail terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, protection from the elements (sun, wind, fog, rain). Recommended: binoculars, camera, bug repellent, hiking sticks, gaiters. Participants of all ages are welcome, but they must be prepared: a strenuous pace hiking up to 6 miles off-trail, up and down rugged, steep, and slippery hills that are full of sticky seeds, thorny plants, and thistle. The King-Swett Ranches are working ranches—cattle are free range so they roam as they please. Only heavy rain cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain. Space is limited and registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit us online.
Leader: Jim
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Meet promptly at the Park-and-Ride lot where McGary Road, Hiddenbrooke Parkway, and American Canyon Road intersect (on the Hiddenbrooke side of the American Canyon/Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit, off Interstate 80). Be ready to carpool or caravan from there.

 
Garden Volunteer Day    Saturday,  DEC  7, 2019
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
Victorian Christmas at the Adobe    Saturday,  DEC  7, 2019
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY —  Peña Adobe Park
Join us on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for an old fashioned Victorian Christmas! Park docents will lead tours of the Peña Adobe, California historical landmark #534 built by the Peña family in 1842. Visit the Mowers-Goheen Museum or take a hike, wildlife is often spotted in the park. For more info about our Victorian Christmas, visit our website.
Leader: Peña Adobe Historical Society
Location:
     Peña Adobe Road
     To the left of Lagoon Valley Park Entrance
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance.

 
Old Town Lighted Boat Parade    Saturday,  DEC  7, 2019
6:00 PM

SUISUN CITY RPM —  Harbor Plaza
Watch the annual lighted boat parade, fireworks show, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring the kids and take your own photo with Santa!
Location:
     Suisun City Waterfront
     Main Street at Solano Street
     Suisun City  

 
Rio Vista Lighted Boat Parade    Saturday,  DEC  7, 2019
6:00 PM

DELTA MARINA YACHT HARBOR —  Rio Vista Waterfront
NOTICE: CANCELLED due to weather!
The lighted boat parade starts at the Delta Marina and goes past the Point Restaurant towards the Rio Vista Bridge and back to the Delta Marina. If you want to sign up and participate, we'd love to have you! Call us at 707-374-2315.
Location: Rio Vista  

 
Vallejo Lighted Boat Parade    Saturday,  DEC  7, 2019
6:30 PM

VALLEJO YACHT CLUB —  Vallejo Waterfront
Come out along the waterfront and enjoy the 22nd Annual Vallejo Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by the Vallejo Yacht Club. Parade begins around 6:30.
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Bird of Prey Workshop and Hike    Sunday,  DEC  8, 2019
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rush Ranch
Learn about eagles, hawks and falcons – the ways they fly, what they eat, where they hunt and rest, and why they migrate long distances or stay in one place all year. In the workshop (up to two hours), Larry Broderick covers birds of prey identification methods, natural history and threats, and the importance of habitat protection and restoration. Participants learn how to identify differences between species, distinctions across individuals within one species, and changes over time during one individual’s life. A hike (up to 1.5 miles) after the workshop gives the group an opportunity to practice spotting eagles, falcons and hawks in the hills and above the marsh. Registration is Recommended online. Space is limited. Solano Land Trust will provide binoculars. A chili lunch will be provided for registered participants. We encourage everyone to support and donate towards The Suisun Wildlife Center even if they are not interested in the hike or workshop. In lieu of the $10 fee, donations will be accepted for The Suisun Wildlife Center. Find a list of items HERE.
Leader: Larry Broderick
Location:
     3521 Grizzly Island Road
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 12 in Suisun City, take Grizzly Island Road south approximately 2 miles. Entrance/driveway will be on the right.

 
Tai Chi in the Park    Wednesday,  DEC  11, 2019
8:00 AM

SF BAY AREA TAI CHI —  City Park
Join the 8:00 a.m. morning classes in City Park every Wednesday – beginners through advanced. We practice the “108 step” Yang Form as well as Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Cane.
Leader: Paul Reinhertz
Location:
     425 Alabama St
     Vallejo  

 
Tree Care Day    Thursday,  DEC  12, 2019
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION — 
Help us care for Benicia's trees! No experience necessary - tools and instruction provided! Bring gloves if you have them. Children under 14 will need an accompanying adult and all participants must sign our release waiver. BHS students - earn community service hours! To register, click here.
Performers:
Location: Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: Location to be decided. RSVP for more information.

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday    Friday,  DEC  13, 2019
8:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Solano Land Trust Properties
Get involved in science on our lands! BRING: Water, snacks, sturdy gloves, pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes. Come prepared for variable weather (bring layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and protection from sun, wind, and fog). Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds! ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED two or more days in advance: Contact Jasmine by email or at 707-709-9028.
Registration is required.
DIRECTIONS: Provided upon RSVP.

 
Walk with Hannigan    Friday,  DEC  13, 2019
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Coyote Club    Saturday,  DEC  14, 2019
9:00 AM

GVRD —  McIntyre Ranch
Ages 4-14 -- The McIntyre Ranch is home to several different habitats, farm animals and an educational garden. Studies have found that children who spend time exploring nature are more focused and interested in school. Bring a snack, water and your curiosity! Second Saturday of the month. Pre-registration is required. Cost for residents is $5 and $6 for non-residents. For more information contact the Coordinator at 707-648-4620.
Leader: Dee Davis
Registration is required.
Location:
     1 St. Johns Mine Road
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: McIntyre Ranch, located at the very end of St. John’s Mine Road, across from the Solano Community College Vallejo Center at 545 Columbus Parkway. Take St. John’s Mine Road and cross over the cattle crossing. Continue up the road and stay to the right to follow the road down to the barn. You are authorized to drive through this road for GVRD programs only.

 
Nature Hike    Saturday,  DEC  14, 2019
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rockville Trails Preserve
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. Registration recommended online.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Icehouse at the corner of Rockville Rd. & Suisun Valley Rd. 

 
Trail Crew    Saturday,  DEC  14, 2019
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rockville Trails Preserve
Participants will be helping prepare for new trails that will be laid out at this property! No experience is necessary. Participants learn while volunteering. Large Groups, organizations, and businesses are welcome. To RSVP or for more information, contact Solano Land Trust by email or call at 707-432-0150,
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Icehouse at the corner of Rockville Rd. & Suisun Valley Rd.

 
Garden Volunteer Day    Saturday,  DEC  14, 2019
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
Annual Lighted Boat Parade    Saturday,  DEC  14, 2019
6:00 PM

BENICIA MARINA —  Benicia Marina & Waterfront
Come out for the fun and celebrate the season! A line of lighted boats will leave the marina and proceed along the Carquinez Strait past the First Street Pier, then turn around and return to the marina. Spectators can stand along the waterfront to marvel at the array decorated boats and the reflections they make in the water. The Benicia Marina has held a holiday Lighted Boat Parade for more than a quarter-century—a long-standing tradition for the community.
Location: Benicia  

 
Benicia Christmas Bird Count, Pre-Count Scouting    Sunday,  DEC  15, 2019
8:30 AM

NAPA SOLANO AUDUBON — 
Join Robin Leong to scout several locations in advance of the Benicia Christmas Bird Count. ou will learn how to estimate the number of species seen, as well as tally as many species as possible. Since this field trip is during the count period, species can be counted as a Count Week species if they are not seen on the December 18th Christmas Bird Count. We will bird until approximately noon. Bring snacks and/or lunch. Please bring binoculars, layered clothing and something to eat, if you like. Heavy rain will cancel the walk. For more information, contact Robin Leong.
Leader: Robin Leong
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Scouting at various locations. Meet at 1st Street Pier in Benicia. Take Hwy 780 East and exit 3B for Military W. Continue on Military W Drive to 1st Street and turn right. Continue on 1st to the pier.

 
Tai Chi in the Park    Wednesday,  DEC  18, 2019
8:00 AM

SF BAY AREA TAI CHI —  City Park
Join the 8:00 a.m. morning classes in City Park every Wednesday – beginners through advanced. We practice the “108 step” Yang Form as well as Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Cane.
Leader: Paul Reinhertz
Location:
     425 Alabama St
     Vallejo  

 
Walk with Hannigan    Friday,  DEC  20, 2019
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Rockville Hills Regional Park Trail Crew    Saturday,  DEC  21, 2019
9:00 AM

CITY OF FAIRFIELD —  Rockville Hills Regional Park
The Rockville Trail Crew volunteer work days are scheduled for the third Saturday of every month from 9-12noon, rain or shine! Trail Crew volunteers provide technical assistance with trail maintenance and construction activities on the trails. Trail Crew volunteer duties consist of clearing rocks, trees, brush and other debris from proposed trail routes; build/repair walk ways, bridges or other structures; grade/fill existing trail paths to ensure user safety; and attend all required meetings and training sessions. Volunteers should bring water, gloves and a tool if available. Volunteers should wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. A snack and beverage provided for volunteers. Meet at the parking area. If you are not a regular volunteer, please RSVP to Ranger Teri, (707) 249-3613, or by email.
Location:
     2149 Rockville Rd
     Fairfield  

 
Yoga Hike    Saturday,  DEC  21, 2019
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rockville Trails Preserve
Enjoy a walk in the beautiful open space of Rockville Trails Preserve led by Barbara Fredericks. She will lead you on a walk while stopping to incorporate easy yoga moves “for every body”. You will carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. RSVP recommended online. This property is closed to the public.
Leader: Barbara Fredericks
Registration is required.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meet promptly at the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct, near the intersection of Rockville Rd and Suisun Valley Rd, Fairfield, CA. Park by the big red barn and be ready to immediately carpool or caravan from there to the trailhead.

 
Garden Volunteer Day    Saturday,  DEC  21, 2019
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
Horse Day at McIntyre Ranch    Saturday,  DEC  21, 2019
10:00 AM

GVRD —  McIntyre Ranch
For ages 10-17 -- Learn about the friendly horses and goats, and participate in their daily care. Wear sturdy work clothes and tough shoes because this is a "hand-on" experience. You will put a halter on a horse, learn to lead horses safely, brush them, clean their feet and clean their stalls. Everyone will have a chance to sit on a horse (helmet are required and provided, keep hairstyle simple for easy fit). Eat a good breakfast, bring water bottle and wear layers. Third Saturday of the month. For more information contact the Coordinator at 707-648-4620. $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.
Leader: Jane Mitchell
Registration is required.
Location:
     1 St. Johns Mine Road
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: McIntyre Ranch, located at the very end of St. John’s Mine Road, across from the Solano Community College Vallejo Center at 545 Columbus Parkway. Take St. John’s Mine Road and cross over the cattle crossing. Continue up the road and stay to the right to follow the road down to the barn. You are authorized to drive through this road for GVRD programs only.

 
Rush Ranch 'Get the Rush'    Saturday,  DEC  21, 2019
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Rush Ranch
Get the Rush is a series of fun and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run and activities vary month-to-month. Get the Rush! is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers. The blacksmith shop is open rain or shine. Rain, soil conditions, or extreme heat may cancel other activities.
Location:
     3521 Grizzly Island Road
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 12 in Suisun City, take Grizzly Island Road south approximately 2 miles. Entrance/driveway will be on the right.

 
Walk with Hannigan    Friday,  DEC  27, 2019
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Nature Hike    Saturday,  DEC  28, 2019
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
This hike will take visitors westward along Middle Valley Trail leading to Prairie 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 Prairie Ridge. It’s worth it to see the view of the northern San Francisco Bay and Vallejo. 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. RSVP recommended online.
Location:
     3100 Lynch Road
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: From I-80 East, take the Hiddenbrooke Parkway exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs. From I-80 West, take the Red Top Road exit and follow the Lynch Canyon signs.

 
Garden Volunteer Day    Saturday,  DEC  28, 2019
9:30 AM

BENICIA STATE PARKS ASSOCIATION —  Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden
We meet every Saturday from 9:30-11:30am in the Forrest Deaner Native Plant Botanic Garden located at the Benicia State Park Recreation Area for planting, weeding, and tending. Parking is free on Saturday Volunteer Days. Tell the Gate Attendant that you are going into the Park to work at the Garden.
Location:
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area
     Benicia  

 
Women’s Waterfowl Hunt    Friday,  JAN  3, 2020
5:00 PM

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION —  Denverton
Join us for a 2-day mentored hunt at Denverton, California Waterfowl’s Denverton property in the Suisun Marsh. This is one of two Suisun Marsh women’s hunts for the season, and individual hunters may attend only one of the two. (The other hunt is November 8-9 at CWA’s Grizzly Ranch.) This event is for women 21+ of all experience levels. For more information or to register, visit us online.
Leader: Sarahbeth Gonsalves
Registration is required.
Location:
     3836 Denverton Road
     Suisun City