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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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Tai Chi in the Park    Wednesday,  SEP  19, 2018
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  

 
Movement and Meditation    Wednesday,  SEP  19, 2018
4:00 PM

Movement and Meditation to clear your mind and increase your flexibility. Relax and expand your workout to include spiral swimming movements and deep gratitude breathing. Know your limits and be ready to explore whatever comfort level is best for you. Bring a water bottle, dress with layers, eat at least two hours earlier. Be ready to touch the ground, hopfully barefoot. Bring a camera for beautiful sunsets. Remind yourself to feel how good it feels to Breathe. We meet in the grass park near the intersection of Capitol Street and Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 4PM to 5PM
Location:
     301 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: We meet in the grass park near the intersection of Capitol Street and Mare Island Way, Vallejo. Rainy / soggy day location is at Integritea, 717 Marin Street.

 
Monticello Wednesday Night Road Ride    Wednesday,  SEP  19, 2018
6:00 PM

MONTICELLO CYCLING CLUB — 
The Monticello Weeknight ride is back! This year we will be meeting on Wednesday nights through mid-September. Meet at Orchard Elementary School in time to roll out at 6:00P. Pace will be intermediate/Tempo average speed will be 17-20 MPH. We will ride the usual Winters loop or switch up as the group dictates. Will regroup at Putah Creek Road and at Allendale. For more enformation, check out the Events link on our Facebook page. Our focus will be on a fun, safe ride for all riders.
Location:
     805 N Orchard Ave
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Orchard Elementary School in time to be ready for a 6:00P roll out.

 
Third Thursday Volunteer Day    Thursday,  SEP  20, 2018
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION —  Lake Herman Open Space
We'll work from 9 am to Noon. No experience necessary. Tools and instruction provided. Bring gloves if you have them. Children under 14 must have accompanying adult and all participants must sign our release waiver. RSVP for details on meeting point by contacting the Benicia Tree Foundation at 745-4675 or by email.
Location: Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: RSVP for meeting place details.

 
Bocce on the Backroads    Friday,  SEP  21, 2018
BACKROADS VINES —  BackRoad Vines
One of the unique aspects of Suisun Valley’s BackRoad Vines is their BOCCE COURTS! The Bocce Ball courts are open to the public during regular tasting hours. The winery also hosts a bocce league! Are you interested in joining the Bocce Ball League? All levels of experience are welcome and new leagues start every quarter. Each team consists of 4 players. Teams play Friday nights and guests are welcome to come out and watch the fun. For more information, please contact Colleen by email.
Location:
     2221 Julian Lane
     Suisun Valley
     Fairfield  

 
Visions of the Wild Hike    Friday,  SEP  21, 2018
BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL COUNCIL —  Hiddenbrooke to Vallejo-Swett
Join the Ridge Trail Council for an outing as part of the Visions of the Wild Festival which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers and National Scenic Trails. This outing provides an opportunity to hike through Solano Land Trust's Vallejo-Swett property which connects to the Ridge Trail via the Hiddenbrooke Trail. This 6-mile hike will take you along the Hiddenbrooke Trail and through the Vallejo-Swett property which is only open via docent access. The meeting location, time, and hiking maps will be provided to registered individuals only. Hike Difficulty: Moderately Strenuous.
Location: Vallejo  

 
Walk with Hannigan    Friday,  SEP  21, 2018
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  

 
Lake Solano Campfire    Friday,  SEP  21, 2018
7:30 PM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL —  Lake Solano
Join Lake Solano Docent Carla Murphy for a cozy evening of learning about Lake Solano Park. Stop by the Docent Fire Pit near the Lake Solano Nature Center (on the west side of Pleasants Valley Rd) and enjoy a roaring fire, toasting marshmallows, and educational discussion. For more information, call the Putah Creek Council office at 530-795-3006. 
Leader: Carla Murphy
Parking Fee: $6
Location:
     8685 Pleasants Valley Road
       
DIRECTIONS: Lake Solano Park straddles Pleasants Valley Road, north of Vacaville and near the town of Winters. Pay the $6 parking fee and park on the east side of Pleasants Valley Rd.

 
Weekend Canoe Tour Canoe Tour    Saturday,  SEP  22, 2018
8:00 AM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL —  Lake Solano
Discover the wonders of Putah Creek through exploration, relaxation, and education. The tour is an opportunity to learn about life along the river and the special riparian forest that grows along its banks. The guided trip is limited to 10 guests. Children age 8 and older are welcome if accompanied by an adult. There will be a basic safety and paddling discussion before beginning. Canoes, paddles, and lifejackets will be provided free of charge. Participants may want to bring water, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. You may get wet, so a change of clothes is recommended! Reservations are required. For more information or to register, click here. For questions in advance, contact Karin by email or (530) 795-3006.
Leader: Carla Murphy
Parking Fee: $6
Registration is required.
Location:
     8685 Pleasants Valley Road
       
DIRECTIONS: Lake Solano Park straddles Pleasants Valley Road, north of Vacaville and near the town of Winters. Pay the $6 parking fee and park on the east-side of Pleasants Valley Rd.

 
Napa River Morning Cruise    Saturday,  SEP  22, 2018
9:00 AM

VISIONS OF THE WILD FESTIVAL —  Vallejo Marina
Enjoy the beautiful scenery between Vallejo and Napa on this morning cruise. While onboard the River Dolphin, Vallejo’s own Myrna Hayes will give you a perspective of the waterway that will inform and delight as only she can. Sights will include an up close view of Mare Island, wetlands, marshes and wildlife. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to meet with your hosts David and Trudie. Cost is $50. Buy tickets online.
Leader: Myrna Hayes
Location:
     42 Harbor Way
     K Dock
     Fairfield  

 
Garden Volunteer Day    Saturday,  SEP  22, 2018
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  

 
Kids’ Nature Journaling Hike    Saturday,  SEP  22, 2018
9:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Families are invited to join us in exploring the beauty of Lynch Canyon Open Space Park. This month we will be strolling through this gorgeous park while using the natural setting to inspire nature journaling. No registration required. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45. The hike is free and for kids of all ages. Parking is $6 (we are not able to make change). Be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water.
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.

 
Nature & History Walk at Lake Solano    Saturday,  SEP  22, 2018
11:00 AM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lake Solano County Park
Join Lake Solano volunteers two hour, easy-paced tour. Walk back through the mists of time to learn about the Patwin Indians, the Berryessa brothers, and John Wolfskill’s impact on the region. Discover how Putah Creek was transformed into Lake Solano, bringing water to farmers and residents of Solano County. Learn about the native trees and plants, and some of their medicinal secrets, passed down through the generations by Native Americans. Look for great blue herons, snowy egrets, peacocks or other wildlife on the tour. Your guides will also show you what the resident beavers have been up to! Be prepared for variable weather and trail conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes, and dressing in layers. A camera, binoculars and snacks are also recommended.

Pay the $6 entrance fee and park on the east side of Pleasants Valley Rd. Meet at the Lake Solano Nature Center on the west side of the road. No RSVP is necessary. For questions in advance, call Karin Young at Putah Creek Council, 530-795-3006.
Leader: Cricket Kanouff & Kitty Van Newkoop
Parking Fee: $6
Location:
     8685 Pleasants Valley Rd
       
DIRECTIONS: Lake Solano Park straddles Pleasants Valley Road, north of Vacaville and near the town of Winters. Pay the $6 parking fee and park on the east-side of Pleasants Valley Rd.

 
Carquinez Strait Morning Cruise    Sunday,  SEP  23, 2018
9:00 AM

VISIONS OF THE WILD FESTIVAL —  Vallejo Marina
“Water Politics: Who Owns the Rain?” with Kate Sammler, California State University Maritime. League of Chefs house-made treats served on board. conducts research at the intersection of science and politics in the ocean and sky. Dr. Sammler's work considers the role of knowledge, law, and power in defining global commons, access, and environmental justice. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to meet with your hosts David and Trudie. Cost is $50. Buy tickets online.
Location:
     42 Harbor Way
     K Dock
     Fairfield  

 
Wine & Cheese Afternoon Cruise    Sunday,  SEP  23, 2018
3:30 PM

VISIONS OF THE WILD FESTIVAL —  Vallejo Marina
Brian O’Reilly will provide tips that make your photos better and taking pictures more fun. Enjoy the experience of what your seeing through the viewfinder, LCD screen or your phone. Brian O’Reilly was born in Birmingham, England but has lived in California since the early ‘70s. He has worked as a commercial photographer while pursuing his own artistic vision. He serves on the board of the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation and teaches photography in their summer arts camp. His philosophy is to “get it right in the camera.” Bring your own SLR, point and shoot, or smartphone camera. Tickets are $50. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to meet with your hosts David and Trudie.Buy tickets online.
Leader: Brian O’Reilly
Location:
     42 Harbor Way
     K Dock
     Fairfield  

 
Full Moon Paddle    Monday,  SEP  24, 2018
7:30 PM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
Always a popular event! Reserve your spot for this paddle by calling (707) 341-6141.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Tai Chi in the Park    Wednesday,  SEP  26, 2018
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  

 
Movement and Meditation    Wednesday,  SEP  26, 2018
4:00 PM

Movement and Meditation to clear your mind and increase your flexibility. Relax and expand your workout to include spiral swimming movements and deep gratitude breathing. Know your limits and be ready to explore whatever comfort level is best for you. Bring a water bottle, dress with layers, eat at least two hours earlier. Be ready to touch the ground, hopfully barefoot. Bring a camera for beautiful sunsets. Remind yourself to feel how good it feels to Breathe. We meet in the grass park near the intersection of Capitol Street and Mare Island Way, Vallejo. 4PM to 5PM
Location:
     301 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: We meet in the grass park near the intersection of Capitol Street and Mare Island Way, Vallejo. Rainy / soggy day location is at Integritea, 717 Marin Street.

 
Monticello Wednesday Night Road Ride    Wednesday,  SEP  26, 2018
6:00 PM

MONTICELLO CYCLING CLUB — 
The Monticello Weeknight ride is back! This year we will be meeting on Wednesday nights through mid-September. Meet at Orchard Elementary School in time to roll out at 6:00P. Pace will be intermediate/Tempo average speed will be 17-20 MPH. We will ride the usual Winters loop or switch up as the group dictates. Will regroup at Putah Creek Road and at Allendale. For more enformation, check out the Events link on our Facebook page. Our focus will be on a fun, safe ride for all riders.
Location:
     805 N Orchard Ave
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at Orchard Elementary School in time to be ready for a 6:00P roll out.

 
Bocce on the Backroads    Friday,  SEP  28, 2018
BACKROADS VINES —  BackRoad Vines
One of the unique aspects of Suisun Valley’s BackRoad Vines is their BOCCE COURTS! The Bocce Ball courts are open to the public during regular tasting hours. The winery also hosts a bocce league! Are you interested in joining the Bocce Ball League? All levels of experience are welcome and new leagues start every quarter. Each team consists of 4 players. Teams play Friday nights and guests are welcome to come out and watch the fun. For more information, please contact Colleen by email.
Location:
     2221 Julian Lane
     Suisun Valley
     Fairfield  

 
Walk with Hannigan    Friday,  SEP  28, 2018
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  

 
Novice Women’s Pheasant Hunt Weekend    Saturday,  SEP  29, 2018
8:00 AM

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION —  Birds Landing Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays
Women’s Pheasant Hunt Weekend (Sat, Sep 29 and Sun, Sep 30) at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays is an amazing opportunity to complete hunter education, get shooting instruction and go on a mentored hunt (with loaner guns available) the next morning. It’s a fast and easy way to give hunting a try without a major commitment of time or money, and you’ll meet other women you can continue to hunt with down the road – lasting friendships are formed at this event! If space is available, we will allow already-licensed women and significant others to join us for the entire event, or just for the hunt. Call Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Coordinator Sarahbeth Gonsalves at 559-972-3441 or by email to see if spots are available. For ages 21+. Cost is $250 per person, which includes meals, lodging, hunting license and upland stamp (bird cleaning is available at Birds Landing for an additional fee).
Location:
     2099 Collinsville Rd
     Birds Landing
       

 
Garden Volunteer Day    Saturday,  SEP  29, 2018
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  

 
Birds of Prey Hike    Saturday,  SEP  29, 2018
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Solano Land Trust and Solano County Parks are proud to present the first Lynch Canyon birds of prey hike 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. Pre-registration is required online. 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.
Parking Fee: $6
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.

 
Coyote Club    Wednesday,  OCT  3, 2018
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! Cost: $5/class for residents, $6/class nonresident. Adults must register at no cost. Pre-registration is required at 395 Amador St. or online. For more information contact the Coordinator at 707-639-1325.
Leader: Dee Davis
Registration is required.
Location: 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.

 
Novice Adult Pheasant Hunt Weekend    Saturday,  OCT  6, 2018
9:00 AM

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION —  Birds Landing Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays
Women’s Pheasant Hunt Weekend (Sat, Sep 29 and Sun, Sep 30) at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve & Sporting Clays is an amazing opportunity to complete hunter education, get shooting instruction and go on a mentored hunt (with loaner guns available) the next morning. It’s a fast and easy way to give hunting a try without a major commitment of time or money, and you’ll meet other women you can continue to hunt with down the road – lasting friendships are formed at this event! If space is available, we will allow already-licensed women and significant others to join us for the entire event, or just for the hunt. Call Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Coordinator Sarahbeth Gonsalves at 559-972-3441 or by email to see if spots are available. For ages 21+. Cost is $250 per person, which includes meals, lodging, hunting license and upland stamp (bird cleaning is available at Birds Landing for an additional fee).
Location:
     2099 Collinsville Rd
     Birds Landing
       

 
Sunday Supper at Joyful Ranch    Sunday,  OCT  7, 2018
4:00 PM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Joyful Ranch
The evening will be one of slowing down, enjoying friends, and celebrating the bounty of Solano County. It will begin at 4 p.m. with an opening reception where guests will savor hors d’oeuvres and a glass of local wine while strolling through the orchard or visiting the restored gristmill barn. Then attendees will gather under a canopy of trees for a locally-sourced family-style dinner prepared by Chef Lindsey Chelini, owner of Backdoor Bistro in Vacaville. Specially selected local and regional wines will be paired with the meal. During a live auction, participants will have the opportunity to raise their paddles for one-of-a-kind packages that include Solano excursions and other special experiences, including private dinners with executive chefs, and private guided hikes on beautiful lands. To find out more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Location:
     8212 Pleasants Valley Rd
     Vacaville