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10th Annual Ridge Trail Day   Saturday,  NOV  4, 2017
9:00 AM

BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL COUNCIL & REI —  Benicia State Recreation Area
On November 4, hundreds of volunteers will join the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, REI, and our park and non-profit partners for the 10th annual Ridge Trail Day to celebrate and give back to the trail we love! Volunteers will repair trail tread, build fences, remove litter, and give the Ridge Trail some TLC! After their hard work volunteers will be able to socialize and have a chance to win great prizes from REI. Each volunteer must register separately with their own email address. To register a large group, or with any questions, please call the Ridge Trail's volunteer coordinator Tina Cuevas at (415) 561-2595 ext 204 or by email. In Benicia, join California State Parks to enhance the recreation area by doing trail work, non-native plant removal, Split-Rail repair and more! Ages 12 and older are welcome to participate; those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Project hours: 9:00am – 2:00pm.
Registration is required.
Food will be available.
Location:
     1 State Park Rd
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: Take the Columbus Parkway exit off of I-780.

 
Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  NOV  4, 2017
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 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. 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 or high fire danger cancels—call Jim at 707-373-1221 if the weather is uncertain. Space is limited. Registration is recommended 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,  NOV  4, 2017
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  

 
Paddle & Taste   Saturday,  NOV  4, 2017
11:00 AM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
This is a two hour Nature Paddle followed by a VIP wine tasting at the wine bar on top of the Barkissimo: A Floating Oasis..Reserve your spot for this paddle online or get more information by email.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Peña Adobe Open House    Saturday,  NOV  4, 2017
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY —  Peña Adobe Park
Please join us for this month's Peña Adobe Open House. Visitors to the park will tour the national and state recognized historic Peña Adobe built in 1842, the Mowers-Goheen Museum, the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial Garden and the Indian Council Ground. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide insight into Vacaville’s past. Our guest will be Greg Schwei portraying California’s most distinguished early botanist, Willis Linn Jepson. Jepson was born near Vacaville in 1867. His mother’s home at 125 Main Street in Vacaville dates back to 1914. Jepson became the first PhD from Vacaville in 1899 when he received a doctoral degree in botany from the University of California. He served on the faculty at Berkeley for over 40 years. Joining Schwei will be members of the Willis Linn Jepson Chapter of the California Native Plant Society and volunteers from the Jepson Prairie Preserve. Nature walks beginning at 12:15 and 1:15. A camera and binoculars are recommended as wildlife is often spotted in the park. Bring a picnic lunch! There is no charge for parking or admission into the historical park. For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518 or visit our website www.penaadobe.org.
Location:
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance..

 
Frosty Moon / Daylight Savings Paddle   Saturday,  NOV  4, 2017
6:00 PM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
This was the time of year when the old Native American tribes set beaver traps, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs before the swamps froze. Enjoy the last night of late sunsets before the time change! Reserve your spot for this paddle online or get more information by email.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City