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Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  FEB  3, 2018
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,  FEB  3, 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.
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area

Peña Adobe Open House    Saturday,  FEB  3, 2018
11:00 AM

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. Come meet Cecelia Peña who is a descendant of the original Peña family. 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
Leader: Cecelia Peña
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance..

Habitat Restoration   Saturday,  FEB  3, 2018
12:30 PM

Solano RCD is hosting volunteer events to plant native plants this winter. We will be working from 12:30-3:30. We will be planting many different types of rushes and sedges (as well as a few wildflowers) to improve the bio-filtration processes at the Pond C wetlands. These natives will also beautify the wetland and improve its wildlife habitat. We will provide all necessary tools, work gloves, and snacks. All of these events are family friendly, but we do ask that children under the age of 14 work closely with an adult. Please RSVP by email if you are interested in participating.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Meeting location provided on RSVP.