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Becoming an Outdoors Woman-Shooting Clinic and Sporting Clays   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
8:00 AM

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION —  Grizzly Ranch
Come enjoy a day of learning to shoot shotguns, rifles and archery from trained, certified instructors at Grizzly Ranch in Suisun Marsh (near Fairfield).  At all stations, emphasis will be placed on how to safely handle, load, and discharge a firearm or bow in a safe and welcoming environment. All stations are optional, shoot as much or as little as you want! All guns, ammunition, targets, ear and eye protection are included at the beginner stations, just sign up and show up. For those who are experienced shotgunners, bring your own gun and non-lead ammo and try out the challenging sporting clays course of 50 or 100 targets. This event will include wild-game tasting, lunch and networking opportunities to meet and talk with other lady shooters. For more information or to register, click here.
Location:
     4179 Van Sickle Rd
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Turn onto Grizzly Island Rd from Highway 12 in Suisun City. After 5.4 miles, you will fork right and cross Montezuma Slough Rd. After 3.3 miles turn right onto Van Sickle Rd. (Note: you should see a white fence) After 0.4 miles turn right into Grizzly Ranch. In 0.7 miles, you will arrive at the Ranch.

 
Nature Walk: Spring Birds of Lake Solano Park   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
8:00 AM

PUTAH CREEK COUNCIL & SOLANO COUNTY PARKS —  Lake Solano County Park
California is located along migration routes for many songbirds. At Lake Solano, a wide array of habitats means that visitors can observe a diverse assortment of birds and other wildlife. On this tour, we'll observe year-round residents and migratory visitors while taking in the natural beauty of Lake Solano Park. Loaner binoculars will be available. These activities are appropriate for all ages, and families and groups are welcome. Please prepare for the weather and variable conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy shoes, and dressing in layers. The tour will be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain. Advance registration is recommended but not required. The day's activities are free, and parking is $6 per vehicle payable at the east entrance to the Park. For more information, check online or call Karin Young at Putah Creek Council, 530-795-3006.
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. and meet at the Nature Center on the west side of the road.

 
Bikes & Brews   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rockville Trails Preserve
Join us on our very first, private docent-led mountain bike tour at this special property that is not yet open to the public. After the ride, you will enjoy appetizers and locally crafted beer by Brüehol Brewing. This ride is for intermediate to advanced mountain bikers. Very limited space. Registration required online. Cost is $20.
Entrance Fee: $20
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Meeting place provided on registration.

 
Coyote Club   Saturday,  APR  14, 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.

 
Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day    Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION —  Semple Elementary School
The Benicia Tree Foundation is sponsoring a tree maintenance day! 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. Set aside a few hours every second Saturday of the month to give our trees some TLC. Rain cancels.
Location:
     2015 E 3rd St
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: RSVP for meeting point.

 
Solano Overnight   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
9:00 AM

BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL COUNCIL —  Bay Area Ridge Trail
Join the Ridge Trail, Greenbelt Alliance, Solano Land Trust, and the Greater Vallejo Recreation District for the first Solano County hike and overnight! Participants will attend a 2-day supported hike from Newell Open Space Preserve to the Benicia State Recreation Area staying at McIntyre Ranch overnight on the journey south. The hike will feature panoramic views of San Francisco and Suisun Bay, a docent-led tour through the Vallejo-Swett Ranch and the opportunity to socialize with other trail enthusiasts! For more information and to register, visit us online.
Location:
     1 State Park Rd
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: Take the Columbus Parkway exit off of I-780. Park your car at Benicia State Recreation Area.

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Help us take care of Lynch Canyon's 1,000 plus acres. Projects include improving trails, fixing fences, weeding, and the like. This is physical outdoor work. There is usually no shade. Be prepared to be outdoors for approximately three hours using hand tools like shovels and hoes; lifting, carrying and lowering supplies; bending over, squatting and kneeling on dirt, grasses and weeds; and sweating. Ages 12 and up who are comfortable with this type of physical work are welcome—under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. When you arrive, ask the leader for a free parking pass. No registration required. Just show up and be ready to work at 9am! WHAT TO BRING: a backpack with plenty of water and snacks, heavy work gloves, eye protection (e.g., sunglasses), boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with tread for rough, steep, and slippery terrain, long, sturdy pants and layered clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, protection from sun, wind, fog. Meet promptly in the parking lot. Rain or high fire danger cancels. Call Jordan at 315-262-4090 if the weather is uncertain.
Leader: Jordan
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,  APR  14, 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  

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Jepson Prairie
Jepson Prairie Preserve is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life. Enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Expect a slow pace and meandering route with lots of opportunities to bend down and look at tiny wildflowers. All ages are welcome. It is often windy. The preserve is a working ranch with free-range sheep. There is no drinking water. In order to protect endangered species and sensitive habitat, dogs are not allowed. Bring a backpack with plenty of water and snacks and/or a picnic lunch. Wear boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes, preferably ones that are waterproof, layered clothes, and protection from the elements—sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses), wind, fog, rain. You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars and a camera. Rain may cancel. Free but a donation is requested.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Cook Lane off Highway 113 South 12 miles south of Dixon

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
11:00 AM

BAY AREA ELECTRIC RAILROAD ASSOCIATION —  Western Railway Museum
Come ride the annual Scenic Limited on a leisurely 11-mile round trip through the heart of Northern California. Enjoy the rolling Montezuma Hills and views of Mt. Diablo as you travel what was once the Sacramento Northern mainline on our historic train. The Scenic Limited runs April 4 - 29. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm. (Sorry, no 3:30pm trains on Wednesdays.) General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum so you can explore historic railway exhibits, ride a vintage streetcar, make use of our large shaded picnic grounds, and visit our Museum Store, library archives, and the Depot Cafe. Scenic Limited tickets are now available online. All proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum!
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Historic Mare Island Navy Cemetery Tour   Saturday,  APR  14, 2018
12:00 PM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
The cemetery on Mare Island is the Navy's oldest cemetery in the West, with graves there dating back to the 1850's. Park at the Visitor's Center and meet at the cemetery, just a few hundred feet up the trail. We will be offering two tours, one starting at 12pm, and the other at 1pm. Realistically, 40 people is the maximum number at this time for each tour. If there are more than 40 people that arrive BY NOON for the first tour, we will ask folks who arrive after that to join us for the 2nd tour at 1pm. We hope you understand, and we will try to accommodate everyone. And if more people show up, we will add another tour, starting at 2pm. We hope this will be a monthly event on second Saturdays. Please give us a call at 707-241-4285 if you have any questions about the tours. The event is free, but your donations to the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve are always encouraged, and help keep the park going!
Leader: Kyle Green
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave