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Nature Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  APR  4, 2020
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  King-Swett Ranches
NOTE: ALL SLT ACTIVITIES CANCELLED through APR 10.

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. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Space is limited and registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit us online.
Location:
     140 Red Top Rd.
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at the Red Top Road Park-and-Ride in Fairfield.

 
McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trial 2020   Saturday,  APR  4, 2020
10:00 AM

MCCORMACK SHEEP & GRAIN —  McCormack Ranch
This event is the revitalization of historic events dating back to the 1930s. Sheepdogs and their handlers will come from across the United States with the hope of winning a place in the United States Border Collie Handlers Association Finals in October. The event will be open to the public from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and tickets can be purchased online and at the RioVision Gallery, 116 Main Street, Rio Vista. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate. The event takes place rain or shine so tickets are non-refundable. Bring your blanket or folding chairs and don’t forget your binoculars! This is an alcohol-free event. The only animals allowed at the dog trial are those dogs participating in the contest. No other dogs or pets are permitted to enter the gates, except for service dogs for disabled persons.
Location:
     7680 Montezuma Hills Road
     Rio Vista  
DIRECTIONS: At the junction of Emigh Road and Montezuma Hills Road.

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  4, 2020
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Jepson Prairie
NOTE: ALL SLT ACTIVITIES CANCELLED through APR 10.

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. Visitors can enjoy an easy guided walk which may include portions of the Preserve that are only accessible with a Jepson Prairie docent. Participants can learn about vernal pools and see the aquatic invertebrate and flowering plants that depend on them. Volunteer docents offer these two-hour tours every Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 a.m., March 10 through May 13 (Mother’s Day). For groups of 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley at email or 530-758-5093. A minimum $5 donation is encouraged to attend this tour.
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Cook Lane off Highway 113 South 12 miles south of Dixon

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  4, 2020
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 March 28 through April 29. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors ( 65+) and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Admission is good for the entire day, 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 and its mission to preserve the regional heritage of electric railways for the benefit of current and future generations.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista