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14th Annual Loop the Lagoon Family Fun Run   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
8:30 AM

VACAVILLE PUBLIC EDUCATION FOUNDATION —  Lagoon Valley Regional Park
Please join us and enjoy the beautiful hills and lake at Lagoon Valley Park. Whether you are competing seriously or walking leisurely, Loop the Lagoon is a great way to get involved in a healthy activity for a worthy cause. For more information, visit Loop the Lagoon online.
Location:
     Pena Adobe Road at Rivera Road
     Vacaville  

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
8:30 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. If you pre-register, tools and free lunch are provided. 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. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Contact Jordan by email or by phone, 315-262-4090, to pre-register. 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.

 
Guided Hike to Green Valley Falls   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
9:00 AM

BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL —  Green Valley Falls
One of the most picturesque places in Solano County, this waterfall vies for the title of most beautiful in the Bay Area. The falls flow all year long and it is cool and inviting even on a hot day. The hike is fairly short, but there are some steep and difficult spots. The hike should last about 3 hours. The City of Vallejo limits each hike to 30 people. We'll take reservations on a first-come first-served basis. You must bring a photo ID, be older than 12 years old, and be accompanied by a parent or guardian if you are under 18. Save your spot now by registering online now. $10 for Ridge Trail Council Members, $25 for non-members.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: End of Green Valley Road in Fairfield.

 
Paddle with an Ornithologist   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
9:00 AM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
We are teaming up with birding expert and best selling author, John C. Robinson, for a special paddling event. Join award-winning & #1 best-selling author and Ornithologist John C. Robinson as he shares his top ten steps to identifying birds by sight and by sound. During this instructional kayak birding tour on the Suisun Marsh, John will answer all of the questions you’ve ever had about bird identification! This class will coincide with the peak of the spring migration so you will have the opportunity to identify many of the spring migrant birds, some of the last lingering winter visitors, and a variety of the common year round residents. Join us from 9AM to 11:30AM. Reserve your spot online or get more information by by email.
Leader: John C. Robinson
Location:
     535 Solano St, Suite B
     Suisun City  

 
Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day    Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION —  Benicia High 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:
     1101 Military West
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: RSVP for meeting point.

 
Spring Cleanup at Rindler Creek   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
9:00 AM

VALLEJO WATERSHED ALLIANCE —  Rindler Creek
Rindler Creek flows out of the hills to the east of Vallejo, down into Lake Chabot. It attracts a fair amount of trash, unfortunately, and it's time for a spring cleaning! Meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane. Wear sturdy clothes and closed-toe shoes, gloves, hat and sunscreen. We will provide tools, trash bags, water, and refreshments. Participants under 18 must have a signed waiver (see form online). Please RSVP online. See you there!
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Meet at the corner of Fairgrounds Drive and Coach Lane.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  MAY  13, 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  

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
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 abackpack 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.

Park and meet near the outhouse. Rain may cancel. Call Kate at 530-758-5093 if the weather is uncertain. If your group is 6 or more, RSVP to Kate Mawdsley by email or at 530-758-5093. Free but a donation is requested.
Leader: Kate Mawdsley
Location: Dixon  
DIRECTIONS: Cook Lane off Highway 113 South 12 miles south of Dixon

 
Historic Mare Island Navy Cemetery Tour   Saturday,  MAY  13, 2017
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