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Traditional Hunter Education   Saturday,  MAY  5, 2018
8:00 AM

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE —  Hastings Island Hunting Preserve
This is a 2-day class on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. In order to be certified the student must attend the entire class including all sessions. Class starts 8:00 AM Sharp, both days. All students are required to obtain a California Get Outdoors ID (GO ID) prior to registering for California Hunter Education courses. Students will need to show safe handling of firearms and pass the Hunter Education test with a score of 80% or better. There is no minimum age to attend California Hunter Education. Parents or guardians are encouraged to attend with young students, especially those younger than age 16, to help define new words or provide additional tutoring during and after class. For details and instructions for registering, click HERE.
Leader: Mark D Phelps
Location:
     7758 Hastings Island Road
     Rio Vista
     Rio Vista  

 
Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  MAY  5, 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.

 
Birding Paddle   Saturday,  MAY  5, 2018
9:30 AM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
Join our local naturalist from 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM as we discover resident and migrating birds. Call (707) 341-6141 for reservations.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  MAY  5, 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,  MAY  5, 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. 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

 
Peña Adobe Open House   Saturday,  MAY  5, 2018
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Peña Adobe Park
Come meet our local authors and tour the historic Peña Adobe home, one of the oldest structures in Solano County. Participating authors include Conchita Thornton Marusich, Jim Kern, Dorothy M. O’Neil, Sharon McGriff Payne, and Jerry Bowen. Their books and other historically-themed books from local authors will be available. There is no charge for admission into the historical park. Also explore the Willis Jepson Memorial Garden, and the Indian Council Grounds. Enjoy horseshoe pits, a multi-purpose field, a small pond, and excellent hiking. Dogs are welcome on leashes. Docents will be on hand to lead tours of the Peña Adobe, the Museum and the grounds. For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518. The park is located at 4966 Pena Adobe Road in Vacaville’s rural southwest section just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance.
Location:
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80.

 
10th Annual Kite Festival   Saturday,  MAY  5, 2018
12:00 PM

SOLANO COUNTY PARKS / SOLANO LAND TRUST  —  Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
All you need to bring are your kites and kids to enjoy the annual kite festival from noon to 4P. It’s a family-friendly event, and kids of all ages and ability levels are welcome. The festival and parking are free. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy while watching dancing kites. No dogs allowed. If you have questions, contact us by email or at 707.432-0150. Rain cancels.
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.