Hike at King-Swett Ranches
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.
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
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 Historical Society Open House
PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Peña Adobe Park
This month we welcome Julie Cotton, Outreach Coordinator for the California Raptor Center! She will talk about raptors and what they do at the Center to help these amazing birds. Park docents will lead tours of the Peña Adobe, California historical landmark #534 built by the Peña family in 1842. Visit the Mowers-Goheen Museum or take a hike, wildlife is often spotted in the park.
Leader: Peña Adobe Historical Society
Peña Adobe Road
To the left of Lagoon Valley Park Entrance
DIRECTIONS: Pena Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance.