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11th Annual Lagoon Valley Trail Run   Saturday,  SEP  9, 2017
7:30 AM

The 11th annual Lagoon Valley Trail Run in rustic Vacaville will be held in 2017. The event showcases the area’s beautiful, scenic views and expansive natural lakes that Vacaville is known for, nestled midway between San Francisco and Sacramento with beautiful rolling hillsides and numerous fruit orchards and farms. The event, starting in Lagoon Valley Regional Park, provides runners with a beautiful running environment as the trails that make up this rugged terrain offer up a unique challenge. The race was established to generate proceeds that will support high school cross-country programs in the Vacaville area. We offer a variety of trail distances for all levels including a 30K, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kid’s 1/4 Mile. For more information and to register, visit our event online.
Registration is required.
     Peña Adobe Rd
DIRECTIONS: Peña Adobe Rd off I-80. Arrive early as there are a limited amount of free parking spaces located in the grass lot just north of the main entrance gate. This lot is approximately 1/4 from the start/finish area. Parking is also available near the start/finish area for a $3 parking fee paid at the park entrance.

Visions of the Wild 2017   Saturday,  SEP  9, 2017
8:00 AM

The annual Visions of the Wild festival connects nature, culture and community. The festival brings together all segments of the region, and in particular, the spheres of conservation and art. The 2017 festival will run Sep 6-10 at locations in and around Vallejo. All events--with the exception of the river cruises--are free to the public. This is a fun and interactive weekend with activities for all ages. Enjoy learning about the creatures of the bay, taking an interactive walk along the waterfront, or a cruise to find out more about the local hydrologic cycle and the health of the San Francisco Estuary ecosystem. A detailed schedule of events is available at online.
Location: Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Various locations around Vallejo.

Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew   Saturday,  SEP  9, 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
     3100 Lynch Road
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.

Coyote Club   Saturday,  SEP  9, 2017
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.

Holiday Hike   Saturday,  SEP  9, 2017
9:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Rockville Trails Preserve
Join us for a Veteran's Holiday Hike at Rockville Trails Preserve. You can expect an intermediate to strenuous pace, hiking 4 to 5 miles up and down rugged, steep and slippery hills through the oaks and grassland. You will take a few short breaks to enjoy the views and catch your breath. Enjoy this beautiful open space while getting in shape! Rockville Trails Preserve is only accessible by docent-led hikes at this time. Preregistration is required online.
Registration is required.
Location: Fairfield  
DIRECTIONS: Since there is no parking lot at Rockville Trails Preserve, please meet your guide promptly and be ready to leave immediately from the big red "Ice House" building on Suisun Valley Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd.

Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day    Saturday,  SEP  9, 2017
9:00 AM

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.
     1101 Military West

Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  SEP  9, 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.
     I-780 at Columbus Parkway
     Benicia State Park Recreation Area

Suisun Marsh Walk   Saturday,  SEP  9, 2017
9:30 AM

As the seasons change in the Suisun Marsh, it cycles through many different conditions. And all year it is alive with the many resident birds and plants. Now is a good time to take a trek through Peytonia Ecological Reserve in Suisun and learn more about the flora and fauna of these unique wetlands. The Suisun Marsh Natural History Association has scheduled a 1-1/2 hour guided walk through the reserve on Saturday. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will highlight the current and past uses of plants growing there as well as the natural history of resident birds and animals. Binoculars and walking shoes are recommended. This walk is likely to fill early, so enroll today! For more information or to register, call the Wildlife Center at: (707) 429-4295. This event is free to members and $5.00 for non-members. All proceeds assist the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association in its Suisun Wildlife Center.
Entrance Fee: $5
Registration is required.
     1171 Kellogg St
     Suisun City  

Historic Mare Island Navy Cemetery Tour   Saturday,  SEP  9, 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
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave