Date Picker
Previous Month April 2017 Next Month
S M T W T F S
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 1 2 3 4 5 6

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK
   

4th Annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trials   Saturday,  APR  1, 2017
9:00 AM

MCCORMACK SHEEP & GRAIN —  McCormack Ranch
Highly trained dogs and their handlers convene Friday, March 1 – Sunday, April 2 at the McCormack Ranch outside of Rio Vista in hopes to win a place at the upcoming National Sheepdog Finals in September. The rolling Montezuma Hills are bucolic, the trial course is tough, the dogs amazing and the sheep typical, meaning they act naturally but not always as expected! This all adds up to a challenging event for dogs and handlers alike and great fun for the viewing public. Bring your blanket or folding chairs and don’t forget your binoculars! Over 80 dogs and handlers from several western states and as far away as the east show their skills moving sheep around a large course within an allotted time limit. Dogs and handlers are judged by their ability to complete all the tasks required for competent livestock work. Admission, good for one day, is $15 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information, check online or call Jeannie McCormack at (707) 374-2254.
Location:
     7680 Montezuma Hills Road
     Rio Vista  
DIRECTIONS: At the junction of Emigh Road and Montezuma Hills Road.

 
Hike at King-Swett Ranches   Saturday,  APR  1, 2017
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 925-519-1834 if the weather is uncertain. Space is limited. Pre-registration 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.

 
Centennial Park Restoration   Saturday,  APR  1, 2017
9:30 AM

SOLANO RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT —  Centennial Park
Solano RCD is hosting volunteer events to plant native plants in Vacaville this winter. We will be working from 9:30A-12:30P in Centennial Park in north Vacaville and will be planting native trees and shrubs, this time on the middle fork of Horse Creek. We will provide all necessary tools, work gloves, and snacks. All of these events are family friendly, but we do ask that children under the age of 14 work closely with an adult. Please RSVP by email if you are interested in participating.
Location: Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: Meeting location provided on RSVP.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  APR  1, 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,  APR  1, 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

 
Peña Adobe Open House   Saturday,  APR  1, 2017
11:00 AM

PEÑA ADOBE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Peña Adobe Park
This month's Open House will feature “Artists at the Adobe” from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Fairfield’s Sandy Imperatori and members from art workshops she has conducted in Rancho Solano and Vacaville will be on hand. Bring your art supplies and join the fun or bring a picnic and enjoy the wildlife and scenery. Last year’s event included over 150 participants. There is no charge for admission into the historical park. Also explore the Pena Adobe, who with the Vaca family first settled in Vacaville in 1842, 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.
Leader: Sandy Imperatori
Location:
     4699 Peña Adobe Road
     Vacaville  
DIRECTIONS: The park is located on Peña Adobe Road just off of Interstate 80.

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  1, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
4th Annual McCormack Ranch Sheepdog Trials   Sunday,  APR  2, 2017
9:00 AM

MCCORMACK SHEEP & GRAIN —  McCormack Ranch
Highly trained dogs and their handlers convene Friday, March 1 – Sunday, April 2 at the McCormack Ranch outside of Rio Vista in hopes to win a place at the upcoming National Sheepdog Finals in September. The rolling Montezuma Hills are bucolic, the trial course is tough, the dogs amazing and the sheep typical, meaning they act naturally but not always as expected! This all adds up to a challenging event for dogs and handlers alike and great fun for the viewing public. Bring your blanket or folding chairs and don’t forget your binoculars! Over 80 dogs and handlers from several western states and as far away as the east show their skills moving sheep around a large course within an allotted time limit. Dogs and handlers are judged by their ability to complete all the tasks required for competent livestock work. Admission, good for one day, is $15 for adults and free for children under 12. For more information, check online or call Jeannie McCormack at (707) 374-2254.
Location:
     7680 Montezuma Hills Road
     Rio Vista  
DIRECTIONS: At the junction of Emigh Road and Montezuma Hills Road.

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Sunday,  APR  2, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Sunday,  APR  2, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Wednesday,  APR  5, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  APR  7, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Trail Crew   Saturday,  APR  8, 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.

 
Coyote Club   Saturday,  APR  8, 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.

 
Second Saturday Tree Maintenance Day    Saturday,  APR  8, 2017
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION —  Robert Semple Elementary 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:
     2015 E 3rd St
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: RSVP for meeting point.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  APR  8, 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  

 
Native American Walk   Saturday,  APR  8, 2017
9:30 AM

SUISUN MARSH NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION —  Rockville Hills Regional Park
The Suisun Marsh Natural History Association will be holding a 2 hour field trip in Rockville Hills Regional Park starting at 9:30 am. The interpretive tour will focus on the customs, lifestyles and religious ceremonies of the local Suisun Indians. Binoculars, water, and walking shoes are recommended. This walk may be difficult for small children, as there is some uphill walking. The walk will be held on Saturday. Registration is limited to 25, so enroll today! For more information or to register, call the Wildlife Center at: (707) 429-4295 (HAWK) 9am – 6pm, Mon.- Sun. 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.
Registration is required.
Location:
      2149 Rockville Rd
     Fairfield  

 
It's the Preserve's 9th Birthday!   Saturday,  APR  8, 2017
10:00 AM

MARE ISLAND HERITAGE TRUST —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Stop by anytime from 10AM to 8PM to help us celebrate this remarkable milestone! Check out the displays in the Visitor's Center, stop by the Navy's oldest cemetery in the west, and climb up the hill to see the Spirit Ship and the amazing views The event is free, but your donations to the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve are always encouraged to keep the park going!
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  8, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  8, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Historic Mare Island Navy Cemetery Tour   Saturday,  APR  8, 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

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Sunday,  APR  9, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Sunday,  APR  9, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Pink Full Moon Paddle   Tuesday,  APR  11, 2017
7:00 PM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, the April full moon is known as the Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of a flower called the moss pink, or phlox. That's likely a Native American tradition because phlox is common in North America and Siberia, as opposed to Europe. It is also called the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon and the Fish Moon. Check out our adventures online or visit us on Facebook.
Location:
     535 Solano St, Suite B
     Suisun City  

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Wednesday,  APR  12, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Science Friday   Friday,  APR  14, 2017
8:30 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST —  Solano Land Trust Properties
Get involved in science on our lands! Solano Land Trust staff scientist Sue Wickham will teach you all you need to know. BRING: Water, snacks, sturdy gloves, pants, sturdy closed-toe shoes. Come prepared for variable weather (bring layered clothes you don't mind getting dirty, and protection from sun, wind, and fog). Optional: bug repellent, your favorite gardening tools, and binoculars to enjoy the birds! ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Sue at 707-432-0150 x 207 or by email no later than Mar 8.
Leader: Sue Wickham
Registration is required.
DIRECTIONS: Provided upon RSVP.

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  APR  14, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Rockville Hills Regional Park Trail Crew   Saturday,  APR  15, 2017
9:00 AM

CITY OF FAIRFIELD —  Rockville Hills Regional Park
The Rockville Trail Crew volunteer work days are scheduled for the third Saturday of every month from 9-12noon, rain or shine! Trail Crew volunteers provide technical assistance with trail maintenance and construction activities on the trails. Trail Crew volunteer duties consist of clearing rocks, trees, brush and other debris from proposed trail routes; build/repair walk ways, bridges or other structures; grade/fill existing trail paths to ensure user safety; and attend all required meetings and training sessions. Volunteers should bring water, gloves and a tool if available. Volunteers should wear layered clothing and sturdy shoes. A snack and beverage provided for volunteers. Meet at the parking area. If you are not a regular volunteer, please RSVP to Ranger Teri, (707) 249-3613, or by email.
Location:
     2149 Rockville Rd
     Fairfield  

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  APR  15, 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  

 
Horse Day at McIntyre Ranch   Saturday,  APR  15, 2017
10:00 AM

GVRD —  McIntyre Ranch
For ages 8-17 -- Learn about the friendly horses and goats, and participate in their daily care. Wear sturdy work clothes and tough shoes because this is a "hand-on" experience. You will put a halter on a horse, learn to lead horses safely, brush them, clean their feet and clean their stalls. Everyone will have a chance to sit on a horse (helmet are required and provided, keep hairstyle simple for easy fit). Eat a good breakfast, bring water bottle and wear layers. For more information contact the Coordinator at 648-4552. Cost: $25/class resident, $30/class non-resident. Registration is also available online, click on 'Outdoors'.
Leader: Jane Mitchell
Entrance Fee: $25
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.

 
Rush Ranch 'Get the Rush'   Saturday,  APR  15, 2017
10:00 AM

SOLANO LAND TRUST & RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Rush Ranch
Get the Rush is a series of fun and free activities for the whole family, offered on the third Saturday of every month at Rush Ranch. All ages and mobility levels are welcome! This event is 100% volunteer-run and activities vary month-to-month. Get the Rush! is made possible by Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, Napa-Solano Audubon Society, and Solano Land Trust volunteers. For more information on this month's activities, visit Solano Land Trust's Calendar.
Location:
     3521 Grizzly Island Road
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 12 in Suisun City, take Grizzly Island Road south approximately 2 miles. Entrance/driveway will be on the right.

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  15, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  15, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Annual Easter Golfball Hunt & Easter Egg Exchange   Sunday,  APR  16, 2017
10:00 AM

MARE ISLAND SHORELINE HERITAGE PRESERVE —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Collect stray golf balls around the Preserve that have flown over from the Mare Island Golf Club, then exchange them for Easter goodies! More information to come. 10AM to noon.
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Sunday,  APR  16, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Sunday,  APR  16, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Wednesday,  APR  19, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Third Thursday Volunteer Day    Thursday,  APR  20, 2017
9:00 AM

BENICIA TREE FOUNDATION —  Benicia Housing Authority
We'll work from 9 am to Noon. 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.
Location:
     28 Riverhill Dr
     Benicia  
DIRECTIONS: RSVP for meeting place details.

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  APR  21, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Solano County Earth Day Cleanup   Saturday,  APR  22, 2017
SOLANO RESOURCE CONSERVATION DISTRICT — 
Each city around Solano County will be holding Earth Day Cleanup events. For contact information to find out what your city has planned, visit the Solano Resource Conservation District's website or call 707-678-1655 x114.
DIRECTIONS: Locations around Solano County.

 
Earth Day Volunteer Clean Up   Saturday,  APR  22, 2017
9:00 AM

GRIZZLY WATERS KAYAKING —  Suisun Marsh
Join us for an Earth Day clean up in Suisun Marsh! Free kayak rentals for volunteers cleaning up our waterways. We have limited spots. RSVP by email.
Location:
     535 Solano St. Ste B
     Suisun City  

 
Osprey Nesting Tour   Saturday,  APR  22, 2017
9:00 AM

NAPA SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve
Mare Island has been adopted by ospreys! Last year, at least 12 different osprey pairs nested on structures around the island. On this tour, you will learn to find and identify osprey nests, learn about ospreys and other birds on Mare Island, and see many other birds of the area. Mare Island is a former Naval Shipyard and a National Historic Landmark. It is a unique part of our regional history, and well worth touring on its own! The Mare Island Museum on the grounds is open until 4pm, and we encourage you to check it out after your tour. The tour and presentation will be led by Napa-Solano Audubon Board Member Robin Leong. Tickets are $15. This is one of our CHIRP! A Festival for Birds events.
Leader: Robin Leong
Entrance Fee: $15
Location:
     167 O’Hara Ct
     Mare Island
     Vallejo  
DIRECTIONS: Preserve Visitor Center, Building A-167, at the end of Railroad Ave

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  APR  22, 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  

 
Opening Day on the Strait   Saturday,  APR  22, 2017
10:00 AM

BENICIA YACHT CLUB —  Benicia Yacht Club & Marina Walk
The Yacht Club is open to the public with the annual Opening Day on the Straits featuring Arts & Crafts booths and children's games on the lawn behind the Yacht Club 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM. Opening Ceremonies at noon, followed by the Boat Parade/Blessing of the Fleet at 1:00 PM. Food, drink and entertainment are from noon-5:00 PM. Dinner at the Yacht Club at 6:00 PM with music & dancing, 8:00 - 11:00 PM. Contact the Benicia Yacht Club at (707) 746-0739 for more information.
Location:
     400 East 2nd Street
     Benicia  

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  22, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  22, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Run for Education   Sunday,  APR  23, 2017
8:00 AM

BENICIA EDUCATION FOUNDATION —  First Street Green
The BEF Run for Education is a fantastic, family-friendly event for first-time runners to expert athletes. Proceeds from this event benefit the Benicia Education Foundation, a volunteer-run, community-based non-profit organization that helps fund library and technology programs in the Benicia Unified School District. All events highlight Benicia's rich history starting from the beautiful First Street Green. Both the 5K and 10K courses are certified by the USATF and professionally, chipped timed. Participants will pass historical sights, gorgeous Victorian homes and breathtaking views of the Carquinez Straight. The 10K course takes runners into the beautiful Benicia State Park, while the Kids' Fun-Run, open to children ages 12 and under, runs along the Benicia Marina. Register online.
Registration is required.
Location:
     First & B Street
     Benicia  

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Sunday,  APR  23, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Sunday,  APR  23, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Wednesday,  APR  26, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Walk with Hannigan   Friday,  APR  28, 2017
9:00 AM

COUNTY SUPERVISOR ERIN HANNIGAN —  Vallejo Waterfront
Join #TeamHannigan every Friday morning to walk and chat with the District 1 County Supervisor, Erin Hannigan. Everyone is welcome to come and get fit! Meet by the Ferry Building. Rain may cancel.
Leader: Erin Hannigan
Location:
     289 Mare Island Way
     Vallejo  

 
Traditional Hunter Education   Saturday,  APR  29, 2017
8:00 AM

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE —  Hastings Island Hunting Preserve
This is a 2-day class scheduled for Friday, April 29 (8:00am - 2:30pm) and Saturday, April 30 (8:00am - 4:00pm). The Traditional Hunter Education course consists of a minimum of 10 hours of classroom, homework, and field instruction. The Traditional Course is most often preferred by first-time hunters. Students must attend both classes. All students are required to obtain a California Get Outdoors ID (GO ID) prior to registering for California Hunter Education courses. If you are a previous CDFW license holder (i.e. Fishing), your GO ID is printed on the license above your name. For more information and to complete registration, visit the CDFW website.
Leader: Mark D Phelps
Location:
     7758 Hastings Island Road
     Rio Vista  

 
Tricolored Blackbird Colony Tour   Saturday,  APR  29, 2017
8:00 AM

NAPA SOLANO AUDUBON SOCIETY —  Rush Ranch
Learn about the endangered Tricolored Blackbird and see three of the known nesting colonies in Solano County! Participants will meet at Rush Ranch and see the Tricolored Blackbird colony there, before carpooling to two other colonies in the area, including one on private land. Returning to Rush Ranch around noon, we will have a presentation on Tricolored Blackbird biology and conservation efforts. The tour and presentation will be led by Napa-Solano Audubon President Wendy Schackwitz. After our tour, you can check out the Rush Ranch Open House! They will have food available for purchase, along with arts and crafts, live music, and more. Tickets are $15.This is one of our CHIRP! A Festival for Birds events.
Leader: Wendy Schackwitz
Entrance Fee: $15
Location:
     3521 Grizzly Island Road
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 12 in Suisun City, take Grizzly Island Road south approximately 2 miles. Entrance/driveway will be on the right.

 
Becoming an Outdoors Woman-Shooting Clinic and Sporting Clays   Saturday,  APR  29, 2017
9:00 AM

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION —  Grizzly Ranch
Come enjoy a day of learning to shoot shotguns, rifles and archery from trained, certified instructors at Grizzly Ranch in Suisun Marsh (near Fairfield).  At all stations, emphasis will be placed on how to safely handle, load, and discharge a firearm or bow in a safe and welcoming environment. All stations are optional, shoot as much or as little as you want! All guns, ammunition, targets, ear and eye protection are included at the beginner stations, just sign up and show up. For those who are experienced shotgunners, bring your own gun and non-lead ammo and try out the challenging sporting clays course of 50 or 100 targets. This event will include wild-game tasting, lunch and networking opportunities to meet and talk with other lady shooters. For more information or to register, click here.
Location:
     4179 Van Sickle Rd
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Turn onto Grizzly Island Rd from Highway 12 in Suisun City. After 5.4 miles, you will fork right and cross Montezuma Slough Rd. After 3.3 miles turn right onto Van Sickle Rd. (Note: you should see a white fence) After 0.4 miles turn right into Grizzly Ranch. In 0.7 miles, you will arrive at the Ranch.

 
Garden Volunteer Day   Saturday,  APR  29, 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  

 
27th Annual Rush Ranch Open House   Saturday,  APR  29, 2017
10:00 AM

RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL —  Rush Ranch
The Rush Ranch Open House is your once-a-year opportunity to feast on burgers and hot dogs hot-off-the-grill; shop for jewelry, art, books, crafts made of wood and metal, and other unique items; enjoy live music and square dancing; admire live animals on display including bats, birds of prey, horses, cows, and sheep; do engaging science and engineering activities; play games and watch live demonstrations; and much, much more all in a single day. Attending the festival is free; all purchases of food, art and raffle tickets benefit the Rush Ranch Educational Council. For more details, visit our website.
Location:
     3521 Grizzly Island Road
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 12 in Suisun City, take Grizzly Island Road south approximately 2 miles. Entrance/driveway will be on the right.

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Saturday,  APR  29, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Saturday,  APR  29, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista

 
Hunting 101 for Adults   Sunday,  APR  30, 2017
8:30 AM

CALIFORNIA WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION —  Grizzly Ranch
This is a FULL day of preparation to get you prepared for your first hunt. Registrants must be age 16 & older and must bring Online Hunter Education completion certificate to event. The Itinerary includes a 4-hour Online Hunter Education course, Shooting skills, Hunting and Wild Game preparation skills. All equipment (guns, ammunition, etc) provided. Bring your own shotgun if you wish. Registration is $100. For questions contact: George Oberstadt at (916) 275-0961. Register online.
Entrance Fee: $100
Registration is required.
Location:
     4179 Van Sickle Rd
     Grizzly Island
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Turn onto Grizzly Island Rd from Highway 12 in Suisun City. After 5.4 miles, you will fork right and cross Montezuma Slough Rd. After 3.3 miles turn right onto Van Sickle Rd. (Note: you should see a white fence) After 0.4 miles turn right into Grizzly Ranch. In 0.7 miles, you will arrive at the Ranch.

 
Wildflowers & Water Critters Walk   Sunday,  APR  30, 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

 
Scenic Limited Wildflower Train   Sunday,  APR  30, 2017
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 April 1 - 30. Train departs Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am, 12:30pm and 2:00pm. General admission is $10 adults, $9 Seniors and $7 kids 2-14. Members are free. First Class fare includes cookies and lemonade in the beautiful parlor car - $17 Adults, $16 Seniors 65+, $14 Kids 2-14 and Members $7. Enjoy the day at the museum 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. Proceeds from ticket sales help support the Western Railway Museum, and a portion of proceeds go to the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. Their mission is to provide assistance and resources to men and women in our local community affected by breast cancer. SMSF also promotes breast health and early detection.
Location:
     5848 State Highway 12
     Suisun City  
DIRECTIONS: Between Fairfield and Rio Vista