One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get moving.
Once again, Solano Land Trust will have just that opportunity.
The non-profit organization is hosting a New Year’s hike at the Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park, formerly the Rockville Trails Preserve, located between the Suisun and Green valleys. Hikers can take in 2023 with a scenic 4- to 6-mile hike up and down the hills, potentially spotting various wildlife and enjoying views of Mt. Diablo, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and wine country.
Registration for this special event is closed, but the adjacent Rockville Hills Regional Park at 2149 Rockville Road, Fairfield will be open on New Year’s Day for those looking to hike to start the year.
And the Solano Land Trust offers more outdoor fun opportunities throughout the month of January.
The first is a nature walk at King-Swett Ranches in the hills between Fairfield, Vallejo and Benicia. As hikers take their steps, docents will teach them about the various birds, butterflies, and other creatures that inhabit the area. The walk will take place on January 7th from 9am to 1pm. Hikers can register at Events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eji432z752449f60&oseq=&c=&ch= and meet at Red Top Park and Ride, 140 Red Top Street, Fairfield.
On January 8th, the Solano Land Trust is hosting a Birds of Prey Walk at Lynch Canyon Open Space. Larry Broderick of West County HawkWatch in Santa Rosa will guide birders through a premier viewing site for wintering hawks and hawks. The hike takes place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Lynch Canyon, 3100 Lynch Road, Fairfield. Cost is $10 per person and $6 per vehicle, with all proceeds going to Solano County Parks. To register, go to Events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ejjbthtaf7cb51ee&oseq=&c=&ch=.
Another nature walk will take place on January 14th at Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park. Traversing the grounds, hikers will see blue and live oak trees, native wildflowers and geography unique to the region. The hike runs from 9am to 1pm and hikers should meet at the Ice House building behind Green Valley Floral & Gifts, 4160 Suisun Valley Road. Registration can be done at Events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eji432zm3172293c&oseq=&c=&ch=. In case of extreme rain, the hike will be cancelled.
Get the Rush returns to Rush Ranch on January 21, offering families the opportunity to visit the forge, take a wagon ride, view display tables and take a walk through Suisun Marsh. The event will be held at 3521 Grizzly Island Road, Suisun City from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. The swamp hike starts at 10:30 AM and registration is required at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eji4330a54483995&oseq=&c=&ch=.
That same evening, the Solano Land Trust is hosting a concert at the Vacaville Museum featuring celebrated pianist Sarah Cahill. Hailed as a “gifted” musician by The New York Times, Cahill was born in Washington, DC but studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of Michigan and has performed music by artists such as Maurice Ravel, Henry Cowell and Ruth Crawford. She also hosts shows at KPFA in Berkeley and KALW in San Francisco. Cahill will perform a range of songs ranging from baroque to contemporary classical compositions.
The concert will take place on January 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Vacaville Museum, 213 Buck Ave. Tickets are $1,000 each, with proceeds going to the Solano Land Trust. Tickets can be purchased at Solanolandtrust.org or by emailing Head of Development Laura Livadas at [email protected]
For those interested in helping build trails at the Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park, the Solano Land Trust is offering a Trail Crew Volunteer Opportunity on January 28th from 9am-12pm. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet other country enthusiasts in Solano and have a look at the park before it opens to the public. Registration can be done at Events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eji433102215b43b&oseq=&c=&ch=.
Finally, another nature walk takes place at Lynch Canyon Open Space. The hike takes visitors west along the Middle Valley Trail leading to Prairie Ridge, with muddy cattle hoof prints and views of northern San Francisco Bay along the way. The walk will take place on January 28th from 9:30am to 1:30pm and will be canceled in the event of rain or extreme weather. Registration can be done at Events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eji4330k7cdf8488&oseq=&c=&ch=.
For more information, call 420-1041 or visit SolanoLandTrust.org.