Event

Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip | Something New, Something Old… Jepson Prairie Preserve and Rockville Trails

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9 am–5 pm

Spend your afternoon with the Natural Sciences Guild and be one of the first to walk Rockville Trails, the Solano Land Trust's new 1,500-acre preserve, destined to become the crown jewel of Solano County’s open spaces. Departing by bus from OMCA, we start our day at the Jepson Prairie Preserve where we’ll enjoy an easy walk with a Jepson Prairie docent. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie explodes into color during its spring wildflower display and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life.

After lunch at the Preserve, we will travel to Rockville Trails. After fighting development for over 30 years, open space advocates have saved the preserve, known as “Brush Mountain.” This area rivals the Marin Headlands for beauty and majesty, with spectacular views of grassland and sparse oaks transitioning to thickets of coyote bush, coffeeberry, elderberry, and sticky monkey flower. Solano Land Trust volunteer and outreach coordinator Natalie DuMont will share the history of land trusts in California.

Expect to walk about 4 miles on this tour. Participants should wear hiking boots and layered clothing, be prepared for inclement weather, and bring hiking poles, cameras, binoculars, and note pads. Bottled water and lunches will be provided. The tour will begin and end at OMCA. Carpooling is encouraged. Trip cost is $90.

To reserve a space, contact Tik Thurston at 510-865-4507 or tik.thurston@gmail.com