|Putah Creek by Frank Morris|
The program debuts with a canoe trip led by volunteers Cathi Christo and Barbara Cooper on Saturday, March 30 from 8:45 A.M. to noon.
Participants will explore the wonders of Putah Creek on this adventure. “'Nature reveals something new and magical with every bend in the river. With each paddle stroke, your daily worries drift away. The play of light and the ripples of river breezes dancing across the surface of the water are a relaxing and peaceful experience and shouldn’t be missed,' stated Cooper."
The adventure will be in five park-owned canoes with two people per canoe Children age eight and older are welcome if accompanied by an adult. (If you have an odd number in your party, either you can share a canoe with a guide or perhaps have three people to a canoe.) After an initial briefing on safety and paddling, your adventures will truly begin. "Then you’ll spend the next few hours learning about life along the river and the special riparian forest that grows along its banks. You may observe Great Blue Herons, egrets, cormorants, ducks, geese, or perhaps a shy muskrat or river otter.
"Participants may want to bring water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and paddling gloves. You will probably get wet, so a change of clothes is recommended upon your return to land. For those who want to take pictures, a dry bag (double ziplock bags work well) or water tight container is suggested to keep your camera dry.
"Reservations are required. Reserve your spot online at tinyurl.com/canoelakesolano. Lake Solano Park is located at 8685 Pleasants Valley Road, near the town of Winters. Guests should arrive by 8:45am to pay the fees of $5 per vehicle (payable on the east/day-use side of the park) and the special rate of $10 per rental canoe for the three-hour trip (payable at the Nature Center office on the west/camping side of the park). Paddles and lifejackets are included with the rental. For questions in advance, contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-867-0435. For same-day information, call the Nature Center office at 530-795-2990.
"Guests are welcome to bring a lunch and stay for a picnic after the program, and they can camp at Lake Solano Park too. Tent and RV campsites are rented on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Solano County Parks and the fun, educational opportunities they offer, visit www.solanocounty.com/parks."