Come join us for a hike, and sketch or photograph along the way. Beginners or experienced nature journalists, come hike the hills of Rockville Trails Preserve stopping to admire and sketch, paint or photograph wildlflowers, trees and grassy landscapes. Once you capture a flower on paper, you’ll never forget it. Nature Journaling is a wonderful way to experience nature. Discussions will include experiences and knowledge of the flowers and Nature Journaling.
WHAT TO BE PREPARED FOR: (1) Arrive at 8:45 a.m. and be prepared to depart at 9:00 a.m. to carpool from the meeting place to the trailhead. (2) The hiking portion of this event will cover approximately 3 miles at a comfortable pace. We will be stopping several times along the way to sketch, paint, or photograph. This event does not require experience and is open to ages 10 and up. Some trails are rocky, and the route includes a few hills which may be rocky, steep, slippery, and full of sticky seeds and thorny plants. Some travel may be off-trail. (3) The preserve is a working ranch where free-range cattle roam as they please. (4) Everyone is required to stay with the docents, and arrive and depart as a group. (5) Since the preserve is otherwise closed, the entry and exit gate will be locked except for the start and end times of the hike. (6) There is no drinking water. (7) There are no bathrooms. (8) In order to protect wildlife, cattle, and rare plants–and for your pet’s safety–dogs are not allowed. (9) Take only pictures, leave only footprints. (10) Maintain a safe distance from cattle and wildlife, and be aware that this is tick, rattlesnake, mountain lion, and wild pig country.
WHAT TO BRING: (1) A backpack with plenty of water and snacks. (2) Your own nature journaling supplies. At the most basic level, a pencil and paper is all you need. If you want to go further, a local Nature Journal Club offers this list of options: www.johnmuirlaws.com/field-sketching-equipment. (3) Hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes with good grip. (4) Long, sturdy pants are recommended, along with layered clothes, and protection from sun, wind and fog. (5) You may also want to bring gaiters (to protect your legs from thorny plants), hiking sticks, bug repellent, binoculars and a camera.
MEETING PLACE: 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 Vly Ct, near the southeast corner of the Rockville Rd. and Suisun Valley Rd. intersection, behind La Barista Espresso, Fairfield, CA. Park beside the red barn. A Rockville Trails Preserve docent will be there to greet you. Be ready to carpool from there to the trailhead.
WEATHER PLAN: Rain cancels. Call your guide (see below) if the weather is uncertain.
REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required online at conta.cc/1NaGjgy. For questions, call Cathy at 707-745-1913.