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Jepson Prairie Field Trip
March 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm$20
The Jepson Prairie, near Dixon CA is window into a unique ecosystem in California. This seasonal wetland abounds with endemic wildflowers and really cool endangered invertebrates. Understanding Vernal Pool ecosystems is an important part of the education of a naturalist and these are Vernal Pools at their best. Learn more.
The preserve is about an hour and fifteen minutes from San Francisco so I recommend carpooling (find carpool buddies on our Facebook page). It is a bit of a drive but you will see why we made the trek to this special place once you arrive. There is a porta potty on site but there is no fresh drinking water so bring plenty to stay hydrated. Also dress in layers and bring a sun hat and closed toe shoes. The prairie is exposed to wind and sun so be ready for anything. The Solano Land Trust asks for a $5 per person donation for the docents.
At 10:30 we will begin a tours with preserve naturalist s who will share the wonders of the Prairie with us at a sketcher’s pace. We will return to the vehicles at noon for lunch so you can leave your potluck treats in the car (for those who are new, we have an outrageous potluck lunch- bring a bowl, spoon, and a treat to share).
To help us estimate how many participants will join us, please fill out the quick survey. Please download the liability waiver and bring it with you before you come (to be posted soon).
From Sacramento / I-80 West: Take Hwy 113 South toward Dixon. Travel about 10 miles past Dixon. When Hwy 113 takes a 90 degree turn to the east, exit by continuing straight onto Cook Lane.
From San Francisco / I-80 East: Take Hwy 12 East toward Rio Vista/Suisun City. Travel about 17 miles toward Rio Vista, passing Suisun City and the Western Railway Museum. Turn left onto Hwy 113 North and travel about 8 miles. Continue on Hwy 113 when it takes a 90 degree turn to the west. Then in about 1 mile when Hwy 113 takes a 90 degree turn north, exit by turning left onto Cook Lane.
Once on Cook Lane: Proceed 0.7 miles over the creek and railroad tracks until you see the eucalyptus grove and interpretive sign. Pull to a safe place to park. Latitude and longitude: 38.275232, -121.823739