WELCOME TO RUSH RANCH!
The Rush Ranch Educational Council is seeking new volunteers to help with their education programs. No experience necessary; however, a desire to learn and share your knowledge is a must.
For more information, please contact our Docent Coordinator Mary Ann @ 707-864-5952 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President Karen Vittorio
Secretary Ann Parkinson
Treasurer Mary Takeuchi
Docent Coordinator Mary Ann Rich
Director Rebecca Mannion
Director Dottie Schenk
Director Monatte McGee
Patwin Program Director Ann Parkinson
A SOLANO COUNTY GEM
Rush Ranch is a 2,070-acre open space area located in southern Solano County, California. It is bordered on one side by the Suisun Marsh, an extremely vital component of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. Rush Ranch has won countless loyal hearts with its vast open spaces of rolling grasslands, it's serene tranquility, it's history, and it's abundance of bird and wildlife viewing opportunities.
The property was purchased by the Solano Land Trust (SLT) in 1988 with a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy. It was the initial purchase of open space land for SLT which, at that time, was known as the Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation. In 2003
upporting more than 200 species and 47 families of plants, 15 mammal species and 230 bird species. Many of these are This unique environment has made Rush Ranch a popular destination with families, scouting and school groups, hikers, bird enthusiasts, scientists, naturalists, photographers and artists.
Ongoing activities at the ranch give guests the opportunity to get a closer look at the unique habitat of the marsh and its inhabitants through docent guided interpretive hikes, blacksmithing demonstrations, astronomer led stargazing events, or the personal interpretation gained while enjoying a self-guided hike on one or more of three trails.
History buffs might enjoy the opportunity to get an up close & personal glimpse into a day in the life of a blacksmith by visiting the historic blacksmith shop and speaking with Virgil Sellers, a docent, resident historian, and volunteer with the Rush Ranch Educational Council.
A particularly unique, and must-see, component of the ranch is the Visitor Center. As one might expect it contains natural & historical exhibits, trail guides, and informational brochures; however, more unexpectedly is that it's housed in a Sears Roebuck & Co. kit house. Ordered from the Sears catalog by the Rush family in 1932, it was delivered to the ranch on flatbed trucks and "assembled" at the very spot it stands today.
Other areas quite popular with most guests are the old farm equipment graveyard and the native plant garden. New plant identification signs have recently been installed in the garden and if any one is interested in learning a bit more about the antique farm equipment on display in the "boneyard" should seek out Virgil. He can be found at the ranch several days a week working on various projects in and around the barn area.
Admission to the ranch is free, as is participation in ongoing activities.
For more information click Activities & Events.
Rush Ranch is owned and managed by Solano Land Trust