Vernal pools and bunchgrass prairie, managed by the Solano Land Trust

Saturday April 16, 2022, 10:30 am to 1 pm, with Charlie Russell

To SIGN UP for this field trip, contact Susan Schlosser

                               This field trip begins with an introduction to the Jepson Prairie Preserve and its vernal pool systems, followed by a stop at the large playa pool for a display and discussion of its endangered aquatic fauna (fairy and tadpole shrimp). Then we take off to wherever the flowers are best. The flowers we are likely to see include Lasthenia spp., Brodiaea spp., Downingia spp., Navarretia leucocephala ssp. bakeri, and many others.

This tour is on level, but possibly wet ground, depending on recent weather. Closed toe shoes, hats, sunscreen, wind protection and drinking water are advised.  We will cover 1 to 1.5 miles. 

Bring plenty of water. No water is available at Jepson Prairie. Come prepared for variable weather and the wind can come up.

There is a porta potty and several picnic tables at the parking lot meeting site.  We will have our lunch here after the field trip.

The Jepson Prairie Preserve Handbook, 3rd edition, 2012, 80 pages. C.W. Witham & K. Mawdsley, Editors, will be available on the tour. Cost is $10.00

                               There is a limit of 20 people for this field trip. Please RSVP to Susan Schlosser, to sign up for this field trip. We can arrange for carpooling from the Atherton Park and Ride in Novato, if participants are interested. When you sign up, please let Susan know if you are interested in carpooling.

Directions: From Highway 101, take the Highway 37 exit. Proceed to Vallejo and get on I 80 East towards Sacramento.  Exit on Highway 12, East  (Fairfield).  Proceed on Highway 12 east. When you reach the intersection with Highway 113, go north (left). At the flashing yellow light where Highway 113 takes a 90 degree turn to the north, SLOW DOWN and TURN LEFT on Cook Lane. Cook Lane quickly becomes a gravel road. Proceed 0.7 miles on Cook Lane, over the railroad tracks until you see the eucalyptus grove and interpretive sign. Park in the large dirt parking lot.


Field trip leader: Charlie Russell

Field trip donation: $10/person

(cash or check to Solano Land Trust)

Field trip coordinator: Susan Schlosser