Jepson Prairie Preserve
Join Greenbelt Alliance and the Solano Land Trust on a docent led walk to explore the extraordinary vernal pools of the Jepson Prairie Preserve.
Jepson Prairie Preserve, administered by the Solano Land Trust, is one of California’s best remaining examples of a vernal pool ecosystem and native grassland prairie. Dry and dormant most of the year, the prairie is transformed by winter rains into a tapestry of stunning colors, and its vernal pools host a rich diversity of rare aquatic life.
Photo: Bud Turner Solano Land Trust
Jepson Prairie Preserve is located on Cook Lane, off Highway 113, 10 miles south of Dixon, CA 95620 and 8 miles north of Highway 12.
From I-80 East, take Highway 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 Highway 113 North and travel about 8 miles. Continue on Highway 113 when it takes a 90 degree turn to the west. Then, in about 1 mile when Highway 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. We’ll assemble in the parking lot, near the outhouse.
Bring snack or lunch, liquids, dress in layers, and wear good hiking shoes (waterproof if you have them). You may also want to bring a hand lens, binoculars, and a camera. No dogs are allowed in the preserve. If you have any questions about this outing, email Ken Lavin or call him at (415) 543-6771 x321.
Solano Land Trust docent will request a $10 donation at the beginning of the walk.