WELCOME TO RUSH RANCH!


An operating cattle ranch, Rush Ranch is owned and managed by the Solano Land Trust and is home to the Rush Ranch Educational Council and Access Adventure.

Rush Ranch Educational Council

RUSH RANCH EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

   President                               Rebecca Mannion

   Secretary                               Ann Parkinson

   Treasurer                              Mary Takeuchi

   Docent Coordinator                  Mary Ann Rich

   Member                                Karen Vittorio

   Member                                Dottie Schenk

   NERR Representative               Sarah Ferner

Rush Ranch entrance sign


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 Rush Ranch was designated as part of the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.


Within the property’s boundaries is one of the best remaining examples of a brackish tidal marsh habitat in the United States. What’s special about a brackish tidal marsh? It is an important habitat for fish, bird and plant species. The habitat at Rush Ranch is exceptionally rich in vegetation and wildlife, supporting more than 200 species and 47 families of plants, 15 mammal species and 230 bird species. Many of these are threatened and/or endangered; such as the salt marsh harvest mouse, Suisun ornate shrew, Delta smelt, Sacramento splittail, giant garter snake, California clapper rail, California black rail, Suisun song sparrow, and the American white pelican. This unique environment has made Rush Ranch a popular destination with families, scouting and school groups, hikers, bird enthusiasts, scientists, naturalists, photographers and artists.



A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE


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.

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 Rush Ranch is owned and managed by the Solano Land Trust

 
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