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Jepson Prairie Preserve

Docent Training Begins February 3rd

2015 Weekend Tours Begin March 7th

Public tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve will begin on Saturday, March 7. Trained docents will lead an easy walking tour beginning at 10 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday through May 10 highlighting the features of the vernal pools and surrounding grasslands. This landscape is famous for tiny plants which survive winter flooding to flower into fields of brilliant color in spring and unique aquatic creatures which use the temporary pools as a refuge from predatory fish.

Jepson Prairie Preserve is owned and managed by the Solano Land Trust, a non-profit land trust formed in 1986. To build the endowment to maintain and enhance the preserve, a donation of $2 or more per adult tour participant is requested.

Groups of 5 or more should make reservations for tours by calling (707)432-0150. A short self-guided nature trail is available for visitors during daylight hours; all other areas of the Preserve are closed except for guided tours. Waterproof shoes or boots are recommended, and visitors may wish to bring drinking water and sun screen.

To reach Jepson Prairie Preserve

From the Sacramento area: West on I-80 and then south on Highway 113. Twelve miles south of Dixon, where 113 turns east at an overhead warning light, go straight onto the gravel road, Cook Lane, cross the railroad tracks, and continue to the parking area near the eucalyptus trees.

From the Bay area: East on I-80, east on Highway 12 and then north on Highway 113. Take the first left at a warning light, then turn left again, onto Cook Lane at the second warning light. Continue down Cook Lane across the railroad tracks to the parking area near the eucalyptus trees.

Jepson Prairie Preserve Handbook
3rd Edition

Carol W. Witham and Kate Mawdsley, Editors
2012 Jepson Prairie Preserve Docent Program

A delightful reference and field guide to a regionally treasured vernal pool preserve in Solano County. Text covers geographic setting, history and numerous in-depth species and habitat stories. This compact reference contains a photo field guide to the common plants, amphibians and reptiles, birds and mammals, plus an illustrated guide to the common vernal pool invertebrates. 80 pages, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, spiral bound, with 234 color photographs, 3 maps, 24 illustrations, and an index.

Available online from the CNPS bookstore.

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