Lake Solano guide Cathi Christo teaches visitors about native plants found along Putah Creek. Courtesy photo

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Free guided nature walk offered at Lake Solano

Visitors of all ages are welcome to join a free, guided walk at Lake Solano Park on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon to learn about the nature and history of the area.

Participants will walk back through the mists of time to learn about the Patwin Indians, the Berryessa brothers and John Wolfskill’s impact on the region. They’ll discover how Putah Creek was transformed into Lake Solano, bringing water to farmers and residents of Solano County.

Lake Solano guides Cricket Kanouff and Kitty Van Newkoop will talk about the native trees and plants as well as some of their medicinal secrets, passed down through the generations by Native Americans. Visitors will look for great blue herons, snowy egrets, peacocks and other wildlife on the tour.

Visitors should be prepared for variable weather and trail conditions by bringing water, wearing sturdy closed-toe shoes and dressing in layers. A camera, binoculars and snacks are also recommended.

The group will meet at 10 a.m. in front of the Nature Center at Lake Solano Park and Campground, 8685 Pleasants Valley Road, just off Highway 128 near Winters. The tour is free, and parking costs $5 per vehicle, payable at the east entrance of the park, on the other side of Pleasants Valley Road.

Participants should register at www.putahcreekcouncil.org. For questions, call Sara Tremayne at 530-795-3006.

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