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Hiker activities celebrating Earth Day

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Next Tuesday, April 22, 2014 may be the official Earth Day, but many organizations have planned events throughout the week and month. In addition, keep in mind that the opportunities for doing something good for the environment extend throughout the year.

Saturday, April 26. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. China Camp (Marin County). Volunteer for a trail maintenance work project with Park Champions of the California State Parks Foundation. Free camping on Friday, April 25. California State Parks is always looking for volunteers to join the Park Champions on work projects. Visit their website, click here, to learn more about their many projects.

April 26. 9 a.m. Help El Cerrito Trail Trekkers and Friends of Five Creeks celebrate Earth Day by pulling broom on Motorcycle Hill (Contra Costa County). Meet at the upper trailhead of Motorcycle Hill between 7701 and 7705 Potrero Ave. French Broom is highly invasive and fire-a hazard. Afterwards volunteers are invited to a free lunch with 1950s rock and roll music by Hot Rod Jukebox at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito.

April 26. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 24th Annual Rush Ranch Open House with activities for the whole family (Solano County). There’ll be live music, square dancing, live animals on display, a marsh walk geared toward all ages –from 7 to 70. Interactive demonstrations, arts and crafts for kids, an art show and sale for adults.

Guests can purchase raffle tickets as well as lunch or other refreshments. Admission and parking are free. All purchases and donations support the educational programs and projects of the Rush Ranch Educational Council.

Rush Ranch is located at 3521 Grizzly Island Road near Suisun City, about 2 miles south of the Highway 12/Sunset Avenue and Grizzly Island Road intersection. The entrance gate is on the right. For map and directions, click here.

“Rush Ranch is owned and operated by Solano Land Trust, in partnership with the Rush Ranch Educational Council, Access Adventure, and the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.”

April 26. The 14th Annual Ridge to Bridge event (Marin and San Francisco Counties). This is a hike or ride crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Space is still available for the 26, 20 and 10-mile hikes, the 25-mile bike ride, and the equestrian ride (equestrians do loop rides in Marin). It’s fully supported (lunch and snacks, water, return transport, anniversary t-shirt) organized by, and benefitting the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Registration and fees, click here.

Enjoy the many ways to celebrate Earth Day!

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