Jepson Prairie Preserve Tours
Public, guided tours of Jepson Prairie Preserve are held every Saturday and Sunday from mid-March through mid-May. Tours begin at 10:00 am and last approximately two hours. We ask for a donation of $5.00 per adult. No advance reservations are required.
On guided tours, knowledgeable docents share information about the vernal pool ecosystem, including the beautiful flowers and the fascinating aquatic vertebrates that live in the vernal pools.
You should bring a warm jacket (it can be windy and cold even later in the spring), closed-toe shoes suitable for walking in a natural area, and a water bottle. Expect an easy pace, but you may be walking on uneven ground.
See the Solano Land Trust Calendar for the current schedule of tours.
The information on this website is a summary of the more detailed and extensive content of the Jepson Prairie Preserve Handbook. This handbook can be purchased from docents if you attend a Jepson Prairie Preserve tour ($10.00).
Special Group Tours
In addition to our public tours, the Jepson Prairie Docents can arrange for a special tour for your group. These can be similar to our public tours, or they can be customized to fit your group’s special interests. For information on the fee and other requirements for a special group tour, contact the Jepson Prairie Docents at JepsonPrairieDocents@solanolandtrust.org.
Visit on your Own
Portions of the Jepson Prairie Preserve are open to the public during daylight hours, year round. This is a sensitive wildlife area as well as a working ranch, so we ask that you respect the signs that indicate which areas that are closed. The following areas are open to the public:
- The picnic area by the eucalyptus trees.
- The trails that are found in the fenced area that is bound by the road, the railroad track, and the edge of the main vernal pool (Olcott Lake).
- The road that traverses the property.
Olcott Lake is a protected area, so even if there is no water in the lake, please do not walk onto the dry lake bed.
Please note that dogs are allowed only on the road, on leash.
Jepson Prairie Preserve is approximately 10 miles south of Dixon, on Highway 113. From Dixon you will head south, and when Highway 113 makes it’s first turn to the east (left), continue straight onto Cook Lane. After a short distance you will cross the railroad tracks, and after this you will see the parking area by a stand of eucalyptus trees.
Drinking water is not available on the site. A portable restroom is available only during tour season (mid March through mid May).
Click this link for a Google Map of the area.