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Trail Notice—July 19, 2017

All preserves and trails are open.

Santa Clara County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy

Bobcat in the wild

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is sponsoring preparation of the Santa Clara County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (SCCRCIS). Enabled by the passage of a new State law (AB 2087) in 2016, this landscape-scale planning tool is being developed to complement the Valley Habitat Plan by promoting the conservation of species, habitats, and other natural resources throughout Santa Clara County as well as the Upper Pajaro Watershed in San Benito County.

To develop the SCCRCIS, the Authority convened a steering committee comprised of conservation and transportation agencies, including the Valley Habitat Agency and Valley Transportation Authority. The committee worked with a consultant team over a 16-month period to prepare the administrative draft SCCRCIS, which was submitted on July 12, 2017 to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for completeness review. Once the draft SCCRCIS is deemed complete, it will be posted for public review.

For more information about the State RCIS Program, visit the state’s website.

For more information about the Santa Clara County RCIS, click here.

To be notified about the availability of the DRAFT SCCRCIS document and upcoming public comment period, please contact the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority at 33 Las Colinas Lane, San Jose, CA 95119, (408) 224-7476 or

Urban Open Spaces on OpenRoad with Doug McConnell

OpenRoad with Doug McConnell

Learn more about our Measure Q Urban Open Space Grant Program and the projects being led by our partners like the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County. This Sunday on NBC Bay Area's OpenRoad With Doug McConnell.

We’ve Moved!

We have a new address!
33 Las Colinas Lane
San Jose, CA 95119

Our phone numbers and emails remain the same. Please update your records.


Capture Nature's Details on Clay & Sun Prints

Capture Nature's Details on Clay & Sun Prints

Friday, July 21, 2017, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ulistac Natural Area

ARTS & CRAFTS Summer fun for the FAMILY! Join us for a Nature Treasure hunt as we look for special natural details like animal paw shapes, leaf veins, moss, feather shapes, and the texture of bark. Then we'll make clay sculptures of what we found in the treasure hunt. We'll also make beautiful nature pictures using Sun Print Paper. Learn more.


Request for Proposal

Click HERE for more info.



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Trails Rancho Canada Del Oro

Rancho Cañada Del Oro
Quiet rural landscape and almost nine miles of trails in the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills.

Rancho Trail Map


Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista
Sweeping views and ten miles of trails in the Eastern foothills perched atop Alum Rock Park.

Sierra Vista/Boccardo Trail Map


Coyote Valley

Coyote Valley
4 miles of beautiful trail located in the Valley of the Heart’s Delight

Coyote Valley Trail Map


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Public Meetings

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Public Meetings

Board and Committee Meetings and Agendas (you can check them out here)

Citizens Advisory Committee Meetings and Agendas

Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee Meetings and Agendas