Activities

Registration is required for events as noted. Drop-ins are welcome at all other events. Rain may cancel. Some hikes are several hours long. Please bring water and snacks and dress for the weather. No pets, please. For more information or directions, call Teri Rogoway at 408-224-7476.

March 2017

 

Lichen these Wildflowers

Lichen these Wildflowers

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

It’s wildflower season once again, so come check them out! Some of the most beautiful parts of our preserves are visible every day, such as Lichen, which grows on trees and rocks. We will show you the different kinds of lichen and wildflowers that grow in Rancho. Please bring water and a light snack. Rain will cancel.

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Wildflower Walks

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Wildflower Walks

Originally scheduled for March 22, this has been postponed a week to the new date below, due to recent rain.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve
9611 Malech Rd. Coyote, CA

Our newest preserve, Coyote Ridge is known for its beautiful wildflower season. Join us for a gentle 1.5-mile round trip walk along a ranch road that winds through the amazing wildflowers. This Healthy People, Healthy Parks experience is for those interested in gentle exercise and observing wildflowers rather than a long, strenuous hike. Take Highway 101 to Bailey Avenue and head east. Just around the bend, you will find our event sign. Rain will cancel.

 

Wildflowers and Wildlife: A Library Program

Wildflowers and Wildlife: A Library Program

Calabazas Library—Thursday, March 23, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Willow Glen Library—Saturday, March 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Join us to learn about the wildflowers and wildlife located in the open spaces near you. We will present a slideshow of the amazing wildflowers and animals that roam our preserves. We will also share upcoming opportunities to get outdoors and see these first hand. Please check with the library to see if arts and crafts are included in this presentation.

 

Stretching Across Sierra Vista

Stretching Across Sierra Vista

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Have you ever tried Deep Stretching to improve your body's circulation? And what better place to try it than overlooking Sierra Vista's rolling hills and creeks in the fresh air. Bring a mat or towel and join us for improving health and circulation!

April 2017

Wildflowers and Wildlife—A Library Program

Wildflowers and Wildlife—A Library Program

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Santa Teresa Library, San Jose, 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Almaden Library, San Jose, 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Berryessa Library, San Jose, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Edenvale Library, San Jose, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Join us to learn about the wildflowers and wildlife located in the open spaces near you. We will present a slideshow of the amazing wildflowers and animals that roam our preserves. We will also share upcoming opportunities to get outdoors and see these first hand.

 

Solar Astronomy at the Library

Solar Astronomy at the Library

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Berryessa Library, San Jose

The sun is an amazing thing and most people go their whole life without ever being able to safely look at it. Hear from the San Jose Astronomical Association and then get a chance to look through special solar telescopes for a safe view of the sun! Families welcome.

 

Spring Wildflowers and Rancho Cañada del Oro

Spring Wildflowers and Rancho Cañada del Oro

Sunday, April 2, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

With record rainfall this past winter, the Mayfair Ranch and Longwall Canyon Trails will have spectacular wildflowers. Join us on a gentle 4.5-mile hike to witness this variety of spring colors. Light rain does not cancel.

 

Turtle Walk at Hidden Lake

Turtle Walk at Hidden Lake

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

Western Pond turtles are elusive and mysterious and we are dedicated to preserving and protecting them. Take a mild educational walk to a closed area of the preserve, where you will look for these special creatures. Please bring water, a light snack, your sense of adventure, and a camera!

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Wildflower Walks

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Walking with Wildflowers

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve
9611 Malech Rd. Coyote, CA

Our newest preserve, Coyote Ridge is known for its beautiful wildflower season. Join us for a gentle 1.5-mile round trip walk along a ranch road that winds through the amazing wildflowers. This Healthy People, Healthy Parks experience is for those interested in gentle exercise and observing wildflowers rather than a long, strenuous hike. Take Highway 101 to Bailey Avenue and head east. Just around the bend, you will find our event sign. Rain will cancel.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, April 15, 2017
8:45 - 10:45 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

Join astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars. Feel all your stress melt away as you look at the Milky Way from our parking lot. We have lots telescopes so no gear of your own is needed. Please dress warm and bring water to drink and a flashlight if you like. This is a family friendly event, but probably best for children 5 years and older. Please, no touching the telescopes or eyepieces. No smoking, pets, or photography are allowed at this event. Rain or clouds cancel.

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks–Gentle Stretch and Walk Exercise Workshop

Healthy People Healthy Parks–Gentle Stretch and Walk Exercise Workshop

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, April 27 - May 25, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
Adjacent to 5967 Thorntree Drive, San Jose

Join HPHP Bay Area for a low-impact workout consisting of a 5-10 minute stretch, 1/2 mile walk, and 15+ minutes of stretch and light conditioning exercises. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for uneven ground/grass, and bring sunscreen and water. Please do not bring pets. There is minimal parking available, so please try to carpool.

 

Anza Expedition Hike

Anza Expedition Hike

Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill

Do you love hiking and history? Join us for a moderately paced 4-mile hike along the Arrowhead trail, now an interpretive site for the National Parks Historic Anza Trail system. Be guided by enthusiastic docents who love the history of this amazing expedition and see the route from a new perspective. This is a beautiful trail and when combined with the history of the area, it's unforgettable. Come and enjoy! Rain will cancel.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Wildflowers - Derek Neumann; Wildflowers - Cait Hutnik; Lichen - Mamatha Rao; Wildflowers - Sam Drake; Astronomers - Bill O’Neil; Turtle - OSA Archive; Coyote Ridge - Derek Neumann; Stars - OSA Archive; Guadalupe Oak Grove Park - City of San Jose; Coyote Valley - Derek Neumann.