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.

August 2016

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, August 27, 2016
8:45 - 10:30 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join our astronomers 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 of astronomers who bring telescopes so no gear of your own is needed. They are happy to share their knowledge and view of the night sky. Please dress warm and bring water to drink and a flashlight if you like. Rain or clouds cancel.

 

September 2016

Healthy Parks Healthy People—Let the Energy Flow—Tai Chi in the Park

Healthy Parks Healthy People—Let the Energy Flow—Tai Chi in the Park

Saturday, September 3, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge
1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso

The Open Space Authority is pleased to present Tai Chi, taught by the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center. Have you ever wanted to try Tai Chi? This is the place to start. Come enjoy the parks’ fresh air with some of the best teachers in the Bay Area. The exercise will be gentle and peaceful. Open Space Authority will be sponsoring this class through June of 2017.

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks – A Walk at Alviso Marina

Healthy People Healthy Parks—A Walk at Alviso Marina

Saturday, September 3, 2016
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Alviso Marina County Park

Join our docents for a gentle walk along the shoreline in Alviso Marina County Park. This gentle exercise is great for people recovering from illness or injury, but everyone is welcome!

 

Tracking the Wild Tarantula

Tracking the Wild Tarantula

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Sunday, September 18, 2016
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join Docent Paul and search for the elusive arachnid on its fall walkabout. The hike will be along the Longwall Canyon Trail for about 2 miles. Meet at the overflow lot off Casa Loma Road about 1/4 mile past the main parking lot.

 

Pokémon Moonlit Walk in the Japanese Friendship Gardens

Pokémon Moonlit Walk in the Japanese Friendship Gardens

Friday, September 16, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Rd., San Jose

Whether you are a Pokémon player or someone who loves moonlit walks, join us for a peaceful few hours during which you may walk by moonlight in the garden. Be advised, this is a beautiful koi garden and no matter how alluring the Pokémon are, or how they may taunt you, you must stay on the pathways. This is a chance to be in the garden after hours to enjoy the moonlight and the company of friends.

 

An Evening with Owls

An Evening with Owls

Saturday, September 17, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

This will be an evening of learning, looking, and especially listening! There will be a short lecture on owls and what makes them unique and successful hunters, followed by a walk through the preserve to look and listen for owls and other birds of prey. Our guest speaker is Mr. Markus Jais, who is an avid nature conservationist and raptor expert visiting from Munich. We will meet in the parking lot. Space is limited, so reserve your spot at http://cvospowls.eventbrite.com.

 

Latino Outdoors Wellness Walk

Latino Outdoors Wellness Walk

Sunday, September 18, 2016
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Join us for a gently paced hike from the parking lot on top of Sierra Road to the Boccardo Overlook for a beautiful view. This hike is relatively short but can be a bit steep in spots. Please bring a walking stick if you like, and water to drink. Families and children are welcome to join!

 

First Day of Fall Bird Walk

First Day of Fall Bird Walk

Sunday, September 18, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Lake Cunningham Regional Park

Do you love being outdoors and want to deepen your appreciation of nature by learning the names of birds and plants around you? As fall begins, join us for a beginner’s bird and plant identification walk through Lake Cunningham Park. Lake Cunningham is a major destination for waterfowl and migratory birds, as its native garden is a great habitat. On this walk, Vicki Silvas-Young will show you how to identify the common birds of our area, as well as the native plants they depend on for food, shelter, and nesting places. The distance is 4 miles round trip on a level path. Please bring a hat, water, your bird and plant list, binoculars, and wear comfortable walking shoes. Parking fee is $6. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Arvind Kumar at arvind.kumar@cnps.org to reserve your spot and to receive directions and details. Cosponsored by CNPS, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and Open Space Authority.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, September 24, 2016
8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join our astronomers 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 of astronomers who bring telescopes so no gear of your own is needed. They are happy to share their knowledge and view of the night sky. Please dress warm and bring water to drink and a flashlight if you like. Rain or clouds cancel.

 

Welcome Back, Migrating Birds!

Welcome Back, Migrating Birds!

Sunday, September 25, 2016
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Ulistac Natural Area

Join our docent birders Tom and Beth Hamel for a bird walk through the Ulistac Natural Area. No previous birding experience is necessary, but binoculars are recommended. Meet at the south entrance: If you are coming from Montague Expressway and turn onto Lick Mill, it is the first entrance to the park on your right. Street parking is available, or park in the parking lot of the Lick Mill park across the street, where there are restrooms.

 

Chinese Moon Festival

Chinese Moon Festival

Sunday, September 25, 2016
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Overfelt Gardens—Chinese Cultural Gardens

Join us for this community event organized and run by our local community high school students in celebration of Chinese Culture. There will be performances, Arts and Crafts, and community booths with lots of interesting information. This is a great event for the whole family!

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Tai Chi – Morning Crane Healing Arts Center; Alivso Marina – David Tharp; Tarantula – MG; Kelley Park – Ron Horii; Owl – Beth Hamel; Sierra Vista – Derek Neumann; Blue Jay – Christina Schell; Nebule – Glenn Newall; Ulistac – OSA Archive; Chinese Festival – City of San Jose.