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.

September 2016

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!

 

October 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, October 1, 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.

 

Martial Cottle Harvest Festival

Martial Cottle Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 1, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Martial Cottle County Park

One of the most fun and greatest ways to get some healthy exercise is through laughter and dance! Join us to learn some Bollywood moves with our guest docent teachers. We will meet on the hard top next to the visitor center, listen to the music, and learn some fun dance moves we can all do together! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Yoga in Alum Rock Park

Healthy People Healthy Parks—Yoga in Alum Rock Park

Sunday October 2, 2016
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Alum Rock Park

Please join our Travel Backyard docents and guest yoga instructors for a gentle healthy people, healthy parks experience. This will be a free, family friendly activity to start your day with peacefulness. Everyone is welcome! Meet next to the Ranger station and playground. There is a $6 parking fee per vehicle.

 

Nature Stories at Ulistac – Family Walk and Storytelling

Nature Stories at Ulistac – Family Walk and Storytelling

Saturday October 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Ulistac Natural Area

The local folklore is filled with stories that celebrate oaks, acorns, wildlife and nature. Join us for a fun story telling experience in the park! Stories will be featured from North American, Norse and Greek mythology. Please meet at the south entrance and we will walk to the amphitheater among the trees. Rain will cancel.

 

Pumpkins in the Park

Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday October 8, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Guadalupe River Park

Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of the Guadalupe River Park and celebrate the fall season. Pumpkins in the Park is held to raise funds and enlist supporters for Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. But, just as importantly, its purpose is to create awareness of the park and gardens and to bring families into the park for a day of learning and fun.

 

Autumn Campfire and Night Sky Viewing

Autumn Campfire and Night Sky Viewing

Saturday October 8, 2016
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Kelley Park—Story Road Entrance, Creek Overlook Picnic Area

San Jose Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services/Kelley Park Rangers, Open Space Authority and the San Jose Astronomical Society are hosting a Campfire Program followed by night sky viewing! This event is linked to International Observe the Moon Night, sponsored by NASA. Please see the IOMN website for fascinating educational information about the moon. The event and parking is free and open to all ages of the public. Please dress for the weather. Bringing your own comfortable camp chair is advised. Please bring your flashlight, but use with discretion for night sky viewing courtesy. For further information, please contact the Kelley Park Rangers at (408) 277-5254.

 

Latino Outdoors Wellness Walk

Land Stewards Volunteer Day at Sierra Vista

Saturday October 15, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Join us for breathtaking views while cleaning up Sierra Vista! No experience is required as we provide all the necessary training and tools. We will be removing invasive plants and old fences. Please park in Alum Rock Park and we will drive up the road to the work site. Please register here.

 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People – Bollywood Dancing in the Park

Healthy Parks, Healthy People—Bollywood Dancing in the Park

Saturday October 15, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Martial Cottle County Park

One of the most fun and greatest ways to get some healthy exercise is through laughter and dance! Join us to learn some Bollywood moves with Travel Backyard. We will meet on the hard top next to the visitor center! Come dance in the park with us! An opportunity to learn new moves, make new friends and get fit.

 

Audubon’s Fall Harvest and Wildlife Day

Audubon’s Fall Harvest and Wildlife Day

Saturday October 22, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Blackberry Farm

Join the Audubon Society and City of Cupertino for live-animal demonstrations, educational presentations, a poster contest, and many hands-on activities, including nestbox and bird feeder building. Nature enthusiasts of all ages are encouraged to attend.

 

Raptors of Coyote Valley

Raptors of Coyote Valley

Saturday October 22, 2016
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Coyote Valley is home to many different species of birds of prey (raptors). Join docents Beth and Tom to take an easy slow-paced walk through the preserve and look for these marvelous birds. All ages and levels of birding expertise are welcome. Binoculars are recommended. Meet in the parking lot of the preserve off of Palm Avenue. There is a restroom at the preserve.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday October 22, 2016
7:15 - 9:30 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join astronomers from the San Jose Astronomers 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. 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. 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.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Tai Chi – Morning Crane Healing Arts; Martial Cottle – Santa Clara County Parks; Alum Rock – City of San Jose, Ulistac – OSA Archive; Pumpkins in the Park – Guadalupe River Conservancy; Bollywood – Liv Ames; Night Sky – Ron Horii; Sierra Vista – Derek Neumann; Ducks – City of Cupertino; Raptor – Christine Schelling; Nebula – Ed Wong.