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.

June 2017

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, June 24, 2017
9:15 - 10:30 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

Do you love the night sky? Would you like the chance to come and see some amazing stars with friendly and knowledgeable people? Join astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars.

This site is just 30 minutes south of downtown San Jose and features dark skies (so dark you can see the band of our Milky Way galaxy in the summer). Please do arrive well before 9:30 p.m. so that we can have the best possible experience and avoid headlights disturbing our night vision. Dress in warm layers, as it gets cold out there at night. Please bring a flashlight and we will wrap it in Red Plastic at the Sign-In desk. This helps preserve your night vision.

This experience is for telescope viewing and there is no need to bring your own. The SJAA will be providing them. SJAA members are there to help the public get the most knowledge and enjoyment out of a truly dark Starry Night. There will be opportunities for photography at a separate activity. No smoking, pets, or food at the telescopes please. Rain or heavy clouds cancel.

 

July 2017

Family Hike

Family Hike

Saturday, July 1, 2017
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Join our docent for a fun, 3-mile scenic hike of the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. Kids of all ages welcome. There will be some mild elevation gain and loss on this hike but only of about 200 feet. Take in the views, look at the birds and enjoy the fun company. Please bring water to drink. There are no restrooms at this preserve so please do plan accordingly.

 

Daytime Astronomy

Daytime Astronomy

Sunday, July 2, 2017
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Houge Park
3972 Twilight Drive, San Jose

Join San Jose Astronomical Association Solar Astronomers in looking at our nearest star, the Sun, safely! Using specific, dense filters on Solar Telescopes, we will view the sun and see sunspots and solar flares, prominences and occasionally coronal mass ejections. Learn about our magnetic sun and how viewing in different wavelengths allows us to see truly spectacular solar sights with our own eyes.

 

Kelley Park Moonlight Walk

Kelley Park Moonlight Walk

Friday, July 7, 2017
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Kelley Park Amphitheatre
1300 Senter Road, San Jose

Summer is a time for family fun and celebration! What better way to do this than by enjoying a fun and educational experience together at Kelley Park? Escape the heat! Cool off in the shade and listen to the water flow along Coyote Creek. Explore Coyote Creek and our natural world at night, meet an animal or two, listen to campfire stories and S’Mores! Feel free to also stick around after the program for the San Jose Giants Fireworks Show.

 

Create Your Own Star Wheel

Create Your Own Star Wheel

Saturday, July 15, 2017
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
4289 Casa Loma Road, Morgan Hill

A star wheel is an amazing instrument that helps you recognize and name the brightest stars and constellations. It's an essential tool for the independent stargazer. You will receive your own Star Wheel kit and we will help you assemble it, and teach you how to use the star wheel all year round.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, July 15, 2017
9:15 - 10:30 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 Parks, Healthy People Stretching Across Santa Clara Valley

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Stretching Across Santa Clara Valley

Monday, July 17, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Ulistac Natural Area
4901 Lick Mill Boulevard

Have you ever tried deep stretching to improve your body's circulation? What better place to try than overlooking a beautiful open space? Join us in stretching, breathing, and low-impact leg strengthening exercises at Ulistac! Spend an hour with us to improve your circulation and embrace a healthier you. Free on-street parking is available on Lick Mill Blvd., right outside the entrance.

 

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
4901 Lick Mill Boulevard

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. This is a Summer Series with additional dates on August 25 and September 15. Feel free to join one or all the sessions.

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Binoculars - Chris Verburg; Sierra Vista - Derek Neumann; Sun Gazing - Bill O'Neill; Kelley Park - ccRahul Rekapalli; Stars - Ed Wong; Starry Nights - Bill Adams; Stretching - Ron Horii; Crafts - Susan Brazelton.