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.

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FEATURED ACTIVITY

NOVEMBER

POST-TURKEY STROLL
Friday, November 28 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Avoid the mall and join the Open Space Authority on a leisurely nature walk. Docent Paul shows you the signs of late fall and tells you what it takes to prepare the preserve for winter. The 4.5 mile loop through various habitats includes a picnic area, so be sure to bring your Thanksgiving leftovers. Directions from Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left.

HIKE YOUR PIE OFF!
Saturday, November 29 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (times vary per hike)

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
You came. You feasted. Now it’s time to Hike Your Pie Off! Choose from 3 different hikes—easy, moderate and challenging—burn some calories and enjoy the best views in the Valley! Space—and parking!—are limited. Registration is required. Register Here.

DECEMBER

HEALTHY PARKS, HEALTHY PEOPLE
Saturday, December 6 | 10:00 to 12:00 noon
Alum Rock Park (meet at the Ranger Station)
- 15350 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose
Explore the history and mystery of Alum Rock Park on a gentle walk through this historic mineral springs area. Please bring $6 for parking. Sorry, no pets. This hike is presented in English, but Spanish speakers will be available as well.

STARRY NIGHTS
Saturday, December 13
| 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Enjoy the crystal clear beauty of the winter night sky. No telescope? No problem! Our docents are happy to share theirs. Families and children are welcome. Directions from Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left. Rain and heavy clouds cancel. 

ANNUAL AUDUBON BIRD COUNT AT SIERRA VISTA
Sunday, December 14 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Join the Audubon Society in its annual bird count! Help Docent Rick spot and count birds—a fun and important task that helps Audubon determine how healthy our local bird populations are. Rain or shine. Note: In case of rain, we suggest you bring an extra, dry pair of shoes for the drive home.

ANNUAL AUDUBON BIRD COUNT AT COYOTE RIDGE
Saturday, December 27 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Coyote Ridge
Join the Audubon Society in its annual bird count! Get a rare look at the beautiful Coyote Ridge property, and help Docent Rick spot and count birds—a fun and important task that helps Audubon determine how healthy our local bird populations are. Rain or shine. Note: In case of rain, we suggest you bring an extra, dry pair of shoes for the drive home. Registration is required. Directions provided upon registration. Register HERE.

ANNUAL AUDUBON BIRD COUNT AT RANCH CAÑADA DEL ORO
Saturday, December 27
| 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Join the Audubon Society in its annual bird count! Explore parts of Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve that are usually closed to the public, and help Docent Bill spot and count birds—a fun and important task that helps Audubon determine how healthy our local bird populations are. Directions from Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. The parking area is at the end of the paved road on your left. Rain or shine. Note: In case of rain, we suggest you bring an extra, dry pair of shoes for the drive home.

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EXPERIENCE THE WONDER OF NATURE
Staff of the Open Space Authority and volunteers provide the general public with a variety of things to do. Hikes, rides and special events offer a chance to enjoy the Authority’s trails and preserves and learn about the natural world in the company of others.
Dragonfly hike

Our schedule includes such things as guided nature hikes, bike and equestrian rides, photography walks and stargazing sessions. OSA also creates special events for children, including a summer day camp and Halloween celebration. All activities are free and open to everyone.

The Open Space Authority also offers a number of education programs for school and community groups. These programs are booked through the Coordinator of Interpretive Programs, who can be reached at 408-224-7476 or by email.