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.

April 2016

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, April 30, 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. No need to bring a telescope, because we have several astronomy docents and their students from San Jose Astronomical Association who will be there with telescopes to let you look through. They enjoy sharing their knowledge with everyone and are the friendliest astronomers around! Please dress warm, bring water and a snack, and aim to arrive earlier rather than later. We close the gates at 8:30 p.m. and the event ends at 9:00 p.m. This helps us keep our neighbors happy. Rain or clouds will cancel (can't see stars in these conditions).

 

Wildflowers and Wildlife: Celebrate Spring in Open Space

Wildflowers and Wildlife: Celebrate Spring in Open Space

Maybe you’ve heard of Open Space but you have yet to visit one of our preserves. Maybe you’d like a sneak peek at what we have to offer? Come to the library presentation and learn about the plants and animals we have in our Open Space Preserves. We will let you know all about our upcoming spring programs and where you can arrange to come see these amazing sighs with your family and friends. And the best part is, it’s free! The schedule is as follows:

The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, April 21 at 3:30 p.m., Willow Glen Library, San Jose
Friday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m., Rose Garden Library, San Jose
Thursday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m., Edenvale Library, San Jose
Saturday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m., Santa Teresa Library, San Jose

 

May 2016

Hike and Learn

Hike and Learn

Mondays in May, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a series of moderate hikes where you will take in beautiful scenery and vistas, wildflowers in bloom, see birds of prey and other wildlife and enjoy the outdoors in a healthy experience. Each hike will be 5-7 miles long and moderately paced. Please come dressed for the weather, bring water and a light lunch. Rain will cancel.

May 2—Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. Meet in the parking lot at the top of Sierra Road.
May 9—Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve. Meet in the parking lot next to the restroom.
May 16—Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. Meet in the parking lot at the top of Sierra Road.
May 23—Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Meet at the picnic table near the restroom.
May 30—Ulistac to Alviso hike. Meet at the south entrance to Ulistac Natural Area.

 

Play and Learn about Nature

Play and Learn about Nature

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2016
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rotary Play Garden, Guadalupe River Park and Gardens

Join Open Space Staff every Tuesday in May at the Rotary Play Garden to play nature games, create arts and crafts and learn about nature in a fun and engaging way. Programs will be flexible, open ended experiences for all ages and abilities, come and go as you like.

 

Nurturing Nature—Let’s Grow a Plant

Nurturing Nature—Let’s Grow a Plant

Tuesdays, May 3, 10, & 17, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Meet Open Space educators at this beautiful preserve to take a short walk and learn about some of our local plants. You will get to create your own plant container from paper and plant your own seeds to take home. All ages welcome.

 

 

 

 

Healthy People Healthy Parks

Healthy People Healthy Parks

Wednesdays in May 2016
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Fun and easy exercise out in open spaces! Each program will be short, easy, and very friendly. If you want to get some exercise but don’t want to go alone, this is the perfect program for you. Come join us, it will be fun! Rain cancels.

May 4—Martial Cottle County Park. Meet at the visitor center. $6 parking.
May 11—Ulistac Natural Area. Meet at the entrance nearest Hope Road.
May 18—Penitencia Creek Park at Berryessa Community Center. Meet at the mural by the front door.
May 25—Uvas Creek Park. Email Teri at trogoway@openspaceauthority.org for directions.

 

Morning Crane Healing Arts Center logo

Healthy Parks Healthy People: Tai Chi in the Park

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Martial Cottle County Park

Join the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center for some gentle moving meditation at the beautiful Martial Cottle Park. Tai Chi is a mix of meditation and movement that focuses on balance and the circulation of energy know in Chinese philosophy as chi. Known to practitioners as “the effort of no effort,” it is easy to learn and suited for all ages. Meet outside the interpretation building located on the left after the main entrance.

 

Healthy Parks Healthy People

Healthy Parks Healthy People

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Alviso Marina County Park

Join our docents for a gentle, easy paced walk around the marina. We will take in the beautiful scenery and check out the local wildlife. This will be an easy walk for those who would like to get out for some sunshine with friendly people. Rain will cancel.

 

Birding by Beginners for Beginners

Birding by Beginners for Beginners

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Alum Rock Park

We would like to welcome you to this very beginner birding class! Learn and explore the main area of Alum Rock Park, looking for local birds. Please bring a pair of binoculars. Heavy rain will cancel but light rain will actually bring more birds out. Meet at the Ranger Station, next to the playground.

 

Wildflowers and Wildlife: Celebrate Spring in Open Space

Wildflowers and Wildlife: Celebrate Spring in Open Space

Maybe you’ve heard of Open Space but you have yet to visit one of our preserves. Are you interested in a sneak peek of what we have to offer? Come to a library presentation and learn about the plants and animals we have in our Open Space Preserves. We will let you know all about our upcoming spring programs and where you can arrange to come see these amazing sights with your family and friends. And the best part is, it’s free!

The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 12 at 11:00 a.m., Berryessa Library, San Jose
Friday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m., King Library, San Jose
Saturday, May 14 at 2:00 p.m., Bascom Library, San Jose
Saturday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m., West Valley Library, San Jose
Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m., Tully Library, San Jose

 

Let’s Talk Tule Elk!

Let’s Talk Tule Elk!

Friday, May 20, 2016
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Open Space Authority Office
6980 Santa Teresa Blvd Suite 100

Did you know that we have Tule Elk in San Jose? Few people do! Come on over and listen to our enthusiastic docent, Mike, as he tells us all about the Tule Elk on Coyote Ridge. He will have a slide show and sounds to hear. This is a great chance to ask all your questions. Space is limited, please call Teri at 408-754-4507 or email at trogoway@openspaceauthority.org to register.

 

 

Geology Plant Walk

Geology Plant Walk

Sunday, May 22, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Alum Rock Park

Join geologist and botanist Paul to explore the relationship between plants and the rocks over which they grow. Learn how the plants develop adaptations for these differences which can lead to species that rely on them. Explore this relationship and learn how to read the land for both plants you will find or the rocks that might be below the locations of landslides, and the locations of mineral springs.

Beginners interested in basic rock and plant identification are welcome. The distance is 2 miles with 600’ of elevation gain. Bring water and a bag lunch.

Space is limited. RSVP to arvind.kumar@cnps.org for directions to the meeting place. The walk is sponsored by the California Native Plant Society and Open Space Authority.

 

Birding by Beginners for Beginners

Birding by Beginners for Beginners

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ulistac Natural Area

We would like to welcome you to this very beginner birding class. Come learn as with explore the butterfly gardens of Ulistac, looking for local birds. Pleaes bring a pair of binoculars. Heavy rain will cancel but light rain will actually bring more birds out. This area is mostly flat and is a great migratory path for lots of birds. Meet at the south entrance, nearest to Hope Road.

 

Improv in the Outdoors

Improv in the Outdoors

Tuesdays, May 24 & 31, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Time for adults to play silly games and be creative out in a nature setting! Wear bug spray and sunscreen and dress for cool evening air.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, May 28, 2016
9:15 - 10:30 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join our astronomers for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars. No need to bring a telescope, because we have several astronomy docents and their students from San Jose Astronomical Association who will be there with telescopes to let you look through. Please dress warm. Please arrive early, the gates close at 9:30 p.m. Rain or clouds will cancel.

 

Binoculars Stargazing

Binoculars Stargazing

Saturday, May 28, 2016
8:45 - 10:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Want to learn the night sky? All you need is a pair of binoculars! Come out and learn how the night sky changes by the hour, month and year. Using binoculars, you can view asterisms, open and globular clusters, nebulae and planets! A 10x42mm or larger pair of binoculars works best. Dress warm and bring a chair if you want to sit. Rain or clouds will cancel.

 

Shoot the Seasons

Shoot the Seasons

Sunday, May 29, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Blair Ranch Open Space Preserve

Please join us if you are a photographer, a beginner, or enthusiast for a photography opportunity to explore the Blair barn and surrounding areas. Please meet us at 18881 Uvas Road in Morgan Hill and we will let you in at the gate. Once the program begins, we will be locking the gate.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Stars – Mike G.; Wildflowers (April) – Derek Neumann; Hikers – Ron Erksine; Girl – Janelle Taggart; Planting – John Gurley; Martial Cottle – SCC Parks; Alivso – David Tharp; Scrub Jay – Brian Small; Butterfly – Thys Norton; Elk – Stu Weiss; Poppies – DJ Amidon-Brent; Towhee – Rick & Nora Bowers; Dancing – Liv Ames; Stars – Ed Wong; Stargazing – Chris VerBurg: Blair Ranch – Charlotte Doudell