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.

February 2016

Docent Training: Learn How to Lead Nature Programs

Docent Training: Learn How to Lead Nature Programs

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
OSA Admin Office, 6980 Santa Teresa Blvd. Suite 100, San Jose

Are you interested in learning how to run educational programs, or lead hikes for people in your community? No experience required! Come learn how to show other people some of our most beautiful local natural sites. The first meeting is to see if you are interested in joining our program. If you are, the training will continue for the month of February. Please email Teri at trogoway@openspaceauthority.org or call at 408-224-7476 if you are interested. No fee for this experience.

 

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

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

Saturday, February 6, 2016
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Martial Cottle County Park
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Join us for some gentle moving meditation. Tai Chi Chih 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.

 

Healthy Parks Healthy People: Evening Stretch and Stroll in the Park

Healthy Parks Healthy People: Evening Stretch and Stroll in the Park

Saturday, February 6, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join us for a short one-mile walk around the meadow at Rancho Canada Del Oro. This paved path provides a nature experience for strollers and people of limited mobility. It’s located in the beautiful foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Bailey Avenue and McKean Road in south Santa Clara County.

 

Valentine's is for the Birds! Bird Watching for Beginners and Enthusiasts

Valentine's is for the Birds! Bird Watching for Beginners and Enthusiasts

Sunday, February 14, 2016
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Learn the basics of bird watching with docents Beth and Tom. A variety of bird species are on view during a slow-paced walk on trails through the meadows and up the hills of this beautiful preserve. Learn observation skills, identify birds and understand their fascinating habits. Binoculars, boots and raincoats are recommended. All ages and expertise are welcome. Heavy rain cancels but light rain makes for good birding.

 

Shoot the Season—Sunrise Landscape, Reflections

Shoot the Season—Sunrise Landscape, Reflections

Sunday, February 21, 2016
6:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

Join us for a sunrise photo shoot and possible early wild flowers. This is an opportunity to access OSA properties outside of normal hours, for unique photographic opportunities. Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve is located in the Eastern foothills of Santa Clara County above Alum Rock Park. This preserve offers panoramic view combining the beautiful oak woodlands, rolling grasslands and chaparral communities as well as looking over the impressive Silicon Valley. To register and get directions email Janelle Taggart at seasonal6@openspaceauthority.org.

 

Starry Nights in Open Space

Starry Nights in Open Space

Saturday, February 27, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join our astronomers for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars. We have lots of astronomers who bring telescopes and 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.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Creek – James Emery/CC; Kids – OSA Archive; Uvas – Derek Nuemann; Starry Nights (January)– Ron Horii; Docent Training – Sam Drake; Tai Chi Chih – Brian Robinson; Evening Stretch and Stroll – Derek Neumann; Bird Watching – Robert Clark; Shoot the Season – C Hemmer; Starry Nights (February) – Mike G.