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.


Bring Your Own Horse
Saturday January 10 | 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please arrive between 10-10:30 a.m. to saddle up
Rancho Cañada Del Oro Open Space Preserve
Bring your own horse and join Docent Carolyn for a guided ride along the Mayfair Trail. The ride heads up the hill at 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a meandering ride and beautiful views. Carolyn will share her love of nature with you and your equine buddies. Bring a light lunch and water.

Introduction to Bird Watching
Saturday, January 17  |  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Ulistac Natural Area
Learn the basics of birding with docents Beth and Tom. Observe a variety of bird species during a gentle walk on trails through diverse habitats. Learn observation skills, identify birds and watch their fascinating habits. No previous birding experience is needed. Binoculars are recommended. Meet at the Ulistac entrance opposite from Lick Mill Park (parking available on Lick Mill Blvd and in the parking of Lick Mill Park, which also has bathrooms).

Introduction to Bird Watching
Sunday, January 18  | 9:00 am to 2:00pm
Coyote Ridge – A Nature Pre-Season Walk

Join Docent Rick and wind your way up the hillside, stopping to see endangered plants and critters. You’ll climb a steep hillside to the top and enjoy sweeping views and birds of prey. Hiking boots and poles are highly recommended for this off-trail experience. Sorry, no one under 14 please. Bring a hat that you can tie down against the wind. Details and registration at Register HERE.

Starry Nights in Open Space
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
January 24  | 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Do you want to know more about the constellations and stars? Come and view the night sky with our friendly astronomy docents. No need to bring your own telescope, they have plenty! Our knowledgeable astronomer docents are just waiting to share their knowledge with you. This is a family-friendly event.

Committee for Green Foothills Celebrates Open Space
Explore OSA’s Newest Property
January 24 | 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Join the Committee for Green Foothills in exploring this newly acquired 285-acre property in the ruggedly beautiful and water rich Southern Santa Cruz Mountains region. There will be guided hikes and a chance to explore this beautiful property and its 6 spring-fed ponds. Register HERE.


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.