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.

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Play and Learn about Nature

Play and Learn about Nature

Tuesdays, May 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.

 

June 2016

Rancho Rambles—a Nature Hike

Rancho Rambles—a Nature Hike

Every Thursday in June
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Join our staff for a moderately paced 4.5 mile hike along the Mayfair Ridge trail. Take in the cool morning air as you check out the beautiful views and maybe to get a sneak peek at the local chipmunks. Please bring water and a light snack.

 

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

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

Saturday, June 4, 2016 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Martial Cottle County Park

The Open Space Authority is pleased to present Tai Chi, taught by the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center. Have you ever wanted to try Tai Ci? This is the place to start. Come on out and enjoy the fresh air in the park with some of the best teachers in the Bay Area. The exercise will be gentle and peaceful. Open Space will be sponsoring this class through August.

 

Binoculars Stargazing

Binoculars Stargazing

Saturday, June 11, 2016 
9:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Binocular Stargazing is hosted by the Open Space Authority with help from members of the San Jose Astronomical Association. 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. Please bring the following:

1. 10x42mm binoculars (or larger. Tripod recommended on binoculars larger then 10x50)

2. A chair to view in comfort

3. A red lens flashlight, and warm clothes (extra layers).

Turn your headlights off as you pull into the first parking lot which is paved. Please park your car there on the paved lot and walk over to gravel lot where the program will be held.

 

Nature Photography for Beginners

Nature Photography for Beginners

Saturday, June 11, 2016
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Join nature photographer Ron Horii for this fascinating and engaging learning experience. Bring your own camera, phone, tablet or whatever you like to take pictures with and Ron will take you on a walk to observe nature as a photographer would. Learn how to take more engaging pictures from someone who is a passionate nature and community photographer.

 

Shoot the Seasons

Shoot the Seasons

Sunday, June 12, 2016
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Join a docent and photographers for a morning excursion at Coyote Valley. Bring your camera and be prepared to snap some scenic shots. Please bring water.

 

Japanese Garden Moonlight Walk—Healthy People Healthy Parks

Japanese Garden Moonlight Walk—Healthy People Healthy Parks

Sunday, June 19, 2016 
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Kelley Park—Japanese Friendship Garden
1300 Senter Road, San Jose

Join the Open Space Authority and our partners at Kelley Park for a peaceful, docent led walk around the Japanese Friendship Garden by the light of an almost full moon. This rare chance to enjoy this evening experience in the garden is brought to you by the City of San Jose, Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services. Although there is no charge for this event, there is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle. You are welcome to take public transportation or walk and carpooling is encouraged. This will be a gentle walk along the paved trail within the garden. Please, service animals only. Children are welcome.

 

Starry Nights

Starry Nights

Saturday, June 25, 2016
9:30 - 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.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS: Rancho – Derek Neumann; Tai Chi – Terry B; Binocular Stargazing – Tamer Sherif; Coyote Valley – Ron Horii; Coyote Valley – Derek Neumann; Japanese Tea Garden – Ron Horii; Starry Nights – OSA Archive.