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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SEPTEMBER

STARRY NIGHTS
Saturday, September 13 | 9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
Join our friendly docent astronomers, the San Jose Astronomical Association and other stargazers for an evening under the stars. No telescope? No problem! Our docents are happy to share theirs. Families and children are welcome. No registration required. 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.

TARANTULA TREK
Sunday, September 14 & Sunday, September 21 | 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
The arrival of fall signals tarantula mating season. Join Docent Paul for a late-afternoon hike in search of tarantula males on the prowl, and learn about the extraordinary lengths they go to find the perfect mate. This is a short hike, suitable for the whole family. (Tarantulas may look scary, but they’re more interested in each other than in you!) No registration required. 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.

BINOCULAR STARGAZING
Friday, September 19 | 8:45 to 10:45 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
Grab your binoculars and join us for an evening of stargazing! Docent astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association will show you how to use binoculars to view asterisms, nebulae, planets and more. Please bring 10x50mm binoculars or larger, a comfortable chair, red lens flashlight, and warm clothes. Directions from Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. Turn your headlights off as you pull into the first, paved parking lot.

AUTUMN MEANDER
Sunday, September 21 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
Enjoy an early fall walk over the Mayfair Ranch trail. This 4.5 mile loop trail passes through several habitats. This hike is perfect for people who like to stop and enjoy nature along the way. Kids welcome. Sorry, no pets. No registration required. Directions from Hwy 101: Take the Bailey Ave. exit west, turn left onto McKean Rd., right onto Casa Loma Rd. Turn your headlights off as you pull into the first paved parking lot.

COYOTE VALLEY FAMILY HARVEST FEAST
Saturday, September 27 | 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
Feast on plenty of delicious, affordable, healthy foods and enjoy lively entertainment by bluesman Willie G, singer-songwriter Andy Z, Indian and Folklorico dancers; guided hikes, games, live animals and storytelling; and more! Register at harvestfeastcv.eventbrite.com.

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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.