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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HEALTHY PARKS, HEALTHY PEOPLE
Saturday, November 1 | 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Alum Rock Park (meet at the Youth Science Institute) 16260 Penitencia Creek Rd., San Jose, CA 95127
Explore the history and mystery of Alum Rock Park as we take a gentle walk through this historic mineral springs area. Please bring $6 for parking. Sorry, no pets.

DO THE DUCK WALK
Sunday, November 2 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Penitencia Creek Park (meet at the Berryessa Community Center) 3050 Berryessa Rd., San Jose, CA 95132
Meet at the Berryessa Community Center and take a walk around the pond to look at the fascinating and funny lives of ducks! Wildlife enthusiast Doug explains the how and why of being a duck as you watch these friendly birds in action. This is a wheelchair accessible and family friendly event. Pets on leash are welcome.

FULL MOON HIKE
Friday, November 7 | 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Visitors get to see the park all the time in daylight, but every once in a while, we do an evening program like this night hike. Join Craige for a 4.5 mile walk along the Mayfair trail to look at the glow worms, search for scorpions and seek out the ever elusive tarantulas. Bring warm clothes, water and a light snack and a flashlight. We can put red gel on your lights to help preserve your night vision. Children over 14 may attend this program if accompanied by an adult.

COYOTE VALLEY IS BURSTING WITH BIRDS!
Saturday, November 8 | 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill (South of San Jose off Hwy 101)
Enjoy an early morning of bird watching in the beautiful Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Docents Rick, Beth and Tom guide novices and experts alike around the preserve and show you the best sites for spotting birds of prey and other fascinating fowl. Bring a pair of binoculars or a birding scope and your sense of adventure!

OUTREACH TO THE OUTDOORS — ALVISO MARINA
Saturday, November 8 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso
The Open Space Authority and Santa Clara County Parks present an entertaining and educational nature walk along the wetlands of the Alviso Marina. Galli Basson, Resource Management Specialist for the Open Space Authority, shares her passion for and knowledge of wetlands and waterfowl on this gentle, family friendly walk.

BINOCULAR STARGAZING
Friday, November 14 | 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Want to learn the night sky? You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a telescope to do so. All you need is a decent pair of binoculars. Join the Open Space Authority and docent astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association and learn how to use your binoculars to find constellations, nebulae, planets and more! Please bring 10x50mm binoculars or larger, a comfortable chair and a red-lens flashlight. A tripod and warm clothes are recommended. 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. Fog and rain cancel.

STARRY NIGHTS
Saturday, November 15 | 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
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. 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.

POST-TURKEY STROLL
Friday, November 28 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Avoid the mall and join the Open Space Authority on a leisurely nature walk. Docent Paul shows you the signs of late fall and tells you what it takes to prepare the preserve for winter. The 4.5 mile loop through various habitats includes a picnic area, so be sure to bring your Thanksgiving leftovers. 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.

HIKE YOUR PIE OFF!
Saturday, November 29 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (times vary per hike)

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
You came. You feasted. Now it’s time to Hike Your Pie Off! Choose from 3 different hikes—easy, moderate and challenging—burn some calories and enjoy the best views in the Valley! Space—and parking!—are limited. Registration is required. Register Here.

 

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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.