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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DECEMBER

Annual Audubon Bird Count at Coyote Ridge
Saturday, December 27 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Coyote Ridge
Join the Audubon Society in its annual bird count! Get a rare look at the beautiful Coyote Ridge property, and help Docent Rick spot and count birds—a fun and important task that helps Audubon determine how healthy our local bird populations are. Rain or shine. Note: In case of rain, we suggest you bring an extra, dry pair of shoes for the drive home. Registration is required. Directions provided upon registration. Register HERE.

Annual Audubon Bird Count at Rancho Cañada del Oro
Saturday, December 27
| 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve (meet in the parking lot)
Join the Audubon Society in its annual bird count! Explore parts of Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve that are usually closed to the public, and help Docent Bill spot and count birds—a fun and important task that helps Audubon determine how healthy our local bird populations are. 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. Rain or shine. Note: In case of rain, we suggest you bring an extra, dry pair of shoes for the drive home.

JANUARY

Healthy Parks Healthy People
Dancersize with Dorothy - A Musical Workout
First Saturdays of the Month, Jan – June 2015
10:00 - 11:00 am on Jan 3, Feb 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
Martial Cottle County Park, 5283 Snell Avenue. San Jose, CA 95136
This new program premieres on January 3, 2015
Do you want to feel healthier in the New Year? Join our enthusiastic docents for an easy and fun 20-minutes of dancercise to R&B followed by a 40-minute walk to cool down. Wear your comfy clothes and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot next to the visitor center.

Bring Your Own Horse
Saturday January 10 | 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Please arrive between10-10:30 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
Saturday, January 17  |  9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Coyote Ridge – A Nature Pre-Season Walk
Sunday, January 18  | 9:00 am to 2:00pm
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 (Needs an eventbrite with directions there – 30 guests). 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.

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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.