Environmental Education

LEARN FROM NATURE

The Open Space Authority offers educational programming to help connect local students and children of all ages with nature. These programs include free public activities and field-trips for school and community groups.  We also offer educational materials that teachers can use to help plan lessons on local history, wildlife, and ecology.

Our Approach

We provide a variety of free programs and events to help connect the residents of Santa Clara Valley to nature.

We provide and support a diverse range of resource-based educational programs.

STRATEGIES INCLUDE:

  1. Working with schools and youth organizations to develop and implement recreational and interpretive programs.
  2. Identifying opportunities for unique recreational amenities or experiences on Authority preserves.
  3. Developing educational materials to be available online and at preserve entrances.
  4. Providing training to volunteers and docents relevant to interpretive programs.

Programs for School & Community Groups

For educators looking for ways to immerse students in nature, we offer several experiences that are perfect for school and community groups.

Come Enjoy the Preserve

Come Enjoy the Preserve

Bring your class to any of the Authority’s publicly accessible preserves for free anytime during operating hours. To ensure the best possible experience, we recommend you call ahead to check that there are no other educational events or maintenance activities happening on the day of your visit.

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC)

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC)

Bring your students to learn about local Birds of Prey with the educators from the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC). Meet the birds then take a guided hike of Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve or Rancho Cañada del Oro to look for them in the wild.

Santa Clara Valley Water District Outdoor Classroom Tour

Santa Clara Valley Water District Outdoor Classroom Tour

Bring your students to learn about watersheds and water conservation in the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. This program can be presented in partnership with staff educators from the Water District and Open Space Authority docents.

Group Hike Training

Group Hike Training

Feel more confident taking your class on a nature hike with the teacher training program offered by Bay Area Wilderness Training.

Public Events and Activities

Public Events and Activities

Teachers are welcome to bring small groups to regularly-scheduled docent-led group hikes and educational activities. Find a full list of upcoming events on our calendar

208
Environmental
Education Programs
in 2016
6,588
Participants in Environmental
Education Programs
in 2016

Additional Resources

Check out these additional organizations with whom we have partnered with for more information on various educational programs available for your class.

Don't see the information or program you need? Contact Teri to learn about other programs you can request.

Teri Rogoway
Educational Programs Coordinator
trogoway@openspaceauthority.org
(408) 224-7476