Kirsty joined the Open Space Authority as a volunteer after feeling the “spark” of inspiration on an Authority nature walk at Ulistac Natural Area. She loves the array of Authority programs that “offer rich experiences for everyone,” as well as its community of docents and seasonal aides that bring creativity, knowledge, and experiences. These days, Kirsty continues her passion of learning about native plants, which further opens her eyes to California history and peoples. Kirsty is also a poet and enjoys reading about nature and ecology. Her favorite preserve is Coyote Valley for its accessibility from downtown San Jose, massive Valley Oaks, and scenic overlooks.
Year of volunteering
Favorite Open Space Preserve
As a volunteer for the Open Space Authority, you will help preserve and protect valuable natural resources for yourself and future generations. At the same time, you’ll get a chance to learn about the environment, meet interesting people, work hard, and have fun. Learn more about volunteer roles.
Enjoy and Protect
Trail Patrol team members are agency ambassadors and information resources for visitors, and commit to patrolling the Authority’s open space preserves a minimum of once a month, on foot, bicycle or horseback.
Fun and Fairs
Community Outreach Volunteers represent the Authority at community festivals, nature or science themed fairs, and other public events.
Restore and Preserve
Land Steward volunteers assist Authority staff with trail maintenance, habitat restoration, fencing and cleanup projects.
Educate and Inspire
Docents share information about nature and the Authority's mission and work, leading groups on fun, educational programs and activities.
Learn and Manage
Trail Masters is a fun, hands-on, skills-based program designed to train volunteers to complete trail maintenance and field work alongside Authority staff
Trail Patrol, Docent, and Community Outreach roles are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Youth aged 14-17 are welcome in the Land Stewards Program or for Internship and Special Projects with parental consent. Contact Gavin for more information.