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Join us for Palassou Ridge Public-Access Weekend this August

This summer, the Open Space Authority will be opening up the currently by-reservation-only Palassou Ridge preserve just north of Gilroy to members of the public for walking and horseback riding (stayed tuned for a mountain biking-only access day this fall!).

The preserve offers 12 miles of trails to explore at your own pace! 

Read More July 25, 2019

Celebrating the Beauty of Santa Clara Valley's Open Spaces: Photo Contest Winners!

To celebrate National Nature Photography Day on June 15, we asked photographers of all levels to send us their best shots of Santa Clara Valley's open spaces. And the response was amazing! 

Read More June 05, 2019

The Legacy of Earth Day in Our Open Spaces

Every April 22, we celebrate Earth Day to mark the anniversary of the environmental movement and the rise of public recognition of the threats to our environment.

Read More April 03, 2019

Join us for the next Diablo Foothills Open Weekends

For two weekends this spring, the Open Space Authority will be opening up the normally reservation-only Diablo Foothills Preserve to anyone who wants to come explore this new property south of Gilroy.

Read More April 03, 2019

Students Brave the Cold & Explore Careers in Open Space Protection

This past month a group of young people from San Jose got the chance to explore our local open space preserves in a unique way – camping out under the stars.

Read More March 06, 2019

Where to View Wildflowers 2019

Springtime brings green hills and spectacular displays of wildflowers to our open spaces. One of the most common questions we get this time of year is where visitors can go to see the best wildflowers in our preserves.

Read More February 20, 2019

2nd Annual Freshman Volunteer Day with The Harker School

For the second year in a row, the freshman class at The Harker School participated in the Authority’s largest Land Steward service day at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Over 200 students and staff spent the day helping with trail maintenance and joining in several environmental educational lessons.

Read More November 07, 2018

#OptOutside - It's Good for Your Health!

A growing body of research finds that being outdoors, in open space, can have significant benefits to your physical and mental health. In the 1970’s, noted biologist E.O. Wilson shared the hypothesis that humans have an instinctual love of nature, an idea he called “biophilia.” In more recent decades, neuroscientists have started to find support for these theories in studies of the brain.

Read More November 06, 2018

Progress, Partnerships, and the Path Forward: 25 Years of Protecting Open Spaces

Last month, the Open Space Authority celebrated the agency’s 25th Anniversary Year with local elected officials and close community partners. General Manager Andrea Mackenzie shared her thoughts on a quarter of a century spent protecting open space in the Santa Clara Valley and what lies ahead.

Read More October 03, 2018

In Search of Bats!

Bats are fascinating animals that have long carried a negative reputation. These mysterious flying mammals have been the subject of superstitions, folklore, and fear. They have also been touted as pests or unclean.

In reality there is nothing to fear about these animals. They are shy, intelligent creatures that play a vital and underappreciated role in our ecosystem and economy.

Read More October 03, 2018