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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Community Connections - Luís Urias
- Public Access Project Kicks Off for Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve
- Watershed in a Box: Ready-Made Lesson Plans and Educational Resources for Teachers and the Community - Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful - San Jose
- Join us for Palassou Ridge Public-Access Weekend this August
- Growing Awareness for Food & the Environment - CommUniverCity’s Growing Sustainably Program - San Jose
- Greening Urban Spaces to Improve Habitat & Build Climate Resilience
- Community Connections - Clayton Koopmann
- 242-Acre Purchase Completes Tapestry of Connected Open Space in Santa Cruz Mountains
- How the Open Space Authority Prepares for Wildfire Season
- Student-Led Exploration Along the River: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy - San Jose