5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Improve Your Environmental Wellness

As the new year lies ahead of us, we’ve been thinking about ways we can make positive changes for ourselves and our natural environment this year.

Read More January 08, 2020

High School Students Lend a Hand to Protect Open Space

“Letting us get out into the environment just lets us be grateful for what we have as well as bonding with other people and appreciating our environment around us.” ”

This October, more than 200 students from San Jose’s Harker School hit the trails at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve to perform important seasonal trail maintenance work while learning about our natural environment and enjoying the outdoors.

Read More December 04, 2019

Nature: A Prescription for Mental Health

Getting outdoors is not only good for your body - it's also good for your mind!

Each October 10 we recognize World Mental Health Day, designated by the United Nations World Health Organization to raise awareness of mental health issues and promote efforts to improve mental health around the world.

Read More October 02, 2019

Open Space Authority Volunteers Bring Nature to the Community

“Welcome! Bienvenido! 歡迎! Chào mừng!”

Recognizable by a cheery yellow banner inviting visitors in four languages, the Open Space Authority’s community outreach booth is hard to miss, drawing in neighbors young and old to learn about nature at local festivals and events.

Read More September 04, 2019

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