“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.
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.
“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.
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.
- Season’s (Green) Greetings: How to Celebrate Sustainably this Holiday Season
- Growing Into the Future: Veggielution’s “Roots Down” Program, San Jose
- High School Students Lend a Hand to Protect Open Space
- Learning How Bobcats Move Through Coyote Valley
- Seizing a Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Preserve San Jose's Last Great Landscape, Coyote Valley
- Community Connections - Artists of Coyote Valley
- Acting Locally to Fight Climate Change
- Celebrate Fall in the Santa Clara Valley!
- Nature: A Prescription for Mental Health
- Ag Plan Receives Top Award from American Planning Association