“Every day we get to see ‘the awe’ and experience how excited the kids are to be outside”
Hands-on, outdoor educational opportunities encourage students to take active roles in their learning, allowing them to make discoveries in new and exciting ways. But many children, especially those coming from disadvantaged or low-income backgrounds, face obstacles to connecting with nature in educational settings.
Spring is a great time to enjoy bicycling in the Santa Clara Valley!
The Open Space Authority recognizes the value of biking to recreation, healthy living, and sustainable transport. Beyond just providing bike trails and opportunities at our open space preserves, the Authority has committed more than $5M to trail construction, connectivity projects, and supporting bike-friendly areas through our Measure Q Urban Open Space and 20% Funding Grant Programs.
Explore our list of Authority-funded urban bike trails and bike-friendly parks to plan your perfect bicycle outing!
In the shadow of Levi’s Stadium and Santa Clara’s residential subdivisions and office parks, there’s a little sliver of open space along the Guadalupe River where wildlife roam and migratory birds stop as they travel along the Pacific Coast.
The Ulistac Natural Area contains the last 40 acres of wild and undeveloped land in the City of Santa Clara. While it’s technically a city park, Ulistac is managed in a natural state, with no facilities or playing fields, just meandering trails and native vegetation, much of it planted by volunteers in an inspiring and successful example of open space protection and habitat restoration.
The weather is warm and the rains have stopped, so now is a great time to explore getting around by bike. May is National Bike Month, which features many days to celebrate biking, like Bike to School Day on May 8 and Bike to Work Day on May 9.
Whether you are an experienced cyclist, just getting started, looking for mountain biking, urban bike trails, or family-friendly biking areas - our Guide to Santa Clara Valley Biking will help you have the best experience on two wheels this spring!
We are introducing a series of the many leaders, partners, and neighbors who make a difference in our community. This profile features Les Krammer, docent for the Open Space Authority and volunteer for the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program of Santa Clara County.
Home Grown Food and the Authentic Flavors of our Community: Valley Verde’s Home Garden Project - San Jose
“We all garden together and make new friends. We learn from each other.”
When the economic crisis hit back in 2008, Raul Lozano started to hear about all the families that were struggling not just to afford housing, but also to afford food. “I heard the food banks were overwhelmed,” and there were too many people who needed their support.
Helping Science Come to Life: Living Classroom’s Edible and Native Garden Project at Campbell Unified School District
Environmental education can start at any age – one local nonprofit is helping to get kids in their earliest years of school out of the classroom to learn about science, our natural environment, and healthy food.
When Measure Q was passed by voters in 2014, the Open Space Authority made a commitment to invest in nature within our communities and created the Measure Q Urban Open Space & Environmental Education Grant Programs. Here are two recent updates from funded programs.
When Measure Q was passed by voters in 2014, the Open Space Authority made a commitment to invest in nature within our communities and created the Measure Q Urban Open Space & Environmental Education Grant Programs. Here are three recent updates from funded programs.
Happy Trails, an exciting new program launched by the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and funded through the Open Space Authority's Measure Q Environmental Education grant program, is helping urban families gain exposure to nature. Learn more about how this community-focused program is positively impacting San Jose families!
- How the Open Space Authority Prepares for Wildfire Season
- Student-Led Exploration Along the River: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy - San Jose
- Celebrating the Beauty of Santa Clara Valley's Open Spaces: Photo Contest Winners!
- How We’re Helping Wildlife Move Safely Through Coyote Valley
- Best Urban Open Space Bike Trails
- Saving and Restoring Santa Clara’s Last Remaining Open Space
- Guide to Biking in Santa Clara Valley
- Community Connections: Les Krammer
- Home Grown Food and the Authentic Flavors of our Community: Valley Verde’s Home Garden Project - San Jose
- Helping Science Come to Life: Living Classroom’s Edible and Native Garden Project at Campbell Unified School District