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!
The Open Space Authority recently received updates from two projects funded through the Authority's Urban Grant programs. Find out more about these community programs here.
The Open Space Authority recently attended exciting grand opening events for two of its Urban Open Space Grant projects funded through the Authority's 20% Funding Program. Check out the new trail and park now open to the public below.
- New Funding Helps San Jose Expand Parks and Low-Income Housing
- Over $1.7 million awarded for Open Space Conservation and Public Access Projects
- 5 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Improve Your Environmental Wellness
- 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