The Open Space Authority thanks everyone who came out to Community Day 2023 at Máyyan ‘Ooyákma – Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve! It was a day full of fun, family, and friendly faces at your brand-new open space preserve.
Below are some highlights from the event:
Gloria Arellano of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area delivers a moving land acknowledgement to kick off the event. To learn more about our Tribal partnerships, click here.
The giant bubble stations were a hit for all ages! Pictured above is a young visitor chasing a big bubble along one of the event pathways.
Families venture out on their Toddler Trek along the accessible Máyyan Wáayi (Coyote Valley) Overlook Trail.
Open Space Authority staff Teri Rogoway and Kat Hill lead a story time for the kids at the event.
The day was extra special because it eclipsed with a solar eclipse! (See what we did there?) Early visitors were able to view the eclipse through the sun-filtered telescope and watch as the moon briefly passed between earth and sun.
Eureka, a yellow-billed magpie, and her handler from Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) greet guests at their booth educating about the wonderful wildlife that live in the open spaces of the Santa Clara Valley.
Owlivia, WERC's Western screech owl ambassador on her handler's glove.
The toddlers decorated their very own butterfly wings at the Flutterby Crafts area.
Guests arrive at the entrance to the event.
Keep an eye out for what’s to come next for this unique preserve, as 2024 promises plenty of exciting opportunities to enjoy your open spaces.
From wildflower viewing to docent led tours* during butterfly season, you won't want to miss it!
*Note: During the wildflower and Bay checkerspot butterfly breeding season, advanced (free) registration is required to access the Habitat Protection Area. Specifically, this includes Saturdays and Sundays, March through May, when self-guided recreation (hiking, biking, and horseback riding) is restricted to docent-led tours only. This system allows everyone to help protect the sensitive plants and wildlife found at this preserve.