Best Wildflower Viewing in the South Bay
Every year after the rain, the golden hillsides of the Santa Clara Valley burst to life. Green grass blankets the land, accompanied by bright, colorful displays of iconic California wildflowers. Whether you’re a local, or new to the area, these seasonal viewings rarely disappoint, but there are a few things you’ll need to know before hitting the trails to find them.
12 Ways to Practice Self-Care in Nature
Prioritizing time for yourself is challenging, but please believe us when we say YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Connecting with nature reduces stress and helps improve both physical and mental wellbeing. Studies show that 120 minutes in nature a week contributed substantially to lower stress and blood pressure, improved mood, increased self-esteem, and greater immune function.
Seven Reasons to Watch our Discovering Coyote Valley webinar series
Didn’t get a chance to watch our Discovering Coyote Valley webinar series live? It’s not too late to join in on the fun and learn about the past, present, and future of this landscape.
Coyote Valley is Yours: Help Us Plan Its Future
The last decade brought many changes to the trajectory of Coyote Valley, and the Authority and its partners are excited to begin engaging with residents in developing a Coyote Valley Conservation Areas Master Plan. Premiering this September is an exciting three-part educational webinar series titled "Discover Coyote Valley" to help introduce people to this unique landscape and spread the word about how to get involved.
Discovering Coyote Valley: A Three-Part Webinar Series
The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority is launching a three-part educational webinar series, Discovering Coyote Valley, to tell the story of this last-chance landscape and raise awareness about the Coyote Valley Conservation Areas Master Plan for these protected lands.
Summer in the Preserves
Summer 2021 may feel a bit more special than most, and what better way to enjoy it than celebrating what’s been here for us throughout these uncertain times: our open spaces!
The Season of Gratitude at the Open Space Authority
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is as good a time as any to take a minute to reflect on everything we have to be grateful for, whether it’s nature or family, food or shelter, or simply the air we breathe.
Connecting Communities and Mental Health to Nature
World Mental Health day, created by the World Health Organization to increase awareness and education about mental health, is approaching once again on October 10th and is particularly relevant today in our masked, 6-feet-apart world.
Community Connections - Ada Márquez
Community Connections highlights the many leaders, partners, and neighbors who make a difference in our community. This month we are featuring Ada Márquez, Open Space Authority and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society volunteer and environmental studies faculty at San Jose State University.
How to Enjoy the Night Sky from Home
Warm summer nights are here, one of the best times of year to enjoy astronomy!
To get some tips for exploring the night sky, we talked with Swami Nigam, one of the Directors of the San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA). SJAA is a long-time partner of the Authority, co-hosting many events over the last decade or more, including the regular “Starry Nights” nighttime outings at Rancho Cañada del Oro.
- Animals of the Pride Flag
- Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority Awards over $910K for Local Environmental Programming during 30th Anniversary Year
- One-way Trails: Why Have Them?
- Behind-the-Scenes at Máyyan ‘Ooyákma Coyote Ridge (Spring 2023)
- Staff Spotlight - Meet Jackie
- Farmer's Market Guide to the Santa Clara Valley
- Why Become an Open Space Authority Volunteer?
- The Future of Agriculture
- 30 Open Spaces We Love
- Helen Chapman fights to save San Jose’s open space