Urban Open Space & Environmental Education Corner – January 2019

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!



Nearly 200 children and adults from San Jose will gain outdoor recreation skills thanks to Happy Trails, an innovative program that the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose launched to narrow the “nature gap” and make it easier for inner city families to get outside. The Authority’s Measure Q Environmental Education grant program contributed $25,000 toward the program.

The program will provide workshops for 50-60 families who have children under 10 years old, facilitating small groups in the language of their choice: Spanish, Vietnamese, or English. Each workshop includes bus transportation for a museum visit to Bill’s Backyard, a field trip to one of the Open Space Authority’s preserves, and parent resources. The workshops will culminate with a nature festival for all participants to celebrate what’s been learned and help families continue their explorations in the natural world.

The program kicked off in November with their first field trip to Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve.

January 09, 2019
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Alisha Maniglia

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