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This spring, the Open Space Authority and its partners are bringing you a full calendar of virtual, livestreamed outdoor events and programs to keep you connected to nature during these unprecedented times. Join us for tours of parks, preserves, and urban open spaces, mental wellness activities, outdoor art lessons, live animal presentations, native plant walks, and more!

These are livestreamed programs that you can tune in to from the comfort of your own home! All you need is computer, phone, or iPad and your love of nature. Click on each event title below to learn more and get the livestream link. Be sure to check back on this page as we continue to add events!

If you are not able to watch a program live, many will be uploaded as full recordings to YouTube or another platform after the event for you to enjoy at any time. See the bottom of this page for past program recordings!

VIRTUAL NATURE PROGRAMS

What's Up With Those Weeds?
Sunday, May 31
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Have you noticed the plant invaders in your yard? What is up with those weeds? Come take a virtual walk with us as we take a closer look at a few of the weeds you may be seeing in open spaces or in your very own backyard.

Monday Meet the Wildlife with W.E.R.C.
Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Are you curious about our nature neighbors? Tune in every Monday morning in June to meet local wildlife, rehabilitated by the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (W.E.R.C.) in Morgan Hill. Join the Authority and W.E.R.C. for these live broadcasts and meet two animals every week! Learn all about the amazing wildlife ambassadors, their heartwarming rescues, and our hopes for a safe future with protected open spaces where animals like these can life happy and healthy lives. W.E.R.C is both an acute care center for injured and sick wildlife and a nurturing center for orphaned wildlife too young to exist on their own. This amazing center operates as a temporary refuge, as their goal is not to tame, but to release animals back into their native habitat healthy, wild, and free.

Virtual Elk Walk and Talk
Wednesday, June 3
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Did you know that we have ELK in San Jose? Come meet our local elk enthusiasts, Authority Docent Mike and Richard from Saved By Nature, for this fascinating elk walk and talk. We might even get to see some elk in the hills of south San Jose! Tune in to learn all about the fascinating tule elk and their amazing adaptations and abilities.

Watch the Full Moon
Thursday, June 4
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join the Open Space Authority for a virtual viewing of June's Full Strawberry Moon at Coyote Valley! Tune in to the Open Space Authority's Facebook page at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 for a livestream viewing of dusk falling on Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. Then stay online to witness the beautiful full moon rise over the eastern foothills in the distance, around 7:30 p.m.

Art and Nature with Edward Rooks: Drawing Butterflies
Tuesday, June 9
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Let’s draw butterflies! Tune in to the Open Space Authority's Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 for an engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson with artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. All you need is a computer, phone, or iPad and your favorite drawing materials. A sketchbook or notebook, paper, cardboard, and pens or pencils - anything will do! Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time. Edward will give pointers and guidance in drawing butterflies we see in nature. If you have ever wanted to learn how to draw butterflies, or could just use some extra tips, then come draw with us!

Creek Exploration
Wednesday, June 10
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Who lives in our creeks and waterways and why do we need to be respectful of their space? Come and see who’s who above and below the water line with creek and river expert Richard from Saved By Nature and iNaturalist expert Merav to help identify critters. Tune in to follow along, interact, and ask your questions about all things creek!

Soaproot Discovery
Saturday, June 13
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Soaproot is a fascinating plant with many traditional uses! As spring begins turning to summer, the soaproot plant prepares to bloom when evening comes. Tune in to the Open Space Authority's Facebook page for an engaging and interactive livestream nature walk with Open Space Educator Kat as we seek soaproot plants in bloom. We will learn about the many uses of soaproot as we wait for its flowers to bloom and open for the evening. 

Art and Nature with Edward Rooks: Drawing Frogs
Tuesday, June 16
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Ribbit! Hop, Hop, Ploink! Come learn how to sketch frogs from local artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. Learn how to see these critters as you never have before. Tune in for this engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson that you can follow along from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer, phone, or iPad and your favorite drawing materials. A sketchbook or notebook, paper, cardboard, and pens or pencils - anything will do! Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time. Surrounded by nature, Edward will teach us how to draw these amazing amphibians that we find in the Santa Clara Valley.

Birding at Ulistac
Wednesday, June 17
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Do you love birds? Come learn about one of the best inland birding locations in the Bay Area. We will be broadcasting from the Ulistac Natural Area with local birding enthusiasts and our partner, Saved By Nature! Come see what’s out and about and then try finding them on your daily walk.

The Nature of Wellness: Welcoming Change
Friday, June 19
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

June 19 is the last day of Spring, and June 20 will mark the first day of Summer. With Nature, as with life, come changes. Tune in to learn how nature can help calm and center you for the changes to come. Join wellness expert and licensed therapist, Beth Killough from the Circle Up Experience for this inspiring and grounding program.

Sunrise from Sierra Vista
Saturday, June 20
5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m

Calling all early risers! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and celebrate the first day of Summer by tuning in to watch a livestream of the sunrise over the Santa Clara Valley from the majestic Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve. Sunrise will be at 5:45 a.m. Join us to welcome the day and the new season!

Nature Walk – Paseo por la naturaleza
Wednesday, June 24
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Join us for a guided nature walk through our local natural areas. This program will be offered in English, with Spanish translation. Come learn about the nature in our local areas and see how you fit into this wonderful experience. Se habla español.

Nature and Accessibility: Finding Your ADA Accessible Trails
Friday, June 26
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered which trails you could visit that are ADA accessible? Whether you are seeking to improve your organization’s natural parks, or wish to visit one, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss. Join nature enthusiast and trail advisor Mark Hehir for a presentation about his adventures in our local parks. See which parks and preserves he recommends, and take a look at some of the amazing photos he takes while visiting. Mark will be in attendance and able to answer questions over chat for anyone who is interested in learning more about accessible trails in our area.

Art and Nature with Edward Rooks: Drawing Lizards
Tuesday, June 30
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Reptiles are great nature workers! Come learn how to draw these quick and elusive critters with local artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. Tune in for this engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson that you can follow along from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer, phone, or iPad and your favorite drawing materials. A sketchbook or notebook, paper, cardboard, and pens or pencils - anything will do! Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time. Surrounded by nature, Edward will teach us how to draw some of the many lizards that we find in the Santa Clara Valley.

PAST EVENTS

Coyote Ridge Wildflower Walk
Saturday, March 21
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Join us with Saved By Nature and Virtual Photo Walks for a livestream wildflower hike at the beautiful Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve! Kick back and relax with your loved ones as we take you on a personal tour of the preserve to see beautiful wildflowers, scenic views, and possibly even wildlife. Escape to open space with us!

Ulistac Natural Area - Walk Through History
Thursday, March 26
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Join us with Docent Dennis to learn about the history of this beautiful and unique pocket of open space along the Guadalupe River, where wildlife roam and migratory birds stop as they travel along the Pacific Coast. Join us to hear the remarkable story of how Ulistac was transformed from a neglected "weed patch" into an oasis of native California habitats in the midst of Silicon Valley.

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center Animal Presentation
Saturday, March 28
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us at the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (W.E.R.C) for a special presentation to learn all about the animal species that share a home with us in the Santa Clara Valley. W.E.R.C is both an acute care center for injured and sick wildlife and a nurturing center for orphaned wildlife too young to exist on their own. This amazing center operates as a temporary refuge, as their goal is not to tame, but to release animals back into their native habitat healthy, wild, and free.

Bird Sketching with Edward Rooks
Tuesday, March 31
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Join us for an engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson with artist and naturalist Edward Rooks! Surrounded by the beautiful North Coyote Valley landscape, Edward will guide you through his simple and fun technique for sketching birds of all kinds. If you have ever wanted to learn how to sketch nature, or could just use some extra tips, then come draw with us!

Coyote Ridge Wildflower Walk
Wednesday, April 1
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

It's wildflower season! All around the Bay Area wildflowers are blooming and a hot spot in the South Bay is Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve, located to the east of Coyote Valley in South San Jose. So, kick back and relax and enjoy the show. Join us with Saved By Nature and Virtual Photo Walks for a personal tour of the preserve to see beautiful wildflowers, butterflies, and scenic views!

Laguna Seca Insect Walk
Friday, April 4
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join us with Saved By Nature, BioBlitz.club, and Virtual Photo Walks for a short walk around Laguna Seca, a newly protected area in North Coyote Valley. We will look for aquatic insects in Fisher Creek and in the meadow, on trees, and under logs. We will peek into their little homes and see who’s there!

Nature As Medicine at Take a Chance Ranch
Friday, April 4
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Connecting with nature can give us an immediate emotional reset and help us feel more balanced and resilient! Join us for an engaging and interactive livestream mental wellness program with Beth Killough, licensed therapist and leadership coach. Ease your stress and worry during this guided virtual journey through Take a Chance Ranch in Morgan Hill. Pause along the way for brief mental wellness exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home.

Traditional Uses of Native Plants & Trees
Wednesday, April 8
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join us on a virtual nature walk at Ulistac Natural Area to discuss the traditional uses of native plants and trees. We’ll go over making acorn bread and cookies, blue elderberry jam, and bay laurel nuts. Our guide, Richard of Saved By Nature, is a naturalist who studied ethnobotany with Dr. Beverly Ortiz, he’ll teach us how to correctly and thoroughly process these foods so that they may be eaten by humans. We do not condone harvesting at Ulistac and request that all plant life be left for the wildlife. Take only photos, leave only footsteps!

Virtual Creek Walk in Hellyer County Park (link coming soon!)
Friday, April 10
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join Saved By Nature, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, BioBlitz.club, and Virtual Photo Walks for virtual insect walk at Hellyer County Park! In this virtual walk, we will take you from the comfort of your couch to the beautiful Coyote Creek riparian corridor. Did you ever wonder who lives on an oak tree? Why do so many birds spend time on oaks? Who lives inside Coyote Creek? We will go for a short walk and look for insects in the lake, the oak woodland, and inside Coyote Creek. Video coming soon!

Lunchtime Tai Chi with Morning Crane Healing Arts Center
Friday, April 10
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center for a peaceful livestream exercise break that will enrich both your body and your mind. Learn some gentle moves to help you feel centered and relaxed. Come discover how your mind, body, and nature all blend together to keep you healthy.

Landscape Drawing with Edward Rooks
Tuesday, April 14
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Tune in for an engaging and interactive livestream landscape drawing lesson with artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. Edward will be using colored crayons to depict the landscape, but feel free to use whatever materials you have on hand. A sketchbook or notebook, printer paper, cardboard, and pens or pencils - anything will do! Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time. Surrounded by the beautiful North Coyote Valley landscape, Edward will guide you through his techniques for drawing landscapes. Artists of ALL levels and abilities are encouraged to join.

Oak and Gall Walk
Wednesday, April 15
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Take a virtual walk with us through the beautiful oaks of Coyote Valley. Learn all about the various types of oak trees and their fascinating galls. What’s a gall? Come and find out! This event is sponsored by the Open Space Authority,  Bioblitz Club, Saved By Nature, and Virtual Photo Walks to bring you virtual nature from the safety and comfort of your home.

Coyote Creek Insect Walk (link coming soon!)
Friday, April 17
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join Saved By Nature, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, BioBlitz.club, and Virtual Photo Walks for a virtual insect walk along Coyote Creek. Coyote Creek is a beautiful and diverse area, where deer and turkeys are often seen, and sometimes a bobcat or a coyote too. We will take you for a short walk and search for insects on the trees and inside the creek. The water here is clean and clear, supporting high diversity of aquatic invertebrates. They look amazing under a magnifying glass! This event is sponsored by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, a community partnership between BioBlitz.club, Saved By Nature, and Virtual Photo Walks.

Lunchtime Tai Chi with Morning Crane Healing Arts Center
Friday, April 17
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center for a peaceful livestream exercise break that will enrich both your body and your mind. Learn some gentle moves to help you feel centered and relaxed. Come discover how your mind, body, and nature all blend together to keep you healthy.

Wildlife Sketching with Edward Rooks
Tuesday, April 21
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Tune in for an engaging and live-stream nature sketching lesson with artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. Surrounded by the beautiful North Coyote Valley landscape, Edward guides us through his simple and fun technique for sketching wildlife and nature. If you have ever wanted to learn how to sketch nature, or could just use some extra tips, then come draw with us!

Morning Crane Meditation
Wednesday, April 22
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Have you been feeling stressed out lately? Join us for this livestream meditation session to de-stress, relax, and balance your mind, body, and soul. Viewers of all meditation levels and knowledge are welcome!

Native & Non-Native Fish Species of Santa Clara Valley (video link coming soon!)
Wednesday, April 29
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Like an episode out of River Monsters! In this livestream program with Saved By Nature, we'll give you the complete rundown about the 20+ types of native and non-native fish species that can be found in our local rivers and creeks. Learn about the fascinating, unique, and sometimes bizarre-looking creatures that live in our waterways!

Lunchtime Tai Chi with Morning Crane Healing Arts Center
Friday, May 1
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join the Morning Crane Healing Arts Center for a peaceful livestream exercise break that will enrich both your body and your mind. Learn some gentle moves to help you feel centered and relaxed. Come discover how your mind, body, and nature all blend together to keep you healthy.

Nature Sketching with Edward Rooks: Drawing Flowers
Tuesday, May 5
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Let’s draw May flowers! Tune in to the Open Space Authority's Facebook page at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5 for an engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson with artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. All you need is a computer, phone, or iPad and your favorite drawing materials. Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time. Edward will guide us through drawing native flowers with pencils and pastel crayons. If you have ever wanted to learn how to draw flowers, or could just use some extra tips, then come draw with us!

Creek Tales Nature Walk (link coming soon!)
Wednesday, May 6
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Tune in to this livestreamed walk along the Los Gatos Creek to learn about the California beaver, Chinook salmon, and steelhead rainbow trout that call the waterways of Santa Clara Valley home. We’ll discuss the life cycle and the miraculous journey of the salmon and trout that make their way under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the South Bay to swim up our local rivers and creeks every year! We’ll also identify the plants and trees along the water’s edge (known as the riparian corridor) and cover why they are so crucial to the aquatic and terrestrial creatures that live there.

Watch the Full Moon
Thursday, May 7
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join the Open Space Authority for a virtual viewing of the sunset and full moon at Coyote Valley! Tune in to the Open Space Authority's Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 for a livestream viewing of the sunset. Then stay online to witness the full moon rise over the eastern foothills in the distance.

Whooo’s There? A Virtual Visit with Nocturnal Neighbors
Monday, May 11
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Are you curious about what creatures are out after dark? Come meet some of our nocturnal neighbors, rehabilitated by the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (W.E.R.C.) in Morgan Hill. Tune in for an engaging and interactive live-stream animal presentation about the nocturnal animal species that share a home with us in the Santa Clara Valley. Come meet whooo is out after dark. W.E.R.C is both an acute care center for injured and sick wildlife and a nurturing center for orphaned wildlife too young to exist on their own. This amazing center operates as a temporary refuge, as their goal is not to tame, but to release animals back into their native habitat healthy, wild, and free.

Nature Sketching with Edward Rooks: Sketching Trees
Tuesday, May 12
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Trees are wonderful helpers for clearing the air of pollutants and giving us oxygen to breathe. Come learn how to draw the beautiful trees around you from our very own local artist and naturalist, Edward Rooks! Tune in for this engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson that you can follow along from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer, phone, or iPad and your favorite drawing materials. A sketchbook or notebook, paper, cardboard, and pens or pencils - anything will do! Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time. Surrounded by the beautiful Ulistac Natural Area, Edward will teach us how to draw some of the many trees that we find in the Santa Clara Valley.

The Heritage of Santa Clara Valley: Bilingual Nature Walk (video link coming soon!)
Saturday, May 16
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

California has long been romanticized and is well known for its rich cultural history. So what became of the California Spanish Missions? Where were Santa Clara Valley’s Mexican Ranchos located in relation to the open space preserves we know today? Join us with Saved By Nature at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve for a walk back in time to reconnect with the heritage of Santa Clara Valley and its rich natural landscape.

Nature Sketching with Edward Rooks: Painting Birds
Tuesday, May 19
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Learn how to draw and paint a red-tailed hawk, or a hummingbird, or even a quail! Tune in to the Open Space Authority's Facebook page for this engaging and interactive live-stream nature sketching lesson with artist and naturalist Edward Rooks. This is an online lesson that you can follow along from the comfort of your own home. All you need is a computer, phone, or iPad and your favorite drawing materials. A sketchbook or notebook, paper, cardboard, and pens or pencils - anything will do! Viewers can ask questions through the comment feature, and we will answer them in real time.

Cultural Storytelling: Nature Stories (video link coming soon!)
Saturday, May 23
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Get together with the Open Space Authority and Saved By Nature for a livestream storytelling program at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve! Join us as we team up with members of our community to share stories about nature from our younger years. Humans have different stories, life experiences, and family histories that shape who they are. Strong cultures exist around the globe with unique ways of being in the natural world, and unique ways of being shaped by location, history, stories, and struggles. What are yours? Who is going to talk this day? Come and see, it could be you!