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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, most 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

Caught on Camera - The Best of Our Wildlife Footage!
Friday, November 20 
7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Come learn about the wildlife that has been captured on our cameras at our various open space preserves! Wildlife cameras provide a glimpse into what species are found in the area and provide valuable information about them and their habitat. You might be surprised to see what amazing wildlife we have caught on camera right here in the Santa Clara Valley!

Season's Greetings Family Sing-Along
Saturday, December 5 
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

What better way to welcome in the holiday season than with a family-friendly sing along? Join us for this virtual event as we are led in song by Ed and Cathy Hegstrom, local musicians and music enthusiasts. Tune in to listen and sing along! Everyone is welcome to the festivities.

A Healthy Way to Help Winter Wildlife
Friday, December 11 
12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Even in sunny California, winter can be harsh! Some animals may struggle to find enough food and shelter during the cold months. Did you know you can help your wildlife neighbors during the chilly winter season? Tune in to this special online presentation and learn a few simple, healthy, and safe actions you can take to make your backyard or outdoor space a winter sanctuary.

A Curious Look at Animal Tracks and Animal Signs
Saturday, December 12 
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Join Phoenix of Phoenix’s Curiosity Cabinet in partnership with the Open Space Authority for an engaging look at animal tracks and their signs. Now that winter is here, let’s see who is coming to visit our open space preserves!

Kat's Tracks!
Friday, December 18 
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

What do wildlife do in the winter? Where do they go? Join Authority Educational Aide Kat and wildlife enthusiast Rick to learn how to discover wildlife in the winter season. Look for tracks. See what happens after a winter storm. Explore the outdoors. Seek out and solve hidden mysteries and natural treasures in the natural world around you.

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. 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
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 beautiful Yellow-billed Magpie! 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!

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.
Monday, June 1
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.

Monday Meet the Wildlife with W.E.R.C.
Monday, June 8
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.

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 (video link coming soon!)
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. 

Monday Meet the Wildlife with W.E.R.C.
Monday, June 15
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.

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 (video link coming soon!)
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.

Monday Meet the Wildlife with W.E.R.C.
Monday, June 22
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.

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 (video link coming soon!)
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 (video link coming soon!)
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.

Meet Matt Chesebrough – Lessons from a Nature Photographer
Friday, July 10
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Matt Chesebrough is a creative fine art landscape and commercial photographer and Open Space Authority volunteer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He stepped away from a successful engineering career in the midwest and moved to California to chase his dream of becoming a full-time professional photographer. Over the last two years, Matt has traveled the world chasing light and capturing one-of-a-kind landscapes. Now you have a chance to learn from him.

Nature Journaling with John Muir Laws
Friday, July 17
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Join us for a premier of this webinar from naturalist John Muir Laws as he teaches all about nature journaling, drawing, and how we can widen our perspective to discover the natural world around us. Watch and learn while joining in on the conversation in our chat section!

Deep Connections: Exploring Wild Nature in Your Neighborhood
Saturday, July 18
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Often, people feel the need to travel to exotic places to feel a deep and sacred connection to the world around them. While these places can indeed be magical, it is amazing to be able to sense the wildness right outside our doors. Join Naturalist Deb Matlock from Wild Rhythms for ideas and inspirations to get connected with wild nature in your neighborhood in a deep and personal way. You will leave this program with several activities to experience on your own or with your family and friends.

Aldo Leopold Lessons in Nature
Friday, July 24
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join the Authority for a lunchtime discussion and exploration in learning about the land through the thoughts and writing of Aldo Leopold, an American author, philosopher, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist. Led by Educational Programs Coordinator Teri, we will take a deeper look at the natural areas around us and help discover our part in this wonderful community.

Virtual Nature Walk - Paseo por naturaleza virtual
Saturday, July 25
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join us for this fun family program to celebrate Latino Conservation Week! Tune in as we walk around a local creek area and talk about the plants and animals that live there. The program will be in both English and Spanish. Latino Conservation Week is a national week of activities that shine a spotlight on the Latino community’s strong conservation values and provide access for Latinos (and others) to get outdoors to enjoy and learn about how to protect our natural resources!

VIRTUAL FAMILY SUMMER SERIES
Monday – Friday, July 27 – 31
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join us during the final week of July for a virtual summer session for kids of all ages (adults included). We will be broadcasting live from Facebook each day and posting links to activity materials you can download to do at home. Each day will have a different topic and different activities for all to enjoy!
Day 1: Bonkers for Bones!
Monday, July 27
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Come learn all about the various bones and teeth we can find in our very own neighborhood! Engage your detective skills as we try to solve a mystery about who these bones once belonged to and go on a scavenger hunt for your very own discovery!
Day 2: Cats Right Meow!
Tuesday, July 28
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Join us as we discover the meaning behind the behaviors of these mysterious and elusive mammals! We will explore animal behavior and the secret special powers of cats, nature’s most efficient hunters.
Day 3: Playing in the Past
Wednesday, July 29
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Wait until you see the crazy games your parents and grandparents used to play. Learn how to play, too. Even learn games from years and years ago. Take your grandma down memory lane.
Day 4: Celebrate Scales!
Thursday, July 30
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Come celebrate scales with us as we learn all about these different animals and their amazing abilities! Join us with Saved By Nature for this special presentation.
Day 5: Who's Awake After Dark?
Friday, July 31
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Explore the world of nocturnal animals with us as we take a look at the various critters that come out at night.

Learn about the Perseids Meteor Shower
Thursday, August 12
What is the Perseids Meteor Shower? It’s one of the best meteor showers that can be seen from the Santa Clara Valley, with the potential to see up to 90 meteors an hour! These shooting stars emerge from the constellation Perseus and streak across the sky in stunning displays. And the meteor shower is peaking this week! Watch this short presentation from Educational Programs Coordinator Teri and Docent Carl from the San Jose Astronomical Association to learn more about this astronomical event and tips for enjoying the night sky all month long!

Docents Abroad – Tour the Guadalupe Oak Grove
Friday, August 14
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Many of our Open Space Authority volunteers also support other organizations and causes! Docent Dave is a member of the Friends of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park in South San Jose. Let’s take a virtual tour with Dave through this beautiful little neighborhood park and learn all about this hidden gem and how habitats like this relate to open space preserves.

The Secret Life of Ants
Saturday, August 15
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Who knew that such tiny critters could lead such fascinating lives? Tune in for a fun and engaging look into the secret lives of ants. Join the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and guest ant enthusiast Merav of BioBlitz Club for this virtual presentation!

In Love with Lichen
Sunday, August 16
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join the Open Space Authority's Educational Aide Kat for a fun virtual program looking at the minuscule communities right outside our doors. Learn how to identify the major groups of lichens, their effects on local ecology, and what they can tell us about our changing environment.

Docents Abroad - Meet Dennis
Friday, August 21
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Some of our Open Space Authority volunteers have led extraordinary lives, sharing the natural world with others. Join us on Zoom to hear tales of fun and adventure from Docent Dennis! Over the years, Dennis has taught local ecology, led trips to Yosemite, organized major restoration projects, and accomplished many other fascinating things. Tune in to hear his stories and get inspired!

Celebrating Summer with the Writings of Aldo Leopold
Saturday, August 22
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Tune in for an engaging nature exploration through the writing of Aldo Leopold, an American author, philosopher, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist. The August essay in Leopold's A Sand County Almanac is called “The Green Pasture.” Join us for a reading of this beautiful essay and take a closer look at the way our own natural environment changes as summer comes to a close.

Virtual Storytelling Circle
Saturday, August 29
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a traditional summer storytelling experience through the comfort of your screen. This family-friendly virtual campfire program will feature storytelling, games, a song or two, and a short presentation about the special abilities of our amazing wildlife. Don't forget your s'mores!

Roadrunner Goes "Meep Meep!"
Wednesday, September 2
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Meep meep! Join the Open Space Authority and Saved By Nature for a virtual program at Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve! This rarely hiked biome is rich in San Francisco Bay flora and fauna found nowhere else. Home to not only Roadrunners, but also tule elk, pronghorn antelope, and American badgers, this preserve is only minutes from the bustling city of San Jose. Virtually explore this serpentine grassland habitat with us and learn about the rare Roadrunner's life cycle and adaptations.

Let's Talk Tule Elk!
Friday, September 4
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Did you know we have Tule Elk living in San Jose? What ARE these huge, charismatic, macro-fauna? Really big deer? Come and find out. Tune in to hear what's happening with these animals right now, in their Elk community on the hill. Elk Enthusiasts Mike and Teri will share the latest news!

Tarantula Talk
Saturday, September 5
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

In the fall, these legs are made for walking! ...Especially if you are a tarantula in search of a mate. Come learn all about the fascinating and harrowing lives of these fuzzy giant spiders. Join us online to see the evidence we have collected in search of our local tarantulas, and talk to our docent expert about his experiences with tarantulas. Tune in to learn how you can find tarantulas yourself on open space preserves this fall!

A Curious Look at Oak Trees
Saturday, September 12
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Some of the oldest and most majestic living beings in Santa Clara Valley are the wonderful oak trees. Join the Open Space Authority and Phoenix’s Curiosity Cabinet for an in-depth look at our local oak trees and their incredible ecology. Learn about the inner workings and incredible importance of these trees we see so often but may not know much about!

Nature Provides: Making Acorn Flour (video link coming soon!)
Wednesday, September 16
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Nature has provided food for animals and people throughout the ages. Acorns were the main food for Native Californians for centuries! In the Southwest it was corn, and in the Great Plains it was the buffalo. Native Californians had many other food sources, such as salmon, deer, and bear - but it was the acorns found in the shaded oak woodlands that have sustained California's native peoples for thousands of years. Today, some Native Americans still practice traditional methods of gathering food, like acorns. Join the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and Saved By Nature! We'll be taking you on a virtual nature hike on the Llagas Loop Trail at Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve before teaching you how to gather, crack, grind, and leech acorn flour.

Fall Evening Storytelling 
Saturday, September 19
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Fall is a time to gather together and enjoy the sharing of stories from our families and friends. Join us for this family-friendly, multicultural celebration of nature tales and experiences. Warm a cup of hot cocoa, bundle up in a blankie, and come listen!

Hispanic Heritage Celebration (video link coming soon!)
Saturday, September 26
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for this special guided hike to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! We’ll start with introductions from Saved By Nature, Latino Outdoors, and the Open Space Authority, followed by a virtual video. At the end, there will be a question and answer session. Suitable for all ages. We hope to see you there! Special guest appearance by Arturo “Velaz” Muñoz, an aspiring poet, activist, and public speaker.

Master Gardeners Tour of the Gardens at Martial Cottle
Friday, October 2
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Join the Open Space Authority and Master Gardeners Hank and Elizabeth for a guided virtual tour of their gardens at Martial Cottle Park. Learn about the programs they have to offer, and see why gardening is a wonderful way to connect with nature and find a sense of peace.

Spooky Skeletons with Mr. Rick and Friends (video link coming soon!)
Saturday, October 3
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Do you think bones are spooky? Coyote and Bobcat might think so! Or maybe they are a tasty treat for wildlife! Come find out with bones enthusiast, Mr. Rick, and his puppet friends from open space.

A Mental Wellness Tour of Open Space
Wednesday, October 7 
12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join Teri from the Open Space Authority for a relaxing program about all the ways that nature benefits our minds and bodies. Enjoy calming images of nature while hearing a description of some of the best locations for enjoying the outdoors, birding, and escaping the stress of day-to-day life in this virtual tour of our preserves.

Hidden Histories of Our Parks and Open Spaces
Friday, October 9 
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

What secrets are hidden in our local parks and open spaces? The Open Space Authority is pleased to present Cassie Kifer, author of the new book, Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Learn the curious stories behind some of our protected open spaces, and get inspired for your next local adventure.

Bugs, Snakes, and Creepy Crawlies
Saturday, October 10 
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Halloween is drawing near, fall has arrived, and now is the time for all things creepy and crawly… but are these critters really so scary? Join the Open Space Authority and Phoenix's Curiosity Cabinet for a fun and educational program about the creepy crawlies in our nearby open spaces.

Nature Nurtures
Friday, October 16 
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Nature has a way of helping us through some of the toughest times in our lives. Throughout all kinds of adversity, nature manages to recover and renew itself. In doing this, it can renew us as well. Come meet some community members who have felt healed by nature right here in Santa Clara Valley. Guests include local blogger, wildlife photographer, and author, Mark Hehir, and more!

Guadalupe Community Gardens Virtual Tour
Saturday, October 17 
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Meet Rebecca, a Master Gardener and native plant enthusiast, for an insightful tour of the Guadalupe Community Gardens in San Jose. Learn all about her love of nature and how gardening enriches her life. See and learn about the community gardens you can visit on your own!

Alviso Adobe Virtual Tour of the Grounds
Friday, October 23 
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Have you ever visited the Alviso Adobe in Milpitas? This 175-year-old farmhouse is one of the oldest buildings in our area, made partly of original adobe bricks. Today, Alviso Adobe Park features a fruit orchard, picnic tables, restored outbuildings, and interpretive signs highlighting various aspects of the farming and ranching done onsite over the years. Come tour the grounds with us and learn some of the local history as we explore this hidden treasure.

What's Up at Ulistac?
Saturday, October 24 
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

What does Ulistac Natural Area look like in the fall season? Come take a virtual walk with us as we explore the area and see how it has changed with the coming of autumn. Meet Janay, a member of the Ulistac Natural Area Restoration and Education Project, as she shows us around this pocket of wild in middle of the City of Santa Clara.

An Environmentalist's Awakening Through Art (video link coming soon!)
Sunday, November 1 
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Meet artist and naturalist Edward Rooks and hear the tale of his inspiring environmental self-awakening! Tune in as we follow his life's journey, from the environmental degradation he witnessed growing up in Trinidad to leading plein air painting experiences for the Cheesemans' Eco-safaris in Antarctica and his relocation here to Santa Clara County where he has found a place with open space. You may know Edward from our livestream Art and Nature programs - now is your chance to meet the artist and learn more about his fascinating background!

Let's Go Mothing!
Friday, November 13 
6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Discover the fascinating moths that make the Santa Clara Valley their home! Learn how to use lights to study nocturnal insects in an area, just like Entomologists do. Hear from iNaturalist expert, Merav, from Saved by Nature, who will help us identify insects and show us how to collect information for iNaturalist. Learn how to use iNaturalist and then identify nighttime insects in your own yard!

A Curious Look at Plants and Our Changing Landscape
Saturday, November 14 
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join the Open Space Authority and Phoenix of Phoenix’s Curiosity Cabinet for an engaging program about the uses of local plants and our changing landscape. We encourage families and nature lovers alike to tune in and learn something new about our natural world. Come awaken your curiosity!

Harvest Time! Let's Learn About Seeds and Fruits (video link coming soon!)
Sunday, November 15 
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Join Educational Aide Kat to learn about the things that the fall season reaps - fruits and seeds! Tune in to discover some of the amazing methods that native plants use to disperse seeds as well as admire the beauty that abounds in our fall landscapes.