It may be cold outside, but the Bay Area winter offers plenty of chances to get outdoors and explore. You probably have a few favorite nature activities already, like neighborhood walks or bird-watching from your kitchen window. If you're looking to travel a little farther - but not too far - this January, here are some local resources with trails and nature experiences for everyone!
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
Be sure to visit their "Know Before You Go" page before visiting any of the preserves!
Open Space Authority, Santa Clara County
Discover more about the different preserves here!
Santa Clara County Parks
"We provide a sustainable system of diverse regional parks, trails and natural areas that connects people with the natural environment, supports healthy lifestyles, offering outstanding visitor experiences that renew the human spirit, while balancing recreation opportunities with the protection of natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources." - Santa Clara County Parks, About Us
Plan your visit here!
And, to help you further in your planning, if you're interested in braving the beach or coast this winter check out A Wheelchair Rider's Guide to the California Coast, a project of Access Northern California. It can help you plan "outdoor adventures for wheelchair riders, parents pushing strollers, and others who need accessibility features such as a wide, fairly level and firm path of travel."
Speaking of planning, were you wondering what books to read to help you plan your outdoor explorations? Check out our list of local Bay Area Guidebooks and meanwhile...
Some general tips, tricks, and outdoor info for anyone and everyone looking to explore the world, and maybe record their findings along the way!