Welcome to the Open Space Alliance

The Open Space Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote public awareness and conservation of Open Space lands, and to educate the public about the natural, historic, cultural, educational, and recreational aspects of Open Space areas.

Special Announcement

The November 17 OSA monthly Board meeting has been rescheduled to Wednesday, November 30. There will be no Board meeting in December. The regular Board meeting schedule of third Wednesday of the month will resume Wednesday, January 18.

Events at Visitor Center

Saturday, December 10
10:00am – noon

Enjoy this guided nature hike with trained naturalists and look for winter migratory wonders such as the Sandhill crane and the Bald Eagle. You may even get a chance to see native bosque residents like the porcupine. Participants will view wetland habitats, explore parts of the bosque, and will also get a special up-close view of the Visitor Center’s wildlife fields, which are closed to public except for special tours.

FREE. Register at 897-8831.

Saturday, December 17
10:00am – 11:00am

Join local storytellers Regina Ress, and Johanna and Scott Hongell-Darsee for an imaginative exploration of the Winter Solstice through story and song. This all-ages morning of delightful stories celebrates the arrival of winter.

FREE. Register at 897-8831.

Sunday, December 18
11:00am – 1:00pm

A mandala is an integrated structure, organized around a unifying center: Longchenpa. The Winter Solstice Seed Mandala creation is an annual community art-making event to celebrate the coming of the winter season.

Each December, the Open Space Visitor Center hosts the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade. Volunteers contribute to the design and help to build the Mandala. The seeds serve to feed migratory birds such as Canada geese and Sandhill cranes. The Mandala remains visible for about one week before returning to nature.

The event is FREE! and is open to all ages. Please call 897-8831 for more information.


The Open Space Gift Shop will be open for this event from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

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