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.
10:00am – noon
Beauty can be found in the smallest details of nature as demonstrated by the unique pieces that will be created in this workshop.
Join artist Jennifer Pretzeus in making your own necklace with stainless steel wire and natural elements, such as rocks, seed pods, bark, shells, etc. Instructor will have a variety of items to select from, but participants are also strongly encouraged to bring their own gathered treasures to create a meaningful gift for yourself or others!
To see some of the possibilities, check out the artist’s website.
FREE. Space is limited. Please call 897-8831 to register.
10:00am – noon
To kick off our Winter Solstice Seed Mandala event here at the Visitor Center, Regina Ress and Loren Nieme will tell stories from around the world that celebrate the light. In this darkest time of year, people across the northern hemisphere are lighting candles, making bonfires, and telling tales that invite the light to return.
At 11am, we will gather for the creation of a Mandala made of different kinds of grains and seeds. Volunteers contribute to the design and help to build the Mandala. The Mandala remains in place for one week. Materials for the Mandala consist of seeds and grains which can be eaten by birds, composted or can quickly biodegrade.
Just as our 2017 Seed Mandala celebrates diversity creating a beautiful unity, our Winter Solstice storytelling program brings tales from many cultures that celebrate light, kindness, and peace.