Great Activities for Kids
Hiking with Kids:
Spending time outdoors with your children is a great way to enjoy discoveries
of nature. Many of the District's
preserves offer easy to moderate hikes that are well suited to children
of varying ages, enthusiasm, and energy levels. Here are some suggested preserves
Open Space Preserve – Stevens Creek Nature Trail
is a 3-mile loop and takes about 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Beginning
at the parking lot, the route descends 450 feet into the headwaters of
Stevens Creek and returns along the San Andreas Fault. Interpretive signs
provide insights to the wonders around you.
Ridge Open Space Preserve – Alpine Pond/Daniels Nature Center
easy access ½-mile trail around Alpine Pond provides an opportunity
to experience pond life up close as you observe signs of wildlife, busy
stands of cattails, and peaceful views. Stop in and explore the
delightful Daniels Nature Center, open on weekends spring to fall, and
visit with educational displays. If your young hikers are eager
to venture further, try hiking a 1.5-mile loop of the Ipiwa and Sunny Jim trails from
to take in several plant communities – oak woodland, chaparral, and grassland.
Ridge Open Space Preserve – Horseshoe Lake
Hug the shore as
you hike on a 1-mile loop around this year-round pond. Children
love to discover what lives near water and imagine what they cannot see.
time to picnic at the tables that overlook the lake in the shade
of majestic oak trees.
Visit the Calendar of Activities page and look for docent-led activities where you see the "hand" symbol that indicates an activity is suitable for children.
Check out the District's Geocaching Program! Geocaching offers technology driven youth (and adults) a way to connect to the great outdoors.