Photo: Canal Alliance



The Open Space Council was founded on the belief that by working together we can achieve more. We work with our members and partners to protect and connect the Bay Area’s amazing natural resources and strive to keep Bay Area nature within reach – for residents, wildlife and generations to come. In close partnership with others we aim to:


Protect and steward the land with:

Conservation Lands Network

Protected Areas Database 

Bay Area Actions 

Stewardship Working Group

Critical Linkages

Terrestrial Biodiversity and Climate Change Collaborative 


Connect people to the land with:

Outdoor Voice

Native American Partnerships

Healthy Parks, Healthy People


Convene and facilitate everyone who cares about parks, trails, working lands and other open spaces with:

Annual Open Space conference



Past programs include:

Transit and Trails

Golden Lands, Golden Opportunity 

Park Connections 

Managing Protected Lands in the Bay Area (2006) 

Cultural Diversity in Land Conservation Report (2005)

People, Parks and Change Report (2004) 

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