Working closely with our members and partners to ensure
that the Bay Area's natural resources are protected for generations to enjoy.
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. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to ancient redwood forests, serpentine soils that host rare plants and animals, and a wide range of other unique habitats that supports all kinds of animal – including human – life.
Since 1990 the Open Space Council has worked on a variety of projects including what you see below.
Golden Lands, Golden Opportunities
This report identifies the region's "golden lands" and the key actions needed to ensure that these lands are protected and benefit all Californians.
In 2010 we released a report identifying barriers to connecting young people to the outdoors that included original research with teenagers.
Transit & Trails
Transit and Trails connects you to parks and open spaces by helping you Find, Plan and Share your outdoor adventures.
Managing Protected Lands in the Bay Area
A report from November 2006 about how agencies and non-profit organizations are addressing funding challenges.
People, Parks and Change
A report from September 2004 about ethnic diversity and its significance for parks, recreation and open space conservation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Broadening Participation in Bay Area Land Conservation
A report from September 2003 about a survey conducted with our Members to explore diversity in land conservation.
Camping in the San Francisco Bay Area: A Survey of Facilities and Needs
A report by Diane Grauer and John Woodbury from August 1994.