The Surprising Science of “Fairy Rings”

For decades, researchers thought the trees within a redwood "fairy ring" were genetically identical. But it turns out that's not always the case. Learn why that matters.

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7 Summer Activities To Check Off Your List

Want to make the most of the summer season? Here are seven of our favorite summer activities to check off your list.

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Our Favorite Redwood Hikes

We're lucky to live close to so many towering groves of redwood trees. But let's be honest, we all have our favorites. Here are our top four.

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Bike Ride: Go Cruisin’ at Crystal Springs

Looking for a way to get outside on two wheels? This 12-mile ride has something for everyone: a little history, great views and a moderate trail.

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Citizen Science: Discover the Biodiversity Under Our Noses

You too can become a citizen scientist and help protect our open spaces. Here's how we suggest you get started!

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Barrett Canyon: A Vital Link Protected

POST is thrilled to protect 326 acres of Barrett Canyon, south of the Almaden Reservoir. Learn how this acquisition helps connect 31,000 acres of protected open spaces!

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Finding San Jose’s Lost Wetland

One of the largest freshwater wetlands was once on the outskirts of downtown San Jose. Hear the story and see what an old map can teach us about today's landscape.

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5 Best Trails for Easy Hikes

Looking for easy hikes—ones the whole family can enjoy? Here are five of our favorite easy trails through POST-protected open spaces. Enjoy!

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What to Pack for Your Next Hike

It’s prime time for exploring our great outdoors. Before you walk out the door, here are the essentials you’ll want for your adventure.

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Snakes on a Plain: Monitoring the Endangered San Francisco Garter Snake

Meet Patrick Lien, a snake researcher with the U.S. Geologic Survey and learn about his work studying the endangered San Francisco garter snake.

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Reflections from Walter

POST supporters and advocates make our work possible. Whether making a donation, leading a hike, telling a friend about our work, or liking us on Facebook, we have many people cheering us on.

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez Day with POST-Protected Farms

This Cesar Chavez Day, we’re celebrating all the farmers and farm workers that work so hard to make California’s agricultural output the nation’s largest.

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Poison Oak: What You Need to Know

As a poison oak sufferer, I always assumed everyone knew how to identify a patch of the plant, but recently heard a fellow hiker admit they didn’t know what it looked like! So I did some research.

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Get Your Veggies

Think about a small village on the San Mateo Coast in say, 1850. Now think about the households in that community. What did they eat for dinner?

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POST My Ride

Happy Bike to Work Day! Since 1956, thousands of people have taken to their bikes for their commute on this May holiday.

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Fighting Nature Deficit Disorder

If you’re reading this, you likely know first-hand the restorative benefits of an afternoon spent outside. In fact, the intangible scenic and spiritual effects of open spaces often motivate conservation work just as much as ecological research does.

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What Will Be Your Legacy?

POST's Open Space Legacy Society is one way you can leave a legacy behind.

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Rare Bat Colony Discovered

We're back with more exciting wildlife news: our partners at the Western Cave Conservancy discovered a colony of Townsend's big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii) on POST-protected land in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

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Steelhead Stories: The Beginnings of the Watershed Project

Hidden in the shadows cast by willows, alders, and cottonwoods, a migrating female steelhead swam slowly upstream in the shallow waters of Pescadero Creek in the autumn of 1989.

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