Coyote Valley is a regional treasure

A last chance opportunity

Coyote Valley has been threatened by development for decades. What it offers is irreplaceable: wetlands that buffer against flooding, an essential wildlife habitat and migratory area, active farmlands, and open space for all of us to enjoy.

A different vision than pavement and sprawl for Coyote Valley

As one of the last remaining undeveloped valley floors in the Bay Area and the only connection between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range, we need to take action to preserve this remarkable place for people, wildlife and our environment.


It’s time to protect Coyote Valley


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Coyote Valley: Unique and irreplaceable


Species of birds

An inclusive wildlife corridor for the region.

Bobcats, coyotes, and other wildlife depend on the valley floor for habitat and migration passage. Many birds such as burrowing owls and the endangered tri-colored blackbirds live in the grasslands, wetlands, and fields.


Acres of wetlands

A secure source of drinking water and natural flood protection.

Protecting and restoring Coyote Valley reduces the risk of natural disasters by capturing and storing floodwaters like those that devastated San Jose in 2017.


Acres farmland in production

A proud heritage of local agriculture.

Farmland here is a source of locally-grown food and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere. It is a counterweight to urban sprawl, which exacerbates traffic congestion and reduces air and water quality.



Open Space Explorer’s Hobbies and Interests

DATE: August 16, 2018
TIME: 9:15am – 11am

Learn about staff and their interesting hobbies including photography, art, racing bikes, and running in triathlons.

Nature Counts

DATE: August 17, 2018
TIME: 9am – 12pm

Learn how to spot plants and animals and catalog them in iNaturalist.


Meet Our Mysterious Oaks

DATE: August 18, 2018
TIME: 8am – 11am

Walk through the shady oaks and learn about the inner workings and incredible importance of these trees we see so often but may not know much about!




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Protecting the beauty of Coyote Valley

I hope this magnificent area will be protected for all beings for generations to come.”

Joan Baez, Legendary American folk singer, songwriter, and activist

Two of my priorities are to improve the quality of life and the environment of San Jose. Protecting Coyote Valley offers the City of San Jose a natural way to reduce future flooding risk with beautiful open space that city residents can enjoy.”

Sergio Jimenez, San Jose City Council, District 2

We need to move beyond the outdated and unsustainable model of suburban sprawl, to protect our green spaces and hillsides, and embrace the emerging opportunity of building a vibrant Downtown worthy of Silicon Valley’s urban center.”

Sam Liccardo, Mayor, San Jose

Coyote Valley is the ancestral homeland of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. For thousands of years and many hundreds of generations, our ancestors managed and stewarded these lands in a sustainable way to provide resources for all living things. This was our covenant with Creator, who never rescinded this sacred obligation; it still remains our solemn vow.”

Valentin Lopez, Chairman, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Where else do you find open space, recreation, farmland, and wildlife habitat right next to a large metropolitan area? The fact that Coyote Valley is still here is a miracle. Protecting it is our number one priority.”

Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority



Need to know

Organizational leadership and support

Protect Coyote Valley is led by Committee for Green Foothills and supported by Greenbelt Alliance, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, SAGE – Sustainable Agriculture Education, and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.

Collectively these organizations represent their 100,000 members and supporters in Santa Clara County.