The mission of the Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department is to provide, protect, and preserve regional parklands for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

Santa Clara County Parks strives to provide all visitors a place where diversity and inclusivity is valued and makes every effort to provide access to outstanding recreational opportunities, a rich cultural historical legacy, and an expansive regional trail system for all to enjoy.

Featured Items & Upcoming Events

#PixInParks

New Reservation and Point of Sale System

We are excited to announce that our public Point of Sale and Reservation's system has been upgraded! The new website has a new look and feel as well as many new features.  We hope you enjoy them. 

 

 

View from hilltop in Santa Teresa County Park

Learn about the natural world in your own backyard

Neighborhood Naturalists: A beginner's natural history course for adults
New to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard? Join the Neighborhood Naturalists program that focuses on South San Jose region's geology, geography, flora, and fauna. The first of three sessions starts Sat, Dec 3 - v
isit the events calendar for registration info.

 

 

#PixInParks

#PixInParks

#PixInParks 2022 has begun! Lace up your hiking boots to explore seven magnificent trails, all hand-picked and nearby.  Get moving to earn a commemorative t-shirt or bandana. For any other questions, contact [email protected]PixInParks 2022 en Español

 

 

Camp Site Host

Camp Hosts Wanted at SCC Parks

Love to camp in your trailer or RV and looking to give back to parks? We are looking for dedicated Camp Hosts to support campsite and parks operations at various locations throughout the county. Minimum service is 20 hours per week in customer service, parks beautification, and event support. Learn more and apply here.

 

SCC Parks Milestones

Since the first County parkland was acquired in 1924, the Santa Clara County Parks system has grown to include 28 regional parks encompassing over 52,000 acres of land. We at Santa Clara County Parks are committed to balancing the need for public use of parks and recreational lands with preserving the natural beauty of our area, including wildlife refuges and historic sites.

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25,310

2021 Volunteer Hours

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342

Miles of Trails

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52,000+

Acres Protected

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28

Regional Parks

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5,482,718

Annual Visitors


Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 7 - December 31 2022

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 31, 2022, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 8 - January 1 2023

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00 PM - Sunday, January 1, 2023, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Friday, December 9, 2022

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 9 - January 2 2023

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Friday, December 9, 2022, 6:00 PM - Monday, January 2, 2023, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Junior Shoot | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The San Jose Zouaves Juniors Program is held on the second Saturday of every month, and all shooters must be signed in by 8:30 AM. Depending on group size, you can expect the day to complete anywhere from 11:30 AM - 1PM. The program is open to children from 10-20 years of age and is free to all. However if you wish to donate to the Program we will gladly accept a contribution of $5 per shooter to help cover ammunition and target costs.

Click on their website to learn more: San Jose Zouaves Rifle Club

Registration is desired, click below to sign up.

Sign Up Here

Jr Shoot Event-Rifles
Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, December 10, 2022
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

9580 Malech Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
United States

Hellyer Weeding Parties! | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 If you are looking to get outside and connect with new people right in your backyard, this is the opportunity for you! California native plants play an important role in the health of our parks. To help them thrive, we have to work together to remove non-native and invasive plants.

This event is in partnership with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful.

Vaccination verification will not be required for volunteer events that are outside and one-time or short-term in nature. If you wish to apply as a Long Term volunteer (18 and older), or volunteer working indoors, you will be required to show proof of vaccination and all boosters for which you are eligible. Regardless of your vaccination status, do not attend a volunteer event if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19. Click here for Santa Clara County's COVID-19 Guidelines. Please contact the volunteer office with questions: [email protected]

Minimum age: 12

SIGN UP HERE

Father and son at Hellyer County Park weeding party
Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, December 10, 2022
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

Neighborhood Naturalists

View from hilltop in Santa Teresa County Park

A beginner's natural history course for adults

Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: Bernal Historic Ranch Area, Santa Teresa County Park
 

New to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard? This three-session educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of the Santa Clara Valley, with a focus on the South San Jose region's geology, geography, flora, and fauna.

Morning sessions will include nature journaling, brief presentations, outside activities, and group discussions. 

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Sign up

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, December 10, 2022
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Saturday, December 10, 2022
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

You're invited to come to the Grant Ranch House Holiday open house, 1-4pm. Tour the house decorated for the holidays. Enjoy a hot drink and crafts for the children at this family-friendly event. No reservations are required.

grant house holiday tours
Saturday, December 10, 2022
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Yerba Buena Trail
San Jose, CA 95127
United States

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 10 - January 3 2023

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, December 10, 2022, 6:00 PM - Tuesday, January 3, 2023, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Sunday, December 11, 2022
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

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