Featured Programs & Events

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival 
Saturday, March 2nd | 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College

Ready for a night of adventure and inspiration? Join us on Saturday, March 2nd, from 6 - 9 pm at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, co-hosted by POST, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Open Space Authority, and San Mateo County Parks. Register for free tickets and enter to win exciting raffle prizes! Get your friends and family to join too, and let's celebrate our environment together.   Register

Young girl standing between two Santa Clara County Parks staff. All are smiling and looking at the camera.

Spring 2024 Virtual Junior Rangers
8 online sessions | Tuesday, March 5-Thursday, March 14

Calling all Junior Rangers!

Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional at-home activities to connect with the outdoors.  Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to an in-person Junior Ranger Family Day graduation and celebration. 

Reservations required. Learn more and sign up here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  


A garter snake wrapped up on the ground with a spiral snake craft imposed on the top left

Hellyer Visitor Center Pop-Up: Swirling Snakes
Sunday, March 10th, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Hellyer County Park

With the arrival of spring, snakes are becoming more active in Santa Clara County Parks. Stop by the Hellyer Park Visitor Center to learn how these animals are adapted for the environment, create your own spiral snake craft, and meet some real snakes that live in our Visitor Center. Best for ages 6+. No signups required, just show up anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Parking in Hellyer County Park costs $6.  Click here to see the event page. Questions? Email [email protected]

Historic Picture of Quicksilver
Spanish Town in New Almaden

Quicksilver History Hike
Sunday, March 24, 2024 | 9:00am-12:00pm

Join an Almaden Quicksilver Park Interpreter to explore what remains of the once-bustling mining operations in the hills above New Almaden. This moderate, 3 - 4 mile hike leaves from the Wood Road parking lot off of Hicks Road.

Registration opens March 1st   Questions? [email protected]

Open trail in an oak woodland park

Spring Valley Habitat Hike
Sunday, March 24th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Ed Levin County Park

Come along for a guided hike among the oak woodland and grassland habitats at Ed Levin County Park. Discover birds, mammals, and more and learn what makes these special habitats home to so many diverse animals. This moderately challenging 1.2 mile hike requires some uphill hiking on portions of uneven terrain and is best suited for ages 8+. A $6 parking fee is required.

Reservations required.  Learn more and sign up here

Questions? Email: [email protected] 

Photos collage of owls and owl boxes.

Regal Raptors: Raptor Boxes in Martial Cottle Park
Saturday, March 30th, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Martial Cottle Park Park

At Martial Cottle Park, we create a space for birds of prey to find a home and habitat within a dense, urban area. Join us for an afternoon walk to learn more about barn owls and raptor boxes in Martial Cottle Park. This program will include a very short walk on paved paths. Families are encouraged to attend. Email [email protected] for more information. A $6 parking fee is required.

Reservations required.  Learn more and sign up here.

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