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.

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Junior Ranger Badge

Spring Junior Rangers - Registration Now Open

Become a Santa Clara County Parks Junior Ranger this spring.  Rangers and Interpreters provide opportunities both online and in the parks for youth ages 7-12 to engage in learning, exploration, and connection with nature.  Learn More. 

 

Park staff pose with County Board of Supervisors during 100 year commendation of Stevens Creek.

Stevens Creek Celebrates 100 Years! 

On January 24th, 1924, the County acquired a 400 acre parcel in Cupertino that became Stevens Creek County Park. We're celebrating 100 years of Stevens Creek to honor the visionary initiative that started the preservation movement in Santa Clara County.  Watch the Video

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Enjoy 75 minutes of short, inspiring environmental films, meet your local community organizations and register to win fun raffle prizes. The film program will also be available virtually to all who register for the event.  Learn more.

 

View of Lexington County Park from above.

New Hours at Lexington Reservoir 

As of January 2, 2024, Lexington Reservoir has implemented new operating hours. Boating is closed on weekdays but is accessible on weekends (Saturday - Sunday) and holiday Mondays from 8:00 am until 30 minutes before sunset.   Learn more.

 

SCC Parks by the Numbers

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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29,366

2022 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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Saturday, February 24, 2024

5 volunteers clearing up weeds along a fence at Martial Cottle

Come join park staff and the Friends of Martial Cottle Park in a fun and lively effort to install and maintain the multi-functional hedgerow at the park. Learn the positive impact these hedgerows have on the landscape and what it takes to keep them thrive.

Minimum age: 12

Sign Up Here

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, February 24, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
United States

Junior Ranger participants lifting a litter with the help of a Ranger

Saturday, February 24th | 10am - 11am

Discover a new County Park each month as we explore, learn, and respect nature in this 1-hour family program.

In this special February Junior Ranger program, a Ranger will lead a chat and demonstrations about basic first aid and the 10 essentials to pack in order to stay safe while hiking. The hour will consist of in-place activities rather than a hike. 
Best for ages 7-12. 

After completion of 3 park explorations, Junior Rangers can submit their completed logbook and receive the Santa Clara County Junior Ranger badge.

Reservations required. Learn more about the Junior Ranger program here

Email [email protected] for more details. 

Sign up for the January 27 Junior Rangers Activity 

 

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Junior Rangers
Saturday, February 24, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

Friday, March 1, 2024

three male raking in front of a white house

Bernal Ranch is a historic site located in Santa Clara County Parks. The Muwekma Ohlone were the first inhabitants of the land and recognized the value of the natural fresh water spring of Santa Teresa Spring. The spring was also used during the Juan Bautista De Anza expedition in 1776. Jose Joaquin Bernal was thirteen years old when he first visited Santa Teresa Spring during the expedition. He eventually settled at Santa Teresa and 120 of his descendants lived on the same ranch land. Currently, the Santa Teresa community is home to a diverse population of families each with a unique history to the land.

Join us to volunteer and be part of the Santa Teresa community. Volunteer opportunities available include gardening, barn maintenance, and historical house upkeep. Hope to see you at the community volunteer days!

For families with children under 14, please be prepared to sign a release form for your child on the day of the event.

Minimum age: 8

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, March 1, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, March 2, 2024

South Bay Fishing in the City | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This is a free learn-to-fish event for children ages 5-15 with expert instruction and all necessary equipment. On-site registration from 8-10am for first 100 kids; parental supervision required. Meet at Sandy Wool Lake with, snacks, sunscreen, water and prepare for weather. You can find more information on our South Bay Fishing in the City webpage Questions? (408) 355-2240

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Public Programs
Saturday, March 2, 2024
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1 Downing Road
Milpitas, CA 95035
United States

Alviso Marina Weeding Parties | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Volunteers clearing weed at Alviso

We invite you to join Santa Clara County Parks Natural Resource Management team, in partnership with San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, in their efforts to restore the coastal habitat of Alviso Marina County Park.

Volunteers will assist in the removal of invasive plants and the spreading of mulch in preparation for the planting of native plants.

Please bring sturdy gloves, closed toe shoes (boots if possible), proof of vaccination, and your can-do attitudes!

Minimum age: 12

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

Monthly Trail Days | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Volunteers working at clearing a trail

Help our Trail Crew staff maintain the more than 350 miles of trails in our Santa Clara County Parks trail system. Work will include some brushing and pruning, but will mostly focus on tread work to help reduce erosion. Tools and gloves will be provided. Bring a water bottle, snacks, and gloves if you have them. Wear long sleeves and long pants, and bring a hat.

Please also note that trail work can be physically challenging and so you should come prepared to work up a sweat!

Minimum age: 14

SIGN UP HERE

 

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, March 2, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

23205 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Chitactac Adams Weeding Party | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Santa Clara County Parks staff and volunteers posing together holding weeding tools

There are many ways to keep your park beautiful! 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. 

Staff and volunteers will be working together at Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park to remove invasive weeds and ensure that native plants can thrive. Join us for a morning of rewarding work!

Things to Bring: Please bring work gloves, sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty, and a refillable water bottle. Please wear layers to be prepared for variable weather.

Sign Up Here

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, March 2, 2024
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Wild and Scenic Film Festival | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 

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Join Santa Clara County Parks, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Midpeninsula Regional Open Space DistrictSan Mateo County Parks, and Santa Clara Open Space Authority as we co-host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Our in-person event will take place Saturday, March 2nd at the Smithwick Theater at Foothill College. The film program will also be available virtually to all who register for the event, available to watch from the comfort of your home anytime between Saturday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 10th.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Festival viewers can expect to see award-winning environmentally inspired short films and have the opportunity to learn more about POST and our partner’s work here on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Register

The event is free, but please register by ordering tickets above! Stay posted for great raffle prizes you may win by registering and attending the event!

 

 

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Special Events
Saturday, March 2, 2024
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Spring 2024 Virtual Junior Rangers | March 5 - March 14 2024
Young girl standing between two Santa Clara County Parks staff. All are smiling and looking at the camera.

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]  

 

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 3:00 PM - Thursday, March 14, 2024, 4:40 PM

Sunday, March 10, 2024

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

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 to the Visitor Center anytime between 11am-2pm. A $6 parking fee is required. For questions email [email protected] or call (408) 472-4363

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, March 10, 2024
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

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