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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Hike The Hundred Challenge!

Due to popular demand and recent hot weather, the Hike the Hundred scavenger hunt has been extended another 100 days! Get your hiking boots and binoculars ready, the Hike The Hundred scavenger hunt now ends October 31. 
 

In the Park After Dark Movie Night

Bring family and friends to County parks this summer to watch movies. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the movie under the stars. Admission is FREE, and parking is $6. See the Upcoming Events Calendar.

Parks Administration Office Move

Effective April 8, 2024, the Santa Clara County Parks Administration Office relocated from Vasona Lake County Park (298 Garden Hill Drive, Los Gatos, CA) to a brand-new location at 5965 Silver Creek Valley Road, San José, CA 95138. Learn more

 

Play Like A Miner at Casa Grande

Want to explore a replica mine tunnel? Or pan for your own gems? Join us for our annual Play Like A Miner Event on Saturday, July 13 from 11am-3pm.  Learn about local history through games, crafts, live music, local organizations, and mining-era activities for all ages!

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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52,800+

Acres Protected

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28

Regional Parks

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5,482,718

Annual Visitors

Upcoming Events

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Monday, July 15, 2024

Volunteers posing for a photo in front of the tool trailer

Mount Madonna County Park Ranger and Maintenance Staff need your help in beautifying various features throughout Mount Madonna Park. This event involves helping maintenance staff install clear plastic to eliminate invasive weed seeds in the Deer Pen.

All equipment will be provided! Please wear close-toed shoes and bring long sleeves, sunscreen, and a refillable water container.

Minimum age: 14

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Monday, July 15, 2024
8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States

Friday, July 19, 2024

Stack of paper cubes colored to look like minerals, in front is a popsicle stick pickaxe. Text overlay says "Crafternoons At Casa Grande Fri, Sat, and Sun in July 12pm-4pm

Join us for July Crafternoon's at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande!

With our big event Play Like a Miner right around the corner (Jul 13th) this month's theme is mining crafts!

Come by the museum any Friday, Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm and make a popsicle stick pickaxe or a paper mineral cube!⛏

This is a free drop in program, no reservations required.

Address: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Friday, July 19, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Stack of paper cubes colored to look like minerals, in front is a popsicle stick pickaxe. Text overlay says "Crafternoons At Casa Grande Fri, Sat, and Sun in July 12pm-4pm

Join us for July Crafternoon's at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande!

With our big event Play Like a Miner right around the corner (Jul 13th) this month's theme is mining crafts!

Come by the museum any Friday, Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm and make a popsicle stick pickaxe or a paper mineral cube!⛏

This is a free drop in program, no reservations required.

Address: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, July 20, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

A dry, grassy landscape with cutout images of a coyote and a barn owl in the foreground.

Saturday, July 20th, 4:30-6:30 pm | Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park

Santa Teresa County Park is home to all kinds of predatory animals, but would you consider them friendly or fierce? Visit Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch on Saturday, July 20th, for an event where you can learn about predators’ adaptations to local habitats. You can find out how they contribute to our local environment, interact with skull replicas and animal pelts, and enjoy a fun art activity. No registration is required – stop by any time between 4:30 and 6:30. Families are encouraged to attend.

No reservations required. Stop by any time. Families are encouraged to attend.  Questions? Email [email protected]

Saturday, July 20, 2024
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Moonlight Paddle at Coyote | 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Discover the natural and cultural history of the area on a paddle tour of the reservoir. Experienced paddlers only. No instruction or equipment is provided. Meet at launch ramp with your kayak/canoe, life jacket (PFD) and 2 glow sticks per person. $6 vehicle entrance fee and $4 vessel inspection fee collected at park. Reservations online or contact Carrie Grisenti (408) 355-2240

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, July 20, 2024
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Calaveras Trail
Gilroy, CA 95020
United States

listing of 2024 summer movie night events

Bring friends and family to watch Lilo & Stitch at Anderson Lake County Park. Enjoy the movie under the stars and be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE admission, $6 parking

Saturday, July 20, 2024
8:45 PM to 10:25 PM

19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Stack of paper cubes colored to look like minerals, in front is a popsicle stick pickaxe. Text overlay says "Crafternoons At Casa Grande Fri, Sat, and Sun in July 12pm-4pm

Join us for July Crafternoon's at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande!

With our big event Play Like a Miner right around the corner (Jul 13th) this month's theme is mining crafts!

Come by the museum any Friday, Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm and make a popsicle stick pickaxe or a paper mineral cube!⛏

This is a free drop in program, no reservations required.

Address: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, July 21, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Coast redwood centered on poster with text "Welcome to Mt. Madonna County Park" in background

Join us at the Mt. Madonna Visitor Center for fun fern facts and fern-tastic crafts!
We'll be offering free family-friendly activities and craft projects all about the ferns of Mt. Madonna County Park.
No registration is required; stop by any time between 10 am and 1 pm on Wednesday, July 24. All ages welcome!

Email [email protected] for more information.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Help us welcome visitors at these pop-ups at various County Park locations throughout the summer. Visitors will participate in crafts and activities as they learn about the wildlife and history of each area.

Please dress in layers and bring a sack lunch. Light snacks will be provided.

Minimum age: 16

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States

Friday, July 26, 2024

Stack of paper cubes colored to look like minerals, in front is a popsicle stick pickaxe. Text overlay says "Crafternoons At Casa Grande Fri, Sat, and Sun in July 12pm-4pm

Join us for July Crafternoon's at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande!

With our big event Play Like a Miner right around the corner (Jul 13th) this month's theme is mining crafts!

Come by the museum any Friday, Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm and make a popsicle stick pickaxe or a paper mineral cube!⛏

This is a free drop in program, no reservations required.

Address: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Friday, July 26, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Saturday, July 27, 2024

Monthly Tree Watering Stewards | 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
A gorgeous view in the Santa Teresa Park

Make habitat. Make friends. Make a difference.

Join Santa Teresa Land Steward Volunteers on the fourth Saturday of every month to care for and improve Santa Teresa County Park.

Projects are focused on improving native habitat for plants and animals as well as enhancing the beauty of the park. Work will involve watering trees and shrubs in the Pueblo Day Use Area. Please note that this work can be physically challenging and can involve moving 100 to 200 feet of garden hose through tall grass and over uneven terrain.

Bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and work gloves if you have them. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toe shoes for protection. Tools will be provided.

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, July 27, 2024
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM

260 Bernal Rd
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

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