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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Coyote Creek Habitat Day - FREE family fun!

Join us on Saturday, June 1 from 10am to 1pm at the Coyote Creek Visitor Center (19245 Malaguerra Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037) for a day of activities highlighting wildlife connected with Coyote Creek.   Learn more.

 

Hike The Hundred Challenge!

Hike your way to 100 points in 100 days to celebrate Stevens Creek's 100 year milestone. Get your hiking boots and binoculars ready, the Hike The Hundred scavenger hunt has begun. 

 

Native Plant and Pollinator Day at Martial Cottle Park

Celebrate National Pollinator week at Martial Cottle Park on June 15  from 9am to 12 pm. Learn about the importance of pollinators and how native plants help them through our guided walks and activities.  Event information

Parks Administration Office Move

Effective April 8, 2024, the Santa Clara County Parks Administration Office will be relocating from its current address at 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. 

 

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

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Coyote Creek Habitat Day 2024 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Park Staff showing junior archeology activity instructions to parent and child

Join us for a day of activities highlighting wildlife connected with Coyote Creek. Learn about the people and animals who have made their homes along this watershed both long ago and today.   

  • Discover history and science through hands-on family activity stations

  • Connect with the Coyote Creek habitat by taking a guided walk or ride

  • Participate in a community science exploration along the creek 
     

The event will take place at Coyote Creek Visitor Center at Anderson Lake County Park (19245 Malaguerra Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037). Admission is free.
Please consider walking, biking, or carpooling as parking is limited.   

You can find a map of the event here.

Questions? Email [email protected] for more information.   

 

Event Schedule

Scheduled Activities

Ongoing Activities (10 am-1 pm)

10:30 am – 11:00 am         Creek Trek Guided Hike

Backyard Neighbors- Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center

11:00 am – 11:30 am         Story Time

Owl Pellet Dissection Station

11:00 am – 12:30 pm         Bike Ride to Ogier Ponds

Meet Crusher (California King Snake)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm         BioBlitz - community science nature exploration

Junior Archeology 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm         Guided Bird Walk

Build a Park
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm        Creek Trek Guided Hike

Beaks and Feet

 

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt in Visitor Center

 

Bird education station

 

Exploring water bugs & watersheds

  Pollution prevention starts with you
 

And additional booths offering even more hands-on activities!

 

Event partners include: 

Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful  (For KCCB events and volunteer opportunities, visit kccb.eventbrite.com)

Grassroots Ecology 

Valley Water 

Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center

CA State Parks - Henry Coe

Tamien Nation

Santa Clara County Libraries - Morgan Hill 

Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society 

Felidae Conservation Fund


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

If you are interested in volunteering, we are looking for volunteers to:
-Assist with family-friendly activity stations (owl pellet dissection, bird beaks, build a park, welcome table)
-Assist with parking (must be 18 or older)
-Provide extra guidance on hikes and at story time
-Take turns with other volunteers at various spots to facilitate breaks

Minimum age: 16

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Special Events
Saturday, June 1, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Qigong and Tai Chi | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn the oldest and most powerful type of Tai Chi – Lao Jia. Develop greater physical strength, balance and coordination. These slow gentle movements are perfect for all ages and physical abilities. Meet in between the two barns with comfortable shoes, water, sunscreen and layers. Reservations online or contact Carrie Grisenti (408) 355-2240

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 1, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Program flyer for library park program showing tent, boots, camp chair, and binocular graphics.

Join Park Interpreter Colter Cook to learn about local Santa Clara County Parks, the great outdoors, and wildlife. Touch real animal pelts, do activities, and more! Fun for all ages. Register online. 

Location: Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga CA 95070

Saratoga Library Phone: (408) 867-6126

 

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 1, 2024
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Program flyer for library park program showing tent, boots, camp chair, and binocular graphics.

Join Park Interpreter Colter Cook to learn about local Santa Clara County Parks, the great outdoors, and wildlife. Touch real animal pelts, do activities, and more! Fun for all ages. Register online. 

Location: Saratoga Library, 13650 Saratoga Avenue
Saratoga CA 95070

Saratoga Library Phone: (408) 867-6126

 

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 1, 2024
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Friday, June 7, 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, weed abatement, barn maintanence, and historical house upkeep.

Please be prepared to work with tools in varying weather conditions. Best attire includes layered clothing, study closed-toe shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat and gloves. Some additional gloves and tools will be available for volunteer use.

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

Hope to see you at the next First Friday community volunteer day!

Please contact the volunteer office with questions: [email protected]

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, June 7, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, June 8, 2024

View of San Jose from Coyote Peak

Join Santa Teresa Land Steward Volunteers on the second 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 keeping the park safe and enjoyable for visitors. Work may include weeding, pruning, watering, planting and litter pickup.

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.

Minimum age: 14

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, June 8, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

260 Bernal Rd
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Something's in the Water | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Visit beautiful Stevens Creek Reservoir to learn about protecting our water systems at the Quagga Mussel Inspection Station at the launch ramp. Bring layers, snacks, and water.

 

Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, June 8, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

11401 Stevens Canyon Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States

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 weeding, trimming brush, sweeping, and removing graffiti at the Miller ruins.

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
Saturday, June 8, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States

Grant Ranch House Tour | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Come tour the Joseph D Grant Ranch House and learn about the history of this pioneer family. Joseph D. Grant played an important role in shaping California in politics, industry and land preservation.

Meet at the Grant Ranch House. Questions? Call (408) 274-6121

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 8, 2024
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Yerba Buena Trail
San Jose, CA 95127
United States

Saturday, June 15, 2024

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, June 15, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

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