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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New administration office entrance with move date of April 8, 2024.

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. 

 

Earth Day Youth Art Contest

Earth Day Youth Art Contest

Calling all young artists pre-K to 12th grade! Celebrate Earth Day and Santa Clara County Parks by sharing your creative and original artwork. Let’s celebrate Earth Day by showing how you might save the planet by reducing the use of plastics or sharing what Earth Day means to you. Submissions accepted April 1-30.

Hike the Hundred - 100 points in 100 days

Hike The Hundred has Begun!

Are you ready for the next Santa Clara County Parks 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! 

Join a guided walk at Stevens Creek on challenge launch day! Learn more.

Ranger Patrol Boat on reservoir with green hills in background.

Boating Season Opens April 13

Recreational boating and water activities at Coyote Lake (power and non-power), Stevens Creek Reservoir (hand launch/non-power boating only) and Lexington Reservoir (hand launch/non-power boating only) open for the season on April 13, 2024. Calero (power and non-power) is the only body of water open year-round to boating. Learn more

 

Earth Day and Arbor Day volunteer events graphic showing two people planting a tree.

Earth Day and Arbor Day Volunteer Events

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd each year, and Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. Come join in on one of the many volunteering events occurring in Santa Clara County Parks in honor of these special occasions!  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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Sunday, April 21, 2024

one park employee holding a shovel, one park employee flexing his right arm and one volunteer siting on a log as they work on metcalf trails

Working with Park Ranger staff, volunteers will use a variety of hand tools to resurface and retread some of the trails at Metcalf Motorcycle Park. Volunteers should bring and wear protective attire including boots or rugged shoes, a hat, and gloves. Pants are recommended to better protect the legs. Volunteers can bring their own hand tools, but some will be provided if needed. Volunteers may not bring power tools. Bring water and snacks.

For April 21st: There might be muddy conditions so please wear boots and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Please bring your bikes to ride to the work area and to ride after the work (weather permitting).

Minimum age: 14

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, April 21, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

300 Metcalf Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
United States

Martial Cottle Park Activity Hub

We're teaming up with Viva CalleSJ to provide people with the chance to enjoy a day of fun connecting with other residents of San Jose and their city in a whole new way!  Martial Cottle will be bursting with things to do and see - Viva CalleSJ and Culture Night Market will showcase local vendors in an epic vendor market. Plus, don't miss Our City Forest's tree planting event!

The fun doesn't stop there! Join the San Jose Conservation Corps for an Earth Day celebration packed with activities that honor our planet.

And be sure to swing by our County Parks tables for a wealth of resources and activities. Stop by the visitor center, try your hand at pretend steer roping & cow milking, and spin the prize wheel! 

For more event details and to check out the entire route, visit the Viva Calle San Jose website.  https://www.vivacallesj.org

Parking: Martial Cottle Park will be closed to vehicle entry during the event. Parking outside the park and along the event route will be limited. Viva Calle suggests public transportation if possible. 

Event Type:
Special Events
Sunday, April 21, 2024
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
United States

Purple and orange tissue paper flowers.

Have you noticed wildflowers in our parks?  Though you can't take the living wildflowers home, you can do the next best thing and create your own using paper!

Help us celebrate the return of spring and wildflowers, by joining a Crafternoon at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande

Free drop in event, great for all ages.  Questions? Email [email protected]

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

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Friday, April 26, 2024

Purple and orange tissue paper flowers.

Have you noticed wildflowers in our parks?  Though you can't take the living wildflowers home, you can do the next best thing and create your own using paper!

Help us celebrate the return of spring and wildflowers, by joining a Crafternoon at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande

Free drop in event, great for all ages.  Questions? Email [email protected]

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

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Saturday, April 27, 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

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

Junior OHV Ranger | 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Jr. Ranger OHV participants

Is your child curious about nature? Do they have a motorcycle and want to learn how to ride safely while also keeping our parks healthy? Then the Junior OHV Ranger program is for them!
In our free Junior Ranger OHV program at Metcalf Motorcycle Park, certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) coaches will teach  basic riding skills and discuss safety equipment, rider etiquette and trail conservation.

Participants must be ages 9-12 and own a motorcycle.
Upon completion of the five free sessions, each Junior OHV Ranger will receive a badge, jersey, and certificate.

Required gear:
1.    DOT-Approved Helmet
2.    Eye Protection
3.    Gloves
4.    Over the Ankle Boots
5.    Long-Sleeved Shirt and Long Pants
6.    ***All bikes need to be in working order and have fuel***

*Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must complete a registration form and liability waiver before participating in the five-session program. Learn more 

 

Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

300 Metcalf Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
United States

Weeding Party Grant Park

Join Park staff in beautifying Joseph D Grant County Park! Activities can include picking up litter and removing leaf litter from picnic areas, habitat restoration, painting, and weeding.

Appropriate attire includes gloves, close-toed shoes, and clothes that can get a little dirty. Dress in layers and bring a refillable water container.

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

18405 Mt. Hamilton Rd.
San Jose, CA 95140
United States

Quicksilver History Hike | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Historic Picture of Quicksilver

Join a Park Interpreter on a 3-4 mile hike in the Almaden Hills and discover how the processing of cinnabar into mercury was significant to the success of the California Gold Rush and the development of California.  Best for ages 10+. Meet at the Wood Rd Entrance on Hicks Rd.  Questions? Email [email protected] 

Space is limited.

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

21785 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

  

Junior Ranger Participants looking over Sandy Wool Lake using binoculars

Discover a new park each month as we explore, learn, and respect nature at selected Santa Clara County Parks. After completion of 3 park explorations, Junior Rangers can submit their completed logbooks and receive the Santa Clara County Junior Ranger badge.  

Best for ages 7-12.

Sign up here

Questions? Email [email protected] for details.

Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Saturday, April 27, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

3100 Calaveras Rd
Milpitas, CA 95035
United States

What's in a Ranger Truck? | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ranger staff with the Park Ranger Truck and equipment

Get a firsthand look at what's inside a park ranger's patrol truck!

Interact with the equipment and tools used and learn about emergency operations, firefighting and the daily patrol duties of a ranger. Meet at the Hellyer Visitor Center.  

Appropriate for children accompanied by an adult, $6 vehicle entrance fee

Questions? Email [email protected] or call 669-287-8559

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, April 27, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

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