A Spare the Air Alert has been issued from Tuesday, July 2 to Wednesday, July 3, in the Bay Area, including all Santa Clara County Parks. Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors. For more information, visit www.sparetheair.org.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued to a significant portion of Santa Clara County due to critical fire danger through Friday, July 5th. Please exercise caution when outdoors.

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!

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. 

 

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!

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

 

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

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Saturday, July 13, 2024

Volunteers cleaning up weeds at Hellyer Park

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.

Locations include Hellyer Park's Velodrome, Dog Park, and east side of Cottonwood Lake. The Maintenance Crew has greatly appreciated the work that volunteers have done all around the main park over the past year, so keep it up!

Please bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and work gloves if you have them.

All ages welcome!

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, July 13, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

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, July 13, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

260 Bernal Rd
San Jose, CA 95119
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!

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

Minimum age: 14

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, July 13, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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

Play Like A Miner | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Collage of participants attending annual Play Like A Miner event at Casa Grande.

When: Saturday, July 13th from 11am to 3pm

Where: Backyard of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum (Casa Grande) located at 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95120. 

What: Imagine a day in the life of a mercury miner and other 19th century residents of New Almaden at this fun family event featuring games, crafts, live music, demonstrations, and mining-era activities for all ages. Explore a replica mine tunnel or try your hand at panning for precious gemstones. There's something for everyone at this free event.  No registration required, just come on by between 11am and 3pm! Food will be available for purchase. 

Please note that dogs are not allowed on the museum grounds (with the exception of service animals).

Questions? Email Colter Cook, [email protected]

Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, July 13, 2024
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

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 13, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

listing of 2024 summer movie night events

Bring family and friends to watch Dungeons and Dragons at Calero's boat launch ramp. Enjoy the movie under the stars and be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.
FREE admission, $6 parking

Saturday, July 13, 2024
8:45 PM to 10:35 PM

23205 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Sunday, July 14, 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 14, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

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

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