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!

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 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

Miles of Trails Icon

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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Wednesday, March 29, 2023

County Parks is working to update the Countywide Trails Master Plan Map to better reflect current planning and changes to the countywide trails network. Attend this virtual public meeting to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the Draft Map Update.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Zoom link: https://sccgov-org.zoom.us/j/93467390955

 

Project Website: https://parks.sccgov.org/countywide-trails-master-plan-map-update-project

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Coyote Creek Habitat Day | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Children participating in owl dissection activity at Habitat Day

 

Join us for Coyote Creek Habitat Day on Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 2pm for a free family day of activities and to view wildlife connected with Coyote Creek. Discover the people and animals who have made their homes along Coyote Creek as well as how we can protect it in today’s changing environment. The day will include an opportunity to meet wild animals from the Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Center (WERC), and participants can become wildlife detectives through hands-on activities like dissecting owl pellets and more.

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

  • Make the nature connection by taking a guided bird walk or nature hike

  • Explore the Coyote Creek Parkway by bike to Ogier Ponds. This ride is led by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, sponsored by Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. This ride is 6 miles roundtrip on a flat trail. (personal bikes are welcome, Sign Up Here)

  • Participate in a community science nature 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.

Coyote Creek Visitor Center Map with parking lot and nature trail

 

Coyote Creek Habitat Day Event Schedule (all free!)

10:00 am                           Event begins       

Bikers riding down Coyote Creek Parkway

10:00 am – 10:30 am         Meet Morticia (California King Snake)

10:00 am – 10:30 am         Backyard Neighbor-WERC

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

11:00am - 12:00pm            Bike Ride to Ogier Ponds (Sign Up Here

11:00am - 12:00pm            Bird Walk 

11:30am – 12:00 pm          Backyard Neighbor-WERC

12:00pm - 12:30 pm           Meet Morticia (California King Snake) 

12:00pm – 12:30 pm          Creek Trek Guided Hike

12:30pm – 1:00 pm            Backyard Neighbor-WERC

1:00pm - 2:00 pm               Bird Walk

1:00pm - 2:00 pm               BioBlitz community science nature exploration

2:00 pm                             Event ends

Family Activity Stations (10:00am-2:00pm) Drop in at any time!

"Owl Pellet Dissection"

"Junior Archeology"

"Build a Park"

"Beaks and Feet"

"Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt"

"Explore water bugs and learn about what lives in a watershed"

"Bird education station"

"Pollution prevention starts with you"

 

Email [email protected] for more information about the event.

Event partners include Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Valley Water, Grassroots Ecology and many more.    

Click here to view: Coyote Creek Habitat Day Flyer 

     

Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, April 1, 2023
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Saturday, April 1, 2023
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Bike Safety for Young Riders | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Roll out your bicycles to Stevens Creek to learn the basics of bike safety, practice inspecting your gear, and learn the rules of the road/trails. For ages 8-12. Helmets provided. Meet at the Chestnut Parking lot. Look for Ranger Truck. Questions? (408)-582-8014

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, April 1, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

11401 Stevens Canyon Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Sunday, April 2, 2023
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Bike Safety for Young Riders | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Roll out your bicycles to Stevens Creek to learn the basics of bike safety, practice inspecting your gear, and learn the rules of the road/trails. For ages 8-12. Helmets provided. Meet at the Chestnut Parking lot. Look for Ranger Truck. Questions? (408)-582-8014

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, April 2, 2023
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

11401 Stevens Canyon Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States

Friday, April 7, 2023

Draw from Nature | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join a Ranger for a hike along the nature trail to sketch native species among the redwoods. Bring a sketch pad and pencil. Meet in the parking lot by the Sequoia group area. Questions? (408) 867-3654

Event Type:
Public Programs
Friday, April 7, 2023
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

16055 Sanborn Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070
United States

Saturday, April 8, 2023

Junior Rifle Program | 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Youth ages 10-20 learn firearm safety and basic marksmanship skills under the supervision of qualified trainers from the San Jose Zouaves Rifle Club. All equipment is provided. Parent or guardian consent forms required. No reservations needed unless bringing groups of 10 or more. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and closed toed shoes. For more information email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, April 8, 2023
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

9580 Malech Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
United States

Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Saturday, April 8, 2023
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

easter 2023 flyer with banner that reads old-fashioned easter celebration, date saturday, april 8, at grant county park

You're invited to join us at Grant County Park for an afternoon of Easter Bunny visits, crafts, our famous egg hunt with a chance to win a prize. We'll also feature tours of the Grant Ranch House. Remember to bring your Easter basket. Recommended for children ages 5-12.
$6 vehicle entrance fee
 

flyer that lists the details of the easter activities at grant ranch house courtyard, saturday, april 8, 2023. activities include a visit with the easter bunny, craft making, grant ranch house tours and our famous egg hunt.
Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, April 8, 2023
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Yerba Buena Trail
San Jose, CA 95127
United States

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