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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#PixInParks 2023 starts February 2nd!

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Host talks to scouts in visitor center.

Visitor Center Host & School Program Docent Training

Love nature or history? Want to give back to the Bay Area community? Join us for an upcoming training to become a Visitor Center Host or a School Program Docent!  Our next training is on Thursday, February 23rd. To learn more and sign up, visit the Docent & Host Training page under "Get Involved." 


 

Scout volunteers with fishing poles at south bay fishing in the city

Volunteers Needed for South Bay Fishing in the City!

Love to fish? Help parks staff teach children ages 5-15 the joys of fishing and provide them the tools they need to fish on their own at lakes, ponds, and streams close to home. We are looking for one-time event volunteers as young as 14 years old, and Core Volunteers (18+) who would like to take a leadership role and attend multiple events throughout the season. Click here to sign up!

SCC Parks Milestones

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

Acres Protected Icon

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, February 12, 2023

Nature Center Pop-up | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Collage with images of Sanborn, YSI Nature Center, and kids creating crafts.

Can you discover anything new about nature when you tap into your creative side? Drop in for a "crafternoon" to learn more about the plants and animals that call our parks home before exploring the visitor center or nearby hiking trails on your own. No registration required. All ages welcome!

Location: Sanborn County Park - Sequoia Peterson Grove

Questions? email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, February 12, 2023
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

16055 Sanborn Rd
Saratoga, CA 95070
United States

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, February 12, 2023
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, February 18, 2023

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, February 18, 2023
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Nature Center Pop-up | 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Collage with images of Sanborn, YSI Nature Center, and kids creating crafts.

Can you discover anything new about nature when you tap into your creative side? Drop in for a "crafternoon" to learn more about the plants and animals that call our parks home before exploring the visitor center or nearby hiking trails on your own. No registration required. All ages welcome!

Location: Vasona County Park - YSI Nature Center

Questions? email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, February 19, 2023
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

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, February 19, 2023
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, February 25, 2023

Chitactac Adams Weeding Party | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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.

Things to Bring: Please bring work gloves, sturdy shoes that can get dirty, a refillable water bottle, and dress in layers for working in cooler temperatures.

Sign Up Here

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, February 25, 2023
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

10001 Watsonville Rd
Gilroy, CA 95020
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, February 25, 2023
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Quicksilver History Hike | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Park Interpreter talks to hike participants.

Sunday, February 26th | 9:00 am - 12:00pm 

Location: Almaden Quicksilver County Park - Wood Road Entrance

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 as a state.  Best for ages 10+.  Space is limited. Reservations recommended. Sign up here. 

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, February 26, 2023
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

21785 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

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, February 26, 2023
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Friday, March 3, 2023

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, barn maintenance, and historical house upkeep. Hope to see you at the community volunteer days!

For families with children under 14, please be prepared to sign a release form for your child on the day of the event.

Vaccination verification will not be required for volunteer events that are outside and one-time or short-term in nature. If you wish to apply as a Long Term volunteer (18 and older), or volunteer working indoors, you will be required to show proof of vaccination and all boosters for which you are eligible. Regardless of your vaccination status, do not attend a volunteer event if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19. Click here for Santa Clara County's COVID-19 Guidelines. Please contact the volunteer office with questions: [email protected]

Minimum age: 8

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, March 3, 2023
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

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