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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Spring Junior Rangers - Registration Now Open

Become a Santa Clara County Parks Junior Ranger this spring.  Rangers and Interpreters provide opportunities both online and in the parks for youth ages 7-12 to engage in learning, exploration, and connection with nature.  Learn More. 

 

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OHV Grant - Public Comment Period

Santa Clara County Parks is submitting an application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for consideration of a 2024 grant to help fund Metcalf Motorcycle Park improvements and operations. Public comments are accepted March 5 through May 6, 2024.  Submit your input.

 

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Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Enjoy 75 minutes of short, inspiring environmental films, meet your local community organizations and register to win fun raffle prizes. The film program will also be available virtually to all who register for the event.  Learn more.

 

Park staff pose with County Board of Supervisors during 100 year commendation of Stevens Creek.

Stevens Creek Celebrates 100 Years! 

On January 24th, 1924, the County acquired a 400 acre parcel in Cupertino that became Stevens Creek County Park. We're celebrating 100 years of Stevens Creek to honor the visionary initiative that started the preservation movement in Santa Clara County.  Watch the Video

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, January 27, 2024

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Santa Clara County Parks will be submitting an application to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for consideration of a 2024 grant to help fund Metcalf Motorcycle Park maintenance, operations, and improvements.

You’re invited to learn about the OHV grant and provide your input. For more information, please call the park office at (408) 226-5223

 

Meet at the park’s group picnic area
300 Metcalf Road, San Jose, CA 95138
 

 

Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, January 27, 2024
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

300 Metcalf Rd
San Jose, CA 95138
United States

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Neighborhood Naturalists | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

New to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard? This educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of the Santa Clara Valley with a focus on the Los Altos region's geology, geography, flora, and fauna. Evening sessions will take place at the Los Altos Library and will include exploratory activities, brief lectures, and group discussions. Click here to learn more about the course. Questions? Email [email protected].

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Thursday, February 1, 2024
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

13 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
United States

Friday, February 2, 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, 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.

Minimum age: 8

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, February 2, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, February 3, 2024

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!

Minimum age: 14

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, February 3, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Neighborhood Naturalists | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

New to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard? This educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of the Santa Clara Valley with a focus on the Los Altos region's geology, geography, flora, and fauna. Evening sessions will take place at the Los Altos Library and will include exploratory activities, brief lectures, and group discussions. Click here to learn more about the course. Questions? Email [email protected].

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Thursday, February 8, 2024
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

13 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
United States

Saturday, February 10, 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, February 10, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

5 volunteers clearing up weeds along a fence at Martial Cottle

Come join park staff and the Friends of Martial Cottle Park in a fun and lively effort to install and maintain the multi-functional hedgerow at the park. Learn the positive impact these hedgerows have on the landscape and what it takes to keep them thrive.

Minimum age: 12

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, February 10, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
United States

Volunteer Open House | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
School Program Docents at the Milking Station with a school fieldtrip

Interested in giving back to Santa Clara County Parks in a long-term, defined capacity? Join us for an upcoming Volunteer Open House to learn about what opportunities we are recruiting for, their requirements, and how to get started!
And... bring a friend!

Click here to browse the current volunteer position openings.

Sign up online for the open house of your choice below - advance registration is preferred but not required.

If no shifts are listed below, please feel free to reach out to the volunteer program office to help answer questions and provide some guidance on potential volunteer opportunities for you. We're happy to help!

All long term volunteers must complete a background check, Outside Employment Form, and Sexual Harassment Training. Additional training and onboarding requirements vary by position.

Call 408-918-4930 or email [email protected] with questions.

Minimum age: 18

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, February 10, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

21785 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Bobcat in a grassy green field with a bobcat mask craft imposed in the top right

The bobcat is one of the most stunning and fascinating animals in Santa Clara County Parks. Stop by the Hellyer Park Visitor Center to create your own bobcat mask, check out our animal exhibits, and learn why these cool cats are so important.

Best for ages 6+. No signups required, just show up to the Visitor Center anytime between 11am-2pm. A $6 parking fee is required. For questions email [email protected] or call (408) 472-4363

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, February 11, 2024
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Neighborhood Naturalists | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

New to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard? This educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of the Santa Clara Valley with a focus on the Los Altos region's geology, geography, flora, and fauna. Evening sessions will take place at the Los Altos Library and will include exploratory activities, brief lectures, and group discussions. Click here to learn more about the course. Questions? Email [email protected].

Sign up

Event Type:
Public Programs
Thursday, February 15, 2024
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

13 S. San Antonio Road
Los Altos, CA 94022
United States

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