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

Coming Soon - Hike The Hundred

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 starts April 20, 2024! 

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

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

  

Junior Ranger March 2023

Calling all Junior Rangers! Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional "homework" activities to connect with nature at home.  Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to Junior Ranger Family Day at Hellyer County Park on March 25th

Reservations required. Learn more here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  

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Junior Rangers
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
3:00 PM to 3:40 PM

  

Junior Ranger March 2023

Calling all Junior Rangers! Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional "homework" activities to connect with nature at home.  Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to Junior Ranger Family Day at Hellyer County Park on March 25th

Reservations required. Learn more here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  

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Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
4:00 PM to 4:40 PM

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

CWTMP Map Update Feedback Tool

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 in-person public meeting to learn more about the project and provide feedback on the Draft Map Update.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

6:00-8:00 p.m.

County Parks Administration

5965 Silver Creek Valley Road, San Jose CA 95138

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Thursday, March 23, 2023

  

Junior Ranger March 2023

Calling all Junior Rangers! Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional "homework" activities to connect with nature at home.  Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to Junior Ranger Family Day at Hellyer County Park on March 25th

Reservations required. Learn more here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  

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Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Thursday, March 23, 2023
3:00 PM to 3:40 PM

  

Junior Ranger March 2023

Calling all Junior Rangers! Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional "homework" activities to connect with nature at home.  Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to Junior Ranger Family Day at Hellyer County Park on March 25th

Reservations required. Learn more here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  

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Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Thursday, March 23, 2023
4:00 PM to 4:40 PM

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Hellyer Weeding Parties | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 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.

This event is in partnership with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful.

Minimum age: 12

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Father and son at Hellyer County Park weeding party
Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, March 25, 2023
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

Junior Ranger Family Day | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

  

Junior Ranger March 2023

Calling all Junior Rangers! Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional "homework" activities to connect with nature at home.  Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to Junior Ranger Family Day at Hellyer County Park on March 25th

Reservations required. Learn more here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  

Sign up

Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Saturday, March 25, 2023
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
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, March 25, 2023
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Spring Valley Habitat Hike | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Open path into a park oak woodland

Come along for a guided hike among the oak woodland and grassland habitats at Ed Levin County Park. Discover birds, mammals, and more and learn what makes these special habitats home to so many diverse animals. This moderate 1.2 mile hike requires some uphill hiking on portions of uneven terrain and is best suited for ages 8+. A $6 parking fee is required.

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, March 26, 2023
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

3100 Calaveras Rd
Milpitas, CA 95035
United States

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