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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Park Ranger Badge

Want to be a Park Ranger? Santa Clara County Parks is hiring!

Be part of a dedicated team that stewards over 52,000 acres of  Santa Clara County’s finest natural resources and historic areas, along with a wide variety of recreational facilities like campgrounds, boating lakes, an OHV park, shooting range, and more. Learn more.


Junior Ranger Family Day participant receives certificate

Want to become a Virtual Junior Ranger?

Sessions run March 14th-23rd. We invite all Santa Clara County youth, ages 7-12, to join park staff after school via Zoom for Virtual Junior Rangers program. Reservations required. Learn more.

PixInParks Challenge 2023

#PixInParks Challenge has Begun!

Lace up your boots!  It's time to get outside and connect with nature in the 7th and Final #PixInParks Challenge.  Challenge ends December 15, 2023.  

CWTMP Map Update Feedback Tool

Provide Feedback on the Countywide Trails Map Update!

County Parks is working to update the Countywide Trails Master Plan Map to better reflect current planning and changes to the countywide trails network. ​Explore the Draft Map or attend an upcoming public meeting.


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Camp Hosts Wanted

Love to camp out in your RV or trailer? In exchange for 20 hours of volunteering a week, Camp Hosts can park their rig free of charge for terms up to 3 years. We are currently looking for dedicated ambassadors in our parks at Alviso Marina, Martial Cottle, Chitactac Adams, and Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Parks. Apply Here!

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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!

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Let your voice be heard

County Parks submitted an application to the CA State Parks OHV Division for a grant to help fund Metcalf Motorcycle Park improvements and operations.  We welcome your input March 7 - May 1.  Details


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Attn: Young Artists, Grades Pre-K - 12 

Create and share the art that inspires you to explore your County Parks. This year’s theme is Earth Day 2023. Submit your original artwork by Sat, Apr 1 to receive a participation prize and a chance to win a grand prize.


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Coyote Creek Habitat Day, Apr 1, 10a-2pm

Join us for a 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 and how we can protect it in today’s changing environment. Details

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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Saturday, December 30, 2023


Junior Ranger March 2023

Discover a new Santa Clara County Park each month while learning about the plants, animals, people, and places that make our parks special. These 1-hour Junior Ranger programs are best for ages 7-12. After completion of 3 park explorations, Junior Rangers can submit their completed logbooks and receive the Santa Clara County Parks Junior Ranger badge. All youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and programs include opportunities for nature hikes and hands-on activities.

Reservations required. Learn more here

Questions? Email: [email protected]  

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

21785 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

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