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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Coyote Creek Habitat Day - FREE family fun!

Join us on Saturday, June 1 from 10am to 1pm at the Coyote Creek Visitor Center (19245 Malaguerra Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037) for a day of activities highlighting wildlife connected with Coyote Creek.   Learn more.

 

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. 

 

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 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. 

 

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, June 15, 2024

Native Plant and Pollinator Day | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mouse on native plant

Celebrate National Pollinator Week by joining Martial Cottle Park at our 3rd Annual Native Plant and Pollinator Day event. Learn about the importance of pollinators and how native plants help them.

Native Plant and Pollinator Guided Walk

The 30-minute guided walk will be about .5 a mile round trip on paved paths. Families are encouraged to attend.  Meet at the Martial Cottle Park Partner Lot at 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM to join.

Space is limited on the guided walk. Registration Recommended. Sign Up Here

Registration recommended for walk only

 

Pollinator Related Activities

Additional pollinator activities will take place from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at the Park Partner Lot as well as our park partner’s parcels.

Admission is free. $6 parking fee

Interested in Volunteering?

Sign up here!

 

Check out what will be happening at the Our City Forest Partner Parcel

Native Plant and Pollinator Day 2024 Map and Schedule

 

Native Plant and Pollinator Day 2024 Map of Partner Lot
Community Exhibitors, Park Partners, Vendor List
Native Plant and Pollinator Day Flyer 2024, June 15, 2024 9:00am-12:00pm
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Special Events
Saturday, June 15, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
United States

Three Park Interpreters seated at a table displaying materials on oppossums

Join us at the Coyote Creek Visitor Center as we explore, learn and respect nature found at various parks. Our nature pop-ups will discover different wildlife connections and provide family-friendly themed crafts and more at our visitor centers!

No registration required. All ages welcome!

Email [email protected] for more information.

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 15, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

Junior Rangers Night Hike | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fog rolling over hills at Joseph D. Grant County Park

Discover a new County Park each month, as we explore, learn, and respect nature in this 1-hour family program. After completion of 3 park explorations, Junior Rangers can submit their completed logbook and receive the Santa Clara County Junior Ranger badge.
Best for ages 7-12. Registration required. 

Register here

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Saturday, June 15, 2024
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Evening with a King | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
California kingsnake on rock

Evening with a King
Thursday, June 20, 4-5 pm | Martial Cottle Park Visitor Center

On June 20th, you can come hang out with a California kingsnake. This program offers you, your friends, and your family the chance to meet Morticia, Santa Clara County Parks’ kingsnake, and learn why she is so well adapted to the habitats that surround the Santa Clara Valley and beyond!

Suitable for all ages. Space is limited. Reserve your spot here. Questions? [email protected].

Thursday, June 20, 2024
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose , CA 95136
United States

Discover the natural and cultural history of the area on a paddle tour of the reservoir. Experienced paddlers only. No instruction or equipment is provided. Meet at launch ramp with your kayak/canoe, life jacket (PFD) and 2 glow sticks per person. $6 vehicle entrance fee and $4 vessel inspection fee collected at park. Reservations online or (408) 355-2240

Event Type:
Public Programs
Thursday, June 20, 2024
8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

11401 Stevens Canyon Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States

Friday, June 21, 2024

Family Twilight Stroll | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
A trail that is bordered by trees on the left side and a grassy hillside on the right.

Family Twilight Oak Stroll
Friday, June 21, 7-8 pm | Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park

Take your family out on a free guided nature walk in the late-afternoon light and explore an Oak Woodland ecosystem along the historic trails around Bernal Ranch. Learn about the value of this protected land for both animals and the people of the Santa Clara Valley. Recommended for groups of all ages. 

Reservations are required. Sign up here! Questions? Email [email protected]

Friday, June 21, 2024
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, June 22, 2024

A Taste of Archery | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Join the Black Mountain Bowmen to learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow. Ages 7 and up with parent. A mandatory safety class and equipment.

Ages 7 - adult (Families welcome) Please bring a snack, water and sunscreen. Dress in layers. Black Mountain bowman will provide the equipment which has been donated by Predator's Archery in Gilroy.

Reservations online 

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 22, 2024
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

317 Bayliss Dr
San Jose, CA 95139
United States

Volunteers cleaning up weeds at Hellyer Park

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.

Locations include Hellyer Park's Velodrome, Dog Park, and east side of Cottonwood Lake. The Maintenance Crew has greatly appreciated the work that volunteers have done all around the main park over the past year, so keep it up!

Please bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and work gloves if you have them.

All ages welcome!

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, June 22, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

A Taste of Archery | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join the Black Mountain Bowmen to learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow. Ages 7 and up with parent. A mandatory safety class and equipment.

Ages 7 - adult (Families welcome) Please bring a snack, water and sunscreen. Dress in layers. Black Mountain bowman will provide the equipment.

Reservations online

A Taste of Archery Image
Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, June 22, 2024
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

317 Bayliss Dr
San Jose, CA 95139
United States

Ranger pointing to a "Welcome to our Home" habitat poster while Junior Rangers look at the poster

Discover a new County Park on the last Saturday of each month as we explore, learn about, and respect nature in this 1-hour family program.
After completion of 3 park explorations, Junior Rangers can submit their completed logbook and receive the Santa Clara County Junior Ranger badge.
Best for ages 7-12. Registration required. 

Register here

Questions? Email [email protected] 

Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Saturday, June 22, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

11401 Stevens Canyon Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States

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