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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Junior Ranger Badge

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. 

 

motorcycle rider in air at metcalf motorcycle park with background of golden hills

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

Miles of Trails Icon

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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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Multiple photos of barn owls, as well as a photo of an owl box.

At Martial Cottle Park, we create a space for birds of prey to find a home and habitat within a dense, urban area. Join us for an afternoon walk to learn more about barn owls and raptor boxes in Martial Cottle Park. This program will include a very short walk on paved paths. Families are encouraged to attend.

Email [email protected] for more information. A $6 parking fee is required in Martial Cottle Park.

Reservations required.  Learn more and sign up here.

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, March 30, 2024
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose , CA 95136
United States

Friday, April 5, 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

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, April 5, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, April 6, 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

SIGN UP HERE

 

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 6, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

23205 McKean Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Taste of Rowing | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

First-time rowers are invited to learn all about this challenging yet fun water sport at the Los Gatos Rowing Club. All equipment provided.  Reservations online or (408) 355-2240

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, April 14, 2024
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

17770 Alma Bridge Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

A Taste of Rowing | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

First-time rowers are invited to learn all about this challenging yet fun water sport at the Los Gatos Rowing Club. All equipment provided.  Register Online. (408)355-2240

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, April 14, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

17770 Alma Bridge Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

A Taste of Rowing | 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

First-time rowers are invited to learn all about this challenging yet fun water sport at the Los Gatos Rowing Club. All equipment provided.  Register Online. (408)355-2240

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, April 14, 2024
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

17770 Alma Bridge Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Saturday, April 27, 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

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

Friday, May 3, 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

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, May 3, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, May 4, 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

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, May 4, 2024
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

11401 Stevens Canyon Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
United States

Saturday, May 11, 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

SIGN UP HERE

Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

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