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, April 28, 2024

Redwood Hike with a Ranger | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Explore the redwood forest of Mt Madonna with a Park Ranger.  Gentle 1 mile loop, appropriate for all ages. $6 vehicle entry fee. 

Bring: Comfortable shoes, dress in layers, bring snacks and water. 

Meet at the Giant Twins Trailhead.  

Questions? [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, April 28, 2024
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
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

Volunteer Open House | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Becky, Jackie & Darrell in front of Martial Cottle Visitor Center

Interested in giving back to Santa Clara County Parks in a structured, meaningful, and fun way?

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 if you can, bring a friend!

Click here to browse the current volunteer position openings.

All long term volunteers must complete a background check, COVID-19 vaccination verification, 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 

Advance registration is preferred but not required.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

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

19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Qigong and Tai Chi | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn the oldest and most powerful type of Tai Chi – Lao Jia. Develop greater physical strength, balance and coordination. These slow gentle movements are perfect for all ages and physical abilities. Meet at the parking lot near the restrooms with comfortable shoes, water, sunscreen and layers. Reservations online or contact Carrie Grisenti (408) 355-2240
Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, May 5, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
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

View of San Jose from Coyote Peak

Join Santa Teresa Land Steward Volunteers on the second Saturday of every month to care for and improve Santa Teresa County Park.

Projects are focused on improving native habitat for plants and animals as well as keeping the park safe and enjoyable for visitors. Work may include weeding, pruning, watering, planting and litter pickup.

Bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and work gloves if you have them. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toe shoes for protection. Tools will be provided.

Minimum age: 14

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

260 Bernal Rd
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Join the Friends of Santa Teresa Park for a moderate 2.5-mile hike on the Stile Ranch, Mine, and Fortini Trails. You’ll hear stories about mothers who were important to the area’s history and see colorful late-spring wildflowers.

Meet at the Fortini Trailhead on San Vicente Avenue off Fortini Road with sturdy shoes, snacks, and water.

Leashed dogs, children, and families welcome. Register online.  For more information, call (408) 355-2240.

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

22581 San Vicente Ave
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Saturday, May 18, 2024

National River Cleanup Day | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Flyer for National River Clean Up Day

Santa Clara County Parks are hosting sites for National River Cleanup Day!

National River Cleanup is a national day of action to protect our rivers, watersheds, and wildlife from trash and debris. Since its inception in 1991, American Rivers have engaged more than 1.3 million volunteers who have participated in thousands of cleanups across the country, covering more than 261,000 miles of waterways and removing more than 32.5 million pounds of litter and debris.

Check the details below to see where and when they will be held, just be sure to pre-register since locations fill up quickly and walk-ups cannot always be accommodated.

No special skills are required for this event. Please bring a filled water bottle and sunscreen. Standard adult sized work gloves and pick up sticks are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

All ages are welcome. If under 14 years old, please contact the Volunteer Office listed below to register for an online account.

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, May 18, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Coyote Creek Habitat Day 2024 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

 

Park Staff showing junior archeology activity instructions to parent and child

Join us for Coyote Creek Habitat Day on Saturday, June 1st from 10am to 1pm for a day of free family-friendly activities that will showcase the wildlife connected with Coyote Creek. Discover the people and animals who have made their homes along Coyote Creek as well as how we can protect this important habitat in today’s changing environment.   

 

 

 

 

  • Discover history and science through hands-on family activity stations

  • Connect with the Coyote Creek habitat by taking a guided walk

  • Participate in a community science exploration along the creek

The event will take place at Coyote Creek Visitor Center at Anderson Lake County Park (19245 Malaguerra Ave., Morgan Hill, CA 95037). Admission is free.
Please consider walking, biking, or carpooling as parking is limited.

More details to come.

Questions? Email [email protected] for more information.

Event partners include Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and more.    

     

Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, June 1, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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