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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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. 


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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.


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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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Saturday, June 1, 2024

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


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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

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Alviso Marina Weeding Parties | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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


Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, June 15, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
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