A Spare the Air Alert has been issued from Tuesday, July 2 to Wednesday, July 3, in the Bay Area, including all Santa Clara County Parks. Wood burning is banned both indoors and outdoors. For more information, visit www.sparetheair.org.

A Red Flag Warning has been issued to a significant portion of Santa Clara County due to critical fire danger through Friday, July 5th. Please exercise caution when outdoors.

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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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. 

 

Play Like A Miner at Casa Grande

Want to explore a replica mine tunnel? Or pan for your own gems? Join us for our annual Play Like A Miner Event on Saturday, July 13 from 11am-3pm.  Learn about local history through games, crafts, live music, local organizations, and mining-era activities for all ages!

In the Park After Dark Movie Night

Bring family and friends to County parks this summer to watch movies. Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the movie under the stars. Admission is FREE, and parking is $6. See the Upcoming Events Calendar.

Parks Administration Office Move

Effective April 8, 2024, the Santa Clara County Parks Administration Office relocated from 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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52,800+

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, July 27, 2024

Drugs on the Farm | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
William Dreisbach Docent standing next to an interpretive sign

Join a retired pharmacist and lead volunteer in the exploration of drugs on the farm in the days of old. How did use of these pharmaceutical drugs shape the course of how drugs are manufactured and marketed today?

Meet at the Martial Cottle Park Visitor Center. Leashed dogs, children, and families are welcome. $6 vehicle entrance fee required. Program is free!

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, July 27, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

5283 Snell Ave
San Jose, CA 95136
United States

Children hugging the trunk of a coast redwood tree

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. 

Advanced registration highly encouraged. Register here 

Questions? Email [email protected] 

Event Type:
Junior Rangers
Saturday, July 27, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076
United States

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
Saturday, July 27, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

1195 Hope St
San Jose, CA 95002
United States

Stack of paper cubes colored to look like minerals, in front is a popsicle stick pickaxe. Text overlay says "Crafternoons At Casa Grande Fri, Sat, and Sun in July 12pm-4pm

Join us for July Crafternoon's at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande!

With our big event Play Like a Miner right around the corner (Jul 13th) this month's theme is mining crafts!

Come by the museum any Friday, Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm and make a popsicle stick pickaxe or a paper mineral cube!⛏

This is a free drop in program, no reservations required.

Address: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, July 27, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Sunday, July 28, 2024

Stack of paper cubes colored to look like minerals, in front is a popsicle stick pickaxe. Text overlay says "Crafternoons At Casa Grande Fri, Sat, and Sun in July 12pm-4pm

Join us for July Crafternoon's at Almaden Quicksilver County Park's Mining Museum at Casa Grande!

With our big event Play Like a Miner right around the corner (Jul 13th) this month's theme is mining crafts!

Come by the museum any Friday, Saturday or Sunday 12-4pm and make a popsicle stick pickaxe or a paper mineral cube!⛏

This is a free drop in program, no reservations required.

Address: 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Sunday, July 28, 2024
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

21350 Almaden Rd
San Jose, CA 95120
United States

Friday, August 2, 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, weed abatement, barn maintanence, and historical house upkeep.

Please be prepared to work with tools in varying weather conditions. Best attire includes layered clothing, study closed-toe shoes, long pants and sleeves, hat and gloves. Some additional gloves and tools will be available for volunteer use.

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

Hope to see you at the next First Friday community volunteer day!

Please contact the volunteer office with questions: [email protected]

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, August 2, 2024
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, August 3, 2024

Chitactac Adams Guided Hike | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
People standing on stairs leading down to view of Uvas Creek

Come to Chitactac Adams Heritage County Park on the first Saturday of July, August or September to discover evidence connected to the cultural and resource management traditions of the native people who resided along Uvas Creek for thousands of years.
Along the guided hike we’ll discuss and acknowledge how the past influences modern perspectives. Registration required.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, August 3, 2024
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

10001 Watsonville Rd
Gilroy, CA 95020
United States

Grant Ranch House Tour | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Come tour the Joseph D Grant Ranch House and learn about the history of this pioneer family. Joseph D. Grant played an important role in shaping California in politics, industry and land preservation.

Event takes place on the first Saturday of the month from 1pm-2:30pm.

Meet at the Grant Ranch House. Questions? Call (408) 274-6121

Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, August 3, 2024
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Yerba Buena Trail
San Jose, CA 95127
United States

listing of 2024 summer movie night events

Bring friends and family to watch Kung Fu Panda 4 at Hellyer County Park. Enjoy the movie under the stars and be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE admission, $6 parking

Saturday, August 3, 2024
8:30 PM to 10:09 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

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.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Help us welcome visitors at these pop-ups at various County Park locations throughout the summer. Visitors will participate in crafts and activities as they learn about the wildlife and history of each area.

Please dress in layers and bring a sack lunch. Light snacks will be provided.

Minimum age: 16

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Wednesday, August 7, 2024
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

19245 Malaguerra Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
United States

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