Public Programs

Spring Valley Habitat Hike

Open path into a park oak woodland

Sunday, January 29th | 10:00am - 11:30am. 

Location: Spring Valley Entrance at Ed Levin County Park

Come along for a guided hike among the oak woodland and grassland habitats at Ed Levin County Park. Discover birds, mammals, and more and learn what makes these special habitats home to so many diverse animals. This moderate 1.2 mile hike requires some uphill hiking on portions of uneven terrain and is best suited for ages 8+. A $6 parking fee is required.

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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Nature Center Pop-up

Collage with images of Sanborn County Park, YSI Nature Center, and kids creating nature crafts.

Sunday, January 15th* & February 12th | 10:00 am - 3:00pm 

Location: Sanborn County Park - Sequoia Peterson Grove

Sunday, February 19th & March 12th | 10:00 am - 3:00pm 

Location: Vasona County Park - YSI Nature Center

Can you discover anything new about nature when you tap into your creative side?

Drop in for a "crafternoon" to learn more about the plants and animals that call our parks home before exploring the visitor center or nearby hiking trails on your own.

No registration required. All ages welcome!

Questions? Email [email protected]

*The January 15th event was cancelled due to weather conditions. Craft activities originally planned for this date will take place on the February 12th.  

The Stupendous Women of Santa Clara Valley Ranches

Leora Cottle Cobb on her 2-Ton Caterpillar tractor, 1946.

Saturday, February 11 | 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm 

Location: Martial Cottle Park

Throughout its history, many incredible women have lived in the Santa Clara Valley. A look back at its ranches in the 19th and 20th centuries offers the chance to examine the lives of a few of the women who stood out from everyone else. Best for ages 15+.

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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Quicksilver History Hike

Park Interpreter talks to hike participants at Mt Umunhum overlook.

Sunday, February 26th | 9:00 am - 12:00pm 

Location: Almaden Quicksilver County Park - Wood Road Entrance

Join a Park Interpreter on a 3-4 mile hike in the Almaden Hills and discover how the processing of cinnabar into mercury was significant to the success of the California Gold Rush and the development of California as a state.  Best for ages 10+. 

Space is limited. Reservations recommended.

Questions? Email [email protected]

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More information coming soon! In the meantime, check out our Events Calendar for other programs and events. 

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