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Friday, December 2, 2022

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.

Vaccination verification will not be required for volunteer events that are outside and one-time or short-term in nature. If you wish to apply as a Long Term volunteer (18 and older), or volunteer working indoors, you will be required to show proof of vaccination and all boosters for which you are eligible. Regardless of your vaccination status, do not attend a volunteer event if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19. Click here for Santa Clara County's COVID-19 Guidelines. Please contact the volunteer office with questions: [email protected]

Minimum age: 8

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Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Friday, December 2, 2022
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Hellyer Weeding Parties! | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 If you are looking to get outside and connect with new people right in your backyard, this is the opportunity for you! California native plants play an important role in the health of our parks. To help them thrive, we have to work together to remove non-native and invasive plants.

This event is in partnership with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful.

Vaccination verification will not be required for volunteer events that are outside and one-time or short-term in nature. If you wish to apply as a Long Term volunteer (18 and older), or volunteer working indoors, you will be required to show proof of vaccination and all boosters for which you are eligible. Regardless of your vaccination status, do not attend a volunteer event if you are not feeling well or have been exposed to COVID-19. Click here for Santa Clara County's COVID-19 Guidelines. Please contact the volunteer office with questions: [email protected]

Minimum age: 12

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Father and son at Hellyer County Park weeding party
Event Type:
Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, December 3, 2022
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

985 Hellyer Ave
San Jose, CA 95111
United States

Neighborhood Naturalists

View from hilltop in Santa Teresa County Park

A beginner's natural history course for adults

Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Location: Bernal Historic Ranch Area, Santa Teresa County Park
 

New to the area or curious about the natural world in your own backyard? This three-session educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of the Santa Clara Valley, with a focus on the South San Jose region's geology, geography, flora, and fauna.

Morning sessions will include nature journaling, brief presentations, outside activities, and group discussions. 

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or [email protected]

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Event Type:
Public Programs
Saturday, December 3, 2022
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Saturday, December 3, 2022
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru | December 3 - December 4 2022

Join us for the Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru! Stroll through large animated displays in beautiful Vasona Lake County Park. Watch an erupting volcano at the Dinosaur Den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, duck blazing Pirate Cannons and saunter through tunnels of moving lights. Enjoy a variety of Moveable Feast food trucks and make sure to grab some fun photos with your family and friends!

Tickets available on November 1st.

FOL lights across water
Event Type:
Special Events
Saturday, December 3, 2022, 4:00 PM - Sunday, December 4, 2022, 9:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Bernal Historic House Open | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bernal ranch house and family in 1910

A visit to the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch historic area of Santa Teresa County Park immerses you in the realities of living and working on a family ranch more than 100 years ago.

The Bernal house was built c. 1860, and served as family home for the Bernals and their descendants for over a hundred years. It has been restored to its c. 1910 appearance, as in this historic photo. House museum rooms and exhibits inside tell the story of the Bernal family and the home.

Sunday, December 4, 2022
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

372 Manila Dr
San Jose, CA 95119
United States

Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru | December 4 - December 5 2022

Join us for the Fantasy of Lights Walk-Thru! Stroll through large animated displays in beautiful Vasona Lake County Park. Watch an erupting volcano at the Dinosaur Den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, duck blazing Pirate Cannons and saunter through tunnels of moving lights. Enjoy a variety of Moveable Feast food trucks and make sure to grab some fun photos with your family and friends!

Tickets available on November 1st.

FOL lights across water
Event Type:
Special Events
Sunday, December 4, 2022, 4:00 PM - Monday, December 5, 2022, 9:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 6 - December 30 2022

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 6:00 PM - Friday, December 30, 2022, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 7 - December 31 2022

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 31, 2022, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Fantasy of Lights Drive-Thru | December 8 - January 1 2023

Tickets go on sale November 1st. 

Enjoy a magical evening in the warmth of your vehicle as you drive through large animated displays while listening to holiday music on your car radio. See the sights and sounds of an erupting volcano in the dangerously fun dinosaur den, cheer on Santa shooting hoops, wave at a pen of playful penguins, watch blazing pirate cannons and sail through tunnels of moving lights. Over 50 themed displays and a 90-foot twinkling tree will have you “oohing and aahing” throughout your adventure.

The event is closed on Christmas Day.

FOL lights
Event Type:
Special Events
Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00 PM - Sunday, January 1, 2023, 10:00 PM

333 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032
United States

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