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.
This is a free learn-to-fish event for children ages 5-15 with expert instruction and all necessary equipment. On-site registration from 8-10am for first 100 kids; parental supervision required. Meet at Sandy Wool Lake with, snacks, sunscreen, water and prepare for weather. You can find more information on our South Bay Fishing in the City webpage Questions? (408) 355-2240
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!
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!
There are many ways to keep your park beautiful! 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.
Staff and volunteers will be working together at Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park to remove invasive weeds and ensure that native plants can thrive. Join us for a morning of rewarding work!
Things to Bring: Please bring work gloves, sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty, and a refillable water bottle. Please wear layers to be prepared for variable weather.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is the largest film festival of its kind, showcasing the best and brightest in environmental and adventure films. Festival viewers can expect to see award-winning environmentally inspired short films and have the opportunity to learn more about POST and our partner’s work here on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.
Curious about camping safety, wildflowers, raptors, and more? Join Rangers and Interpreters for our spring series of Virtual Junior Rangers. This series of 8 after-school sessions on Zoom will explore a variety of parks and feature optional at-home activities to connect with the outdoors. Attend at least 3 sessions to earn our Junior Ranger badge and be invited to an in-person Junior Ranger Family Day graduation and celebration.
With the arrival of spring, snakes are becoming more active in Santa Clara County Parks. Stop by the Hellyer Park Visitor Center to learn how these animals are adapted for the environment, create your own spiral snake craft, and meet some real snakes that live in our Visitor Center.
Best for ages 6+. No signups required, just show up to the Visitor Center anytime between 11am-2pm. A $6 parking fee is required. For questions email [email protected] or call (408) 472-4363
Following the Sanborn Forest Health Plan - Join Park Rangers, Maintenance, and Resource Management Staff in collecting dead and down brush, tree limbs, and remove small shrubs to create piles that will be later burned. This will help to create a shaded fuel break around structures in the park and improve the health of the forest in the area.
Parking will be at the Costanoan parking area and work will take place in the area of the Dyer House and Sanborn Trail.
Volunteers may use hand saws or other hand tools with instruction and a safety talk provided by park staff.
Volunteers should wear long sleeved shirt and pants, dressing in layers for the cool and damp climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Closed toed shoes with good tread, ie. boots, are highly recommended. Please bring your own work gloves as limited loaner gloves are available, as well as a refillable water bottle.
Snacks and water refills provided by park staff.
Volunteers are building piles to be burned at a later date. No burning shall take place on site on this date.
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 moderately challenging 1.2 mile hike requires some uphill hiking on portions of uneven terrain and is best suited for ages 8+.
Space is limited so sign up below. A $6 parking fee is required. For questions email [email protected] or call (408) 472-4363