New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association

Welcome to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association web site supported by volunteers of the NAQCPA.

Senador Mine Dedication, 10/11/03

Click here for information about the New Almaden Quicksilver County Parks Association, news, events, volunteer opportunities, directions, books for sale, and donations.

Mine Hill Rotary Furnace

Click here for visitor information about Almaden Quicksilver County Park These pages, created by Ron Horii, have park pictures, trail descriptions, information about the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, and related links.

If you live in or near the Santa Clara Valley or Silicon Valley in Northern California or are planning a trip to the area, you may enjoy a visit to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Come and see our beautiful park and learn about its wildlife, and many historic photographs, writings, relics and landmarks. For directions to New Almaden Quicksilver County Park, click here.

County Parks' Webpage for Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

Trail Map of Almaden Quicksilver County Park.

See here for the calendar of County Parks outdoor activities

Important Announcement: The Casa Grande and the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum were closed for renovation starting in 2009. The Grand Re-Opening ceremony was held on Pioneer Day, November 13, 2010. After delays due to final inspections and fixes, it was finally open on January 14, 2011.  It is now open to the public Fridays from 12 to 4, Sat. 10 to 4, Sun. 10 to 4.

The 31st annual Pioneer Day was held on October 12, 2013 at 11 am at the Outdoor Mining Museum at the Hacienda Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver Park.

The Archives of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum are now online.

Note that the Santa Clara County Parks website has been redesigned, so many of the old links do not work.

News and special reports:


2013-2014 Almaden Quicksilver events:
  • Saturday, January 19, Introduction to Geocaching, Almaden Quicksilver, 8:45am-12:00pm. Join a Docent on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. GPS units provided.  Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, February 9, Living History Day, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11:00am-3:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents & Staff will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a valentine craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774. 
  • Saturday, March 16, Living History Day, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11:00am-3:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents & Staff will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a St. Patrick’s Day craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, March 31, History Through a Changed Landscape, Almaden Quicksilver, 10:00am-2:00pm. Take a 4-mile moderately challenging hike and travel through time with a Park Interpreter.  Learn about the mining history as well as more current events that have helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood R. entrance off Hicks Rd. Please bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, April 13, Wildflower Scavenger Hunt, Almaden Quicksilver, 10am-12pm. Join Friends of New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations along the Wood Road Trail. Meet at the Wood Road Parking lot. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 13: Park Beautification Day - Almaden Quicksilver *
  • Saturday, April 20. History of Almaden Air Force Station atop Mt. Umunhum, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 1-3pm. Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual key artifacts from the site, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, April 21. Calling all Citizen Scientists! – California Phenology Project, Almaden Quicksilver Museum - Casa Grande, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Contribute to a project studying the timing of plant life cycles throughout the seasons by becoming a Citizen Scientist. Discover how plants respond to climate variability and about local research projects that you can participate in. For more information about the California Phenology Project, go to http://www.usanpn.org/cpp/about/​. This project is appropriate for adults and families. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, May 5. Living History Day, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11am-3pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Monday, May 13. History Through a Changed Landscape, Almaden Quicksilver, 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about mining history and more current events that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Woods Rd. lot off of Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, May 18. History Tour by Van, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $10 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, May 19. Healthy Trails Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1pm. Join a park interpreter on a 5.2-mile strenuous hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy spectacular views near the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, May 25. Planting the Native Way, Almaden Quicksilver, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 2.5-mile hike with a Ranger to explore the benefits of native plants and how to add them into your home gardens. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot off of Almaden Rd. Wear layered clothing and sturdy hiking shoes. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, June 8. History Tour by Van, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $10 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, June 15. Introduction to Geocaching, Almaden Quicksilver, 8:45am-12pm. Join a Docent on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. GPS units provided. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 15. Avoid the Rash, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-10:30am. Come discover the upside of poison oak! Learn why it is a beneficial plant and how it has been used throughout history. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill parking lot (take Mockingbird Hill Ln. off of Almaden Rd.). Long pants and sleeves recommended. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, June 15. Play Like A Miner, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11am-2pm. Join museum staff and volunteers for a fun-filled afternoon of kid-friendly activities and adventures that reflect the life and hard work of cinnabar miners and New Almaden’s historic mining community. (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, June 16. Healthy Trails Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1pm. Join a park interpreter on a 4.5-mile moderate hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy spectacular views near the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Mockingbird park entrance with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 918-7772.
  • Sunday, June 23. History of Almaden Air Force Station atop Mt. Umunhum, Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum, 1pm-3pm
    Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual key artifacts from the site, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.​
  • Saturday, June 22. Festival in the Park, Hellyer, 11am-4pm. FREE admission, information, health and recreation opportunities, entertainment and FUN! This year’s annual and very popular event will focus on Heart Health. Free CPR classes with giveaways all afternoon (limited supplies). Food available for purchase. (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, June 30. Living History Day, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11am-3pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, July 6. History Tour By Van/Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy in the park. Tour includes an easy hike of approximately 3 miles. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. Reservations required. Cost is $10 per person. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, July 13. Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams, 10am-2pm. Families and friends are invited to a special day of hands-on activities, demonstrations and traditional crafts at this celebration of the native Ohlone People who once lived at this ancient village site. (408) 918-7772 .
  • Monday, July 15. History Through a Changed Landscape, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about mining history and more current events that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Woods Rd. lot off of Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, August 3. History Tour by Van, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $10 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, August 17. Geocache Adventures, Coyote Creek Parkway, 8am-12pm. Explore the trails along Coyote Creek as you search out hidden geocaches in the park. Bring a hand-held GPS unit, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, water, and snacks. Cache exchange items welcome. Reservations required. (408) 779-3634.
  • Saturday, August 17. Made in the Shade, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-12pm. Beat the heat with a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the shady corridors of Deep Gulch and Mine Hill Trails. Highlights include historical mining sites and sweeping views of surrounding watershed. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, August 17. Evening History Healthy Trails Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 5pm-9pm
    Take a strenuous 5.2-mile trek from Deep Gulch to Bull Run to explore history and diversity in the hills. Bring sturdy shoes, layered clothing, water, snacks, and a flashlight or headlamp. Due to steep grades, trekking poles may be helpful. Meet at the Hacienda entrance. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, August 24. Family Fandango, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 5pm-8pm. Come celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay, early Spanish-speaking colonists, and English-speaking ranch families who all settled in this area over time. The evening’s focus is family fun through demonstrations and activities that highlight 1770-1870 California. The Ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, August 31. History Tour by Van, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $10 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, September 28. History Tour by Van • Almaden Quicksilver • 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $10 per person. Children must be over 6 years old and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. For reservations call (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, October 5. Light in a Dark Place. Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 10am-11:30am. Discover how underground miners found their way through dark places as they searched for precious metals deep in the earth. See different lighting methods and how they changed over time. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, October 5. The Life and Times of Tiburcio Vasquez.Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 2pm-3pmJoin author John Boessenecker, a San Francisco-based attorney and authorof several books on crime and law enforcement in the Old West. Learn abouthis most recent work on Tiburcio Vasquez which deals with violence, banditry,and retribution on the early California frontier. (408) 918-7774.
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  • Saturday, October 12. 31st Annual Pioneer Day,  11 am at the Outdoor Mining Museum, Hacienda entrance to Almaden Quicksilver. Lunch at 12 noon (donation $10). Info: 408-268-6541.
  • Sunday, October 13. History of Almaden Air Force Station. Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm
    Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual artifacts, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, October 20. Healthy Trails Hike • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Join a Park Interpreter on a strenuous 5.2-mile hike along the Deep Gulch/Mine Hill Trails. Enjoy scenic views of the surrounding hillsides where extensive cinnabar mining once took place in the 18th and 19th centuries. Meet at the Hacienda entrance with sturdy hiking shoes, water, and a lunch to eat on the trail. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, October 26. History Tour by Van • Almaden Quicksilver • 9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $10 per person. Children must be over 6 years old and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch, water, and sun protection. Reservations required, call (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, October 27. Living History Day Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Monday, October 28. History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about mining history and more current events that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Woods Rd. lot off of Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, November 2. Introduction to Geocaching • Almaden Quicksilver • 8:45am-12pm. Join a Docent on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks, and sturdy hiking shoes. GPS units provided. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, November 2. Tools of a Miner. Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 10am-4pm. Come on out for a special 1-day exhibit with demonstrations and tools used by miners to do their dangerous underground work. Many collectors from
    California will be here to share their artifacts and expertise on mining in the 1880’s. Educational and fun for all ages. (408) 918-7773
  • Saturday, November 23. History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about mining history and more current events that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Woods Rd. lot off of Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, December 7. History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about mining history and more current events that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at
    the Woods Rd. lot off of Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, December 14. Living History Day. Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents and staff will guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, December 15. History of Almaden Air Force Station. Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm
    Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual artifacts, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, December 21. Migrating Newts Find a Way • Almaden Quicksilver • 9am-1:30pm. From mid-November to March, thousands of California newts migrate to hereditary breeding ponds. Learn how these fascinating creatures triumph over distance and danger on a moderate, 3.8-mile hike. Meet at the Wood Rd. park entrance (junction of Hicks and Mt. Umunhum Rds.). Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks, and drinking water. (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, February 8. Introduction to Geocaching • Almaden Quicksilver • 8:45am-12pm. Join a Docent on a beginner's geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. GPS units provided. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, February 9. History of Almaden Air Force Station. Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm
    Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual artifacts, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 5. Wildflower Scavenger Hunt • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-12pm. Join Friends of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations along the Wood Road Trail. Meet at the Wood Road Parking lot. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 26.Power to the Petal • Almaden Quicksilver • 11am-2pm.Take a moderately strenuous 4-mile hike with a Ranger to explore the spring’sbounty of wildflowers. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, lunch, and water. (408) 268-3883.
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2013 Events at Other Parks:
  • List of County Parks Outdoor Activities Calendar, Spring-Summer 2013
  • 2013 Calendar of Volunteer Activities (see here for more details on volunteer activities marked below with '*')
  • Saturday, January 19: MLK Service Trail Day - Santa Teresa *
  • Saturday, February 2: Trail Watch Academy – Hellyer Park *
  • Saturday, February 23, Healthy Trails Hike, Montalvo, 10:00am-12:00pm. Join a Park Interpreter for a 2.0-mile hike in the scenic redwoods of Villa Montalvo. We will hike to Lookout Point, where on a clear day you can see out to the San Francisco Bay. Please bring hiking shoes, water, snacks, and sun/rain protection. (408) 918-7774 .
  • Saturday, March 16, What's a Watershed?, Calero-Rancho San Vicente Park, 9:00am-1:30pm. Join a park docent for a Moderate 5-mile loop hike to see how water from winter storms finds its way to the valley below. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd, $6 parking fee. Dress in layers, carry water, and wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register Online or call (408)355-2240.
  • Saturday, March 23, Nature Journaling Hike, Santa Teresa, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Come enjoy the spring wildflowers while learning the basics of keeping a nature journal. Journaling is a great way to study and remember the things you see and experience during your outdoor adventures. This is a parent-child participation class geared for families with small children. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Bring snacks, sketch book or paper, clipboard and a few pencils. Reservations required. Register online or call (408)355-2240.
  • Sunday, March 24, Healthy Trails Hike, Calero, 9:30am-12:30pm. Join park staff on a challenging 3.5-mile hike on the Los Cerritos and Pena Trails. Enjoy sweeping views of Calero reservoir and check out the beautiful Los Cerritos Pond. Meet at the park entrance off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir entrance) with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks and water. (408) 355-2240
  • Sunday, April 7. Wildflower Rambles, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Take a Moderate 5-mile loop hike with a park docent from valley floor to ridge top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 13. Our Local Star-The Sun, Santa Teresa, 10am-12pm. Come explore our celestial centerpiece and discover how it affects all life on Earth, from plants and animals to our technological society. Meet at the Pueblo group area. Reservation required. (408) 225-0225.
  • Sunday, April 14. Wildflowers, Birds & Butterflies! Rancho San Vicente 9:00am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-miles total, out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Learn how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Dress in  layers, bring a camera, carry water, wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. $6 parking fee. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online or call (408)355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 20. Wildflowers, Birds & Butterflies, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Learn how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Dress in layers, bring a camera, carry water, and wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, April 21. Wildflowers, Birds & Butterflies, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Learn how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Tuesday, April 23. See It With Wildflowers, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 27. Healthy Trails Hike, Santa Teresa, 9am-12pm. Join a park interpreter on a 3-mile strenuous hike on the Hidden Springs, Boundary and Coyote Peak Trails. Hike through diverse habitats and enjoy spectacular views from Coyote Peak. Meet at the Hidden Springs trail head with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, April 27. Wildflower Drawing Class, Santa Teresa, 11am–12:30pm. Increase your confidence in drawing and learn some skills to help you draw what you see during wildflower season. Materials are provided, but if you have a sketch pad, pencil, and a set of colored pencils or watercolors, bring them along. Instruction appropriate for ages 8-adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Rain cancels. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Note: There is no restroom at this location. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 4. Introduction to Photography, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, 10am-1pm. Join a Docent for a 3.7-mile photography hike. Learn outdoor photography techniques and take pictures of the wildflowers, sunny meadows, shady forests, unusual rock formations, and breathtaking views. Bring a camera, sturdy hiking shoes, snacks, water, and sun protection. Register online, or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 4. Power to the Petal, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 11am-2pm. Hike with a Park Ranger to explore a bounty of wildflowers and discover why this unique environment provides critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Bring lunch and water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area”, not normally open to the public. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, May 11. Last Chance Wildflower Hike, Santa Teresa, 10am-12pm. Discover why certain soils and rocky mixtures produce the most beautiful and abundant wildflowers, and learn which endangered species thrive in these serpentine habitats. Meet at the Stiles Trailhead on Fortini Rd. with sturdy hiking shoes, water, snacks, and sun protection. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, May 11. Wash Day and Old Time Games, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 3pm-5pm. Come out for a fun-filled afternoon at the ranch. Experience what granny called her “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. The ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, May 11. Carnivorous Plant Night, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Join experts for a show and tell about carnivorous pants. Learn about fascinating meat-eating flora and take home a Venus fly trap, sundew or pitcher plant for your very own study! Afterward munch on popcorn while watching the man-eating-plant, sci-fi movie “Day of the Triffids.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Thursday, May 30. Healthy Trails Stroller Hike & Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa, 4:30pm-6pm. Join a docent from strollerhikes.com for a 1.8-mile outing along the Joice/Norred Trails. This trail has a short steep section (100 yards) to start that we can bypass for strollers (joggers recommended). The remainder of the hike is flat and sunny. Meet at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch parking lot with comfortable walking shoes, snacks, water, and a camera. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 8. Healthy Trails Walk, Santa Teresa, 3pm-4pm. Join a park interpreter on a 1.8-mile easy walk on the Norred Trail. Hike along this mostly flat trail through serpentine habitat with excellent views of South San Jose. Meet at the historic Bernal-Gulnac-Joice ranch parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, June 8. Frog and Lizard Night, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local salamanders, frogs, lizards, and how to set up successful pollywog aquariums. First families to make reservations can take home a tadpole with small tank. After the program, stay for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror movie “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Friday, June 21. Moon Blooms, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Take a moderate 3-mile hike to see soap root in bloom. This “evening bloomer’s” exquisite white flowers attract hummingbirds and a variety of insects to aid in pollination. Learn the many ways native Ohlone used the versatile plant. Meet at Calero Reservoir. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available except at boat launch. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 21 & 22: Festival In The Park – Hellyer County Park *
  • Saturday, June 22. Festival in the Park, Hellyer, 11am-4pm. FREE admission, information, health and recreation opportunities, entertainment and FUN! This year’s annual and very popular event will focus on Heart Health. Free CPR classes with giveaways all afternoon (limited supplies). Food available for purchase. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 29: Shoreline Clean-up Day - Calero *
  • Saturday, July 6. Healthy Trails Walk, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 9am-11am. Take an easy 2-mile walk to explore local history and nature with a guide. Reap the added benefits of breathing fresh air and being active outdoors. Meet at the chicken coop with sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, water and healthy snacks. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, July 13. Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams, 10am-2pm. Families and friends are invited to a special day of hands-on activities, demonstrations and traditional crafts at this celebration of the native Ohlone People who once lived at this ancient village site. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, July 13. Micro-Zoology Night, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Join experts for a show and tell about microscopic creatures. Look at life under a drop of water. Afterward, munch on popcorn while watching the microbe gone mad movie “The Blob.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, July 27. Geocache Adventures, Anderson Lake, 8am-11am. Explore the hills above Anderson Lake as you search out hidden geocaches in the park. Bring a hand-held GPS unit, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, water, and snacks. Cache exchange items welcome. Reservations required. (408) 779-3634.
  • Saturday, July 27. Water, Wildlife and Working Lands Series, Santa Teresa/Bernal Ranch, 12pm-2pm. Join staff from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Parks Department on a family-friendly, 1.5-mile walk to explore food production and farming from past to present. Meet at the ranch barn, 372 Manila Dr., San Jose. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, August 24. Family Fandango, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 5pm-8pm. Come celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay, early Spanish-speaking colonists, and English-speaking ranch families who all settled in this area over time. The evening’s focus is family fun through demonstrations and activities that highlight 1770-1870 California. The Ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, August 31. Water, Wildlife and Working Lands Series - Wildlife, Santa Teresa, 7pm-8:30pm. Join staff from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Parks Department on a family-friendly, easy, 1-mile walk to learn about our local wildlife neighbors and how agencies work together to manage and protect their homes. Meet at the Pueblo group area. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, August 31. In The Park After Dark Movie Night, Santa Teresa, 8pm-11pm. Meet at the Corral parking lot to enjoy a free movie night under the stars with family and friends. Bring low chairs or blankets and a flashlight. Donations for Second Harvest Food Bank gladly accepted. Food available for purchase. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, September 7. In the Park After Dark Movie Night, Santa Teresa, 8pm-11pm. Meet at the Corral parking lot to enjoy a free movie night under the stars with family and friends. Bring low chairs or blankets and a flashlight. Donations for Second Harvest Food Bank gladly accepted. Food available for purchase. (408) 225-0225
  • Sunday, September 8. A Taste of Archery, Santa Teresa, 9am-2pm. Drop in with the Black Mountain Bowmen and learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow, fletch arrows, and make a bow string. A mandatory safety class will be given prior to shooting a bow. Please bring snacks, water, and sun protection. Equipment provided by Predator’s Archery in Gilroy. Meet at the Santa Teresa Archery Range on Avenida Espana. Families welcome, ages 6-up. Registration required online or by calling 408-355-2240.
  • Sunday, September 29. Healthy Trails Hike, Santa Teresa, 10am-12pm. Join a Park Interpreter on an easy 1.8-mile hike along the Norred Trail. Enjoy the view of the valley below as you meander through beautiful grassland habitat. Meet at the historic Bernal Ranch at the end of Camino Verde Dr. with sturdy hiking shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, October 5. Introduction to Photography, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 10am-1pm. Join a Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, and about photo composition. Workshop begins with an indoor slideshow, followed by demonstrations and a walk around the historic area to take pictures. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn, 372 Manila Dr., San Jose. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 5. Nature Drawing Class, Santa Teresa, 10am-11:30am. Come hone your drawing skills while enjoying a pleasant morning at the park. We will focus on drawing plants, rocks, birds, and animals. Materials provided or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Pueblo Group Picnic Area. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 19. Spider Night, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Reserve your space for this annual crowd-pleaser and learn everything you need to know about arachnids, including our local California brown tarantula. View cages and cages of creepy crawlers and handle some if you dare. Hear spider poems and folklore followed by popcorn, lemonade and the classic big-bug movie “Tarantula.” For reservations call (408) 226-5453.
  • Sunday, October 13. Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival • Alviso Marina • 10am-3pm. Celebrate our multicultural community with many non-profit, government, and community-based organizations. Free food, arts and crafts, and live entertainment on two stages. Free activities from face painting to kayaking in the Alviso Slough. (408) 299-5030.
  • Saturday, November 2. Healthy Trails Hike • Calero • 10am-1pm. Join a Park Interpreter on a moderate 3.5-mile hike along the Los Cerritos/Pena Trails. Enjoy breathtaking views of the reservoir and backcountry. Meet at the park entrance on McKean Rd. (south of lake entrance) with sturdy hiking shoes, water, and a lunch to eat on the trail. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, February 15. The Night Shift • Calero • 5pm-6:30pm. Take a short full moon hike and participate in activities to discover which animals come out at night and how they are adapted to night prowling. Meet by the park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir entrance). Wear layered clothing and sturdy hiking shoes. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, March 29. Trickles to Torrents • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. Join a park docent for a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike to see how water from winter storms finds its way to the valley below. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays
    together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Dress in layers with sturdy shoes, hat, and water. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, April 6. Photographers Day • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-3pm. Enjoy a wealth of photo opportunities as you join a park docent for a leisurely 3.5-mile out-and-back hike through rolling serpentine grasslands with a focus on the park’s natural beauty. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Pack a lunch, water, camera, hat, layered clothing, and sturdy shoes. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 12. Wildflower Drawing Class • Santa Teresa • 10am-11:30am. Increase your confidence in drawing and learn some skills to help you draw what you see during wildflower season. Materials are provided, but if you have a sketch pad and set of colored pencils or watercolors, bring them along. Instruction appropriate for ages 8-adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied
    by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Rain cancels. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Note: There is no restroom at this location. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Power to the Petal • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 11am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike with a Ranger to explore a bounty of wildflowers and discover why this unique environment provides critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at the Calero Park office, then carpool to the trailhead. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, lunch and water. This is a guided hike in a closed area not
    normally open to the public; restrooms not available except at meeting location. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, April 19. Foothill Ramble • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. Take a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike with a park docent from valley floor to ridge-top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Pack a lunch and dress in layers with sturdy shoes, hat, and water. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
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