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 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.

Upcoming events (see below for details):
Sept. 13, 2014: Jump-In Parade and New Almaden Community Day.
Oct. 11, 2014: Pioneer day

News and special reports:


2014 Almaden Quicksilver events:
  • 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.
  • Sunday, April 6. History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or by email at info@almadenafs.org
  • Saturday, April 12. 19th Century in a Bottle Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-2:30pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. (408) 918-7771.
  • Thursday April 24. Power to the Petal • Almaden Quicksilver • 11am-2pm. Take a moderately strenuous 4-mile hike with a Ranger to explore the spring’s bounty of wildflowers. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, lunch, and water. (408) 268-3883.
  • Sunday, April 27. Healthy Trails Hike • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4.5-mile hike through diverse habitats and enjoy spectacular views near the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill park 9 entrance with a bag lunch. (408) 918-7772.
  • Sunday, May 4. Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 May participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 323-1107.
  • Thursday, May 8. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Thursday, May 22. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Sunday, May 25. Healthy Trails Hike • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Challenge yourself on a 5.2-mile strenuous hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy remnants of the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with water and a bag lunch. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, May 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 your 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/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. For reservations call (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, May 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 your 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/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. For reservations call (408) 918-7773.
  • Thursday, June 5. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Sunday, June 8. History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or by email at info@almadenafs.org
  • Saturday, June 14. Play Like A Miner • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-2pm. Join museum staff and volunteers for a fun-filled afternoon of kid-friendly activities and adventures like gold panning, treasure hunting, and ore mucking. These all reflect what life was like for a hard rock miner in New Almaden. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, June 21. 19th Century in a Bottle Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-2:30pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. (408) 918-7771.
  • Thursday, July 17. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance.
  • Thursday, July 31. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Thursday, July 31. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Thursday, July 31. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Sunday, August 3. History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or by email at info@almadenafs.org
  • Saturday, August 9. 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 your 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/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. For reservations call (408) 918-7773.
  • Thursday, August 14. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP. inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Thursday, August 28. Healthy Trails Run – Finish Here • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-1pm. Here’s your chance to try trail running and experience the beauty of the Almaden trails and surrounding valley. Trails are mainly single track with STEEP. inclines/declines and are DIFFICULT! You should be in good physical shape to attempt this course. Ages 18 and up. Bring water and dress appropriately for trail running. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Saturday, September 6 Anza Expedition Talk Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum •11am-1pm. The Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail are partnering with County Parks to bring you a presentation about the Anza Expedition. Come learn about challenges and triumphs, and how a fascinating man brought hundreds of people safely across the wilderness to settle the West. Families welcome and encouraged to stay for a craft activity afterward. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
  • Sunday, September 7 Healthy Trails Hike • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4.5-mile moderate hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy spectacular views near the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill park entrance with a bag lunch. Questions? (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, September 13. Jump-In Parade and New Almaden Community Day, 11 am, New Almaden Community Club. Come see the parade and jump in. The parade wraps around New Almaden. Afterwards, there will be a barbecue picnic at the Community Club.
  • Saturday, September 13 Nature Drawing Class • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-11:30am. Come hone your drawing skills while enjoying a pleasant morning at the park. We will focus on drawing plants, but will include other interesting natural subjects. Materials provided or bring your own. All skill levels and ages 8 and up with a parent welcome. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Saturday, September 20 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 your 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/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. For reservations call (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, September 28 History Through a Changed Landscape Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, October 4 History Tour by Van - Almaden Quicksilver - 9am - 1:30 pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to historic sites and enjoy your brown-bag lunch in the park. Tours costs $10 per person. Children mst be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. For reservation call (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, October 11. New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association's 32nd Annual Pioneer Day. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot off Hicks Road at 11 am. Vans will transport everyone to the Mine Hill Rotary Furnace site where the dedication of the Rossi Retort will occur. It is a 10 minute ride or a 30 minute walk. Donations: $12. Lunch will be served at noon. For more information, contact Kitty Monahan at 408-268-6541.
  • Sunday, October 12 Healthy Trails Hike • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 5.2-mile strenuous hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy remnants of the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with a bag lunch and water. Questions? (408) 918-7772.
  • History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email info@almadenafs.org
  • Saturday, October 18 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. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. GPS units provided. Reservations online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Wednesday, October 22 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, October 26 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, November 15 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, November 29 19th Century in a Bottle Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-2:30pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, December 6 Yuletide Bazaar • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 10am-4pm. Come visit Casa Grande in New Almaden to check out local crafts & holiday goodies for sale. You will be sure to walk away with some great gifts for family and friends! Casa Grande will also be decorated and costumed docents & staff will further enhance the holiday spirits. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Sunday, December 14 History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email at info@almadenafs.org
Winter-Spring 2015 Almaden Quicksilver events:
  • Tuesday, January 6 Lichen: A Closer Look • Almaden Quicksilver • 9am-12pm. This 1.5-mile out and back nature walk is the first in a series that will explore habitats where lichen communities thrive. Learn to identify some of the most common forest lichen and discover ways these fascinating organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot off Hicks Rd. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, January 24 Nature Drawing Class Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 10am-11:30am. Have you ever really stopped to look at plants close enough to draw them? Come learn some basic skills to make your drawings come alive. These same skills can be applied to anything you wish to draw from nature. Materials provided or bring your own. All skill levels and ages 8 and up with a parent welcome. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6.
  • Sunday, February 8 History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email at info@almadenafs.org
  • Saturday, February 14 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, February 28 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Friday, March 6 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, March 7 19th Century in a Bottle Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-2:30pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. Questions? (408) 918-7771 Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, March 15 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, April 4 Wildflower Scavenger Hunt • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-3pm. 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. Questions? (408) 355-2240.
2014 Events at Other Parks:
  • 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.
  • Saturday, April 12.. 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.
  • Satuday, May 3. Introduction to Photography Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, led by Ron Horii • 10am-1pm. Take a 3.7-mile photography hike on the spectacular Mummy Mountain trail. Learn outdoor photography techniques while enjoying breathtaking views. Meet at the Mendoza Ranch lot on Roop Rd. with a camera. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Saturday, May 3. In the Park After Dark Campout • Santa Teresa • 6:30pm through 8am Sunday Join us for a great opportunity to enjoy the park under the night sky. Evening will include showings of Hunger Games I and II (PG-13). Meet at the Pueblo group area and bring all necessary camping supplies including tent, food, bedding, warm clothes and flashlight. No open fires allowed. For reservations call (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, August 2, In the Park After Dark Campout • Santa Teresa • 6:30pm through 8am Sunday Join us for a great opportunity to enjoy Santa Teresa Park under the night sky. Evening will include showings of a popular feature film. Meet at the Pueblo group area and bring all necessary camping supplies including tent, food, bedding, warm clothes and flashlight. No open fires allowed. For reservations call (408) 225-0225.
  • Sunday, September 21, Getting Along Together • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Learn how to get along with other trail users. Meet “Easy” the horse as well as local bicyclists who will share tips on how to gain respect and enjoy the trails safely with a variety of trail user groups. This is a drop-in event at the Calero park entrance. Questions? (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, September 27, 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. Food available for purchase. Questions? (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, October 4. Introduction to Photography, Santa Teresa Park's Historic Bernal Ranch - 10am-1pm. Join a Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camer, 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. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • Saturday, October 4. Family Fandango - Santa Teresa Park's Historic Bernal Ranch - 3pm-6pm. Come celebrate the history of early California and its ties to the Anza Expedition and the Bernal Family. The evening's focus is family fun through song, dance, demonstrations and activities that highlight the many contribution of our early communities. The Ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. Food available for purchase. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
  • Saturday, October 11. Howl at the Moon • Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch • 7pm-10:30pm “Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Join astronomers to peer through their telescopes and learn about lunar effects. Also enjoy the 1940s classic movie The Wolf Man. For reservations call (408) 226-5453.
  • Sunday, October 12, Day on the Bay • Alviso • 10am-3pm. Join in a multicultural celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities rich in diversity and talent, and abundant in ethnic expression. Free parking and shuttle from George Mayne Elementary School. Questions? (408) 299-5030.
  • Saturday, October 18, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. Follow a trail less traveled as it climbs from valley floor to ridge top with spectacular views of the surrounding watershed. Along the way, discover the rich variety of trees, shrubs, and plants found in this park. This 2.5-mile out and back hike has steep sections. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir) then carpool to the trailhead. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
Winter-Spring 2015 Events at Other Parks:
  • Tuesday, February 10. Lichen: A Closer Look • Santa Teresa • 9am-1:30pm Enjoy a 2.8-mile loop hike with a park docent to discover the incredible beauty and variety of lichen that thrive in serpentine grasslands. Learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Stile Ranch park entrance off Fortini Rd. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, March 28, Trickles to Torrents • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-2:30pm. 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. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, March 31, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy early spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 7, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 14, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 21, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, April 25, Foothill Ramble • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. Take a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike 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. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, April 28, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • Tuesday, May 5 Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location.
  • Tuesday, May 12 Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
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