Contents:

About NAQCPA

Donate to NAQCPA

Almaden Quicksilver Park Info

Mining Museum

Gift Shop

Museum Archives

Outdoor Museum

Pioneer Days

New Almaden Days

News, Media, Articles, and Links

Pictures, Special Reports

Almaden Quicksilver Park Events

Events in Other Parks

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Links:


New Almaden and Almaden Quicksilver:

New Almaden Self-Guided Walking Tour

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

Mining Museum Archives

Directions to Almaden Quicksilver

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Trail Map

Open Road TV show on Almaden Quicksilver


Santa Clara County Parks:


Santa Clara County Parks Homepage

Calendar of County Parks Activities

Play Here! Activities Guide

Park Here! Guide to the County Parks

County Parks Volunteer Information

Volunteer Calendar

County Parks Healthy Trails Program

Parks for Life Challenge

Santa Clara County Parks on Facebook

Ron Horii's Pictures of the Santa Clara County Parks

Ron Horii's Pictures of County Park Volunteer Activities


Parks and Community:

Ron Horii's SF Bay Rec & Travel

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Friends of Los Alamitos Watershed

New Almaden Community Club (webpage under construction)


Webmaster Contact
 

New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association

Welcome to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association (NAQCPA) website. Our purpose is to promote the educational and interpretive activities of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department, particularly in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. See below for information about NAQCPA, our past and present activities, and how you can join or help with the park. Also below is information about Almaden Quicksilver County Park, maps, trail descriptions, and park events. See the links on the side for related websites.


  News:


Note: See here for archived news from 2015. The following is news from 2016:

Anza Expedition Hike, 3/26/16
On March 26, 2016, there was a hike on the Mine Hill and English Camp Trails. It was led by National Park Service Ranger Daniel Sanchez, accompanied by County Parks Interpreter Chris Carson Seals and docent Ron Horii. Daniel has been leading hikes to talk about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Trail and the Anza Expedition of 1775-1776, which brought the first European colonists to settle San Francisco. Here are pictures from the hike.

Lisa Killough Memorial
On April 30, 2016, a memorial service was held at the Casa Grande for Lisa Killough, former director of the Santa Clara County Parks Dept. She spent 25 years with the department and became director in 2002. The passed away on February 22, 2016. Here is her obituary. Here are pictures of Lisa taken by Ron Horii from 2002 to 2011 at park events. One of the last events she attended at Almaden Quicksilver was Pioneer Day in 2011, when she returned temporarily at interim park director.

V-O-Cal work on the New Almaden Trail
On May 20-22, V-O-Cal, the Volunteers for Outdoor California, held a multi-trail trail construction event at Almaden Quicksilver and the Rancho San Vicente addition to Calero. They camped out at the Mockingbird Lane Staging Area. They worked all day on Saturday and half a day on Sunday. There were about 80 people there on Saturday, less on Sunday. The largest crew worked on this section of the New Almaden Trail shown above just past the Buena Vista Trail junction. They removed a worn-out bridge, built a rock crossing, and re-routed the trail to the new crossing. Other crews worked farther along the trail near the Prospect #3 Trail junction, widening the trail and improving the drainage. See here for pictures of the event.

Yes On Parks logo
The Park Charter Fund was up for renewal on the June 7 ballot as Measure A. The County Parks are funded by the Park Charter Fund, which is not a tax, but is a fixed percentage of the County's budget. Measure A increases that slightly, but more importantly, it re-balances the expenditures between land acquisition and park development, changing it from the current 15%:5% to 10%:10%, respectively. See the Yesonparks website for more information. The measure has passed with over 78% yes. It only needed a majority vote.

Mt. Umunhum Radar Tower
On May 10, 2016, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, in a motion introduced by Supervisor Mike Wasserman, voted unanimously to list the radar tower on Mt. Umunhum in the County's Heritage Resource Inventory. On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, the board of the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District voted on and approved a recommendation by their General Manager to preserve and seal the tower. The Umunhum Conservancy, which worked to raise private donations to preserve the tower, plans to meet with MidPen to discuss their role in the future.

Open Road TV episode on the Parks for Life Challenge
The Casa Grande was shown on an episode of NBC Bay Area's Open Road TV show, hosted by Doug McConnell. The episode featured the County Parks' Parks for Life Challenge.

Robb Courtney being interviewed by Doug McConnell
As part of this episode, County Parks Director Robb Courtney was interviewed by Doug McConnell at the Casa Grande.

Panning for treasures at "Play Like a Miner"
Visitors got to act like 49'ers and pan for hidden treasures during "Play Like a Miner" at the Casa Grande on 6/18/16. Activities for visitors were arranged in and around the Casa Grande.

Ron Horii being interviewed by Doug McConnell for the "Open Road" TV show.
Ron Horii was interviewed by Doug McConnell for Doug's "Open Road" TV show on NBC Bay Area. They showed Ron's pictures of County Parks, including Almaden Quicksilver, Open Space preserves, and his photo classes.

Trail closure sign, 6/30/16
Signs like this have been posted at the trail entrances to Almaden Quicksilver. Here is the announcement: "Due to construction of restoration improvements in the Senador Mine Watershed area the Senador Mine trail will be closed from July 11 through October during restoration improvements.  Entrance from McAbee Road will direct hikers, bicyclists and equestrian riders to Mine Hill Trail, Guadalupe Trail, and New Almaden Trail.  Detour signs will be posted at key locations along these trails.  In addition, Mine Hill Trail will be closed on designated weekdays during truck hauling operations. Please call the trail hotline for the most current information regarding closures at 408-355-2200." Here is the trail closure map.

Chuck Ferrier at Living History Day, 7/2/16
Blacksmith Chuck Ferrier demonstrates a tool for setting metal rim tires on wooden wagon wheels at "Living History Day" at the Casa Grande on 7/2/16.

Ringing the Hacienda bell on the 4th of July
Visitors to the New Almaden 4th of July 2016 celebration got to ring the bell at the Hacienda Area. Because of the risk of disturbing wildlife, the bell can only be rung a few times a year at special occasions. This was one of them.

4th of July 2016 picnic at the New Amaden Community Center
A potluck community picnic was held on July 4, 2016 at the New Almaden Community Center.

New stone pathway at the Casa Grande
There is a new stone pathway at the Casa Grande, providing pedestrian access in the middle of the fence on Almaden Road. It was built by NAQCPA volunteers with leftover paving stones from the Casa Grande construction. Pioneer Day will be held on Oct. 8 at the Casa Grande, celebrating the construction of the pathway.

Senador Mine Trail Closure, 8/1/16
The Senador Mine Trail was closed due to construction on 8/1/16. This gate was near the New Almaden Trail junction.

Senador Mine site construction
Construction crews and equipment at the Senador Mine site, 8/1/16.

Closure of the Upper end of the Senador Mine Trail, 8/1/16
This was the closure of the upper end of the Senador Mine Trail at the Guadalupe Trail junction on 8/1/16.

Replacement Sign at the Mine Hill/Senador Mine Trail junction
The interpretive sign at the Mine Hill/Senador Mine Trail junction was faded and unreadable. It's been replaced.

Water Tower at the Casa Grande
NAQCPA will be working with the County Parks to restore the water tank on top of the water tower in the backyard of the Casa Grande.

Supervisor Mike Wasserman and Assemblymember Mark Stone at the Casa Grande
On 8/27/16, State Assemblymember Mark Stone and Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman hosted a free breakfast and tour at the Casa Grande. Afterwards, docent Mike Boulland gave a walking tour of New Almaden, while park Interpretive Programs supervisor Julie Lee gave a tour of the Casa Grande.

Volunteer Recognition BBQ 8/27/16
On 8/27/16, the County Parks' Volunteer Recognition Barbecue luncheon was held at Martial Cottle Park. Here are Almaden Quicksilver docents (left to right) John Atwood, Mary Moran, Kathy Kessler, John Drew, and Jim Beseau. Behind Jim is Susan Wicks.

Pierce Ridge has been sold
Taken on 9/6/16: the For Sale sign for Pierce Ridge at the McAbee Road entrance to the park indicates the property has been sold. Unfortunately, it was not sold to the County Parks, so it won't be added to Almaden Quicksilver, at least not in the near future.

Dump truck on the Senador Mine Trail
9/6/16: Construction and clean-up efforts are still going on at the Senador Mine site. The Senador Mine Trail is closed during construction between the New Almaden Trail and the Guadalupe Trail. Trucks have been moving contaminated dirt out and clean dirt in. Construction will continue until October. This is what's happening: "Senador Mine: County Parks has completed design plans to reduce erosion of mercury mining wastes at Senador Mine. This project is funded by U.S. EPA’s San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund. The project will restore a headcut and other targeted features in a creek channel, remediate several small calcine piles (piles of roasted mercury ores), and reduce erosion of mercury mining wastes. Nearly 300 pounds of mercury will be removed or stabilized. Construction is expected to be undertaken and completed in the 2016 dry season."

Piano at the Casa Grande
Bach to Nature III: For the 3rd consecutive year, 5 pianos have been placed in County Parks for people to play from 9/5 through 10/5/16. This one is on the patio deck behind the Casa Grande. Others are at Vasona, Grant, Uvas Canyon, and Coyote Lake. Anyone can drop by and play the pianos, but they may be reserved for performances by calling 408-355-2201. The pianos are the result of a partnership with Sunset Piano and DC Pianos of Berkeley. There will be a free community concert headlined by Sunset Piano at Vasona on 10/2 from 4 to 6 pm.

New Almaden Jump-In Parade, 9/10/16
The annual New Almaden Day and Jump-In Parade was held on 9/10/16. Floats, decorated vehicles, bicyclists, and walkers jumped in and paraded around New Almaden, starting and ending at the New Almaden Community Center. Afterwards, there was a carnival and BBQ lunch at the Community Center with games and entertainment.

Pathway dedication on Pioneer Day 10/8/16
Pioneer Day was held on 10/8/16 at the Casa Grande. The theme was the dedication of this brick pathway leading from Almaden Road to the Casa Grande parking lot.

Patricia Johnson Memorial Bench 10/8/16
Patricia Johnson's family poses at the bench in front of the Casa Grande dedicated to her memory.

Senador Mine site after restoration
This was taken on 11/5/16. The restoration at the Senador Mine site has been completed. What remains are temporary and permanent erosion control, such as hay spread on bare ground, wattles on hillsides, and rock drains. Here are more pictures.

Senador Mine site restoration
This shows new plantings of coyote brush and netting on the hillside to control erosion at the Senador Mine site.

Quicksilver Holiday Boutique, 11/19/16
The annual Almaden Quicksilver Holiday Boutique was held at the Casa Grande on 11/19/16. There were lots of exhibitors and visitors.

Cait with lichens
On 1/28/17, docent Cait Hutnik led a lichen discovery hike at the Wood Road entrance.

Trail closures
Seen on 3/6/17, the Hacienda Trail between the Norton and English Camp Trails was closed due to landslides. The Randol Trail is also closed, but that's customary for winter. For trail closure information, call (408) 355-2200. 2017's storms have severely impacted parks and trails all throughout Santa Clara County.

Our Parks, Our Future
The Santa Clara County Parks is updating their Strategic Plan in 2017. It was last updated in 2003. These are their goals:
  • Update the Long-Range Vision.
  • Assess key systems, procedures, policies, facilities, trends, and conditions in a comprehensive Needs Assessment.
  • Present Refined Procedural and Policy Guidelines to make standard operating processes clearer, faster, and more effective.
  • Assess the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process and develop new Priority-Setting Criteria that integrate consideration of operational costs.
  • Develop a 3-5 year Action Plan for near-term implementation of the Integrated CIP.
See ourfutureparks.org for more information.

The input of the people who live, work, and/or play in Santa Clara County is critical to the Strategic Plan Update.  Opportunities to provide your input during the planning process will be posted on the website and will include:

Online Engagement. Provide your input by completing a short activity on your computer or device. The first activity is planned for Spring, 2017 and will be posted on the website.

Events. Visit the Strategic Plan Update table when attending a regional event. The table will provide information as well as opportunities to provide your comments. The first events that will include a Strategic Plan table are anticipated for Spring 2017 and will be posted on the calendar.

Meetings.  Attend a public meeting where the Strategic Plan will be presented and discussed. Meetings will include Parks & Recreation Commission (PRC), Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee (HLUET), and Board of Supervisors meetings.  All meetings will be posted on the calendar.

Kitty Monahan interviewed on C-Span
On February 6, 2017, C-Span interviewed Luke Bailey and Kitty Monahan for a story about mining in San Jose. It was part of their 2017 Local Content Vehicles tour of San Jose, featuring the history and literary life of the community.

Lacers at Living History Day, 3/11/17
The Golden Gate Lacers had a display on lacing at Living History Day on 3/11/17.

About NAQCPA

Pioneer Day 2013, Dedication of the Hacienda Outdoor Mining Exhibit

NAQCPA was originally incorporated in 1984 and is the oldest and largest Santa Clara County Park friends organization. If you are interested in finding out more about Almaden Quicksilver County Park or want to help with our projects, you are invited to join NAQCPA. You will receive our newsletters and invitations to our events, such as Pioneer Day. Dues are used to pay for the newsletter and our projects. Print out and mail this form for sending in membership dues and donations, which are tax-deductible. See below for more information about donations, including donating online.

NAQCPA Newsletter Winter 2015-2015
NAQCPA President's Message from the Spring 2015 Newsletter
NAQCPA President's Message from the Summer 2015 Newsletter

NAQCPA Officers:
  • President: Kitty Monahan
  • Secretary: Shari Sullivan
  • Treasurer: Bob Meyer, Marv Tanner
NAQCPA is a 501c3 nonprofit public benefit corporation: Articles of Incorporation


Donate to NAQCPA

NAQCPA accepts donations of time, effort, artifacts and money. At NAQCPA, our most valuable resources are the time and effort of volunteers to help with various projects. Since NAQCPA is a not-for-profit 501c3 corporation recognized by the state of California and the IRS, donations may qualify to be tax-deductible depending on your circumstances.    

DONATE TIME AND EFFORT

To donate time as a museum docent, to walk students around the community, as an archives recorder, to clean up trails etc., call Kitty Monahan at 408-268-6541 or the park interpreters at the New Almaden Mining Museum, 408-323-1107.  

DONATE ARTIFACTS

If you have photos, books, magazine articles or other artifacts from or about New Almaden that you want preserved for future generations, please consider donating them to NAQCPA for use in the archives and in the museum. You will receive a receipt that identifies its value for IRS Tax deductibility purposes. To donate these items, call Kitty Monahan at 408-268-6541 or the Santa Clara County park interpreters at the New Almaden Mining Museum, 408-323-1107, or bring them to the museum during visiting hours.

DONATE MONEY WITH A CHECK

Funds are important to purchase books and other artifacts that become available on the market, for special projects, such as the blacksmith shop restoration, preserving the map table, building new exhibits for the museum, improving the Archives computer and software, preserving artifacts, and for many other projects. To donate money, please write a check and mail it to:  

    NAQCPA
    P.O. Box 124

    New Almaden, CA 95042
 


Almaden Quicksilver County Park Information

Mine Hill Rotary Furnace and the Hanging Tree

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. You can reach the park office at (408) 268-3883.


Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

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. It re-opened on January 14, 2011. The museum is open-year round Fridays through Tuesdays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The museum is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can reach the museum at (408) 323-1107. It is located at 21350 Almaden Road in New Almaden. These are the hours:


Mondays  12pm - 4pm
Tuesdays 12pm - 4pm
Wednesdays Closed
Thursdays Closed
Fridays 12pm - 4pm
Saturdays 10am - 4pm
Sundays 10am - 4pm

Many NAQCPA members serve as docents in the museum, giving guided tours. There are frequent events at the Casa Grande, such as Living History Days, Play Like a Miner, a yuletide bazaar, and historical talks. See the events calendar below. The grounds are also available for rent for special occasions, such as weddings, parties, and company picnics.

Period room in the Casa Grande
One of the period rooms in the Casa Grande

Mining exhibits in the Mining Museum
Mining exhibits in the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

See Ron Horii's picture and description of the Casa Grande for the Visual San Jose 2015 Photo Contest.


Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum Gift Shop

The Casa Grande has a bookstore and gift shop. It is decorated with historic portraits. For sale are books on history, minerals, flowers, wildlife, and children's activities. They also have maps, nature guides, colorful rocks, jewelry, educational toys, and artwork. Some of the publications available in the store were written by NAQCPA members.

Gift shop portraits
These portraits of the New Almaden Mine managers were painted by local artist Gilian Altieri







The painting of the Casa Grande above the fireplace was painted by Gilian Altieri




Mining Museum Archives

The Archives of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum are now online.
NAQCPA members have been helping to scan in thousands of historical documents and pictures into the archive. The archives are available for searching and viewing. You can search for specific topics using keywords or just display random images to get a sample of the collection. You can order high-resolution images without watermarks. Here is an example of an historic photo from the archives:
Historical picture of the Hacienda Reduction Works from the archive
This yard, at the former site of the Hacienda Reduction Works, contains a collection of equipment from the New Almaden Mine and the Guadalupe mine. One item of particular interest is an old wooden Cornish pump from an English design which was used to pump water out of the mine shafts. Another unusual item, a cylindrical piece of machinery, was a small rotary furnace used for extracting Mercury from crushed cinnabar ore.

Club Almaden, 1952
This is a more recent picture from the archives, taken in 1952. The Casa Grande and its grounds were used for a resort called Club Almaden. There was a swimming pool in back.


Hacienda Mining Display Outdoor Museum

Outdoor mining museum displays
Displays at the Hacienda Outdoor Museum

Mining equipment 3/9/08
For years, there was an unorganized collection of rusting mining equipment sitting behind a fence in the Hacienda area of Almaden Quicksilver near the Deep Gulch Trail entrance. Above is how it looked in 2008.

Bruce Bartlett at the outdoor museum dedication
NAQCPA members, led by Bruce Bartlett (above), organized, repaired, and re-arranged the equipment and added other mining equipment. They had interpretive signs made, paid for the fencing, and created life-size figures.

Pioneer Days

Kitty Monahan welcoming guests to Pioneer Day 2014
Pioneer Day 2014, Rossi Retort Dedication

For over 32 years, NAQCPA has held their annual Pioneer Day celebration in Almaden Quicksilver County Park, in partnership with the County Parks Department. The original purpose of Pioneer Day was to be a get-together to share stories with former New Almaden miners and people who remembered the mines. While that is still the case, it has also been associated with the dedication of historic sites, interpretive signs, or projects in the park. Most of these were NAQCPA projects, or NAQCPA members were involved with them. Pioneer Day for 2015 will be held on October 10 at 11:00 am at the Hacienda entrance to the park and will dedicate the bell tower (see above).

New Almaden Days

New Almaden Jump-In Parade, 9/13/14
The Santa clara County Horsemen's Association at the Jump-In Parade, 9/13/14

For more than 34 years, the community of New Almaden has held their New Almaden Day community celebration, kicked off by the Jump-In parade. It's an informal parade around the town, where anyone can jump in and join. Afterwards, there is a carnival held at the New Almaden Community Center, featuring games, prizes, food, and entertainment. This year's New Almaden Day and Jump-In Parade will be held on Saturday September 10, 2016, starting at 11:00 am at the New Almaden Community Center.

News, Media, Articles, and Links

Recipients of Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Award
Recipients of the Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Award (L to R): Art Boudreault, Roy Ichinaga, Ron Horii, Mike Boulland, Ranger John Heenan accepting for Richard and Margaret Brunner, Kitty Monahan, Jaime Day

Pictures and Special Reports

View from Hidalgo Mine Trail
View of Almaden Reservoir from the Hidalgo Cemetery Trail

2017 Almaden Quicksilver events


Living History Day, Casa Grande, 2/14/15
Living History Day, Casa Grande, 2/14/15, left to right: Mike Boulland, Mary Moran, Elaine Hill, Bridgett Orcutt, Doug Bergtholdt


The County Parks' Fall-Winter-2016 Play Here Guide is available. Here is the Spring-Summer 2017 Play Here Guide.
  • March 2017:
    • Saturday, March 11, 2017, Living History Day, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. ​Visit the 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) 918-7770.
  • April 2017:
    • Thursday, April 6 and Saturday, April 8, 2017, Storytime With a Ranger, Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum, 10 am. Ages 1 to 92, all interested are welcome to come. An hour or so of songs and stories led by a park ranger. Come learn some "egg-citing" facts and see different animal eggs.
    • Saturday, April 8, 2017, Wildflower Scavenger Hunt,12:00 PM - 03:00 PM. ​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. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
    • Saturday, April 22, 2017, Connect with Nature Through Meditation, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM. Almaden Quicksilver. Nature has an incredible way of maintaining balance and harmony.  In this class offered by Morning Crane Healing Arts Center you will experience first-hand a connection with nature and leave with a better understanding of yourself and your connection to the whole. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot with comfortable clothes and shoes. 
  • May 2017:
    • Wednesday, May 10, 2017, Connect with Nature Through Meditation, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. See April 22, 2017.
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017, Tai Chi, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Casa Grande. Learn the oldest and most powerful type of Tai Chi – Lao Jia. Develop greater physical strength, balance and coordination. These slow gentle movements are perfect for all ages and physical abilities. Meet on the back lawn wearing comfortable clothes. $15 per person. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201.
    • Saturday, May 27, 2017, Cougar Country, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Almaden Quicksilver Mockingbird Hill entrance. Learn about mountain lions that call County Parks their home. Understand what makes them important to the local environment and how to keep you and your family safe. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Questions? (408) 268-3883.
  • June 2017:
    • Sunday, June 4, 2017, History of Almaden Air Force Station, 1:00 PM - 03:00 PM, Casa Grande. Learn about the history of this fascinating site. See key artifacts and amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). Reservations by email info@almadenafs.org or (408) 533-8107.
    • Saturday, June 10, 2017, Cougar Country, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Almaden Quicksilver Mockingbird Hill entrance. See May 27, 2017.
    • Saturday, June 24, 2017, Play Like a Miner, 11:00 AM - 03:00 PM, Casa Grande. Join in for a fun day of learning what it was like to be a miner long ago. There will be games, demonstrations and crafts as well as an opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold and precious gems. A fun event for the whole family. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
    • Saturday, June 24, 2017, What's in a Park Ranger's Truck?, 6:00 PM - 07:30 PM, Almaden Quicksilver Mockingbird Hill park entrance. Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a Park Ranger's truck? This is your chance to interact with a variety of equipment used for search and rescue, firefighting and lifesaving duties. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Questions? (408) 268-5240.
    • Sunday, June 25, 2017, Avoid the Rash - Poison Oak, 6:00 PM - 07:30 PM, Almaden Quicksilver Mockingbird Hill park entrance. It's not about the rash! Discover how the poison oak plant has benefited both natural and human communities throughout history. Wear long sleeves, pants and closed toe shoes. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Questions? 268-5240.
  • July 2017
    • Saturday, July 22, History Van Tour, Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum, 9:30am-2pm. 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. $15 per person. Children must be at least 8 years old and 4’ 9” tall. Meet at the Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum with a bag lunch. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201
  • August 2017
    • Sunday, August 6, History of Almaden Air Force Station, Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum, 1pm-3pm. See June 4, 2017.
    • Saturday, August 19, History Van Tour, Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum, 9:30am-2pm. See July 22, 2017.


2017 Events at Other Parks


Rancho San Vicente, 3/28/15
From the Rancho San Vicente Hike, 3/28/15

These events are mostly at neighboring parks, like Santa Teresa, Calero, and Hellyer:
  • January 2017:
    • Saturday, January 14, 2017, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. MLK Trail Day, Santa Teresa Park. Meet at Corral Parking Lot. Join Santa Clara County Parks staff and volunteers for a Trail Day to assist improving our trails and keeping them maintained through the winter. Come spend the day outside volunteering at Santa Teresa County Park. Please wear closed toed shoes, long pants, bring a jacket and a reusable water bottle. Tools, gloves and beautiful scenery provided! Event takes place rain or shine. Event open to Volunteers age 14 years and older. Volunteers 14 & 15 years old require adult supervision. Those16 & 17 years of age require a signed waiver by a parent or guardian. To register as a volunteer for the event please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or (408)918-4930.
  • February 2017:
    • Saturday, Februrary 25, 2017, Lichen: A Closer Look, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Santa Teresa Park. ​Enjoy a moderate 2.8-mile loop hike to discover numerous brightly colored lichen varieties that thrive in serpentine grasslands and learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Stile entrance off Fortini Road. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
  • March 2017:
    • Saturday, March 18, 2017, Native Plant Discovery Walk 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Calero County Park. ​Enjoy a moderate 3-mile hike to enjoy early spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Along the way, observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park entrance (south of reservoir) off McKean Rd. Group will caravan to the Rancho San Vicente park entrance from there. Questions (408) 918-7770.
  • April 2017:
    • Sunday, April 9, 2017, Spring Wildflowers Nature Walk, 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM, Calero County Park. ​Take a moderate 3-mile hike to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Along the way, observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park entrance (south of reservoir) off McKean Rd. Group will caravan to the Rancho San Vicente park entrance from there. Questions (408) 918-7770.
  • May 2017:
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017, A Taste of the Valley of Heart's Delight, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Martial Cottle Park. Come celebrate urban agriculture, food and spring planting time at this fun day on the ranch! Family friendly activities, healthy food and fresh produce for sale, arts and crafts, live music and much more. Volunteers needed, check parkhere.org for details. Questions? (408) 535-4060.
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017, Herpetology Science and Movie Night, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Santa Teresa County Park. ​Explore the science of amphibians and reptiles followed by a movie at the ranch at this fun family night for all ages and abilities. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn. Reservations (408) 226-5453.
    • Saturday, May 13, May 20, Hula Hoop!, Martial Cottle, 10:30am-11:30am. Learn a new way to get some exercise, play and have FUN! Move with a hoop around your waist, feet and arms. All ages and experience levels welcome. Hoops provided for free or available for purchase. Meet at the visitor center. Questions? (408) 535-4060.
    • Saturday, May 20, 2017, When Nature Bites Back, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Hellyer. The wild world has numerous wonders to explore, but in the event of an accident are you prepared? Discover nature and recreation while being trained in hands-only CPR and basic first aid by Park Rangers. All practice equipment is provided. Meet at the visitor center. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201.
    • Sunday, May 21, 2017, Hike the Magnificent Seven! 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Calero. Complete the #PixInParks challenge with a guided hike on one of our magnificent trails! This month’s hike is the #BaldPeak Trail. Find your photographic destination and see some gorgeous views of Santa Clara Valley. Meet at the parking lot on Casa Loma Rd. No dogs. Questions? (408) 355-2240.
  • June 2017:
    • Saturday, June 3, 2017, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Walk, Martial Cottle, 10am-12pm. Join park staff for a walking tour to learn about the ranch’s history and organic farming. Spend time afterward playing at the Discovery Farm or visiting the Farm Stand. Meet at the Visitor Center. Questions? (408) 355-2240
    • Friday, June 9, 2017, Moon Gazing, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Motorcycle County Park. Explore the seas, mountains and craters of our nearest astronomical neighbor with a Park Ranger and a telescope. Questions? (408) 226-5223.
    • Saturday, June 10, 2017, Tai Chi, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa Park. Learn the oldest and most powerful type of Tai Chi – Lao Jia. Develop greater physical strength, balance and coordination. These slow gentle movements are perfect for all ages and physical abilities. Wear comfortable clothes. $15 per person. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201.
    • Saturday, June 10, June 17, 2017, Hula Hoop, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Martial Cottle Park. See May 13, 2017.
    • Saturday,  June 10, 2017, Carnivorous Plant Science and Movie Night 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, Santa Teresa Park.  Explore the science of carnivorous plants followed by a movie at the ranch at this fun family night for all ages and abilities. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn. Reservations (408) 226-5453.
    • Saturday, June 10, 2017, In the Park After Dark Movie Night, 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM, Martial Cottle Park. Watch a family-friendly FREE feature movie under the stars. Come early and join an Open Space Authority Interpreter to learn and play old past time activities. Meet on lawn near Parking Lot A with a flashlight and low lawn chair or blanket. No dogs please. Questions? (408) 535-4060.
    • Sunday, June 11, 2017, Youth Fishing Event, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Ed Levin - Sandy Wool Lake. Join South Bay Fishing in the City partners for a free learn-to-fish event for children ages 5-15. Expert instruction and all equipment provided. On-site registration 8-10am for first 150 kids. Parental supervision required. Meet at Sandy Wool Lake. Questions? (408) 355-2240.
    • Saturday, June 17, 2017, Hellyer Amazing Race, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Hellyer. Anyone can participate in this fun family outdoor challenge! Register with your team to compete for great prizes by completing challenges and games as you learn some cool skills along the way! Registration required, space is limited. More info at parkhere.org or (408) 355-2255.
    • Saturday, June 17, 2017, Container Gardening, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Martial Cottle. Live in a condo or apartment? Learn from certified Master Gardeners how to grow veggies and ornamental plants in containers. You may be surprised that you can grow all the makings of a salad in just a few containers. Meet at the Master Gardener parcel to learn how! Questions? (408) 282-3105.
    • Wednesdays June 21, June 28, 2017, A Taste of Water Skiing,12:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Coyote Creek Parkway. Learn how to water ski with the Santa Clara County Water Ski Club. Cost is $10 per person. All equipment, lessons and other resources will be provided. It's a great time for ages 8-17! Bring your bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, water and snacks and be prepared to get WET! Reservations online or (408) 355-2201.
  • July 2017:
    • Saturday, July 1, 2017, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Walk, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Martial Cottle Park. See June 3, 2017.
    • Saturday, July 1, 2017, Hula Hoop, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Martial Cottle Park. See May 13, 2017.
    • Saturday, July 8, 2017, A Taste of Archery, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Santa Teresa Park Archery Range. Join the Black Mountain Bowmen to learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow, fletch arrows and make a bow string. Ages 6 and up with parent. $5 participation fee. A mandatory safety class and equipment are provided by Predator's Archery. Meet at the archery range on Avenida Espana Drive. Choose from the 8-10am or 10-12pm class. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201.
    • Saturday, July 8, In the Park After Dark Movie Night, Martial Cottle, 8pm-10:30pm. Watch a family-friendly FREE feature movie under the stars. Come early and join an Open Space Authority Interpreter to learn and play old past time activities. Meet on lawn near Parking Lot A with a flashlight and low lawn chair or blanket. No dogs please. Questions? (408) 535-4060
    • Sunday, July 9, Full Moon Owl Hike, Martial Cottle, 8pm-10pm. Come learn about the night time predators that soar the skies. The park is home to a variety of owl species and we will head out on a hike to find them. Meet at the visitor center with layered clothes. Questions? (408) 535-4060
    • Thursday, July 13, Friday July 14, Bats Over Calero, Calero, 6pm-9:30pm. Join Park Rangers for a batty presentation followed by a van ride into the heart of the park to the Bat Inn. View thousands of bats as they emerge from a good day’s sleep. $15 per person. Bring a light source, folding chair or mat to sit on, bug repellent, sturdy shoes and long pants. Flash photography not allowed. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201
    • Friday July 14, In the Park after Dark Movie Night, Hellyer, 8:30pm-11pm. Enjoy a night under the stars with family and friends. Come early to learn about your local County Parks and watch a FREE family-fiendly movie on a big screen. Meet at the Cottonwood lawn with a flashlight, lawn chair or and blanket.
    • Saturday, July 15, Building Raised Beds Workshop, Martial Cottle, 9:30am-12pm. Learn about the benefits of raised beds and options for building them at home. Stay awhile and build a raised bed under the supervision of Master Gardeners. Meet at the Master Gardener parcel with gloves, sun protection and refillable water container. Questions? (408) 282-3015 Questions? (408) 225-0225
    • Saturday, July 15, In the Park After Dark Movie Night, Coyote Creek Parkway/Parkway Lakes, 8pm-11pm. Enjoy a night under the stars with family and friends. Watch a short film about the County Park system followed by a FREE showing of LEGO BATMAN on a giant blow up screen. Enter the parkway at Metcalf Rd. Bring a flashlight and low lawn chair or blanket. Questions? (408) 226-5223
  • August 2017
    • Saturday, August 5, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Walk, Martial Cottle, 10am-12pm. See June 3, 2017.
    • Saturday, August 5, Drip Irrigation Workshop, Martial Cottle, 9:30am-12pm. Learn about the benefits of drip irrigation and how to design and install a system at home. Practice by helping to install drip irrigation in a raised bed under the supervision of Master Gardeners. Meet at the Master Gardeners parcel with gloves, sun protection and refillable water container. Questions? (408) 282-3105
    • Saturday, August 5, Family Fandango, Santa Teresa/Bernal Ranch, 5pm-8pm. 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 contributions of our early communities. Location is Camino Verde at Manila Drive in San Jose. Questions? (408) 226-5453
    • Wednesday, August 9, A Taste of Water Skiing, Coyote Creek Parkway, 12pm-4pm. See June 21, 2017.
    • Saturday, August 12, 26, Hula Hoop! Martial Cottle, 10:30am-11:30am. See May 13, 2017.
    • Saturday, August 19, When Nature Bites Back, Hellyer, 10am-12pm. The wild world has numerous wonders to explore, but in the event of an accident are you prepared? Discover nature and recreation while being trained in hands-only CPR and basic first aid by Park Rangers. All practice equipment is provided. Meet at the visitor center. Reservations online or (408) 355-2201
    • Saturday, August 19, In the Park after Dark Movie Night, Hellyer, 8:30pm-11:30pm. Enjoy a night under the stars with family and friends. Come early to learn about your local County Parks and watch a FREE family-friendly movie on a big screen. Meet on the Cottonwood lawn with flashlight, lawn chair or blanket. Questions? (408) 225-0225
    • Saturday, August 26, A Taste of Archery, Santa Teresa, 8am-10am & 10am-12pm. See July 8, 2017.
    • Saturday, August 26, Compost Education Workshop, Martial Cottle, 10am-12pm. Join Master Composters for a workshop to learn about the magic of decomposition and how to compost at home. Meet at the Master Composter parcel with sun protection and water bottle. Questions? (408) 535-4060
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