New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association

This is an archive of past events at Almaden Quicksilver and other parks.

2010 Events at Nearby Parks:
  • Saturday, October 2, 2010. Introduction to Photography Class, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Join Docent Ron Horii for a free outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, take better outdoor pictures, compose a photo, plus more! Class begins with an indoor slideshow, then goes outside for demonstrations and a walk around the historic area to take pictures. Bring a camera - any kind will do! Open to ages 14 and up - limit 20 participants. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn on Manila Drive at Camino Verde in San Jose. Reservations required. Call or register online (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 2, 2010. Trail Day Volunteer Project, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. 9:00am-1:00pm. Come help park staff with new trail construction and maintenance projects. Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Bring a refillable water bottle, hiking shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt and sun protection. 50 volunteers are needed for this project – rain or shine. Meet at the Coyote Lake Campground overflow parking lot. Pre-registration required. (408) 355-2254.
  • Saturday, October 9, 2010. Ranger-led Hike, Calero County Park’s Rancho San Vicente, 9:00 am-11:00am. Take a strenuous 2-mile hike with a Park Ranger to explore this future parkland. Learn about the history of the rancho property and explore plants and wildlife living here. Meet at the Calero Reservoir parking lot, then caravan together to the adjacent Rancho San Vicente property. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and water. Note: This hike is in a “closed area” not yet open for public access. Restrooms not available except at meeting location. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, October 9, 2010. Amah Mutsun Heritage Day, Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park, 11:00am-3:00pm. Join members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Coastanoan/Ohlone Indians for a special day of historical and cultural presentations. Park visitors will also be able to participate in a variety of hands-on activities. Chitactac-Adams is located at the intersection of Watsonville and Burchell Roads in Gilroy. (408) 323-0107.
  • Thursday, October 21, 2010. Healthy Trails Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa County Park, 4:30pm-6:00pm. Join Strollerhikes.com Debbie Frazier on a moderate 2.5-mile hike geared towards families with young children. Enjoy historical sites along the way. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead Parking Lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 30, 2010. Spider Night, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:30pm. 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 if you dare. Hear spider poems and folklore followed by popcorn, lemonade and the classic big-bug movie “Tarantula”. Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, November 6. REI Ridge Trail Service Day Volunteer Project, Santa Teresa County Park, 9:00am-1:00pm. This annual event includes projects to improve the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The Stiles Ranch at Santa Teresa Park is part of this year's efforts. Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Bring a refillable water bottle, hiking shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt and sun protection. 40 volunteers are needed for this project – rain or shine. Parking is limited-carpooling encouraged. Pre-registration required. (408) 355-2254.
  • Saturday, November 13, 2010. Introduction to Geocaching Class, Santa Teresa County Park, 8:45am-12:00pm. Join Docent Sam Drake on an adventure to learn about geocaching and seek out several caches along the Fortini, Mine and Stile Ranch Trails. GPS units provided. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead off of San Vicente Ave. Wear comfortable shoes and bring sun protection and water. Reservations required. Call or register online (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, November 13, 2010. Lost in Space Night, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Join park staff and astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Society to explore the night sky through computer-guided telescopes. Munch on popcorn while watching old TV episodes of “Lost in Space” – Danger Will Robinson, Danger! Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Friday, November 26- Friday, December 31, 2010. Fantasy of Lights, Vasona County Park, 6:00pm-10:00pm nightly. Come celebrate our 12th Anniversary of this drive-through holiday family favorite. See thousands of colorful twinkling lights and have loads of holiday fun. Admission fee required. For more information and pricing, go to www.parkhere.org. (408) 355-2201. Volunteers are needed nightly to help at the back gate providing visitor hospitality and safety services. Call (408) 355-2254 to sign up as a volunteer!
  • Saturday December 11, 2010. Visit Santa at the Ranch, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch. 1:30pm-3:00pm. For the 6th year in a row Santa will bring his “Ho, Ho, Ho” to the ranch to hear Christmas wishes inside the 19th century parlor decorated for an old fashioned Victorian Christmas. Parents can get that perfect photo of their kids sitting on Santa’s knee without waiting in mall lines. (408) 226-5453.
2011 Events at Nearby Parks
  • Sunday, March 27, 2011, Rancho San Vicente Hikes, Rancho San Vicente Property, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Join a Santa Clara County Parks Docent for a Moderate, 3 miles total, out-and-back hike to enjoy spring wildflowers at Rancho San Vicente. Learn why its rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding foothills. Meet at the Calero County Park’s Reservoir boat launch on McKean Road prior to carpooling to Rancho San Vicente. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, snacks and a camera. Limit 20 Participants. Registration is required. For more information call 408-355-2240 or view here for the flier.
  • Saturday, April 16, 2011, Healthy Trails Challenge Hike, Santa Teresa County Park, 9:00am - 11:00 am. Join a Docent on this moderately challenging 2.5 mile loop hike along the Fortini/Mine/and Stile Ranch Trails. Enjoy Valley Vista views of Santa Teresa Hills, Calero Lake and Almaden Valley. Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, water, snacks and camera. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 16: EARTH DAY EVENT - Trail Day (Coyote/Bear: Gaviota Trail)
  • Sunday, April 17, 2011, Rancho San Vicente Hikes, Rancho San Vicente Property, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Join a Santa Clara County Parks Docent for a Moderate, 3 miles total, out-and-back hike to enjoy spring wildflowers at Rancho San Vicente. Learn why its rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding foothills. Meet at the Calero County Park’s Reservoir boat launch on McKean Road prior to carpooling to Rancho San Vicente. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, snacks and a camera. Limit 20 Participants. Registration is required. For more information call 408-355-2240. View here for the flier.
  • Friday, April 22, 2011, Healthy Trails Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa County Park, 3:30pm - 5:30 pm. A strollerhikes.com Docent will lead you on a moderate hike up the Fortini/Mine/Stile Ranch trails enjoying views and looking for footprints and other animal evidence. Meet at the Fortini trailhead. Bring comfortable shoes, sun protection, water, snacks and camera. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 23, 2011, Outdoor Photography Hike, Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Join Docent Ron Horii for a 3.7-mile photography hike of the spectacular Mummy Mountain Trail in Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. Learn outdoor photography techniques and take pictures of the wildflowers, sunny meadows, shady forests, unusual rock formations, and breathtaking views from the trail. Bring a camera, sturdy hiking shoes, snacks, water, and sun protection. Registration is required. For more information call 408-355-2240. See here for the flier.
  • Saturday, May 7, 2011, Pre-Mother’s Day Hike, Santa Teresa, 10am-Noon. Bring your mom and the whole family out on a 2.5-mile spring wildflower hike led by Docent Mike Boulland and the Friends of Santa Teresa County Park. Play games and explore the park’s geology and history along the way. Meet at the Fortini Rd. trailhead with sun protection, water and sturdy hiking shoes. (408) 355-2240
  • Sunday, May 15, 2011, Rancho San Vicente Hikes, Rancho San Vicente Property, 9:00 am -12:30 pm. Join a Santa Clara County Parks Docent for a Moderate, 3 miles total, out-and-back hike to enjoy spring wildflowers at Rancho San Vicente. Learn why its rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Along the way, enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding foothills. Meet at the Calero County Park’s Reservoir boat launch on McKean Road prior to carpooling to Rancho San Vicente. Dress in layers, wear sunscreen, a hat and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water, snacks and a camera. Limit 20 Participants. Registration is required. Registration online. For more information call 408-355-2240. View here for the flier.
  • Saturday, June 4, 2011, Killer Frogs and Tadpoles Night, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local salamanders, toads and frogs, and how to set up successful pollywog aquariums. First families to make a reservation can take home a tadpole with a small tank. After the program, stay for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror movie “Frogs.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Sunday, June 12, 2011. Introduction to Geocaching, Santa Teresa, 8:45am-Noon. Join Park Docent Sam Drake on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden cashes in the park. GPS units will be provided. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, and snacks. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday June 18, 2011. Nature Hike with a Ranger, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-Noon. Join a Ranger on a 3-mile hike and learn how the rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding foothills from the vistas in this future parkland. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, June 25. Festival in the Park – Where Wellness Meets FUN! Hellyer,  11am-4pm. This 5th annual event’s goal is to help families take charge of their health and takes steps toward a healthier environment. FREE admission, shuttle, information, health and recreation opportunities, entertainment and FUN! (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, July 9, 2011. Serpentine Habitat Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 8am-11:30am. Take a strenuous 3-mile hike to explore the plants and wildlife living in a serpentine ecosystem. Trails are steep and rocky but hike is paced to enjoy views. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then caravan to a gated site nearby. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks, and extra water. no children under 10 years old. No dogs. Note: This is a “closed area” not yet open for public access. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. No benches, porta-potties, or picnic tables along trails. Reservations required. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, July 9, 2011. Wash Day and Old Time Games, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 1pm-3:30pm. Come out for a fun-filled afternoon. Experience granny’s “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. Located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, July 9, 2011. Carnivorous Plant Night Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Join experts for a show and tell about meat eating plants. Take home a Venus fly trap, sundew or pitcher plant to study! Afterwards munch on popcorn while watching the man-eating-plant movie “Day of the Triffids.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, July 16, 2011. Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams, 10am-2pm. Families and friends are invited to a special day of hands-on activities, demonstrations, traditional crafts at this celebration of the native Ohlone People who once lived at this ancient village site. (408) 323-0107.
  • Saturday, August 13, 2011. Family Fandango, Santa Teresa’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 372 Manila Dr., San Jose. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, August 20, 2011. Sunset Nature Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 6pm-8:30pm. Take a hike with a Park Ranger to explore the trails and enjoy an evening sunset hike. Trails are steep and rocky, but hike will be paced to examine nature and the views. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then caravan to a gated site nearby. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, snacks, and water. No dogs. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, August 27, 2011. In the Park After Dark Movie Night, Santa Teresa, 8:30pm-11pm. Come on out for a fun-filled night with the family! Watch a movie under the stars on a gigantic blow-up outdoor screen. Bring a low lawn chair and a flashlight. Picnic dinners welcome, or purchase food from a park vendor. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, September 10. History and Nature Hike with a Ranger, Calero County Park-Rancho San Vicente 9:00am-11:00am. Take a 2-mile hike with a Park Ranger to explore Rancho San Vicente’s nature, history and spectacular views. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then caravan to a gated site nearby. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, snacks, and water. No dogs. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access; group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. (408) 268-3883. 
  • Saturday, September 17. After-Dark Fungus Festival, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Join park staff and Morgan Hill mushroom growers for a night of mushroom madness. Learn about mushrooms, molds and other fungus that thrive in the damper regions of our parks. Afterwards munch on mushrooms (if you’re not squeamish) while watching the creepy monster classic “Mantango: Attack of the Mushroom People.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, October 1. Introduction to Photography, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch 10:00am-1:00pm. Join a Park Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, photo composition, plus more! 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 on Manila Drive at Camino Verde in San Jose. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 15. Fall Nature Hike, Calero County Park’s Rancho San Vicente 9:00am-12:00pm. Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy the changing landscape of fall at Rancho San Vicente. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding foothills and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to a trail nearby. Bring water, snacks and camera. Wear sun protection and sturdy hiking shoes. No dogs. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 15. Fall Nature Hike, Calero County Park’s Rancho San Vicente 9:00am-12:00pm. Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy the changing landscape of fall at Rancho San Vicente. Enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding foothills and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to a trail nearby. Bring water, snacks and camera. Wear sun protection and sturdy hiking shoes. No dogs. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 22. Spider Night, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm. 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.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, November 12, Lost in Space Night, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:30pm. Join park staff and astronomers from San Jose and Fremont Astronomical Societies to explore the night sky through powerful, computer-guided telescopes. Munch on popcorn while watching old TV episodes of “Lost in Space” – Danger Will Robinson, Danger! Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, December 17, Santa at the Ranch, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 1:30pm-:30pm, For the seventh year in a row Santa Claus will bring his “Ho, Ho, Ho” to the ranch to hear holiday wishes. Join him inside the 19th century parlor decorated for an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas. Parents can get that perfect photo of their kids sitting on Santa’s knee without waiting in mall lines. (408) 226-5453.
2012 Events at Other parks:
  • Saturday March 24, 2012, Healthy Trails Hike, Santa Teresa, 9am-11am. A Park Docent will lead you on a moderate 2.5-mile hike along the Fortini Trail to see beautiful views of the Santa Teresa hills, Calero Lake and Almaden Valley. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water and snacks. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday March 24, 2012, Nature Journaling Hike, Santa Teresa, 1pm-4pm. 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.
  • Saturday, March 31, 2012 Wildflower Hike, Calero’s Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy the spring wildflowers and learn how the rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding foothills along the way. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then caravan to a gated site nearby. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks, and water. No dogs. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for
    public access; group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir meeting location. Reservations required. Register online or call (408)355-2240
  • Saturday, April 7, Introduction to Photography, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join a Docent for a 3.7-mile photography hike on the spectacular Mummy Mountain Trail. 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. Meet at the Mendoza parking lot on Roop Rd. Register online http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=177 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 7, Healthy Trails Bilingual (Spanish) Challenge Hike, Santa Teresa, 10:00am-12:00pm. Join us on a moderately challenging 2.5-mile hike on the Fortini/Mine/Stile Ranch Trails (loop). See Beautiful Valley Vista views of Santa Teresa Hills, Calero Lake and Almaden Valley. Meet at the Stile Ranch entrance. (408) 355-2294.
  • Thursday, April 12, Healthy Trails Stroller Hike and Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa, 4:30pm-6:00pm. Join a Strollerhikes.com Docent on a moderate hike geared towards families with small children. Enjoy many historical sites along the way. Meet at the Fortini Trail Head parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 14, Power To The Petal, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 11:00am-1:00pm. 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, April 21: Earth Day Trail Work – Coyote Lake (opening of the Ed Wilson Trail) [more info...]
  • Sunday, April 22, Wildflowers Galore!, Santa Teresa, 10:00am-12:00pm. Take a 3-mile hike to explore endangered species of the serpentine habitat and learn why certain soils and rocky mixtures produce the most beautiful and abundant wildflower displays. Meet at the Pueblo group area with hiking shoes, sun protection and water. (408) 225-0225.
  • Sunday, May 6, Wildflower Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9:00am-1:30pm. Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy spring wildflowers and learn how the rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. Register online http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=181 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 12: Park Beautification – Joice Bernal Ranch [more info...]
  • Saturday, May 19: National River Cleanup Day – various parks [more info...]
  • Saturday, May 19, 2012. South Bay Ridge Ramble. Bay Area Ridge Trail all-day event. Family Ramble: 3.5 mile loop through Santa Teresa Park. Family Geocaching Ramble with REI in Santa Teresa Park. Mining Ramble: 9 miles from Hicks Road/Jacques Ridge in Almaden Quicksilver Park with optional 3-mile loop. Extreme Scramble: 21-miles from Lexington Reservoir through Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve through Almaden Quicksilver to Santa Teresa, with optional 3-mile loop to Coyote Peak at the end. Stage at Santa Teresa Park. Hikers and cyclists on the Mining Ramble and Extreme Scramble are shuttled to the starting point and travel back to Santa Teresa. All participants enjoy snacks and drinks at rest stops along the way, and a tasty lunch. Maps, guides, and sweeps are provided so you can travel the trail at your own pace. To volunteer to help with the event, contact volunteer@ridgetrail.org
  • Saturday, May 19, Frog and Lizard Night, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:00pm. 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.
  • Saturday, May 26, Wash Day And Old Time Games – Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Come out for a fun-filled afternoon. Experience Granny’s “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. The historic ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, June 2: National Trails Day – New Almaden Trail at Almaden Quicksilver.
  • Sunday, June 3, Wildflower Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9:00am-1:30pm. Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy spring wildflowers and learn how the rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. Register online http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=182 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, June 3, Introduction to Geocaching, Santa Teresa, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Join Docent Sam Drake on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches on the Fortini Trail. GPS units will be provided. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Reservations required. Register online http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=187 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 23, Festival in the Park, Hellyer, 11:00am-4:00pm. Join us for this 6th annual health, wellness and safety fair! This year’s exhibits and activities will include those aimed at helping communities and families become better prepared for emergencies and natural disasters. Food available for purchase. FREE admission, information, health and recreation opportunities, entertainment and FUN! (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 30: Trail Day – Rocky Ridge Trail at Santa Teresa.
  • Saturday, July 14, Wildlife Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 4:00pm -7:30pm. Join a Park Docent for a moderate 3- mile out-and-back hike to enjoy wildlife and discover how the rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. Register online at http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=183 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, July 21, August 11, Wash Day And Old Time Games, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Come out for a fun-filled afternoon. Experience Granny’s “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. The historic ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, July 28, Family Fandango, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 5:00pm-8:00pm. 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 11, Micro-Zoology Night, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:00pm
    Join experts for a show and tell about microscopic creatures. Look at life under a drop of water. Afterwards, munch on popcorn while watching the microbe gone mad movie “The Blob.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, August 25, Wildlife Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 4:00pm-7:30pm
    Join a Park Docent on a 3-mile hike to enjoy panoramic views and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. Register online http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=186 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Thursday, September 13, Stroller Hike and Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa, 4:30pm-6:00pm. A Strollerhikes.com docent will lead you and your little ones on a 2.5-mile moderately strenuous hike past historical sites along the trail. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead with comfortable walking shoes and sturdy strollers or carriers. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, September 22, Fall Nature Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9:00am-1:30pm. Join a Park Docent on a 5-mile moderately strenuous hike to enjoy panoramic views and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to a trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 6, Introduction to Photography, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join Docent Ron Horii for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, photo composition, plus more! 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 on Manila Drive at Camino Verde in San Jose. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 13, Creature Feature Movie Night (Spiders), Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10:00pm. 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.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Sunday, October 14, Fall Nature Hike, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9:00am-1:30pm. Join a Park Docent on a 5-mile moderately strenuous hike to enjoy panoramic views and discover how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to a trail nearby. Bring sun protection, water, camera, sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group travels together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, October 14, Day on the Bay: A Multicultural Festival, Alviso Marina, 10:00am-3:00pm. 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 October 20, Amah Mutsun Heritage Day, Chitactac-Adams, 11:00am-3:00pm. The Amah Mutsun invite members of the public and their families to meet descendants of the people who occupied these lands for thousands of years. Participate in activities for families with children, hear creation stories, and learn about the rich history of this native culture. (408) 918-7772.
  • Thursday, November 1, Stroller Hike & Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa, 4:30pm-6:00pm. A Strollerhikes.com Docent will lead you and your little ones on a 2.5-mile hike past historical sites along the trail. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead with comfortable walking shoes and sturdy strollers or carriers. (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, December 2, Healthy Trails Hike, Santa Teresa, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join park staff on this tough but fun 3.0-mile hike on multiple ridge trails in the park. Explore serpentine habitats and enjoy sweeping views of Almaden Valley and the Bay Area form Coyote Peak (1155ft). Meet at the Hidden Springs trailhead with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks and water. $6 vehicle entry fee. (408) 355-2240.
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.

Past events at Almaden Quicksilver:

2007
  • Saturday May 26, 2007: Play Like a Miner, Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11am-2pm. Join museum staff for a fun-filled afternoon of activities and adventures that reflect the life and hard work of New Almaden’s historic mining community. Call (408) 323-1107 for more information.
  • Van Tours of Almaden Quicksilver Park: June 9, June 23, July 7, July 28, August 4, and Aug. 25, 2007. Reservations required, call 323-1107. Call for the ones in Sept. and Oct.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2007: “Tools of a Miner” Special Exhibit, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 10am-4pm. Through special exhibits and demonstrations, explore the dangerous underground job of hard-rock miners. Exhibitors from around California will share their collections and expertise. Call (408) 323-1107 for more information.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2007: Hiking Essentials, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 10am-12noon. Discover from a Park Ranger what you’ll need to bring along for safe, successful hiking adventures in the great outdoors. Be prepared for unexpected encounters or emergencies. You don’t need to carry everything but the kitchen sink, but you should know the 10 essentials. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance. Bring sun protection and water. Reservations required, call (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday Sept. 8, 2007: New Almaden Day in New Almaden,  parade, food games, music, dancing.
  • Saturday October 13, 2007: Pioneer Day: at the Santa Isabel Shaft House on the Santa Isabel Trail in Almaden Quicksilver Park.
  • Saturday, November 10, 2007: Yuletide Bazaar, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 10am-4pm. Shop for the finest holiday gifts, arts, crafts, greenery and baked goods at New Almaden’s 3rd annual Yuletide Bazaar with a Victorian flair.  Admission free, checks and cash only for purchases.  Call (408) 323-1107 for directions and information.
  • Sunday, December 2, 2007: Cobweb Christmas, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 1-2:30pm. Discover how tinsel came to be through a German Christmas tale.  Make a tinsel spider web, meet some real spiders and eat Victorian-style Christmas treats.  Appropriate for kids age 4-10 accompanied by an adult.  Reservations required, call (408) 323-1107.
2008
  • Saturday April 4, 2008, 2-4 pm: Dedication of the Almaden Historic Photos, Almaden Branch Library, 6445 Camden Ave. - Large Community Room, (408) 808-3040. Join us as we dedicate historic photos of New Almaden, a local history display, and collection of materials of local historical interest. Following the dedication, docents will be stationed throughout the facility to add additional interpretation and information regarding the history of New Almaden. Displays and interpretation made possible by the efforts of the Committee for Almaden Historical Awareness and the New Almaden Quicksilver Country Park Association.
  • Saturday, April 12, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Free Outdoor Photography Class & Wildflower Walk, Santa Teresa County Park Historic Bernal Ranch "Barn." Spring is wildflower time and a great time to grab your camera and go outside and take pictures! Docent Ron Horii will teach you about how to take inspiring outdoor pictures. The class will include 90 minutes of indoor instruction, an easy-going 30 minute walk around the Bernal Ranch, and a moderate 1 hour hike into the hills to view and photograph the magnificent wildflowers.  Wear comfortable shoes; bring a hat, bottled water, and a camera (optional). To register call (408) 355-2255 or email kathleen.hooper@prk.sccgov.org.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Saturday, April 19th - Earth Day, Almaden Quicksilver Park, New Almaden Trail. Time: 8:30am to 3:00pm. Location:  Meet at Castillero Middle School on the corner of Leyland Park and McAbee in San Jose.  Volunteers will be shuttled from there to park border and hike into work site. Details: Come out and help obliterate an old section of the New Almaden Trail and re-route it.  Please wear long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes (no open toes!), bring a lunch, we will provide water, snacks and tools. If you are under 18, you will need a waiver which can be downloaded from our "Volunteer Opportunities" page. Due to the scope of work, volunteers for this project must be 16 and over. Number of Volunteers needed: 50. Registration is required for this event:  Please call 408-355-2278 or e-mail irene.tsobanakis@prk.sccgov.org leave your name, age, contact info, and total number of volunteers for your group.
  • Saturday, May 3, 8:00 am, Pat's Run, starting and ending at Leland High School, a 4.2 mile run/walk to benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation . Volunteers are needed to help out with the race. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Erin Dando at edando@pattillmanfoundation.org or call 408.507.6754.
  • Saturday, May 3, 2008: Trail Day at Santa Teresa on the Fortini Trail. Time: 9am – 1 pm. Location:  Santa Teresa County Park, Fortini Trail NOTE: We are meeting at the Stiles Trailhead, off of Fortini Rd. and McKeon Rd, NOT the main entrance to Santa Teresa Park. Details: Come on out to this beautiful park and help us reconstruct and restore the Fortini Trail.  We will provide water, snacks, tools, and gloves. Please wear long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes (no open toes), be prepared for rain or shine. Suncreen, hat and sunglasses recommended. Number of Volunteers needed: 30. Registration is required for this event:  Please call 408-355-2278 or e-mail irene.tsobanakis@prk.sccgov.org leave your name, age, contact info, and total number of volunteers for your group.
  • Sunday May 4, 12:00-3:00pm, “Healthy Trails” Mother’s Day Hike. Santa Teresa County Park. Bring your moms and the whole family out to enjoy a spring wildflower hike led by Park Docent Mike Boulland and the Friends of Santa Teresa Park. Play games and explore the park’s geology and history along the way. Meet at the park’s Fortini Trailhead off of Fortini Rd. For more information about this and other “Healthy Trails” programs and partners, check the County Parks website or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 10, Quicksilver Running Club races, 6:00 am: 50K and 50-mile runs, 7:00 am: 25K run, Mockingbird Hill entrance.
  • Saturday, May 17, 11am-2pm: Play Like a Miner, Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Join museum staff 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. The museum is located at 21350 Almaden Road in San Jose. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday May 17, Quicksilver Ride & Tie race. 30, 15 and 6 mile courses. Contact: Steve Anderson.
  • Sunday, May 18, 11:00am-2:00pm. “Healthy Trails” Hike or Bike, Hellyer County Park. Start your path to fitness, fun and adventure by joining the “Healthy Trails” program at this kick-off event for families. Take a hike or bike ride along the Coyote Creek Trail with park staff and Docents. Meet at the Buena Vista Picnic Pavillion with biking or hiking gear. For more information about this and other “Healthy Trails” programs and partners, check the County Parks website or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 21, 10am-12noon. Hiking Essentials, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Discover from a Park Ranger the 10 basic essentials you need to bring along for safe, successful hiking adventures in the great outdoors.  Learn what to buy and where to get it and become prepared for unexpected encounters or emergencies.  Meet at the Hacienda park entrance.  Bring sun protection and water.  Reservations required, call (408) 268-3883.
  • Sunday, June 22, 2008, 11:00am - 4:00pm: Festival in the Park- Where Wellness Meets FUN! Hellyer County Park  A multitude of agencies and organizations will provide information and offer opportunities for interactive play, where the goal is to help families take charge of their health, learn how to eat nutritiously, make healthful life choices and get physically fit.  FREE admission, information, health and recreation opportunities, food, entertainment and FUN!!  (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, July 12, 2008, 10:00am-12:00pm. Living With Wildlife, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Take a 2.5-mile hike with a Park Ranger to discover how to share our parklands with bobcats, mountain lions and coyotes.  Learn how to identify their habits and habitats, and what to do if you encounter them along the trails.  Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and water.  (408) 268-3883
  • Saturday, July 19, 2008, 10:00am-4:00pm, “Tools of a Miner” Special Exhibit, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Through special exhibits and demonstrations, explore the tools used in the dangerous underground jobs of hard-rock miners.  Exhibitors from around California will share their collections and expertise.  The museum is located at 21350 Almaden Road in San Jose.  (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, September 13, 2008. New Almaden Community Day.
  • Sunday, September 28, 2008, 8:00 am: Quicksilver Challenge Half Marathon, 10K race, 5K kids' run, 5K walk, Almaden Runing Club, Hacienda Entrance.
  • Saturday, October 4, 2008, Free Outdoor Photography Class, Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 10:00am-12:00pm. Join Docent Ron Horii for a free photography workshop. Learn how to take outdoor pictures, about types of cameras, photo composition, plus more! Bring your own camera - any kind will do! Open to ages 14 and up - limit 20 participants. Persons under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn. Reservations required, call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 11, 2008, 26th annual Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver, Jacque Ridge-Wood Road Trail entrance off Hicks Road. 11 am to 2 pm. Raffle, silent auction, dedication, entertainment. Chuckwagon luncheon served at 12 pm, $10 donation.
  • Saturday Oct. 25, 2008, County Parks End of Season Volunteer BBQ, noon-3 pm, Vasona Lake County Park, Gateway & Blossom Valley. RVSP to Irene Tsobanakis: 408-355-2278 or email Irene.Tsobanakis@prk.sccgov.org.
2009
  • Saturday, January 17, 2009, Introduction to Geocaching, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-12:00pm. Join Docent Sam Drake to learn about geocaching and to go caching in beautiful and historic Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Hike down the Wood Road Trail to the historic rotary furnace, finding 8-9 geocaches along the way. Meet at the Wood Road Parking Lot. Limit 20 participants. Reservations required, call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2009, Almaden Quicksilver County Park
    9:00am - 11am. Join Docent Cait Hutnik to enjoy a hike along the Woods Road Trail.  For more information about other “Healthy Trails” programs and partners, call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 16, 2009, Wildflower Scavenger Hunt, Almaden Quicksilver Park. Meeting location at the Wood Rd. Parking Lot
    10:00am - 2pm. Join Docent Kitty Monohan, President of New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Assocation, as she takes you on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations at Jacque Ridge along Wood Road Trail. DIRECTIONS:   From Hwy 85. take the Camden Ave. Exit South. Turn right on Hicks Road and follow for 6 miles.  At the intersection of Road and Hicks Road, turn left into the staging area. PROGRAM LEADER:  Kitty Monahan
    CONTACT INFO: NAME:   Carrie Grisenti
    PHONE: 408-355-2240
    EMAIL:    carrie.grisenti@prk.sccgov.org
  • Friday, June 12, 2009, Healthy Trails Challenge Stroller Hike
    Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Meeting location at the Wood Road Trail parking lot, 10am - 12pm. Join Docent Loren Romley, owner of Strollerhikes.com, to enjoy a hike along the Wood Road Trail.  For more information about Stroller Hikes, go to strollerhikes.com.
  • Friday, September 4, Full Moon Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 8:00pm -10:00pm. Let’s go for a full moon hike! Join a Park Ranger to explore park trails and discover how animals are adapted to survive in the night. Have fun participating in activities as you take an easy 2-mile hike. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, water and a red lens flashlight. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot. (408) 268-3883.
  • Friday, September 11, 2009, Healthy Trails Challenge Stroller Hike Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Meeting location at the Hacienda entrance parking lot, 10am – 12pm. Join Docent Loren Romley, owner of Strollerhikes.com, to enjoy a hike along the Deep Gulch/Mine Hill Trails.
  • Saturday, September 12, 2009, New Almaden Day in New Almaden,  jump-in parade, food games, music, dancing.
  • Saturday, September 19, History Tour by Van, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am – 1:30pm. Step back in time as you visit historic sites to discover what life was like back in the park’s mercury mining heyday. Van tours leave from the Hacienda Parking Lot at 9am and return after a brown-bag lunch in the park. Bring water and lunch. Note: restrooms are not available except at beginning and end of tour in the parking lot. Cost $7 per person. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, September 26, Free Outdoor Photography Class
    Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Join Docent Ron Horii for a free outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, discover how to take better outdoor photos and more! The class includes an indoor slideshow followed by demonstrations and an easy walk around the Historic Ranch to take pictures. Bring your own camera – any kind will do. Open to ages 14 and up – limit 30 participants. Meet in the barn, 372 Manila Drive at Camino Verde in San Jose. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday October 10, 2009, Pioneer Day at English Camp. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2009, Healthy Trails Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park 9:00am - 11am. Join Docent Cait Hutnik to enjoy a hike along the Woods Road Trail.  For more information about other “Healthy Trails” programs and partners, call (408) 355-2240.
2010
  • Saturday, January 16, 2010, Introduction to Geocaching,
    Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 8:45am – 12:00pm. Join Docent Sam Drake of Geocachers of the Bay Area on an adventure along the Wood Road Trail to find 6-7 hidden caches along the way. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot on Hicks Road. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, water and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, February 27, 2010, Healthy Trails Challenge, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Join Docent Cait Hutnik on this 6-mile moderate hike on the Deep Gulch Mine Hill Trails. You will be climbing steep trails to visit historic sites within the park. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water and snacks. For more information about other “Healthy Trails” programs and partners, call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday April 10, 2010 Wildflower Scavenger Hunt, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Meeting location at the Wood Road parking lot, 10am - 2pm. Join Kitty Monahan and Friends of New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association as they take you on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations at Jacques Ridge along Wood Rd. Trail at Almaden Quicksilver Park. Please bring water, snack and camera if desired. For more information call 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 22, History Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van up into the park, hike approximately 5 miles to various historic sites and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Tour costs $7 per person. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, May 22, Hiking Essentials, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 10:00am-12:00pm. Discover what 10 essential items all hikers should take along every time they hit the trails. Find out how to use and where to purchase these items. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot with a backpack, sun protection, water and snacks. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, June 5, History Van Tour, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-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. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Tour costs $7. Children must be over 6 years and 60lbs. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Sunday, June 6, Healthy Trails Equestrian Ride, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 10:00am-1:30pm. Join Docents Janice Fraizer and Kitty Monahan for a 7.5-mile, relaxed-pace ride to explore the exciting history of the old mercury mines. Meet at the Hacienda Parking lot with your horse, sun protection, water and snacks. No rentals horses available. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, July 10, History Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van up into the park, hike approximately 5 miles to various historic sites, and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Meet at the Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Tour costs $7. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, July 10, Living With Wildlife Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 10:00am- 12:00pm. Take a 2.6-mile moderate-strenuous hike to explore living with wildlife. Learn about our mountain lion, bobcat and coyote neighbors, and how they depend on the park and us to survive. Small children not advised due to steep trail sections. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and water. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, July 24, History Van Tour, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-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. Meet at the Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Tour costs $7 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60lbs. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, August 7, History Van Tour, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-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. Meet at the Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Tour costs $7 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60lbs. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, August 21, History Van Tour, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-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. Meet at the Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Tour costs $7 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60lbs. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, August 28, Basic Dog Obedience Training Techniques, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 6:00pm-8:00pm. As you hike with a Park Ranger, learn some basic dog obedience techniques that will help make your park and trail experiences more enjoyable. Discover how to identify and minimize potential hazards to you and your pets. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot with leashed dog, sun protection and water. (408) 268-3883.
  • Thursday, October 7, 2010. Healthy Trails Toddler Trek, Almaden Quicksilver County Park  4:30pm-6:00pm. Join a Docent from strollerhikes.com on this easy 2.6-mile hike geared for young children. Backpack carriers are best for hiking this park to visit historic sites. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot. Bring, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. (408) 355-2240
  • Saturday, October 16, 2010. History Tour by Van Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-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. Meet at the Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Tour costs $7 per person. Children must be over 6 years and 60lbs. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, November 13, 2010. Pioneer Day at the Casa Grande, New Almaden , 11 am to 3 pm, park at the Hacienda entrance of Almaden Quicksilver Park. The event will celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of the Casa Grande. Come and have fun, food, games, speeches, and see how well our parks department has rehabilitated the building and museum.
2011
  • Saturday, February 5, 2011. Healthy Trails Challenge Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 9:00am-1:00pm has been cancelled.
  • See here for the Spring Play Here calendar.
  • Saturday, April 9, 2011, Wildflower Scavenger Hunt, Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Join Docent Kitty Monahan and friends of New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association, as they take you on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations at Jacque Ridge along Wood Road Trail at Almaden Quicksilver Park. Meet at the Wood Road Parking lot. Registration is required. Register online. For more information please call (408) 355-2240. View here for the flier.
  • Sunday, April 24. What’s That Flower?,  Almaden Quicksilver,  9:30am-11:30am. Come take a 3-mile hike with a Park Ranger to meet some of the common wildflowers of the park. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks and your wildflower guide (if you have one). (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, May 14. 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. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. $5 per person. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, May 21. 10 Hiking Essentials,  Almaden Quicksilver,  10am-Noon. Discover what 10 essential items all hikers should take along every time they hit the trails. Find out how to use and where to purchase these items. Meet at the Hacienda parking lot with a backpack, sun protection, water and snacks. Bring your usual day hike gear if you have it. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, May 21. The Way She Wore – Six Decades of Women’s Fashion, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum,  1pm-2pm. Join us for a presentation on 1850s – early 1900s women’s clothing. View reproduction dresses and garments as would have been worn by women living in New Almaden’s Casa Grande. Reservations required before May 13. (408) 918-7775.
  • Saturday, May 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. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. $5 per person. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, June 11. History Hike,  Almaden Quicksilver,  9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van up into the park, hike approximately 5 miles to various historic sites, and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Tour costs $5. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, June 25. Living with Wildlife Hike,  Almaden Quicksilver,  10am-Noon. Take a 2.6-mile hike to find out what to do if you encounter wild animals in parks or around your neighborhoods. Discuss what is considered normal animal behavior, and what is not. Learn what these wild neighbors need to survive, and how we can share our lands safely. Meet at the Hacienda parking area with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and water. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, July 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 in the park. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection.Reservations required. $5 per person. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, July 23. 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. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. $5 per person. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, July 30. 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. The museum is located at 21350 Almaden Road in San Jose. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, August 6. Introduction to Geocaching,  Almaden Quicksilver,  8:45am-Noon. Let Park Docent Sam Drake take you on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. GPS units will be provided. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, and snacks. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, August 6. History Hike,  Almaden Quicksilver,  9am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van up into the park, hike approximately 5 miles to various historic sites, and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch,sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Tour costs $5. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, August 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 a brown-bag lunch in the park. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. $5 per person. (408) 323-1107.
  • Sunday, August 21. Grande-Licious family festival, Casa Grande 10 am - 5 pm.
  • Saturday, Sept. 10. New Almaden Day, Jump-In Parade through New Almaden, and festival at the New Almaden Community Center.
  • Sunday, Sept. 18. Quicksilver Trail Half Marathon and 10K, Almaden Quicksilver.
  • Sunday, September 11. Evening Mountain Bike Ride, Almaden Quicksilver County Park 6:00pm-8:00pm. Take a moderate 5.5-mile bike ride with a Park Ranger from the Wood Rd. staging area to the rotary furnace, up Bull Run, down through English Camp and back out to Wood Rd. Take periodic stops to see artifacts and learn about mining history along the way. Bring a well maintained mountain bike, layered clothing and water. Reservations required. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, September 17. History Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park 9:00am-1:30pm. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van up into the park, hike approximately 5 miles to various historic sites, and enjoy a brown-bag lunch in the park. Meet at the Quicksilver Museum. Bring water, lunch, sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Tour costs $5. Reservations required. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, September 17. Casa Grande Open House, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum 11:00am-3:00pm. Join staff and docents in period costumes to tour Casa Grande and learn about the rich history of mercury mining and Victorian life in New Almaden. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the newly landscaped back yard of this National Historic Landmark site. (408) 323-1107.
  • Sunday September 18. 35th Annual Almaden Valley Art & Wine Festival, Lake Almaden Park.
  • Saturday, October 1. Healthy Tails Dog Hike, Almaden Quicksilver County Park 9:00am-11:00am. Get fit and in shape with your dog! A docent from California K9 Solutions will teach you how to get outside and get healthy as you take a moderate 2.5-mile hike on the Wood Road Trail. Dogs must be controlled on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes and water for you and your dog. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 8. Pioneer Day at the Hacienda Parking Lot, to dedicate the new outdoor museum. More details later.
  • Saturday, November 5, Annual Almaden Hills Run, Almaden Quicksilver. 3-mile to 50 km runs, starting at the Mockingbird Hill entrance.
  • Saturday, November 5, Healthy “Tails” Dog Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-11am. Get fit and in shape with your dog! A docent from California K9 Solutions will teach you how to get outside and get healthy as you take a moderate 2.5-mile hike on the Wood Road Trail. Dogs must be controlled on a leash no longer than 6 feet. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes and water for you and your dog. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
    2011 Volunteer Events at Almaden Quicksilver (see here for details):
  • Saturday, January 8: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, February 12: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Mockingbird)
  • Saturday, February 12: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Mockingbird)
  • Saturday, March 12: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, March 12: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, April 9: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Mockingbird)
  • Saturday, May 14: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, May 14: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, June 11: National Trails Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Mockingbird)
  • Saturday, July 9: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; New Almaden Trail)
  • Saturday, September 10: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, September 10: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, October 8: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Mockingbird)
  • Saturday, October 8: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Mockingbird)
  • Saturday, November 12: Habitat Restoration (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)
  • Saturday, November 12: Trail Day (Almaden Quicksilver; Hacienda)

2012 Almaden Quicksilver events:

  • Saturday, February 18, 2012, Healthy Trails Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9am-1pm. Join a Park Docent on a moderately challenging 4.5-mile hike along the Wood Road, Castillero and Mine Hill Trails. View remnants of the expansive mercury mining operation as you explore nature and history. Meet at the Wood Road parking lot on Hicks Road. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and
  • sunscreen. Bring water, snacks and a camera. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 21,Wildflower Scavenger Hunt, Almaden Quicksilver, 10:00am-12:00pm.Join Docents and 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 entrance off Hicks Rd. Register online http://activenet.active.com/SCCOParks/registrationmain.sdi?source=adet.sdi&activity_id=176 or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday April 29, Saturday June 16, Sunday July 29, Saturday August 11, History Hike: “History Through A Changed Landscape”, Almaden Quicksilver, 10:00am-2:00pm. Take a 4-mile hike and travel through time with a Park Interpreter. Learn about the mining history that has helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. with a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under 5. (408) 918-7774
  • Saturday May 19, July 21, August 4, History Tour By Van, Almaden Quicksilver, 9:00am-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. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. Cost is $5 per person. (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, May 20, Living History, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine managers. Costumed Docents will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7775.]
  • Saturday, June 2: National Trails Day – New Almaden Trail at Almaden Quicksilver [more info...]
  • Saturday, June 9, August 18, History Tour By Van/Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9:00am-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 water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. Cost is $5 per person. (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, June 24, Living History, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 1:00pm-3:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine managers. Costumed Docents will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7775.
  • Saturday, June 30, Play Like A Miner, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11:00am-2:00pm. 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.
  • Saturday, September 8, New Almaden Community Day, Jump-In Parade, starts at the New Almaden Community Club on Bertram Road at 11 am.The parade goes down Bertram Road and returns on Almaden Road. There will be a carnival with food, games, raffles, bake sale, cake walks, T-shirt sales, and live entertainment afterwards at the community Club.
  • Saturday, September 29, History Tour by Van/Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 9:00am-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 water, lunch and sun protection.  Reservations required. Cost is $5 per person. (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, September 30, Healthy Trails Evening Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 4:00pm-8:30pm. Join a Park Interpreter on this strenuous 5.2-mile hike from Deep Gulch to Bull Run. Explore the rich history and diversity in the hills of New Almaden. Bring water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes, and a flashlight/headlamp. Due to steep grades and low evening lighting, trekking poles are recommended. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance. Reservations required. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, October 6, Tools of a Miner, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 10:00am-4:00pm. Come on out for a 1-day special exhibit with demonstrations about tools used by miners to do their dangerous underground work. Many collectors from California will be here to share their expertise on mining in the 1880’s. Educational and fun for all ages. (408) 918-7773.
  • Saturday, October 13, Pioneer Day, Almaden Quicksilver, 11 am. Festivities and food will be at the Hacienda Outdoor Mining Museum site near the Hacienda Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver below the start of the Deep Gulch Trail. Lunch will be served at 12 pm for a $10 donation.  A new sign for the incline railroad on the Mine Hill Trail will be dedicated at 1 pm.
  • Saturday, October 20, 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, October 27, History Tour by Van, Almaden Quicksilver, 9:00am-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. Children must be over 6 years and 60 lbs. Meet at the Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring water, lunch and sun protection. Reservations required. Cost is $5 per person. (408) 918-7773.
  • Sunday, October 28, 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 Dia De Los Muertos craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, November 4, Healthy Trails Hike, Almaden Quicksilver, 10:00am-1:30pm. Join park staff on a challenging 5.2-mile hike on the Deep Gulch/English Camp/Mine Hill/Castillero Trails to see lots of wildlife and mine operation relics. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks and water. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, November 17, 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 turkey craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, December 1, Yuletide Bazaar, New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 10:00am-4:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande in New Almaden to check out the local crafts & holiday goodies on display. 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. (408) 323-1107.
  • Saturday, December 15, Migrating Newts Find A Way, Almaden Quicksilver, 9:00am-12:00pm. 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 an Easy 2.6-mile hike. Meet at the Wood Rd. park entrance (junction of Hicks and Umunhum Rds.). Wear sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, hat ,and carry water. (408) 918-7771.

2013 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.
  • 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.

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