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Published on: 9/17/2020 12:38 PM

Upcoming Virtual Programs 

Due to COVID-19 all park interpretive activities are taking place online. For more information on the programs below or other interpretive programs with Santa Clara County Parks, contact

Note: All programs are free but require signups.

Celebrate 175 years of New Almaden Mining History
Celebrate 175 years of New Almaden Mining History

Thursdays through Mid-Nov. | Mercury Minutes Video Series 
Tune in to the Park’s Facebook page or YouTube channel for our 7-part video series on New Almaden’s mercury mining, the diverse communities who worked on the hill, and the transformation of a ravaged landscape into a beloved Santa Clara County Park. 
October | Virtual Play Like a Miner
Our most popular annual event at Casa Grande is going virtual. Visit our museum website for an activity book to download. Fun videos will air in October, and sign up for our kid-friendly cookie mining competition on 10/29 at 3:30pm. Register here! ​For more information, contact

Check out our Park’s Facebook page or YouTube channel every Thursday through mid-November for a new Mercury Minute or Play Like a Miner video​.

Chasing Utopia: Agriculture in the Santa Clara ValleyChasing Utopia: Agriculture in the Santa Clara Valley 
Friday, September 18 | 12-12:45pm

What do you think farms and cities will look like in the future? Join Park Interpreter Rob McDonnell to learn about agriculture in the Santa Clara Valley, and how plant cultivation from the past and present can help us build a positive future. Click here to sign up.

FireFire as Land Steward  
Wednesday, September 23 | 12-1 pm 

How can we use fire to create balance between people and wild landscapes? Explore the complexity of recent fires throughout Santa Clara County, and participate in thought-provoking discussions with park interpreter Luke Bailey and natural resource coordinator Mason Hyland about the role of fire in our communities. Best for ages 12+. Click here to sign up.     
Parks Trivia Night! 
Thursday, September 24 | 6:30-7:15PM 

Join us online for our monthly Parks Trivia game show and put your knowledge to the test!  Questions will highlight nature, history, and fun facts about our 28 County Parks. 1st place winners will receive a prize. Are you up for the challenge? Best for ages 12+.  Click here to sign up.   


Thinking Small: How Nature Journaling Leads to Wellness
Thinking Small: How Nature Journaling Leads to Wellness 
Tuesday, September 29 | 5-5:45 pm 

We’re always encouraged to think big, but how many chances do you have to think small? In this program, designed to include people with or without backyards, you will have the chance to participate in a nature journaling activity and learn how nature journaling can improve your health. Click here to sign up.

Neighborhood Naturalists
Neighborhood Naturalists  
Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15 | 6:15-7:30pm  

Curious about the natural world in your own neighborhood? This educational program for adults will introduce participants to the natural history of Santa Clara County with an emphasis on the region’s geology, native plants, wildlife, and nature journaling.  Click here​ to sign up.  

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