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Agent of Discovery
Hello, Agent! Are you ready to explore your community in a whole new way?
The more Missions you complete, the more prizes you can win! Agents of Discovery is an educational mobile game where people of all ages can learn about the natural, cultural, and historic resources of four signature Santa Clara County Parks.
HISTORICAL HERITAGE GRANT PROGRAM - FY 2022
The Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara established the Historical Heritage Grant Program (HHGP) in 1990 to promote historic preservation and the awareness of significant cultural, historical, and archaeological resources within Santa Clara County.
Calendar Photo Contest
If you enjoy outdoor photography, enter our calendar contest and submit your best photos taken in Santa Clara County's 28 magnificent parks.
County Parks Reinstate Vehicle Entry Fees
Santa Clara County Parks will be returning to the collection of vehicle entry fees. The six-dollar ($6) collection fee will be effective April 5, 2021 at the parks listed. Other entrances have and will remain free to visitors.
Enjoy your County Parks virtually without leaving home!
Discover your Parks and some of their hidden gems through videos and live virtual programs.
#PixInParks Challenge begins January 4, 2021!
Seven magnificent new hiking adventures hand picked, all nearby, to get you outside and experience new terrain and spectacular vistas. To entice you to
escape to new destinatons
, a commemorative t-shirt or bandana awaits those who complete the
New and Returning Park Visitor Tips
What you need to know before visiting a County Park. There's plenty of good information in this short video for new and returning visitors on how to be prepared and to enjoy your County Parks safely.
Recommended Social Distancing Trail Maps
Discover hikes featuring road-width trails to make social distancing easy. Our print version maps and a mapping tool will help you to stay on the path. Visitors should park in main parking lots to avoid overcrowded trailhead parking on weekends.
Low Risk Park Activities Are Now Open.
Boating, golf courses, archery ranges and disc golf courses are now open. Please refer to the safety protocols for specific restrictions prior to visiting.
Our Commitment to the Community
In 2018 the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors adopted the Parks Department’s Strategic Plan which guides Department investments for the next ten years. Read the Executive Summary for the highlights of this exciting plan to serve all the residents of Santa Clara County and protect our precious natural and cultural resources.
A 6-minute video highlighting Santa Clara County Park's legacy of providing outstanding recreational opportunities in beautiful natural locations
Features include nature, historical sites, outdoor recreation, and the people behind parks.
Parks donation program
Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation Department accepts charitable donations to restore and improve our renowned open spaces. Trees, benches, shade structures and other items make great gifts to both your beneficiary and your favorite park.
Events, Classes, and Programs
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Hot Plates - Climate Change and Agriculture
Saturday, August 14 | 9-10 am
Over the next century, the world is expected to experience a rise in both temperatures and sea levels. During this program, you can join Park Interpreter Rob in Martial Cottle Park to learn about the natural features that made the Santa Clara Valley an agricultural hub, and how the excess of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere will affect crops and livestock in the present and future.
to sign up.
Dates: Wednesdays, August 4, 11, & 18
Curious about the natural world in your own neighborhood? This educational program for adults introduces participants to the natural history of Santa Clara County. Each week will bring expert guest speakers who cover local geology, native plants, and common wildlife, as well as ‘homework’ activities including neighborhood walks, summer stargazing, and nature journaling. Click
to register or get more info by emailing
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