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					                   Almaden Quicksilver           Ed Levin
                   21785 Almaden Rd.             3100 Calaveras Rd.
                   San Jose, CA 95120            Milpitas, CA 95035
                   Almaden Quicksilver           Field Sports Park
                   Mining Museum                 200 Malech Rd.
                   21350 Almaden Rd.             San Jose, CA 95013
                   San Jose, CA 95120            Hellyer
                   Alviso Marina                 985 Hellyer Ave.
                   Mill St.                      San Jose, CA 95111
                   Alviso, CA 95002              Joseph D. Grant
                   Anderson Lake (Park Office)   18405 Mt. Hamilton Rd.
                   19245 Malaguerra Ave.         San Jose, CA 95140
                   Morgan Hill, CA 95037         Lexington Reservoir
                   Anderson Lake                 17770 Alma Bridge Rd.
                   18390 Cochrane Rd.            Los Gatos, CA 95032
                   Morgan Hill, CA 95037         Los Gatos Creek
                   Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch     1250 Dell Ave.
                   372 Manila Dr.                Campbell, CA 95008
                   San Jose, CA 95119            Motorcycle
                   Calero                        300 Metcalf Rd.
                   23205 McKean Rd.              San Jose, CA 95138
                   San Jose, CA 95120            Mt. Madonna
                   Chitactac-Adams Heritage      7850 Pole Line Rd.
                   10001 Watsonville Rd.         Watsonville, CA 95076
                   Gilroy, CA 95020              Penitencia Creek
                   Chesbro Reservoir             Jaskson Ave. & Maybury Rd.
                   17655 Oak Glen Ave.           San Jose, CA 95132
                   Morgan Hill, CA 95037         Rancho San Antonio
                   Coyote Lake                   22500 Cristo Rey Dr.
                   Harvey Bear Ranch             Cupertino, CA 95014
                   10840 Coyote Lake Rd.         Sanborn
                   Gilroy, CA 95020              16055 Sanborn Rd.
                                                 Saratoga, CA 95070
                                                 Santa Teresa
                                                 260 Bernal Rd.
                                                 San Jose, CA 95119
Your pocket                                      Stevens Creek
                                                 11401 Stevens Canyon Rd.
guide to outdoor                                 Cupertino, CA 95014
                                                 Uvas Canyon
adventures and                                   8515 Croy Rd.
                                                 Morgan Hill, CA 95037
great family fun                                 Uvas Reservoir
                                                 4200 Uvas Rd.
                                                 Morgan Hill, CA 95037
in the fabulous
                                                 Vasona
                                                 333 Blossom Hill Rd.
parks of Santa                                   Los Gatos, CA 95032
                                                 Villa Montalvo
Clara County!                                    15400 Montalvo Rd.
                                                 Saratoga, CA 95070
                                                                                                                Camp. It’s your nature.
                                                                                                                 Save gas, save time – a wilderness
                                                                                                                 experience is only minutes away.
                                                                                                                 Visit us and camp in a redwood forest.
                                                                                                                 Dine alfresco in a rolling, oak-studded
                                                                                                                 grassland. Or nap away an afternoon
                                                                                                                 next to a sparkling creek.
                                                                            The best part of all… the price is just right. Camping is available at
                                                                            Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, Joseph D. Grant, Mt. Madonna, Sanborn,
…how many great places there are to explore right here                      and Uvas Canyon County Parks. Reserve your campsite today,
                                                                            call (408) 355-2201 or visit www.gooutsideandplay.org.
in Santa Clara County – your own big backyard! Take
a look inside to discover the wide variety of natural,                      Dogs & Pets: Most areas in the County Park System are open
                                                                            to leashed dogs. Off-leash dog parks are conveniently located for your
historical, cultural, recreational and educational                          enjoyment at three locations – Los Gatos Creek, Ed Levin, and Hellyer
opportunities for your family, friends and you.                             County Parks. Common areas where dogs are not permitted include
                                                                            playgrounds, interpretive facilities, and a few designated trails. Please
                                                                            check park maps or our website, www.parkhere.org, for more information
                                                                            on dog access. Areas that are prohibited to dogs entirely will have
                                                                            a “no dog” sign clearly posted. If you don’t see a sign, keep



                                                                                     Key to symbols
                                                                            your dog leashed and Go Outside and Play!



                                                                                      Healthy Trails Challenge Hike.
                                                                                      See description under “all year” programs.
                                                                                      Reservations required. See program description
                                                                                      for appropriate phone number.

                                                                                      Easy Hike: Flat to gently rolling pathways and trails.
                                                                                      Leisurely pace.

                                                                                      Moderate Hike: Steeper or more frequent uphill grades.
                                                                                      Leisurely to moderate pace.

                                                                                      Strenuous Hike: Steep hills or long distances.
                                                                                      Moderate to vigorous pace.

Provide, protect and preserve                                                         Bring a lunch, snack, or dinner as appropriate.
regional parklands for the
enjoyment, education and                                                              Appropriate for children accompanied by an adult.

inspiration of this and                                                               All or mostly wheelchair accessible.
future generations.
                                                                                      Bring a bike in good working condition.
        Mission of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department             Helmets required.

                                                                                      Well-behaved and socialized dogs allowed,
The Santa Clara County Park system is composed of urban                               Must be controlled on a leash (6 ft. maximum).
and mountain parks which have a wealth of trails, lakes,                              Equestrian Ride. Breast collars, lead ropes required. Riders under
streams, and open space environments. It is one of the most                           18, helmets required. Experienced riders only. No horse rentals.
diverse recreational areas in all of California. Our natural                          Bring own canoe/kayak, life jackets and 2 glow sticks for each
environments range from the wetlands of San Francisco Bay                             person; call for additional information and restrictions.

to the oak woodlands of the Diablo Mountain Range to the                              Feature movie shown as part of program.
majestic redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
                                                                                      $6 vehicle fee to enter park.
Santa Clara County acquired its first parkland in 1924,
purchasing 400 acres near Cupertino which became Stevens                              Photography program.
Creek County Park. In 1956, the Department of Parks and
                                                                                      Volunteer Project. 18 and under must bring a County Parks
Recreation was formed. Currently, the regional parks system                           Volunteer Application signed by a parent. 15 and under must
                                                                                      also have an adult accompany them.



Go outside and play
has expanded to 28 parks encompassing nearly 45,000 acres.
                                                                                      Due to extreme weather conditions and other unforeseen situations,
                                                                                      some scheduled programs may be cancelled or changed. For those
                                                                                      with reservations, individuals will be contacted. For non-reservation
                                                                                      programs, you may call the number listed with questions or concerns.
                             Jr. Ranger Program
             A CLA           Jr. Rangers age 9-11 explore parks, wildlife,
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                             For program dates, registration forms                 Historic Ranch
                             or more information call (408) 846-5632.
                                                                             A visit to the Ranch immerses you in the realities of living and working
                                                                             on a family ranch in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Visit exhibits in the
Jr. Ranger Discovery Guide available on-line!                                restored ranch house, barn and along the interpretive trail to the
Discover some wonderful County Parks by exploring habitats from              famous Santa Teresa Spring. Park trails open daily from 8am to sunset.
ridge-top to bay! Earn an official Jr. Park Ranger patch by completing       House and barn exhibits open Fridays and Saturdays, or by reservation.
guide activities. Go to www.parkhere.org and follow the “For Kids”           Call (408) 226-5453 for hours and information.
and “Jr. Ranger” links.




       Fieldtrip and                                                         Volunteer Opportunities
         Classroom
           Programs                                                          Volunteers are needed in County Parks! Become an official park
                                                                             Trailwatch member, assist with resource management projects, become
County Parks offer a variety of educational programs for schools             a Docent at one of our historic sites, participate in creek clean-up
and community groups. Explore nature with park staff or take a guided        efforts, lead outdoor recreation programs… the list goes on!
tour back in time at one of our historic sites. Call (408) 846-5622 for      Call (408) 355-2254 or email volunteer @prk.sccgov.org for
a brochure, or check the parks website at www.parkhere.org                   volunteer opportunities and information, or check the parks
and follow the “For Teachers” link.                                          website at www.parkhere.org.




                                                                                                                      Healthy Trails –
                                                                                                                      Your Path to Fitness,
                                                                                                                      Fun and Adventure

                                               Chitactac-Adams               Healthy Trails is a fitness challenge for people of all ages and skill
                                               Heritage County               levels. The program challenges people to walk, roll, ride or run at
                                               Park                          least 5 of the 21 featured Santa Clara County Park trails contained
                                                                             in a trails guidebook. Healthy Trails is presented by the Santa Clara
Explore the lifestyle of Santa Clara County’s native Ohlone Indians          County Parks and Recreation Department and is free to the public
at this cultural history park. View authentic petroglyphs and artifacts      because of the generous support of the following partners, Kaiser
from thousands of years ago. The site’s exhibits and self-guiding            Permanente San Jose, the Santa Clara County Public Health
interpretive trail are open daily from 8am to sunset. Tours available        Department - Nutrition and Wellness and Steps to a Healthier
for groups of 10 or more by reservation. Call (408) 323-0107                 Santa Clara County. To register now for Healthy Trails or for more
for information.                                                             information, please visit www.parkhere.org or call (408) 355-2201.
                                                                             Avoid transporting unwelcome hitch-
                                                                             hikers… for nature’s sake!
things to know before you go!                                                Santa Clara County Parks encompass a variety of diverse and
Hiking in the fall and winter can be very enjoyable, breathing               unique habitats. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that
the crisp cool air or viewing water features that are often dry              our parks are being impacted by non-native plants that have
during the summer months. There are, however, a few things                   been introduced to the region primarily by human activities.
to think about before you set out on a day hike. Fall and winter             Some non-native plants are considered invasive weeds. Invasive
days are shorter, so start your adventure earlier in the day                 weeds tend to flourish, crowding out native vegetation. They
so you have enough time to hike back before it gets dark.                    have a competitive advantage and spread rapidly because they
The weather is cooler and chance of rain is increased, so be                 are no longer controlled by their natural predators. Invasive
prepared by dressing in layers, checking the weather forecast,               species can change an entire ecosystem. Some of the most
and having extra clothes in the car in case you get wet.                     aggressive weeds are actually popular ornamental plants you
                                                                             can purchase at a commercial nursery, such as Tree of Heaven,
                                 Some other tips to help                     Pampas Grass and Broom. You can help stop the spread of
                                 ensure you have a great                     invasive plants that are blanketing hillsides, encroaching on
                                 time and stay safe:                         trails and altering scenic landscapes in our parks. Here is how…
                                                                                • Remove burs and “stickers” from your shoes, shoe laces,
                               • Avoid hiking alone. If you do, let               socks and pant legs. Many stickers are actually weed seeds.
                                 someone know where you’re going                  Throw them in the trash instead of on the ground.
                                 and when you expect to be back.                • Remove plants, seeds and mud from your car, boat and pets
                                                                                  before leaving a park.
                                                                                • Buy certified “weed-free” hay for your horses and livestock.
                               • Use a trail map and plan your route,           • Don’t plant, cut or transport pampas grass or broom.
                                 making sure you have enough time                 Their seeds are easily distributed by wind.
                                 to go the distance.
                               • Leave a copy of the map on your dash
                                 with your hiking route highlighted,
                                 just in case someone needs to look
                                 for you.


                               • Take a flashlight and extra batteries.
                               • Take extra water and snacks.
                               • Take your cell phone (for emergency
                                 help try to make calls from hill tops).
                               • Take a whistle in case you get lost –                                                                  Pampas Grass
                                 it is easier to blow a whistle than yell.

                                                                                 Unwelcome Hitch-Hikers




                                                                                      Yellow Star Thistle                                        Broom
                                                                              THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
                                                                              Healthy Trails Toddler Trek
                                                                              Calero County Park • 4:30pm–6:00pm
                                                                              Join a Strollerhikes.com leader on this moderately challenging 2.8-mile
                                                                              hike geared for families with young children. Bring your backpacks
                                                                              or infant carriers, sturdy hiking shoes, water and snacks. Meet at the
                                                                              Calero day-use parking lot. (408) 355-2240

                                                                              FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
                                                                              Healthy Trails Challenge Stroller Hike
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3                                                         Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Sunset/Moonlight Hike                                                         8:30am–11:30am
Lexington County Park • 6:00pm–8:30pm                                         Join a Docent from Strollerhikes.com on this 6-mile moderately strenuous
Join park staff on a 3-mile sunset and moonlit adventure to explore the       hike geared for families with young children. Backpack carriers are best
adaptations of our nocturnal wild neighbors. Meet at the Lexington Dam        for this hike where we’ll be climbing steep trails to visit historic sites
parking lot. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, water               within the park. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with sturdy hiking
and a flashlight. Reservations required. (408) 356-2729                       shoes, sun protection, water and snacks. (408) 355-2240
Full Moon Paddle
Anderson Lake County Park • 7:30pm–10:00pm                                    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Discover local history and nature on a moonlight paddle tour of Anderson      What’s New in Hiking Stuff? Nature Hike
Lake. Experienced paddlers only, no instruction or equipment provided.        Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
Meet at the reservoir launch ramp with your kayak/canoe, life jacket          9:00am–11:00am
and 2 glow sticks per person. Reservations required. (408) 846-5632           Find out what’s new in the world of hiking gear, then take a wildlife hike
Healthy Trails Stroller Hike                                                  through the beautiful park with a Park Ranger. The 4-mile hike will be
Ed Levin County Park                                                          moderate to strenuous and is not recommended for ages under 16. Meet
4:30pm–6:00pm                                                                 at the Lakeview Campground Amphitheater. Bring sturdy hiking shoes,
Join a Park Docent from Strollerhikes.com on this easy hike around            layered clothing and water. Snacks will be provided. (408) 842-7800
Spring Valley Pond to explore the habitats and roles of fish, ducks           Family Bike Ride with a Ranger
and zooplankton in the pond. Meet at the Spring Valley parking lot,           Coyote Creek Parkway Bike Trail • 9:00am–12:00pm
across from the golf course. (408) 355-2240                                   Join a Park Ranger on a family wild-ride along Coyote Creek.
                                                                              Learn some cycling fundamentals, then set off to explore the local
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4                                                           wildlife! This is a 3-hour, moderately difficult 6-10 mile ride on a paved
                                                                              trail. Bring a bike in good shape, water, snacks and layered clothing.
Full Moon Hike                                                                Helmets required for all riders. Meet at the Park Office, end
Almaden Quicksilver County Park • 8:00pm–10:00pm                              of Malaguerra Avenue, Morgan Hill. (408) 779-3634
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            Henry Miller as He Lived
fun participating in activities as you take an easy 2-mile hike. Bring        Mount Madonna County Park • 9:00am–11:00am
sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, water and a red lens flashlight.       Come up to the place that Henry Miller, the “Cattle King”, called home.
Meet at the Wood Road parking lot. (408) 268-3883                             Discover how he evolved from a German immigrant to one of the
                                                                              wealthiest cattle barons of his time. Explore the historic ruins and
                                                                              discover why Mount Madonna was, and still is, so special. Meet at the
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5                                                         park office with comfortable walking shoes, water and sun protection.
Safe Biking Adventures                                                        (408) 842-2341
Hellyer County Park • 10:00am–12:00pm                                         Trail Day Volunteer Project
Discover how to choose the correct equipment and become better                Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
prepared to safely explore park trails by bike. A Park Ranger will            9:00am–1:00pm
show you how planning ahead and being prepared will lead to a safe            Come help park staff with a new trail construction and tread finishing
and fun adventure in nature. Meet at the Hellyer Park office. Bring a bike,   project. Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Bring a refillable
helmet and water. (408) 225-0225                                              water bottle, hiking shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt and sun
San Andreas Fault Hike                                                        protection. 40 volunteers are needed for this project, rain or shine.
Sanborn County Park • 10:00am–12:00pm                                         Meet at the park office. Pre-registration required. (408) 355-2254
Take an easy 2-mile walk with a Park Ranger along the San Andreas Fault       Hunters in the Sky
to explore the earthquake zone, local geology and natural history. Meet       Santa Teresa County Park
at the Ranger Office. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and water.    10:00am–12:00pm
(408) 867-9959                                                                Join a Park Ranger for a “lift” to the top of Coyote Peak to view and learn


www.parkhere.org
                                                                              about our local birds of prey. Meet at the Pueblo Group Area. Bring sun
                                                                              protection, binoculars, water and a snack. Reservations required for
                                                                              a van-ride to the top, or you can take the strenuous 1-mile hike up
                                                                              and meet us. (408) 225-0225
                                                                              SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, continued
                                                                              Star Party
                                                                              Grant County Park • 8:30pm–11:00 pm
                                                                              Take a look into the night sky with members of the Halls Valley
                                                                              Astronomical Group (www.hallsvalley.org). Telescopes are provided,
                                                                              but you are welcome to bring one. Entrance gate closes at 10:00pm.
                                                                              Meet at Halley Hill. (408) 274-6121

                                                                              SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
                                                                              Hike and Sketch
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, continued                                             Ed Levin County Park • 10:00am–1:00pm
The Incredible, Edible Acorn                                                  Do you like to draw but need new inspiration? Try the beautiful
Vasona County Park • 10:00am–11:00am                                          outdoors! Take this 3.5-mile hike with a Park Ranger to learn about and
Ever wondered if an acorn has a purpose in the world? Come find               sketch the elements of our natural environment. Sketching materials
out who needs and loves acorns in this fun Ranger-led program. Take           provided. Suitable for ages 12 and up. Bring comfortable hiking shoes,
a short walk to an acorn-laden tree and get treated to acorn pancakes         clothes, sun protection, snacks and water. Meet at the Dog Park.
topped with wild mint jelly. Meet at the Park Ranger office.                  Reservations required. (408) 262-6980
Reservations required. (408) 365-2729
Stevens Creek History Hike
Stevens Creek County Park • 12:00pm–2:00pm
Join a Park Ranger on a 2-mile hike into the past using maps and
historic photos to explore changes in the land from the time of the
first people to present day. Meet at the park office. Bring comfortable
hiking shoes, sun protection, water and snacks. (408) 867-3654                SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Lost in Space Movie and Star Night                                            Rock Hounds
Santa Teresa County Park’s                                                    Uvas Canyon County Park • 9:00am–11:00am
Historic Bernal Ranch • 7:30pm–10:30pm                                        Bring your dog along to explore the beauty of the canyon on a hike
View the heavens through powerful telescopes and explore our solar            with a Park Ranger. Discover how our geologic past helped to produce
system. Laugh while watching the 1960s sci-fi television series “Lost in      this hidden jewel of a park – it really ROCKS. Meet at the day-use
Space”. Meet in the ranch barn at 372 Manila Drive in San Jose.               parking lot. Bring sturdy walking shoes, sun protection and water. Well
Reservations required. (408) 226-5453                                         behaved and socialized dogs welcome, leash required. (408) 842-2341
                                                                              Healthy Trails Hike
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13                                                          Joseph D. Grant County Park
Bikes, Birds and Breakfast Bike Ride                                          9:00am–11:00am
Vasona County Park • 8:00am–10:00am                                           Join Docent Cait Hutnik to enjoy a hike along the Hotel/Yerba
Join a Park Ranger for an early morning bike ride on the Los Gatos            Buena/Bass Lake Trail. Meet at the Stockman’s Parking Lot.
Creek Trail to observe and identify birds. Bring something to share           For more information about other “Healthy Trails” programs
and stay for a breakfast social at the end of the ride. Adults only please,   and partners, call (408) 355-2240.
pace not suited for children. Bring a bike, helmet and binoculars.
                                                                              Free Outdoor Photography Class
Reservations required. (408) 354-2608
                                                                              Santa Teresa County Park’s
                                                                              Historic Bernal Ranch • 9:30am–12:30pm
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19                                                        Join Docent Ron Horii for a free outdoor photography workshop. Learn
                                                                              how to choose and use a camera, discover how to take better outdoor
History Tour by Van
                                                                              photos and more! The class includes an indoor slideshow followed by
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
                                                                              demonstrations and an easy walk around the Historic Ranch to take
9:00am–1:30pm
                                                                              pictures. Bring your own camera – any kind will do. Open to ages 14
Step back in time as you visit historic sites to discover what life was
                                                                              and up – limit 30 participants. Meet in the barn, 372 Manila Drive at
like back in the park’s mercury mining heyday. Van tours leave from
                                                                              Camino Verde in San Jose. Bring comfortable walking shoes, water
the Hacienda Parking Lot at 9am and return after a brown-bag lunch
                                                                              and sun protection. Reservations required. (408) 355-2240
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                     SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
History Walk                                                                  Introduction to Trail Manners
Grant County Park • 1:30pm–3:30pm                                             Anderson County Park/Coyote Creek Trail
Join a park historian on this leisurely walk to discover the historical       9:00am–10:00am
features of the park. Explore Halls Valley history from Indian days           Join Nanette Morgan to learn about the finer points of sharing trails
to the recent past, including a tour of the Grant Ranch House.                with dogs and how to avoid troublesome situations. Meet at the parking
Walking tour leaves from the Ranch House at 1:30pm.                           lot at the end of Malaguerra Ave. in Morgan Hill. Bring sun protection,
House tour begins at 2:15pm. (408) 274-6121                                   comfortable walking shoes and water. Pre-registration is required. All
                                                                              dogs must be on leash and have current vaccinations. (408) 355-2240
                                                                                SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
                                                                                The Ohlone Lifestyle
                                                                                Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
                                                                                10:00am–1:00pm
                                                                                The Ohlone People who once lived off this land ate diverse meals,
                                                                                entertained themselves, made clothing, crafted tools and furnished their
                                                                                homes with only what nature provided. Come explore these early ways
                                                                                through stories and activities with a Park Ranger. Meet at the Park Office.
                                                                                Reservations required. (408) 842-7800
                                                                                Amah Mutsun Tribal Celebration
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1                                                             Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park • 11:00am–3:00pm
                                                                                Join members of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of Coastanoan/Ohlone
Healthy Trails Stroller Hike                                                    Indians for a special day of historical and cultural presentations.
Alviso Marina County Park                                                       Park visitors will also be able to participate in a variety of hands-on
4:30pm–6:00pm                                                                   activities. Chitactac-Adams is located at the intersection of Watsonville
Join a Strollerhikes.com Docent to explore the bayland birds and breezes.       and Burchell Roads in Gilroy. (408) 323-0107
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sun protection, water, snacks
and camera. Meet at the Alviso Marina parking lot. (408) 355-2240               Haunted Ranch House Tours
                                                                                Grant County Park • 7:00pm–11:00pm
                                                                                Join Ghost Trackers and a park historian for a special 1-hour moonlit tour
                                                                                of the Grant Ranch House. Explore the both the virtual and supernatural
                                                                                history of this old mansion using only a flashlight and your imagination.
                                                                                Tour times vary, reservations required. (408) 274-6121

                                                                                THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15
                                                                                Healthy Trails Toddler Trek
                                                                                Santa Teresa County Park
                                                                                4:30pm–6:00pm
                                                                                Join a Docent from Strollerhikes.com on this moderate 2.5-mile hike geared
                                                                                for families with young children. Bring your infant packs/carriers, sun
                                                                                protection, sturdy hiking shoes, water and snacks. Meet at the Fortini Trail
                                                                                parking lot. (408) 355-2240
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
                                                                                SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
Trail Day Volunteer Project
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park                                       Introduction to Geocaching
9:00am–1:00pm                                                                   Calero County Park • 8:45am–12:00pm
Come help park staff with new trail construction and maintenance projects.      Join Docent Sam Drake from Geocachers of the Bay Area on a caching
Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Bring a refillable water      adventure in beautiful Calero County Park. Hike the Figueroa, Vallecito,
bottle, hiking shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt and sun protection. 40      Pena and Los Cerritos trails – finding 7 hidden caches along the way.
volunteers are needed for this project – rain or shine. Meet at the Oak Flats   All equipment and instruction provided for free! Meet at the Calero day
parking lot. Pre-registration required. (408) 355-2254                          use area with comfortable hiking shoes, water and sun protection.
                                                                                Reservations required. (408) 355-2240
Family Friendly Moonlight Hike
Vasona Lake County Park • 6:00pm–7:30pm                                         History Walk
Come enjoy an outing under the moon and stars on the paved Los Gatos            Grant County Park • 1:30pm–3:30pm
Creek Trail with Park Docent Jennifer Snedeker. Watch for wildlife that         Join a park historian on this leisurely walk to discover the historical features
come out at dark, explore overhead constellations and discover many             of the park. Explore Halls Valley history from Indian days to the recent
secrets of the night. Meet at the Vasona playground parking lot.                past, including a tour of the Grant Ranch House. Walking tour leaves from
Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing. Bring water,               the Ranch House at 1:30pm. House tour begins at 2:15. (408) 274-6121
snack and flashlight. (408) 355-2240
                                                                                Star Party
                                                                                Grant County Park • 7:30pm–11:00 pm
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9                                                               Take a look into the night sky with members of the Halls Valley
Haunted Ranch House Tours                                                       Astronomical Group (www.hallsvalley.org). Telescopes are provided,
Grant County Park • 8:00pm–12:00am                                              but you are welcome to bring one. Entrance gate closes at 10:00pm.
Join Ghost Trackers and a park historian for a special 1-hour moonlit tour      Meet at Halley Hill. (408) 274-6121
of the Grant Ranch House. Explore the both the virtual and supernatural
history of this old mansion using only a flashlight and your imagination.
Tour times vary, reservations required. (408) 274-6121
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
Healthy Trails Hike
Almaden Quicksilver County Park
9:00am–11:00am
Join Docent Cait Hutnik to enjoy a hike along the Woods Road Trail. Meet         SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
at the Woods Road parking lot on Hicks Road. For more information about          Park Beautification Day Volunteer Project
other “Healthy Trails” programs and partners call (408) 355-2240.                Hellyer County Park • 9:00am–1:00pm
Creepy Campfire                                                                  Come help park staff with trail work, invasive plant removal, playground
Vasona County Park • 6:00pm–9:00pm                                               clean-up, litter removal and other projects that help keep the park beautiful.
Come enjoy a night around the campfire with a Park Ranger. Explore               Gloves, tools, water and snacks will be provided. Bring a refillable water
myths and stories that surround our nocturnal animal neighbors; stay for         bottle, hiking shoes, long pants, long-sleeve shirt and sun protection.
the Halloween-theme movie to follow. Bring a blanket or low beach chair          40 volunteers are needed for this project – rain or shine. Check in
and flashlight. Meet at the campfire center next to the Ranger Office.           at the park entrance kiosk. Pre-registration required. (408) 355-2254
(408) 354-2608
Bugged-Out Movie Night – Tarantula
Santa Teresa County Park’s
Historic Bernal Ranch • 7:30pm–10:30pm
Explore the fascinating life of the tarantula in our world. Hang on to your
seats while watching the 1950s thriller “Tarantula”, followed by some safe
close encounters with the real-life creatures! Meet at the ranch barn, located
at 372 Manila Drive in San Jose. Reservations required. (408) 226-5453




FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
Halloween Haunt
Ed Levin County Park • 5:00pm–8:00pm
Join park staff for a night of spooky family fun. Play ghostly games,


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carve a free pumpkin, eat s’mores around the campfire and take a creepy
hike around the Spring Valley Pond. Meet at the Ranger Office. Costumes
and all ages welcome, children must be supervised by an adult.
Hot dogs available for purchase. (408) 262-6980
                                                                               SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
                                                                               Healthy Trails Hike
                                                                               Mt. Madonna County Park
                                                                               9:00am–11:00am
                                                                               Join Docent Cait Hutnik to enjoy a hike along the Miller Nature Trail.
                                                                               For more information about this and other “Healthy Trails” programs
                                                                               and partners call (408) 255-2240.



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Trail Day Volunteer Project
Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
9:00am–1:00pm
Come help park staff with various trail projects including new trail
construction, tread work and pruning. 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. Check in at the park office kiosk.
Pre-registration required. (408) 355-2254




                                                                               FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27–
                                                                               THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31
                                                                               Fantasy of Lights
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14                                                          Vasona Lake County Park • 6:00pm–10:00pm nightly
                                                                               Come celebrate our 11th Anniversary of “Lighting the Valley with Fun”
Star Party                                                                     at Fantasy of Lights, a drive-through holiday lights display spectacular
Grant County Park 5:30pm–10:30pm                                               at Vasona Lake County Park. See the old favorites plus this year’s new
Take a look into the night sky with members of the Halls Valley                additions. Thousands of colorful twinkling lights and loads of holiday fun.
Astronomical Group (www.hallsvalley.org). Telescopes are provided,             Admission fee required. For more information and pricing, go to
but you are welcome to bring one. Entrance gate closes at 10:00pm.             www.parkhere.org. (408) 355-2201
Meet at Telescope Row. (408) 274-6121

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19                                                          SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
                                                                               Family Friendly Moonlight Hike
Healthy Trails Toddler Trek
                                                                               Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
Los Gatos Creek County Park
                                                                               Call for times
4:30pm–6:00pm
                                                                               Come enjoy an outing under the moon and stars on the paved
Join a Docent from Strollerhikes.com for an easy walk on the paved
                                                                               Martin Murphy Trail (2-mile loop) with Park Docent Jennifer Snedeker.
Los Gatos Creek Trail and around the percolation ponds. Wear comfortable
                                                                               Watch for wildlife that come out at dark, explore overhead constellations
walking shoes. Bring a snack and camera if desired. All ages welcome.
                                                                               and discover the many secrets of this historical and ecological area.
Meet at the Los Gatos Creek Park parking lot. (408) 355-2240


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                                                                               Meet at the San Martin Ave. parking lot. Wear comfortable walking shoes
                                                                               and layered clothing. Bring water, snack and flashlight. (408) 355-2240
                                                                             SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
                                                                             Santa at the Ranch
                                                                             Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch
                                                                             1:00pm–3:30pm
                                                                             Meet Santa without standing in crowded malls! Santa will listen to children’s
                                                                             holiday wishes and hand out candy in the ranch house’s decorated Victorian
                                                                             parlor. Bring a camera for the perfect holiday family photo. The ranch is
                                                                             located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Drive in San Jose.
                                                                             (408) 226-5453

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5                                                         Holiday Ranch House Tours
                                                                             Grant County Park • 1:00pm–4:00pm
Healthy Trails Hike                                                          Come enjoy the holiday season with a relaxing tour of the Grant Ranch
Uvas Canyon County Park                                                      House. Take a break from the hectic shopping and join us for a hot drink
9:00am–11:00am                                                               and pastries in the seasonally decorated mansion while learning about its
Join Docent Cait Hutnik to enjoy a hike along the Waterfall Loop Trail.      past inhabitants. (408) 274-6121
Meet at the day use parking lot. For more information about this and other
“Healthy Trails” programs and partner call (408) 355-2240.                   Star Party
                                                                             Grant County Park • 5:30pm–10:30pm
                                                                             Take a look into the night sky with members of the Halls Valley
                                                                             Astronomical Group (www.hallsvalley.org). Telescopes are provided,
                                                                             but you are welcome to bring one. Entrance gate closes at 10:00pm.
                                                                             Meet at Telescope Row. (408) 274-6121




                                                                             SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
                                                                             Holiday Ranch House Tours
                                                                             Grant County Park • 1:00pm–4:00pm
                                                                             Come enjoy the holiday season with a relaxing tour of the Grant Ranch
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13                                                          House. Take a break from the hectic shopping and join us for a hot drink
Holiday Ranch House Tours                                                    and pastries in the seasonally decorated mansion while learning about its
Grant County Park • 1:00pm–4:00pm                                            past inhabitants. (408) 274-6121
Come enjoy the holiday season with a relaxing tour of the Grant Ranch
House. Take a break from the hectic shopping and join us for a hot drink
and pastries in the seasonally decorated mansion while learning about its
past inhabitants. (408) 274-6121




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SATURDAY, JANUARY 16                                                      WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Introduction to Geocaching                                                Healthy Trails Toddler Trek
Almaden Quicksilver County Park                                           Los Gatos Creek County Park
8:45am–12:00pm                                                            4:30pm–-6:00pm
Join Docent Sam Drake of Geocachers of the Bay Area on an adventure       Join a Docent from Strollerhikes.com for an easy walk on the paved
along the Wood Road Trail to find 6-7 hidden caches along the way.        Los Gatos Creek Trail and around the percolation ponds. Wear
Meet at the Wood Road parking lot on Hicks Road. Bring comfortable        comfortable walking shoes. Bring a snack and camera if desired.
hiking shoes, water and sun protection. Reservations required.            All ages welcome. Meet at the Los Gatos Creek Park parking lot.
(408) 355-2240                                                            (408) 355-2240


                                                                          THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25
                                                                          Healthy Trails Stroller Hike
                                                                          Alviso Marina County Park
                                                                          4:30pm–6:00pm
                                                                          Join a Strollerhikes.com Docent to explore the bayland birds and
                                                                          breezes. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sun protection,
                                                                          water, snacks and camera. Meet at the Alviso Marina parking lot.
                                                                          (408) 355-2240


                                                                          SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27
                                                                          Family Friendly Moonlight Hike
                                                                          Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
                                                                          6:30pm–8:00pm
                                                                          Come enjoy an outing under the moon and stars on the paved
                                                                          Martin Murphy Trail (2-mile loop) with Park Docent Jennifer Snedeker.
                                                                          Watch for wildlife that come out at dark, explore overhead
                                                                          constellations and discover the many secrets of this historical
                                                                          and ecological area. Meet at the San Martin Ave. parking lot. Wear
                                                                          comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing. Bring water, snack
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30                                                      and flashlight. (408) 355-2240
Family Friendly Moonlight Hike
Vasona Lake County Park • 5:30pm–7:00pm
Come enjoy an outing under the moon and stars on the paved Los Gatos
Creek Trail with Park Docent Jennifer Snedeker. Watch for wildlife that
come out at dark, explore overhead constellations and discover many
secrets of the night. Meet at the Vasona playground parking lot. Wear
comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing. Bring water, snack
and flashlight. (408) 355-2240




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