Contents:

About NAQCPA

Donate to NAQCPA

Almaden Quicksilver Park Info

Mining Museum

Gift Shop

Museum Archives

Outdoor Museum

Pioneer Days

New Almaden Days

News, Media, and Articles

Pictures, Special Reports

Almaden Quicksilver Park Events

Events in Other Parks

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Links:


New Almaden and Almaden Quicksilver:

New Almaden Self-Guided Walking Tour

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

Mining Museum Archives

Directions to Almaden Quicksilver

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Trail Map

Open Road TV show on Almaden Quicksilver


Santa Clara County Parks:


Calendar of County Parks Activities

Spring-Summer 2015 Play Here! Activities Guide

Park Here! Guide to the County Parks

Santa Clara County Parks Homepage

County Parks Volunteer Information

Volunteer Calendar

County Parks Healthy Trails Program

Parks for Life Challenge

Santa Clara County Parks on Facebook

Ron Horii's Pictures of the Santa Clara County Parks

Ron Horii's Pictures of County Park Volunteer Activities


Parks and Community:

Ron Horii's SF Bay Rec & Travel

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Friends of Los Alamitos Watershed


Webmaster Contact
 

New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association

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


  Latest news:


There was a NAQCPA meeting at the New Almaden Community Club on May 13, 2015 at 7 pm. County Parks staff member Julie Lee came to discuss the use of the Casa Grande for events. She talked about noise issues from these events and is looking for community feedback. If you have concerns, contact Julie at the Casa Grande at (408) 323-1107.

Hacienda cleanup 5/16/15
National River Cleanup Day was on Saturday May 16, 2015 from 9 am to 12 pm. It was held at multiple locations, including the Hacienda entrance at Almaden Quicksilver. See May 16 on the event calendar below for details.  Here are pictures from the event.

Bell Tower, 8/19/15
NAQCPA members are working on the Bell Tower at the Hacienda entrance to the park. It will hold an historic bell that was used in New Almaden. The new tower is based on the design of the old tower. The second floor walls were pre-assembled at the Casa Grande and were placed on top of the first story. The picture above shows how it looked on 8/19/15. The sign on the tower shows a picture of the original tower (below) and informs the public that it is not a pay station. The top of the tower, including the bell, will also be pre-assembled at the Casa Grande and will be placed atop the tower with a crane. The tower should be completed in time for Pioneer Day on October 10, during which time the tower will be dedicated. If you would like to help with the tower construction, contact Kitty Monahan (see the NAQCPA newsletters below). See this Facebook album for pictures of the tower construction.

Original Hacienda Bell Tower
This is a picture of the original Hacienda bell tower, taken in 1960, from the museum archives (see below).

New restroom at the Hacienda entrance
The new restroom at the Hacienda entrance has been completed and is now open. There is a high-tech drinking fountain there, with a filtered water dispenser and dog-watering dish. (Picture taken 5/13/15.)

Ron Horii's award-winning picture of the Casa Grande
Ron Horii entered this picture of the Casa Grande, taken on 3/28/15, in the Visual San Jose Historic Photo Contest. It won first place in the non-professional category. Awards were given in a ceremony at Southern Lumber on 6/16/15, which was the last event at Southern Lumber before it closed. The picture appeared in newspaper and magazine articles about the contest, such as issue 7.2 of Content Magazine, the Summer 2015 issue of PACSJ's Continuity magazine, and the June 19, 2015 issue of Almaden Resident newspaper. The picture will eventually be on display at the Casa Grande.

Almaden Quicksilver Billboard on Monterey Road
The County Parks Department has an ad campaign called "Nature is Nearby." They have billboards all over San Jose showing different County Parks. Most are within a half hour's drive from the billboard location. The driving time is shown. This is the billboard on Almaden Quicksilver. It's on Monterey Road just south of Metcalf Road and just before the Metcalf Energy Center power plant. It uses Ron Horii's picture of the view from the end of the Catherine Tunnel Trail. (Picture taken 7/5/15.)

Mountain lion and bobcat displays at the Casa Grande
There was a presentation at the Casa Grande on 7/30/15 on mountain lions and bobcats. Park Interpreter Chris Carson Seals (above) was one of the presenters, along with Natural Resources Manager Don Rocha. After giving a slideshow presentation, they showed artifacts, like the ones above.  Coincidentally, earler on the same day, a mountain lion was spotted at the corner of Hicks Road and Alamitos Road by Almaden Reservoir. It was seen by NAQCPA members and park staff, including Ann Laverty, who took the picture below:

Mountain lion at Hicks Road and Alamitos Road, 7/30/15

Mountain lion warning sign
This warning sign about mountain lions was at the Mockingbird Hill Lane entrance on 8/11/15.

Webb Canyon water tank
Some neighbors in the Almaden Valley around Webb Canyon have expressed concerns about a proposed 41-foot T-Mobile cellphone monople antenna to be installed next to the water tank above the Webb Canyon entrance to Almaden Quicksilver That area is adjacent to, but outside the park. It's listed under City of San Jose Plan SP15-006. There was a community meeting to discuss it on 8/10/15. According to city planners, the community was in acceptance of the plan, though some members wanted more trees planted to act as a visual barrier. The project is still under review.

About NAQCPA

Pioneer Day 2013, Dedication of the Hacienda Outdoor Mining Exhibit

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

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

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


Donate to NAQCPA

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

DONATE TIME AND EFFORT

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

DONATE ARTIFACTS

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

DONATE MONEY WITH A CHECK

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

     NAQCPA
    P.O. Box 124

    New Almaden, CA 95042
 


Almaden Quicksilver County Park Information

Mine Hill Rotary Furnace and the Hanging Tree

Click here for visitor information about Almaden Quicksilver County Park These pages, created by Ron Horii, have park pictures, trail descriptions, information about the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, and related links.

If you live in or near the Santa Clara Valley or Silicon Valley in Northern California or are planning a trip to the area, you may enjoy a visit to the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Come and see our beautiful park and learn about its wildlife, and many historic photographs, writings, relics, and landmarks. You can reach the park office at (408) 268-3883.


Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum

The Casa Grande and the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum were closed for renovation starting in 2009. The Grand Re-Opening ceremony was held on Pioneer Day, November 13, 2010. It re-opened on January 14, 2011. The museum is open-year round Fridays through Tuesdays except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The museum is closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can reach the museum at (408) 323-1107. It is located at 21350 Almaden Road in New Almaden. These are the hours:


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

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

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

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

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


Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum Gift Shop

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

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







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




Mining Museum Archives

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

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


Hacienda Mining Display Outdoor Museum

Outdoor mining museum displays
Displays at the Hacienda Outdoor Museum

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

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

Pioneer Days

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

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

New Almaden Days

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

For more than 34 years, the community of New Almaden has held their New Almaden Day community celebration, kicked off by the Jump-In parade. It's an informal parade around the town, where anyone can jump in and join. Afterwards, there is a carnival held at the New Almaden Community Center, featuring games, prizes, food, and entertainment. This year's New Almaden Day and Jump-In Parade will be held on Saturday September 12, 2015.

News, Media, and Articles

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

Pictures and Special Reports

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

2015 Almaden Quicksilver events


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

  • January 2015:
    • Tuesday, January 6 Lichen: A Closer Look • Almaden Quicksilver • 9am-12pm. This 1.5-mile out and back nature walk is the first in a series that will explore habitats where lichen communities thrive. Learn to identify some of the most common forest lichen and discover ways these fascinating organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot off Hicks Rd. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Saturday, January 24 Nature Drawing Class Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 10am-11:30am. Have you ever really stopped to look at plants close enough to draw them? Come learn some basic skills to make your drawings come alive. These same skills can be applied to anything you wish to draw from nature. Materials provided or bring your own. All skill levels and ages 8 and up with a parent welcome. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
    • History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6.
  • February 2015:
    • Sunday, February 8 History of Almaden Air Force Station Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-3pm. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email at info@almadenafs.org
    • Saturday, February 14 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
    • Saturday, February 28 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
  • March 2015:
    • Friday, March 6 History Through a Changed Landscape • Almaden Quicksilver • 10am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike back through time to learn about the mining history that helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under age 6. Questions? (408) 918-7774.
    • Saturday, March 7 19th Century in a Bottle Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 1pm-2:30pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. Questions? (408) 918-7771 Questions? (408) 918-7774.
    • Sunday, March 15 Living History Day • Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum • 11am-3pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. Questions? (408) 323-1107.
  • April 2015:
    • Saturday, April 4 Wildflower Scavenger Hunt • Almaden Quicksilver • 12pm-3pm. Join Friends of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association on a wildflower scavenger hunt through various stations along the Wood Road Trail. Meet at the Wood Road Parking lot. Questions? (408) 355-2240.
  • May 2015:
    • Saturday, May 9. Trail Etiquette: Tips on Sharing the Trail. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Hacienda entrance at Almaden Quicksilver. Learn how to get along with other trail users. Meet local equestrians and bicyclists who will share tips on how to maintain respect from other user groups and get along with a variety of trail users. This is a drop-in event at the Hacienda parking lot. (408) 268-3883
    • Saturday, May 9. Living ​History ​Day, Casa ​Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. 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 may participate in a seasonal craft activity to take home. (408) 323 -1107
    • Monday, May 11, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Take a 4.5-mile moderate hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy spectacular views near the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill park entrance with a bag lunch. (408) 918-7772 May 17, Almaden ​Quicksilver ​History ​Ride, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Join park staff on an 11-mile ride through history. Meet at the Hacienda Parking Lot, ride to English Camp and loop around to other significant points of interest. A helmet and properly functioning mountain bike is required. (408) 268-3883
    • Saturday, May 16, National Creek Cleanup Day, 9am to 12pm. Volunteers will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the Hacienda Parking lot off Almaden Road. Pre-registration is required. No special skills are needed. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring a long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen and a water bottle. All necessary tools and gloves are provided. All registered volunteers will receive a confirmation notice prior to the event, including a map and final details. For more information on local waterway cleanup efforts, visit www.cleanacreek.org. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Saturday, May 23, Nature ​Drawing, 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Come hone your drawing skills while enjoying a pleasant morning at the park. Increase your confidence in drawing and learn skills to help you draw what you see. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your own sketch pad, pencil, and portable set of colored pencils or watercolors. Appropriate for adults and/or children ages 8 and up accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
    • Sunday, May 24, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. Step back in time and experience what life was like back in the mining heyday. Ride by van to various historic sites and enjoy your brown-bag lunch in the park. Tour costs $15 per person. To comply with seat belt laws, children must be at least 8 years old and 4’ 9” tall. Meet at the Casa Grande/Quicksilver Mining Museum. Bring a bag lunch. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • June 2015:
    • Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. National Trails Day, Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Volunteers will meet park staff at 9:00 a.m. at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Exact meeting location is to be determined. No special skills are required, but the work may be moderately strenuous. Please wear long pants and hiking boots and bring a long-sleeved shirt, sun or rain protection and a water bottle. All necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All registered volunteers will receive a confirmation notice prior to the event, including a map and final details. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Sunday, June 7, 19th ​Century ​in ​a ​Bottle, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Almaden author and antique bottle collector Tobin Gilman will provide an historical view of daily life and commerce in San Jose in the 1800’s, told through the prism of historic glass bottles from the area. Go back to the earliest days of San Jose as California’s first state capitol. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
    • Monday, June 8, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden, ​see May 11.
    • Saturday, June 13, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. See May 24.
    • Saturday, June 13, Introduction ​to ​Geocaching, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm. Hicks ​Rd ​at ​the ​Wood ​Rd ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Take a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. Meet at the Wood Rd. entrance off Hicks Rd. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. GPS units provided. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
    • Sunday, June 14, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. Learn about the history of this fascinating site, see key 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). For reservations call (408) 533-8107 or email info@almadenafs.org
    • Monday, June 22, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Challenge yourself on a 5.2-mile strenuous hike through diverse habitats. Enjoy remnants of the historic mining camps of New Almaden. Meet at the Hacienda park entrance with water and a bag lunch. (408) 918-7772
    • Saturday, June 27, Play ​Like ​a ​Miner, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Casa ​Grande. Join in for a fun day of playing and learning what it was like to be a miner long ago. There will be games, demonstrations and crafts as well as an opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold and precious gems. A fun event for the whole family. (408) 918-7770
    • Sunday, June 28, What's ​in ​a ​Ranger's ​Truck? 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. Have you ever wanted to see the inside of a Park Ranger's patrol truck? This is your chance to interact with the variety of equipment used for search and rescue, firefighting and lifesaving duties. Meet at the Mockingbird Hill entrance. (408) 268-5240
  • July 2015:
    • Sunday, July 12, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 13.
    • Monday, July 13, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda entrance, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 22.
    • Saturday, July 25, What's ​in ​a ​Ranger's ​Truck? 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Mockingbird ​Hill ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver, see June 28.
    • Sunday, July 26, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. See May 24.
    • Thursday, July 30, Mountain ​Lions ​and ​Bobcats ​on ​the ​Prowl, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Casa ​Grande, Almaden Quicksilver. Learn about the lifestyles and characteristics of these two magnificent animals living in and around our rural communities. Leave with a better understanding of why it’s important to be able to co-exist with these two felines in the natural environment. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • August 2015:
    • Sunday, August 9, History ​Tour ​by ​Van, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Casa Grande, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 13.
    • Sunday, August 23, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, see June 14.
  • September 2015:
    • Friday, September 11, 2015 9/11 Service Day - Casa Grande Beautification, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Casa Grande. On Park Beautification Days, volunteers help keep our parks healthy and looking great. Tasks at Casa Grande may include litter pickup, garden maintenance, invasive species removal, storm damage clean-up or other activities. Volunteers will meet park staff at 9:00 a.m. at the Casa Grande parking lot in the historic town of New Almaden, 21350 Almaden Rd., San Jose. Pre-registration is required. No special skills are needed. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring a long-sleeved shirt, sunscreen and a water bottle. All necessary tools and work gloves are provided. All registered volunteers will receive a confirmation notice prior to the event, including a map and final details. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Saturday, September 12, New Almaden Day and Jump-In Parade.
    • Saturday, September 12, Dog ​Hike, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Almaden ​Quicksilver ​-​ ​Wood ​Road ​Trail ​entrance
      Meet at the Wood Road entrance parking lot with your four legged companion and explore different tracks and scat found in the park. Bring doggie bags and a maximum 6 foot leash. Questions? (408) 268-3883.
    • Sunday, September 20, Trail ​Etiquette: ​Tips ​on ​Sharing ​the ​Trail, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Almaden ​Quicksilver ​-​ ​Hacienda ​entrance. See May 9.
    • Sunday, September 20, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda entrance, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 22.
  • October 2015:
    • Friday, October 9, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda entrance, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 22.
    • Saturday, October 10, Pioneer Day. There will be a dedication for the Bell Tower at the Hacienda Entrance. More details to follow.
    • Saturday, October 10, Trail ​Etiquette: ​Tips ​on ​Sharing ​the ​Trail, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Almaden ​Quicksilver ​-​ ​Hacienda ​entrance. See May 9.
    • Saturday, October 17, Introduction ​to ​Geocaching, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm. Hicks ​Rd ​at ​the ​Wood ​Rd ​park ​entrance ​at ​Almaden ​Quicksilver. See June 13.
    • Saturday, October 24, Living History Day, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Casa Grande. See May 9.
    • Sunday, October 25, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, see June 14.
  • November 2015:
    • Sunday, November 15, Healthy ​Trails ​Hike, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Hacienda entrance, Almaden Quicksilver, see June 22.
    • Sunday, November 15, Living History Day,  11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Casa Grande. See May 9.
  • December 2015:
    • Saturday, December 5, Holiday Yuletide Boutique, Casa Grande. Come visit Casa Grande in New Almaden to check out local crafts & holiday goodies for sale. You will be sure to walk away with some great gifts for family and friends! Casa Grande will also be decorated for the holidays and costumed docents & staff will further enhance the holiday spirits. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
    • Sunday, December 20, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, see June 14.
  • January 2016:
    • Saturday, January 9, Lichen: A Closer Look, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. This easy 1.5-mile out-and-back nature walk is the first in a series that will explore habitats where lichen communities thrive. Learn to identify some of the most common forest lichen and discover ways these fascinating organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Wood Road Trail parking lot. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
  • February 2016:
    • Saturday, February 13, Living History Day,  11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Casa Grande. See May 9, 2015.
    • Sunday, February 21, History ​of ​Almaden ​Air ​Force ​Station, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, see June 14.
  • March 2016:
    • Saturday, March 5, 19th Century in a Bottle, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Casa Grande. See March 7, 2015.
    • Saturday, March 13, Living History Day,  11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Casa Grande. See May 9, 2015.
    • Saturday, March 26, Guided 4-mile hike along the Anza Trail, 10:30-1pm. Meet at the Hacienda entrance. In honor of the National Park Service Centennial, join Santa Clara County Parks and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail for guided hikes to hear the story of the Anza Expedition. Learn about the first non-Native families to travel overland into California and how Anza brought hundreds of people safely across the desert to colonize the Bay Area in 1776. Families welcome. Wear good shoes and sunblock. Please bring water and a light lunch/snack. Contact:
      Daniel Sanchez, Juan Bautista de Anza NHT 415-623-2351 or daniel_s_sanchez@nps.gov.
  • April 2016:
    • Saturday, April 9, Wildflower Scavenger Hunt, Almaden Quicksilver, 12pm-3pm. See April 4, 2015.
    • Saturday, April 9, Mountain Lions and Bobcats on the Prowl, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. See July 30, 2015.

2015 Events at Other Parks


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

  • February 2015:
    • Tuesday, February 10. Lichen: A Closer Look • Santa Teresa • 9am-1:30pm Enjoy a 2.8-mile loop hike with a park docent to discover the incredible beauty and variety of lichen that thrive in serpentine grasslands. Learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Stile Ranch park entrance off Fortini Rd. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • March 2015:
    • Saturday, March 28, Trickles to Torrents • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-2:30pm. Join a park docent for a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike to see how water from winter storms finds its way to the valley below. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Tuesday, March 31, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy early spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • April 2015:
    • Tuesday, April 7, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Tuesday, April 14, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Tuesday, April 21, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Saturday, April 25, Foothill Ramble • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-1:30pm. Take a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike from valley floor to ridge-top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero Park office off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided hike in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; some steep sections; restrooms not available except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Tuesday, April 28, Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm. Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
  • May 2015:
    • Tuesday, May 5 Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location.
    • Saturday, May 9, Introduction ​to ​Outdoor ​Photography ​Class ​and ​Hike, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Coyote ​Mendoza ​entrance. Take a 3.7-mile photography hike on the spectacular Mummy Mountain trail. Learn outdoor photography techniques while enjoying breathtaking views. Meet at the Mendoza Ranch lot on Roop Rd. with a camera. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
    • Tuesday, May 12 Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Take a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to enjoy spring wildflowers that thrive in the park’s serpentine grasslands. Observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together, no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7771.
    • Saturday May 23, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Trees of the Forest. Follow a trail less traveled as it climbs from valley floor to ridge top with views of the surrounding watershed. Along the way, learn to identify a variety of common trees found in the park and how forests contribute to a healthy environment. This 2.5-mile out and back hike has steep sections. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir). (408) 918-7771.
  • June 2015:
    • Saturday, June 6, Festival ​in ​the ​Park, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Hellyer ​County ​Park. Come on out for a day of health and recreation opportunities, multicultural entertainment and family fun! Participate in CPR and nutrition classes, children’s activities and demonstrations for all ages. Free admission and parking. Food available for purchase. (408) 355-2240
    • Saturday, June 13, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Trail Watch First Aid & CPR.  Muriel Wright Center, Santa Teresa County Park. This American Red Cross certification course is the second-phase of the Trail Watch Academy and must be completed prior to patrolling. This certification class is available to new Trail Watch volunteers or current Trail Watch volunteers whose certification has lapsed. The certification covers: Adult CPR, Child/Infant CPR, Community First Aid, AED use. Registration is required. Please register by contacting volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or 408-918-4930. The Muriel Wright Center is located within Santa Teresa County Park, at 298 Bernal Rd in San Jose.
    • Saturday, June 13, Night ​of ​the ​Amphibians, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Park. Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local salamanders, frogs and toads. Pet one if you dare! After the program stay for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror classic “Creature From the Black Lagoon.” For reservations call (408) 226-5453
    • Saturday, July 11, Night ​of ​the ​Meat-​Eating ​Plants, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​ Drive). Join carnivorous plant experts to learn about both local and exotic meat-eating plants. Take one home if you win the drawing. Stay afterward for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror film "Little Shop of Horrors." For reservations call (408) 226-5453
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015. New Volunteer Program Orientation, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Muriel Wright Center. Our orientation is a great opportunity to learn more about the Volunteer Program, whether you are an experienced Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation volunteer or you are interested in becoming one! This event will include:
      An overview of the volunteer program and current volunteer opportunities,
      A chance to meet volunteer program staff and other volunteers,
      A tour of our new facility, the Muriel Wright Center,
      And an opportunity to confirm your volunteer records and learn how to enter your hours online.
      All are welcome, but please RSVP to volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or 408-918-4930 so we know how many to expect. The Muriel Wright Center is located within Santa Teresa County Park, at 298 Bernal Rd in San Jose.
  • July 2015:
    • Sunday, July 26, A ​Taste ​of ​Archery ​-​ ​8:30 am - 10:00 am Avenida ​Espana ​at ​Santa ​Teresa. Join 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. Equipment provided by Predator's Archery. Meet at the Archery Range on Avenida Espana. Families welcome, ages 6-up. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • August 2015:
    • Saturday, August 1, 8/22/2015 In ​The ​Park ​After ​Dark ​Movie ​Night. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Pueblo Area, Santa ​ Teresa. Enjoy the evening twilight as the sun sinks behind the mountains. Learn about your local County Parks system and then sit back and enjoy a feature film on the big screen. Meet in the lower parking lot with a low chair or blanket. (408) 225-0225
    • Saturday, August 22, In ​The ​Park ​After ​Dark ​Movie ​Night. 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Pueblo Area, Santa ​Teresa. See August 1.
  • September 2015:
    • Saturday, September 19, California Coastal Cleanup day. Ed Levin County Park, Los Gatos Creek/Lexington Reservoir, Vasona County Park, Hellyer County Park, Stevens Creek County Park, Coyote Creek Trail, Anderson Reservoir, Coyote Lake. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Saturday, September 19, Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams County Park, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Come celebrate the Ohlone Native American culture and discover the heritage of the people who once lived at this ancient village site. Participate in hands on activities, learn to make traditional crafts and watch unique demonstrations. Visitors will also see and learn about some of our local native wildlife. This event is Free. Food available for purchase. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
    • Saturday, September 19, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Coyote Valley Family Harvest Feast, Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, 550 Palm Avenue, Morgan Hill. Healthy Food and Lively Entertainment for the Whole Family! You are invited to this free, family-friendly event to enjoy local fresh and delicious foods!  Free admission and parking. Affordable & multicultural food. Lively family entertainment. Guided hikes & games for the kids. Live animals from Happy Hollow’s Zoo are visiting 12-2 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 12, Night ​of ​the ​Reptiles, 7:30pm-10pm. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​Drive), Santa Teresa Park. Join herpetologists to learn about local and exotic snakes and lizards. Pet one if you dare! After the program stay for popcorn, lemonade and the horror classic "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." For reservations call (408) 226-5453.
  • October 2015:
    • Saturday, October 3, Harvest Festival, Martial Cottle Park, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Healthy Food and Lively Entertainment for the Whole Family! You are invited to this free, family-friendly event to enjoy local fresh and delicious foods! Free admission and parking. Affordable & multicultural food.Lively family entertainment. Guided hikes & games for the kids. Live animals from Happy Hollow’s Zoo are visiting 12-2 p.m.
    • Sunday, October 11, 10 am to 3 pm. 6th annual Day on the Bay multicultural festival. Alviso Marina County Park, 10am-3pm. Our annual celebration of diversity will have free food, a pumpkin patch and kayak rides in the water off the beautiful Alviso Marina, a site on the San Francisco Bay Water Trail.
    • Saturday, October 17, Volunteer Recognition Event, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Muriel Wright Center, Santa Teresa Park. By invitation only, volunteers with over five yearly hours of service, will be recognized for your hard efforts in 2015.  Lunch to be provided. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Saturday, October 17, Explore ​The ​Outer ​Limits: ​Stargazing, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​Drive), Santa Teresa Park. Explore the cosmos with professional star gazers and their equipment. Watch old episodes of the Outer Limits while munching on popcorn and drinking lemonade. For reservations call (408) 226-5453.
    • Saturday, October 24, Trail Watch Academy, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Muriel Wright Center, Santa Teresa Park. If you are interested in joining the Trail Watch Patrol team, please submit a volunteer application to the Volunteer Program, specifying which park you would like to patrol. Applications are available on www.parkhere.org or by emailing volunteer@prk.sccgov.org.
    • Saturday, October 31, First Aid/CPR Certification (for Trail Watch Patrol Volunteers), 9:00 am - 3:30 pm, Muriel Wright Center, Santa Teresa Park. This American Red Cross certification course is the second-phase of the Trail Watch Academy and must be completed prior to patrolling.
  • November 2015:
    • Saturday, November 7, REI/BART Trail Day, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Sanborn. Join Santa Clara County Parks and other volunteers from the Trail Center and REI Saratoga as part of the 8th Annual REI Ridge Trail Service Day. Volunteers will work on part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail at Sanborn County Park in Saratoga. No special skills are required but the work may be moderately strenuous. Tools, work gloves and snacks are provided, but it's recommended that you bring your own work gloves and water bottle (we can refill your bottle). Sturdy hiking shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirt and sun or rain protection are highly recommended. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Saturday, November 7, Trail Crew Lead Training, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Sanborn. Under the direction of County Parks Staff, Trail Crew Lead Volunteers perform trail work at various parks. Join our Trails Program Coordinator, Greg Bringelson, as he shows a hands-on approach to the basics of trail layout and design. Topics will include: clearing and brushing techniques, tread, drainage and maintenance. Training will be on a part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail at Sanborn/Skyline Park. Meet at the Indian Rock Parking Lot. No special skills are required but the work may be moderately strenuous. Tools, work gloves and snacks are provided, but it's recommended that you bring your own work gloves and water bottle (we can refill your bottle). Sturdy hiking shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirt and sun or rain protection are highly recommended. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
    • Saturday, November 14, Introduction to Outdoor Photography, 10 am - 1 pm. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​Drive). Join Docent Ron Horii 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, November 14, Volunteer Park Lead Training, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Muriel Wright Center, Santa Teresa Park. Learn Leadership qualities, earn service awards and invitations to volunteer recognition events, share knowledge, skills, and passion with others. Under the supervision of Park Staff, Volunteer Park Leads may lead a group of volunteers for events related to, but not limited to: weed abatement, Coastal Cleanup, National River Cleanup Day, Beautification Days, trail brushing, and other volunteer events as assigned. For more information or to register for this event, please contact the Volunteer Program at volunteer@prk.sccgov.org or call (408) 918-4930.
  • December 2015:
    • Saturday, December 5, Fantasy of Lights - Walk-Thru, 5:30 pm - 10 pm, Vasona County Park.
  • February 2016:
    • Saturday, February 13, Lichen: ​A ​Closer ​Look Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Fortini ​Trail ​Head, 9:00 am-1:30 pm. Enjoy a moderate 2.8-mile loop hike with a park docent to discover numerous brightly colored lichen varieties that thrive in serpentine grasslands and learn ways these organisms benefit both wildlife and the environment. Meet at the Stile Ranch Trail parking lot at the end of Fortini Road. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
  • March 2016:
    • Sunday, March 13, Spring Forward Nature Walk, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Calero. Enjoy early spring wildflowers that thrive in the Park’s serpentine grasslands on a 1.5-mile leisurely walk. Along the way observe a variety of endangered species found only in this unique environment. Meet at the Calero Park office off McKean Rd. (south of reservoir), then carpool to the trailhead. This is a guided walk in an area not yet open for public access; group stays together; no restrooms except at meeting location. Questions? (408) 918-7770.
    • Saturday, March 19, guided 4-mile hike along the Anza Trail, 10:30 am - 1 pm, Santa Teresa County Park. Meet at the Pueblo Day Use Area. See Almaden Quicksilver, March 26, 2016.
  • April 2016:
    • Sunday, April 3, 10, 17, and 24, Spring Wildflowers Nature Walk, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Calero. See March 13, 2016, Calero.
  • April 2016:
    • Sunday, May 15 and 22, Native Plant Discovery Nature Walk, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Calero. See March 13, 2016, Calero.
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