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Friends of Santa Teresa Park News and Picture Archive 2013-2014

The following are archived news events and pictures from our homepage, from 2013:

Park Events for 2013
  • County Parks' Calendar of Outdoor Activities
  • List of County Parks Outdoor Activities Calendar, Spring-Summer 2013
  • Fall/Winter 2013 Play Here Guide
  • 2013 Calendar of Volunteer Activities (see here for more details on volunteer activities marked below with '*')
  • Saturday, January 19, Introduction to Geocaching, Almaden Quicksilver, 8:45am-12:00pm. Join a Docent on a beginner’s geocaching adventure to find 6-7 hidden caches in the park. GPS units provided.  Meet at the Wood Rd. parking lot. Bring sun protection, water, snacks and sturdy hiking shoes. Reservations required. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, January 19: MLK Service Trail Day - Santa Teresa *
  • Saturday, February 2: Trail Watch Academy – Hellyer Park *
  • Saturday, February 2, 2013, The History of Almaden Air Force Station atop Historic Mt. Umunhum. Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual key artifacts from the site, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association). 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Location: Casa Grande, New Almaden, 21350 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120. Please RSVP to Heidi McFarland (Heidi.McFarland@PRK.SCCGOV.ORG), 408-918-7774.
  • Saturday, February 9, Living History Day, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11:00am-3:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents & Staff will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a valentine craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, February 16, Take a Liking to Some Lichen, Santa Teresa Park, 9:00am-Noon. Enjoy an invigorating 2.5 mile loop hike over the Stile Ranch/Fortini Trails with a park docent. Learn about the life cycle of lichen, those colorful patches found on rocks and trees trunks. Along the way enjoy sweeping views of the surrounding foothills. Meet at the Fortini Trail entrance parking lot, junction of Fortini and San Vicente road. Dress in layers, bring a camera, carry water and wear sturdy shoes.Register Online (408)355-2240.
  • Saturday, February 16: Gardening at Casa Grande Museum *
  • Saturday, February 23, Healthy Trails Hike, Montalvo, 10:00am-12:00pm. Join a Park Interpreter for a 2.0-mile hike in the scenic redwoods of Villa Montalvo. We will hike to Lookout Point, where on a clear day you can see out to the San Francisco Bay. Please bring hiking shoes, water, snacks, and sun/rain protection. (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, February 24, Calling all Citizen Scientists! – California Phenology Project, Casa Granda/New Almaden Quicksilver Museum, 1:30pm-3:30pm. Become a scientist and contribute to a project studying the timing of plant life cycles throughout the seasons. Are plants responding to climate variability? Come learn about projects being set up in the South Bay and how you can participate. We will begin with an indoor presentation followed by practicing plant monitoring outside, weather permitting. For more information about the California Phenology Project, see http://www.usanpn.org/cpp/about/. This project is appropriate for adults and families. Flyer.
  • Saturday, March 2, The History of Almaden Air Force Station atop Historic Mt. Umunhum. See Feb. 2 listing above.
  • Saturday, March 16, Living History Day, Casa Grande/New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 11:00am-3:00pm. Come visit Casa Grande, once the magnificent home of New Almaden Mine Managers. Costumed Docents & Staff will be on hand to guide you through Victorian period rooms and museum exhibits. Children will be able to participate in a St. Patrick’s Day craft activity to take home. (408) 918-7774.
  • Saturday, March 16, What's a Watershed?, Calero-Rancho San Vicente Park, 9:00am-1:30pm. Join a park docent for a Moderate 5-mile loop hike to see how water from winter storms finds its way to the valley below. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd, $6 parking fee. Dress in layers, carry water, and wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register Online or call (408)355-2240.
  • Saturday, March 23, Nature Journaling Hike, Santa Teresa, 1:00pm-4:00pm. Come enjoy the spring wildflowers while learning the basics of keeping a nature journal. Journaling is a great way to study and remember the things you see and experience during your outdoor adventures. This is a parent-child participation class geared for families with small children. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Bring snacks, sketch book or paper, clipboard and a few pencils. Reservations required. Register online or call (408)355-2240.
  • Sunday, March 24, Healthy Trails Hike, Calero, 9:30am-12:30pm. Join park staff on a challenging 3.5-mile hike on the Los Cerritos and Pena Trails. Enjoy sweeping views of Calero reservoir and check out the beautiful Los Cerritos Pond. Meet at the park entrance off of McKean Rd. (south of reservoir entrance) with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, snacks and water. (408) 355-2240
  • Sunday, March 31, History Through a Changed Landscape, Almaden Quicksilver, 10:00am-2:00pm. Take a 4-mile moderately challenging hike and travel through time with a Park Interpreter. Learn about the mining history as well as more current events that have helped shape the landscape of this historic park. Meet at the Wood R. entrance off Hicks Rd. Please bring a bag lunch, water, sun/rain protection, and sturdy hiking shoes. Not recommended for children under 5. (408) 918-7774.
  • Sunday, April 7. Wildflower Rambles, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Take a Moderate 5-mile loop hike with a park docent from valley floor to ridge top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 13: Park Beautification Day - Almaden Quicksilver *
  • Saturday, April 13. Our Local Star-The Sun, Santa Teresa, 10am-12pm. Come explore our celestial centerpiece and discover how it affects all life on Earth, from plants and animals to our technological society. Meet at the Pueblo group area. Reservation required. (408) 225-0225.
  • Sunday, April 14. Wildflowers, Birds & Butterflies! Rancho San Vicente 9:00am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-miles total, out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Learn how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Dress in  layers, bring a camera, carry water, wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. $6 parking fee. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online or call (408)355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 20. Wildflowers, Birds & Butterflies, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Learn how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Dress in layers, bring a camera, carry water, and wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, April 21. Wildflowers, Birds & Butterflies, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Learn how these rolling serpentine grasslands provide critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Tuesday, April 23. See It With Wildflowers, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile out-and-back hike with a park docent to enjoy spring wildflowers. Meet at the Calero Reservoir boat launch on McKean Rd. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available, except at boat launch. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 27. Healthy Trails Hike, Santa Teresa, 9am-12pm. Join a park interpreter on a 3-mile strenuous hike on the Hidden Springs, Boundary and Coyote Peak Trails. Hike through diverse habitats and enjoy spectacular views from Coyote Peak. Meet at the Hidden Springs trail head with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, April 27. Wildflower Drawing Class, Santa Teresa, 11am–12:30pm. Increase your confidence in drawing and learn some skills to help you draw what you see during wildflower season. Materials are provided, but if you have a sketch pad, pencil, and a set of colored pencils or watercolors, bring them along. Instruction appropriate for ages 8-adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Rain cancels. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Note: There is no restroom at this location. Register online​ or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 4. Introduction to Photography, Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, 10am-1pm. Join a Docent for a 3.7-mile photography hike. Learn outdoor photography techniques and take pictures of the wildflowers, sunny meadows, shady forests, unusual rock formations, and breathtaking views. Bring a camera, sturdy hiking shoes, snacks, water, and sun protection. Register online, or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, May 4. Power to the Petal, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 11am-2pm. Hike with a Park Ranger to explore a bounty of wildflowers and discover why this unique environment provides critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at Calero Reservoir, then carpool to the trail nearby. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and sun protection. Bring lunch and water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area”, not normally open to the public. Restrooms not available except at reservoir. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, May 11. Last Chance Wildflower Hike, Santa Teresa, 10am-12pm. Discover why certain soils and rocky mixtures produce the most beautiful and abundant wildflowers, and learn which endangered species thrive in these serpentine habitats. Meet at the Stiles Trailhead on Fortini Rd. with sturdy hiking shoes, water, snacks, and sun protection. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, May 11. Wash Day and Old Time Games, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 3pm-5pm. Come out for a fun-filled afternoon at the ranch. Experience what granny called her “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. The ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, May 11. Carnivorous Plant Night, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Join experts for a show and tell about carnivorous pants. Learn about fascinating meat-eating flora and take home a Venus fly trap, sundew or pitcher plant for your very own study! Afterward munch on popcorn while watching the man-eating-plant, sci-fi movie “Day of the Triffids.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Thursday, May 30. Healthy Trails Stroller Hike & Toddler Trek, Santa Teresa, 4:30pm-6pm. Join a docent from strollerhikes.com for a 1.8-mile outing along the Joice/Norred Trails. This trail has a short steep section (100 yards) to start that we can bypass for strollers (joggers recommended). The remainder of the hike is flat and sunny. Meet at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch parking lot with comfortable walking shoes, snacks, water, and a camera. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 8. Healthy Trails Walk, Santa Teresa, 3pm-4pm. Join a park interpreter on a 1.8-mile easy walk on the Norred Trail. Hike along this mostly flat trail through serpentine habitat with excellent views of South San Jose. Meet at the historic Bernal-Gulnac-Joice ranch parking lot with sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, June 8. Frog and Lizard Night, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local salamanders, frogs, lizards, and how to set up successful pollywog aquariums. First families to make reservations can take home a tadpole with small tank. After the program, stay for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror movie “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Friday, June 21. Moon Blooms, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Take a moderate 3-mile hike to see soap root in bloom. This “evening bloomer’s” exquisite white flowers attract hummingbirds and a variety of insects to aid in pollination. Learn the many ways native Ohlone used the versatile plant. Meet at Calero Reservoir. Dress in layers with sturdy hiking shoes and drinking water. Note: This is a guided hike in a “closed area” not yet open for public access, group stays together, some steep sections. Restrooms not available except at boat launch. Register online or call (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 21 & 22: Festival In The Park – Hellyer County Park *
  • Saturday, June 22. Festival in the Park, Hellyer, 11am-4pm. FREE admission, information, health and recreation opportunities, entertainment and FUN! This year’s annual and very popular event will focus on Heart Health. Free CPR classes with giveaways all afternoon (limited supplies). Food available for purchase. (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, June 29: Shoreline Clean-up Day - Calero *
  • Saturday, July 6. Healthy Trails Walk, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 9am-11am. Take an easy 2-mile walk to explore local history and nature with a guide. Reap the added benefits of breathing fresh air and being active outdoors. Meet at the chicken coop with sturdy walking shoes, sun protection, water and healthy snacks. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, July 13. Chitactac Family Day, Chitactac-Adams, 10am-2pm. Families and friends are invited to a special day of hands-on activities, demonstrations and traditional crafts at this celebration of the native Ohlone People who once lived at this ancient village site. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, July 13. Micro-Zoology Night, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Join experts for a show and tell about microscopic creatures. Look at life under a drop of water. Afterward, munch on popcorn while watching the microbe gone mad movie “The Blob.” Reservations required. (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, July 27. Geocache Adventures, Anderson Lake, 8am-11am. Explore the hills above Anderson Lake as you search out hidden geocaches in the park. Bring a hand-held GPS unit, sturdy hiking shoes, layered clothing, water, and snacks. Cache exchange items welcome. Reservations required. (408) 779-3634.
  • Saturday, July 27. Water, Wildlife and Working Lands Series, Santa Teresa/Bernal Ranch, 12pm-2pm. Join staff from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Parks Department on a family-friendly, 1.5-mile walk to explore food production and farming from past to present. Meet at the ranch barn, 372 Manila Dr., San Jose. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, August 10. Meteor Shower Campout, Santa Teresa, 7pm. Join us for a fun, family overnight adventure to view the Perseid meteor shower at its peak. Around the campfire we’ll discuss many features in the night sky, then take a 2-mile night hike to Coyote Peak to view the meteor shower and other celestial objects before returning to camp. Bring tents, camping supplies, and food. Reservations required. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, August 24. Family Fandango, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 5pm-8pm. Come celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay, early Spanish-speaking colonists, and English-speaking ranch families who all settled in this area over time. The evening’s focus is family fun through demonstrations and activities that highlight 1770-1870 California. The Ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 846-5632.
  • Saturday, August 31. Water, Wildlife and Working Lands Series - Wildlife, Santa Teresa, 7pm-8:30pm. Join staff from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority and Parks Department on a family-friendly, easy, 1-mile walk to learn about our local wildlife neighbors and how agencies work together to manage and protect their homes. Meet at the Pueblo group area. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, August 31. In The Park After Dark Movie Night, Santa Teresa, 8pm-11pm. Meet at the Corral parking lot to enjoy a free movie night under the stars with family and friends. Bring low chairs or blankets and a flashlight. Donations for Second Harvest Food Bank gladly accepted. Food available for purchase. (408) 225-0225.
  • Saturday, September 7. In the Park After Dark Movie Night, Santa Teresa, 8pm-11pm. Meet at the Corral parking lot to enjoy a free movie night under the stars with family and friends. Bring low chairs or blankets and a flashlight. Donations for Second Harvest Food Bank gladly accepted. Food available for purchase. (408) 225-0225
  • Sunday, September 8. A Taste of Archery, Santa Teresa, 9am-2pm. Drop in with the Black Mountain Bowmen and learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow, fletch arrows, and make a bow string. A mandatory safety class will be given prior to shooting a bow. Please bring snacks, water, and sun protection. Equipment provided by Predator’s Archery in Gilroy. Meet at the Santa Teresa Archery Range on Avenida Espana. Families welcome, ages 6-up. Registration required online or by calling 408-355-2240.
  • Sunday, September 29. Healthy Trails Hike, Santa Teresa, 10am-12pm. Join a Park Interpreter on an easy 1.8-mile hike along the Norred Trail. Enjoy the view of the valley below as you meander through beautiful grassland habitat. Meet at the historic Bernal Ranch at the end of Camino Verde Dr. with sturdy hiking shoes, water, snacks, and a camera. (408) 918-7772.
  • Saturday, October 5. Introduction to Photography, Santa Teresa’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 10am-1pm. Join a Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, and about photo composition. Workshop begins with an indoor slideshow, followed by demonstrations and a walk around the historic area to take pictures. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn, 372 Manila Dr., San Jose. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 5. Nature Drawing Class, Santa Teresa, 10am-11:30am. Come hone your drawing skills while enjoying a pleasant morning at the park. We will focus on drawing plants, rocks, birds, and animals. Materials provided or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Pueblo Group Picnic Area. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, October 19. Spider Night, Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch, 7:30pm-10pm. Reserve your space for this annual crowd-pleaser and learn everything you need to know about arachnids, including our local California brown tarantula. View cages and cages of creepy crawlers and handle some if you dare. Hear spider poems and folklore followed by popcorn, lemonade and the classic big-bug movie “Tarantula.” For reservations call (408) 226-5453.
  • Saturday, December 21, Santa Teresa Park's Historic Bernal Ranch, 1:30-3:30pm. Santa Claus Comes to the Bernal Ranch. Where: "Picture perfect" Victorian parlor at the historic ranch house, Santa Teresa Park. It is decorated for an 1800's Christmas. Bring yourself, your kids, and their wish list. Don't forget your camera.
Park Events for 2014
  • Play Here Guide Spring/Summer 2014
  • 2014 Calendar of Volunteer Events and Trainings
  • Saturday, March 29. Trickles to Torrents, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. 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. Dress in layers with sturdy shoes, hat, and water. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Sunday, April 6 Photographers Day, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-3pm. Enjoy a wealth of photo opportunities as you join a park docent for a leisurely 3.5-mile out-and-back hike through rolling serpentine grasslands with a focus on the park’s natural beauty. 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. Pack a lunch, water, camera, hat, layered clothing, and sturdy shoes. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 12. Wildflower Drawing Class, Santa Teresa, 10am-11:30am. Increase your confidence in drawing and learn some skills to help you draw what you see during wildflower season. Materials are provided, but if you have a sketch pad and set of colored pencils or watercolors, bring them along. Instruction appropriate for ages 8-adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Rain cancels. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Note: There is no restroom at this location. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 12. Power to the Petal, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 11am-2pm. Take a 4-mile hike with a Ranger to explore a bounty of wildflowers and discover why this unique environment provides critical habitat for endangered species. Meet at the Calero Park office, then carpool to the trailhead. Bring sturdy hiking shoes, sun protection, lunch and water. This is a guided hike in a closed area not normally open to the public; restrooms not available except at meeting location. (408) 268-3883.
  • Saturday, April 12. Wildflower Drawing Class • Santa Teresa • 10am-11:30am Increase your confidence in drawing and learn some skills to help you draw what you see during wildflower season. Materials are provided, but if you have a sketch pad and set of colored pencils or watercolors, bring them along. Instruction appropriate for ages 8-adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Hat and sunscreen recommended. Rain cancels. Meet at the Fortini Trailhead. Note: There is no restroom at this location. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240
  • Saturday, April 19. A Taste of Archery • Santa Teresa • 8:30am & 10:30am 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 in Gilroy. Meet at the Santa Teresa Archery Range on Avenida Espana. Families welcome, ages 6-up. Two classes to choose from: 8:30-10am and 10:30-12pm. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Saturday, April 19. Foothill Ramble, Calero/Rancho San Vicente, 9am-1:30pm. Take a moderate 5.5-mile loop hike with a park docent from valley floor to ridge-top to enjoy spring wildflowers in a variety of habitats. Meet at the Calero 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. Pack a lunch and dress in layers with sturdy shoes, hat, and water. Registration required online or by calling (408) 355-2240.
  • Saturday, April 26. Native Plant Discovery Walk • Calero/Rancho San Vicente • 9am-12pm Enjoy a leisurely 1.5-mile walk to discover the rich variety of native trees, shrubs, and plants that thrive in the Park’s serpentine grasslands and the roles ranching and water conservation have played in the parks history. 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. (408) 918-7771
  • Satuday, May 3. Introduction to Photography Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch, led by Ron Horii • 10am-1pm. 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
  • Saturday, May 3. In the Park After Dark Campout • Santa Teresa • 6:30pm through 8am Sunday Join us for a great opportunity to enjoy the park under the night sky. Evening will include showings of Hunger Games I and II (PG-13). Meet at the Pueblo group area and bring all necessary camping supplies including tent, food, bedding, warm clothes and flashlight. No open fires allowed. For reservations call (408) 225-0225
  • Saturday, May 10. Wash Day and Old Time Games Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch • 1pm-3pm Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the ranch. Experience what granny called her “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. The ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453
  • Saturday, May 24. Nature Drawing Class • Santa Teresa • 10am-11:30am Hone your drawing skills while enjoying a pleasant morning at the park. We will focus on drawing plants, rocks, birds, and animals. Materials provided or bring your own. Appropriate for ages 8 to adult. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels welcome. Meet at the Pueblo Group Picnic Area. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Saturday, June 14. Carnivorous Plant Night Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch • 7:30pm-10pm Learn about fascinating meat-eating flora and take home a Venus fly trap, sundew or pitcher plant for your very own study! Afterward munch on popcorn while watching the man-eating-plant, sci-fi movie Day of the Triffids. For reservations call (408) 226-5453
  • Saturday, June 21. A Taste of Archery • Santa Teresa • 8:30am & 10:30am 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 in Gilroy. Meet at the Santa Teresa Archery Range on Avenida Espana. Families welcome, ages 6-up. Two classes to choose from: 8:30-10am and 10:30-12pm. Register online or call (408) 355-2201
  • Saturday, July 19. In the Park After Dark Movie Night • Santa Teresa • 8:30pm-10pm Meet at the Corral parking lot to enjoy Thor: The Dark World (PG-13) under the stars with family and friends. Bring low chairs or blankets and a flashlight. This event is partially sponsored by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. Food available for purchase. (408) 225-0225
  • Saturday, August 2, In the Park After Dark Campout • Santa Teresa • 6:30pm through 8am Sunday Join us for a great opportunity to enjoy Santa Teresa Park under the night sky. Evening will include showings of a popular feature film. Meet at the Pueblo group area and bring all necessary camping supplies including tent, food, bedding, warm clothes and flashlight. No open fires allowed. For reservations call (408) 225-0225
  • Thursday, August 7. Healthy Trails Toddler Trek • Santa Teresa • 3pm-4:30pm Enjoy a 1.8-mile outing along the Joice/Norred Trails with your toddler. This trail has a short steep section (100 yards) to start. The remainder of the hike is flat and sunny. Jogger strollers recommended. Meet at the Bernal Ranch parking lot at the end of Camino Verde Dr. (408) 355-2240
  • Saturday, August 9. Wash Day and Old Time Games Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch • 1pm-3pm Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at the ranch. Experience what granny called her “weekly affliction” and play games from 100 years ago. The ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453
  • Saturday, September 13. In the Park After Dark Movie Night • Santa Teresa • 7pm-10pm Meet at the Corral parking lot to watch Man of Steel 2014 (PG-13) under the stars with family and friends. Bring low chairs or blankets and a flashlight. This event is partially sponsored by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. Food available for purchase. Questions? (408) 225-0225
  • Saturday, September 13. Frog and Lizard Night Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch • 7:30pm-10pm Join aquarium experts and herpetologists to learn about local salamanders, frogs and lizards. Pet one if you dare! After the program, stay for popcorn, lemonade and the campy horror classic Godzilla vs. Mothra. For reservations call (408) 226-5453
  • Saturday, October 4. Introduction to Photography Santa Teresa Park's Historic Bernal Ranch - 10am-1pm Join a Docent for a FREE outdoor photography workshop. Learn how to choose and use a camer, 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. Register online or call (408) 355-2201. (See the poster.)
  • Saturday, October 4. Family Fandango - Santa Teresa Park's Historic Bernal Ranch - 3pm-6pm Come celebrate the history of early California and its ties to the Anza Expedition and the Bernal Family. The evening's focus is family fun through song, dance, demonstrations and activities that highlight the many contribution of our early communities. The Ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. Food available for purchase. Questions? (408) 918-7770
  • Saturday, October 11. Howl at the Moon • Santa Teresa Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch • 7pm-10:30pm “Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” Join astronomers to peer through their telescopes and learn about lunar effects. Also enjoy the 1940s classic movie The Wolf Man. For reservations call (408) 226-5453

Created 4/2/2014, updated 3/6/15 by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park