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Friends of Santa Teresa Park News and Picture Archive 2015

The following are archived news events and pictures from our homepage, from 2015:

Santa Teresa Park Events for 2015
  • 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 '*')
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Lichen: A Closer Look • Santa Teresa • 9 am-1:30 pm 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.
  • Sunday, May 3, History ​Bike ​Ride, 9:00 am - 11:00 am. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​Drive). Meet a Park Ranger with your bike and safety equipment ready to go! Land Grabs, Battles and Sabotage? Miracles? Buried Treasure!? Take a 5.5 mile bike ride on an historic tour through the park. Learn about the tumultuous history and chain of events that ultimately granted this land for use and enjoyment of the public. Meet at the Ranch parking lot on Manila Drive. For reservations call (408) 225-0225
  • Saturday, May 9, Old ​Fashioned ​Games ​and ​Wash ​Days, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Bernal Ranch, Santa Teresa Park. Play old-fashioned games from ranch times long since passed. Learn how clothes were washed with scrub boards and lye soap. Try your hand at roping a saw-horse and making an animation wheel from 100 years ago. The ranch is located at the corner of Camino Verde and Manila Dr. in San Jose. (408) 226-5453
  • 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
  • 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
  • Saturday, August 1, 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.
  • Saturday, September 12, Night ​of ​the ​Reptiles, 7:30pm-10pm. Bernal-​Gulnac-​Joice ​Ranch ​(Manila ​Drive). 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.
  • Sunday, September 27, A ​Taste ​of ​Archery, 8:30 am-10:00 am. Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Avenida ​Espana. Join the Black Mountain Bowmen and learn how to shoot a compound or recurve bow. 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. Two classes to choose from: 8:30-10am and 10:30-12pm. Register online or call (408) 355-2201.
  • 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). 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.
  • 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.
Events in Other Parks for 2015
  • Saturday March 28, 2015. 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.
  • 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.
  • Saturday May 2, 2015. 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. Wildflowers and Butterflies. Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. Take a moderate 3.6-mile loop hike to the highest point in the park. Enjoy views of rolling grasslands and secluded forest trails lined with wildflowers as we climb with the sun. Meet at the Coyote Lake Dam parking lot. (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Join Docent Ron Horii for a photography class and 3.7-mile hike on the spectacular Mummy Mountain Trail at Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park. Learn outdoor photography techniques and take pictures of the wildflowers, sunny meadows, shady forests, unusual rock formations, and breathtaking views. Bring a camera or smartphone, sturdy hiking shoes, snacks or lunch, water, and sun protection.
  • 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.
  • Friday, May 15, the core of Martial Cottle Park and the remaining part of the trail system will be open to the public:
  • Saturday May 23, 2:00 am to 1:30 pm. Trees of the Forest. Calero County Park. 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), then carpool to the trailhead. (408) 918-7771.
  • Saturday June 6. Festival in the Park. Hellyer. 11am-3pm. 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. Questions? (408) 355-2240.
  • 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 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, October 3, Martial Cottle Park Harvest Festival, 10am to 3pm. Come celebrate the legacy and significance of our valley’s rich agricultural heritage at this fun day on the farm! Family friendly activities, healthy food and fresh produce for sale, music and much more. Volunteers needed, check parkhere.org/volunteers for more details. Questions? (408) 535-4060
  • 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, 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.

Created 4/18/2016, by Ronald Horii, secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park