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Santa Clara County Parks Volunteer Activities

by Ronald Horii

Here are pictures of activities in or associated with the Santa Clara County Parks where volunteers have been involved. These are pictures that I happen to have taken and are not necessarily representative of the full scope of volunteer activities. I'm the secretary of the Friends of Santa Teresa Park and webmaster for the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association, so I have the most pictures of Santa Teresa and Almaden Quicksilver.
Equestrian Healthy Trails ride, Deep Gulch Trail, 6/1/08
Equestrian Healthy Trails ride, Deep Gulch Trail, 6/1/08

Alamitos Creek Cleanup 9/17/11
Mike Boulland giving instructions to volunteers during cleanup of the Alamitos Creek watershed, 9/17/11

Creek Cleanup, Hicks Road, 9/17/11
Volunteers with trash picked up above Jacques Gulch, Creek Cleanup Day, 9/17/11

Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 3/11/12
Docent Teri Rogaway at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, Living History Day, 3/11/12

Casa Grande 3/11/12
Docents Teri and Mary (left and right), with park interpreter Heidi (center) at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 3/11/12

Blacksmith Chuck Farrier at Blacksmith Display, 3/11/12
Blacksmith Chuck Farrier talks at the blacksmith shop, Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, Living History Day, 3/11/12.

Play Like a Miner
Docents Mike Boulland and Dennis Moran at the ore cart race during "Play Like a Miner Day" at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 6/30/12

Shari Sullivan checks in visitors, Play Like a Miner, 6/30/12
Volunteer Shari Sullivan checks in visitors during "Play Like a Miner Day" at the Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum, 6/30/12

Hacienda Outdoor Mining Museum Dedication, 7/8/12
Ribbon-cutting for the Hacienda Mining Museum Display, with members of the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association, who helped design and built the outdoor museum, 7/8/12.

Sam Drake, geocaching class, 10/20/12
Sam Drake gives a talk and demonstration on geocaching at the Wood Road Trailhead, 10/20/12

Casa Grande Phenology Project, 2/24/13
At the grounds of the Casa Grande, docent Kathy Kleinsteiber leads a class in phenology, which is the study of changes in plants and animals over time.
  • Calero & Rancho San Vicente
Rancho San Vicente, 3/16/13
Cait Hutnik talking about the wildflowers on the Rancho San Vicente hike, 3/16/13

Rancho San Vicente hike, 7/4/13
Cait Hutnik talking to the visitors at Calero Reservoir, before the Rancho San Vicente hike, 4/7/13

Rancho San Vicente Hike, 4/7/13
Cait Hutnik on Rancho San Vicente, near the canal, 4/7/13

Rancho San Vicente Hike, 4/7/13
Cait Hutnik pointing out the endangered Santa Clara Valley dudleya in Rancho San Vicente, 4/7/13
South Bay Fishing in the City, Ed Levin, 2/13/11
Volunteers helping with kids fishing at South Bay Fishing in the City, Sandy Wool Lake, Ed Levin, 2/13/11

South Bay Fishing in the City, Ed Levin, 2/13/11
Cleaning fish

South Bay Fishing in the City, Ed Levin, 2/13/11
Volunteers tending to the fishing tackle
  •     Hellyer
Mike Boulland, Healthy Trails Kickoff, 5/18/08
Mike Boulland at the park information table, Healthy Trails Kickoff, 5/18/08

Healthy Trails bike ride, 5/18/08
Docent Ken Halsey leads a bike ride at the Healthy Trails kickoff, 5/18/08

Hellyer Creek Cleanup 5/21/11
Hellyer, National River Cleanup Day sign-in 5/21/11

Festival in the Park, 6/25/11
Volunteer Janice Frazier hands out Healthy Trails information, Festival in the Park, 6/25/11

Festival in the Park, 6/25/11
Volunteers John Nast and Robbie Lamons at the County Parks Volunteers booth, Festival in the Park, 6/25/11

Festival in the Park, 6/23/12
Volunteer sign-in booth, Festival in the Park, 6/23/12

Festival in the Park, 6/23/12
Roy Ichinaga leads a crew of volunteers at Festival in the Park, 6/23/12

Festival in the Park, 6/23/12
Docents help out at the kids craft tables, Festival in the Park, 6/23/12

National River Cleanup Day, Hellyer, 5/18/13
Volunteers for National River Cleanup Day at Hellyer get instructions from the rangers.

Cleanup of Cottonwood Lake, 5/18/13
This group is cleaning up the shores of Cottonwood Lake at Hellyer, 5/18/13
Grant Ranch House Tour, 3/6/04
Tour of the Grant Ranch House, co-led by Ron Brickman, 3/6/04
  • Los Gatos Creek
South Bay Fishing in the City, 9/14/08
Volunteers for South Bay Fishing in the City in Los Gatos Creek Park, led by Roy Ichinaga, help setup fishing tackle 9/14/08

South Bay Fishing in the City, 9/14/08
A volunteer with South Bay Fishing in the City helps a kid who just caught a fish, 9/14/08

Casting practice, South Bay Fishing in the City, 9/14/08

Fish cleaning,  South Bay Fishing in the City, 9/14/08
Volunteers clean fish for the lucky fishermen at  South Bay Fishing in the City, 9/14/08

  • Mt. Madonna
Sam Drakes's geocaching class, Mt. Madonna, 7/11/09
Sam Drake prepareing for his geocaching class, Mt. Madonna 7/11/09

Geocaching class, 7/11/09
Sam Drake's geocaching class, 7/11/09

Sam Drake & John Nast, 7/11/09
Sam Drake and John Nast, geocaching class, 7/11/09

Miller Walk, 3/2/13
Cait Hutnik talks about the Henry Miller at the ruins of the Miller estate, Mt. Madonna, 3/2/13
  • Sanborn

Sanborn 4/5/08
Volunteer leading hike at Sanborn's Forestry Days, 4/5/08

Fortini Trail workday, 5/3/08
Fortini Trail workday, 5/3/08


Norred Trail work day 3/13/10

Outdoor photography hike, 10/2/10
Ron Horii's outdoor photography hike, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, 10/2/10

Family Fandango 8/13/11
Docent Shari Sullivan greets visitors at the Park Information Table at Family Fandango, 8/13/11

Family Fandango, 8/13/11
Docent Dennis Moran helps setup roping horses at Family Fandango, 8/13/11

Family Fandango 8/13/11
Friends of Santa Teresa Park booth, Family Fandango, 813/11

Stile Ranch Trail Work Day, 11/5/11
Bay Area Ridge Trail/REI work day at the Pueblo Area, volunteers getting instructions from Greg Bringelson, 11/5/11

Boy Scouts work day, 2/18/12
Boy Scouts working on restoring the benches and cabinets at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, 2/18/12

Boy Scouts repairing garden boxes, 2/18/12
Boy Scouts restoring garden boxes, Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, 2/18/12

Stile Ranch Trail hike, 2/16/13
Docent Cait Hutnik points out rare native plants on the Stile Ranch Trail, 2/16/13

Wildflower Drawing Class, 4/27/13
Artist and docent Kathy Kleinsteiber conducts a wildflower drawing class at the Stile Ranch trailhead, 4/27/13.

Chuck Rambo, BGJ Ranch, 5/11/13
Chuck Rambo shows plants at Carnivorous Plant Night at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, 5/11/3

Cleanup at the BGJ Ranch, 5/18/13
4H'ers help cleanup the garden area at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch, 5/18/13

Jr. Rangers, BGJ Ranch, 5/18/13
Brian Shively helps with the Jr. Ranger program, 5/18/13
  • Uvas Canyon
Uvas Canyon 2/21/09
Cait Hutnik leads a hike on the Waterfall Loop in Uvas Canyon, 2/21/09

Uvas Canyon Hike, 2/13/10
Docents and outdoor recreation coordinator Carrie Grisenti at the Uvas Canyon Valentine's Day hike, 2/13/10

Uvas Canyon, 2/13/10
Docent Mike Boulland takes pictures for the guests at Blackrock Falls

Uvas Canyon 2/13/10
Mike Boulland takes pictures for couples at Basin Falls, 2/13/10

Uvas Canyon, 3/17/13
Cait Hutnik points out pictures during her mushroom hike in Uvas Canyon, 3/17/13
Vasona cleanup 1/15/12
Vasona Cleanup, 1/15/12

Kayakking class, 5/26/13
Dr. Shirley Reekie, professor of kinesiology at SJSU, teaching her kayakking class at Vasona Lake, 5/26/13


Page created by Ron Horii, 5/28/13