Almaden Quicksilver County Park – October 2019 Events

Almaden Quicksilver County ParkIf you enjoy nature and are interested in knowing first-hand the history of Almaden Valley, this is a great time to head to the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Starting this weekend, there are some interesting events organized by the New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association (NAQCPA) in partnership with the Santa County Parks Department.

Here’s a synopsis of the events:

Saturday, October 12, 2019: A celebration of Pioneer Day, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, at the Casa Grande. The NAQCPA has held their annual Pioneer Day celebrations in the Almaden Quicksilver County Park for 34 years. Pioneer Day began with the purpose of sharing mining stories and meeting with former New Almaden miners who remembered the place. Today it has evolved into an event to showcase historic sites and current projects in the park.

Saturday, October 26, 2019: Quicksilver History Hike from 9:00am-12:00pm. The Quicksilver History Hike is a docent led hike of moderate intensity to historic mining sites within the park.

Sunday, October 27, 2019: Whoppers and Ghostly Tales of New Almaden at the park from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Want to learn about the ghosts of New Almaden? Come over for an evening of ghostly stories about the Almaden Quicksilver mines narrated by a docent as you tour the historic 1854 Casa Grande. Meet at the Casa Grande front entrance. Reservations online or (408) 355-2240.

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Summer 2011 Outdoor Activities at Santa Clara County Parks in Almaden Valley

Santa Clara County ParksIf your family loves spending time together doing outdoor activities, then you’re going to love this one.

Following is the Summer 2011 Calendar of Outdoor Activities for Almaden Quicksilver County Park and Calero County Park. Both parks are conveniently located here in beautiful Almaden Valley.

The events include everything from history hikes, wildlife hikes, geocaching, moonlight paddles, bat sightings, and mining adventures.

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Learn the Art and Science of Professional Trail Work in Almaden Quicksilver Park

logo: Almaden Quicksilver ParkHelp the expert County Parks Trail Crew with new trail construction, tread work, and brushing.

Work along some of the most beautiful and pristine trails in Santa Clara Valley while learning the art and science of professional trail work. No special skills are required but the work may be moderately strenuous.

This volunteer work day will focus on brushing trails near the Mockingbird entrance of the Almaden Quicksilver Park. Tools, work gloves, and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own water bottle, which we can refill for you.

The mission of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department is to provide, protect, and preserve regional park lands for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.

This event is at the Mockingbird entrance of Almaden Quicksilver County Park on Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 9:15am to 11:30am. RSVP online.

View the Almaden Quicksilver Historic Trail Guide.

Canines of the County Talk Coming to Almaden Valley

photo: Coyote in Northern California

Photo by Franco Folini

If you’re a canine enthusiast, then this talk is for you. Learn about Santa Clara County’s wild canines, such as coyotes and foxes, in Canines of the County. See photos of canines in the wild and learn about their behavior.

This talk is presented by the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. The Open Space Authority protects sensitive lands, preserves natural communities, and manages open space in ways that promote agriculture and compatible recreation.

Canines of the County is at the Almaden Library, in the Program Room, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. The event is free. No registration required. Just show up and enjoy. Fun for all ages.

Mysterious Mountain Lions in Almaden Valley

photo: mountain lion

Photo by Doug Reynaud, Open Space Authority Technician

Did you know that mountain lions are the fourth largest cat in the world? An adult male may be more than eight feet long from nose to the end of his tail.

Join Teri Rogoway, Open Space Interpreter, from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, for an evening of exploring these mysterious and incredible animals.

Learn what they eat and how they hunt, where and when you may spot one, and what to do if you encounter one while hiking.

The presentation is at the Almaden Library on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 6:30pm.

Hike in Almaden Quicksilver County Park

AllTrailsThe San Jose Hiking Meetup Group is hiking 8.5 miles of trails in Almaden Quicksilver County Park. The hike will last approximately four hours, and has a difficulty rating of moderate/strenuous.

The group is meeting at the park entrance on McAbee Road and Whispering Pines Drive in Almaden Valley on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 9:30am. More information about the hike is available on AllTrails.

Geocaching at Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Intro to Geocaching at Almaden Quicksilver County Park. Meet at Hicks Road parking lot. 1/16/2010, 8:45 am – 12:00 pm. Reservations required. Call 408-355-2240.