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Chris Horii at Trail Day with the FOSTP sign

Friends of Santa Teresa Park

The Friends of Santa Teresa Park is a volunteer organization based in San Jose whose purpose is to support Santa Teresa County Park. The president is Mike Boulland. Meetings are normally held the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the upper clubhouse at the Santa Teresa Golf Course. Check for schedule changes below. The public is invited. Typical meeting topics include park news, history, trail conditions, community issues, volunteer opportunities, and future plans.

Our next general meeting will be on Thursday August 6, 2015.

Our meetings are held at the Santa Teresa Golf Club upper clubhouse/banquet room at 260 Bernal Road, San Jose. Everyone is invited. Contact your neighbors and friends for new members. We are always looking for help in making Santa Teresa Park a better and safer place for our community. 

Minutes from past meetings are available below. See the meeting minutes for park news and upcoming events.

 See you Thursday night,
 Mike Boulland

For more information on the Friends of Santa Teresa Park, contact Mike Boulland.
See and join our Yahoo Group.
For questions on the stpfriends.org website, contact our webmaster, Ron Horii.

For County Parks volunteers, enter your volunteer hours here.



Mike Boulland greeting ranger on Stile Ranch Trail

Greetings from Mike Boulland:

The Friends of Santa Teresa Park welcome you and your family to our web page. We welcome you to participate in our service activities to make Santa Teresa Park a gem in the Santa Clara County Park system. Please use this web page to find out about our various activities. 

We invite you to explore and walk in the evening after work along the foothill trails to visit some of the most scenic sites in the entire Santa Clara Valley. Hopefully, you will visit our majestic waterfall trail and eat a snack at its base. Included, in our invitation is a walk to the upper meadows. We encourage you to sit in the shade of the Pueblo area and enjoy watching the various wildlife animals graze on the wild vegetation. Those of you who like views may take an enjoyable hike up Coyote Peak to get a vista view of the whole county. The trail’s scenic views can stretch the boundaries of your eye from San Mateo to Morgan Hill. 

We encourage you to use our web site to help you and your family gain information about our activities and events. We are a growing organization, whose members are dedicated to improving Santa Teresa County Park’s resources for the public to enjoy. 

Join us on our trail building day events, historical adventures, docent activities and other park service projects. We welcome all the volunteers we can muster. In the future we will need lots of volunteers to help us establish a docent program for the Joice-Bernal Museum site. 

Our organization is recognized with the County of Santa Clara Volunteer program and we can offer you and your family an opportunity to volunteer for fun service and be rewarded with a free County Parks parking pass. 

We meet monthly on the first Thursday night at 7:00 in the upper Santa Teresa Golf Course Clubhouse. 

Mike Boulland 
President of Friends of Santa Teresa Park

Vision Statement: Our Vision is to help protect, enhance, maintain and restore Santa Teresa Park and the surrounding neighborhood through education, volunteer involvement, coordination, and communications with the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department Staff, the City of San Jose, and the greater community.


News


  • Widening Curie Drive at the Pyzak/Bonetti Ranch is in the County Parks 2016 budget. The work will be completed in 2017. The total funding for the project
  • Festival in the Park will be held at Hellyer County Park on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm. See here for details.
  • See our new FOSTP flyer for June 2015.

   Old News
  • The Santa Teresa Community Fest will be held on Saturday September 18, 2010 from 11 am to 5 pm, George Page Park, Santa Teresa Blvd. at Miyuki Drive. The Friends of Santa Teresa Park had a booth there.
  • The County Parks is hosting a series of community meetings on setting the criteria for their acquisition plans. See here for more information. See here for the flyer on the community workshops.
  • The dedication ceremony for the Albertson Parkway was held on Saturday August 29, 2009 from 10:00-10:30 am at Jaggers and Conejo.
  • The Santa Teresa County Park Site Historic Plan final plan documents are available on the website. The plan was presented to the Historic Heritage Commission on 2/19/09, which was the last forum for public input before the CEQA and environmental review process begins. A public meeting was held on August 11, 2009 to discuss the Draft Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the plan.
  • We had a farewell celebration at the Mounted Ranger Unit, Monday evening, June 29, 2009.
  • Our organization was featured in the June San Jose City Council District 2 newsletter. We had our picture taken at our May meeting.
  • Councilmember Ash Kalra's District 2 newsletter for March 2011 has a picture on page 3 taken by Ron Horii from the Ridge Trail in Santa Teresa Park, showing a rainbow over the Santa Teresa Golf Course.
  • We participated in the Santa Teresa Library Anniversary on Feb. 5, 2011. We had a table, where we displayed artifacts, models, and passed out literature. Mike Boulland read stories to the kids. Ron Horii showed a slideshow on Santa Teresa Park (56 MB), Sam Drake had a display and gave a slideshow and demo on geocaching.
  • We gave a presentation and crafts activity on Santa Teresa wildflowers at the Santa Teresa Library on 4/30/11.
  • We are working on a design for an interpretive plaque on Coyote Peak. Here is a picture of a mock-up design for the plaque.
  • We have applied for Cycle 25 of the City of San Jose's CAP Grant. Here is a copy of our application. We have been awarded a CAP Grant for 2011-2012 of $500, which is half of what we asked for. Our application was initially denied, but after writing a letter of appeal and making a presentation, we received funding for everything except for Fandango Entertainment.
  • Ron Horii made a slideshow on Santa Teresa Park, the Albertson Parkway, and views from La Colina Park.
  • We helped out at Festival in the Park at Hellyer County Park on Saturday June 25. It ran from 11 am to 4 pm. There were booths for County Parks volunteers and Friends groups. We provided our latest newsletter and other information. Our members helped out in various places at the Festival. Here is a web page on the festival.
  • We will be taking a guided tour of Gilroy Hot Springs on July 31. Everyone is invited. Contact Mike Boulland for more details.
  • We be participating in Family Fandango at Santa Teresa Park on August 13, 2011. We could use help manning the booths and activities. Check back for more details.
  • The new County Parks Park Here Brochure is available, which has maps, pictures, and descriptions of all the County Parks. The cover picture is of the Norred Trail in Santa Teresa Park, taken on 5/27/10 by Ron Horii. Ron also took the pictures of Alviso Marina, Chesbro Reservoir, Chitactac-Adams Park, Uvas Reservoir, Rancho San Antonio Park, Sanborn Park, and Stevens Creek Park.
  • Councilmember Ash Kalra's District 2 newsletter for June 2011 has a picture on page 3 taken by Ron Horii from the Norred Trail in Santa Teresa Park, showing the Albertson Parkway.
  • The new County Parks Fall 2011-Spring 2012 Play Here Brochure is available. The cover picture is of the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch barns taken by Ron Horii. Ron took many of the pictures inside the brochure.
  • The Santa Teresa Community Fest will not be held this year (2011). It should be returning in 2012.
  • Ron Horii has a display of Park Photography at the Santa Teresa Library in the Community Room in September 2011. It will be on display for about a month. The room is normally open only for events. The best time to see it is during the Friends of the Santa Teresa Library's book sale on Saturday September 17 from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Ron Horii had his display of park photography to Moonbeams Coffee, across Santa Teresa Blvd. from the Santa Teresa Library, next to 24 Hour Fitness, for the month of October, 2011.
  • We, the Friends of Santa Teresa Park, celebrated our 20th anniversary at the Santa Teresa Library from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday March 24. We had an  information table where we passed out park information. Paul Bernal loaned us pictures of the Bernal Family and Rancho Santa Teresa and costumes so kids could dress up as Spanish soldiers. There were be arts and crafts for kids. Boy Scout Troop 227 had displays of their projects at Santa Teresa Park. Ron Horii had park pictures on display and a slideshow. The Tenor Band provided musical entertainment.
  • Major construction of the East Barn at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch has been completed. 4-H will use the barn for an animal project, most likely in 2014.
  • The Healthy Trails 3rd Edition guide has been published. It includes 2 trail routes in Santa Teresa Park.
  • Ron Horii will be teaching an introduction to outdoor photography workshop at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch on Saturday October 4 at 10:00 am. He will show how to choose and use a camera, how to take better outdoor pictures, and photo composition. The workshop includes a slideshow, demonstration, and a walk around the historic area to take pictures. Meet at the Bernal Ranch barn. Register online or call 408-355-2201.
  • Coyote Peak Interpretive Sign Dedication Event: We designed a new interpretive sign for Coyote Peak. We had a dedication ceremony on October 25, 2014 at 10:00 am. (See the event flyer.) It was held in the covered group picnic site in the Pueblo Day Use Area of Santa Teresa Park. The event included music, refreshments, displays, information, talks, awards, and acknowledgments. Parking fees were waived. Unfortunately, due to the weather, we were not able to have our planned sign unveiling ceremony up on Coyote Peak, so we unveiled a copy of the sign in the Pueblo Area. (See the pictures from the event and of the sign.)

Newsletters
New Pictures!

Rainbow over Santa Teresa Golf Course from the Ridge Trail


New Santa Teresa Park web pages with pictures:
Web Pages On Other Parks


Yahoo Group Pictures

Coyote Peak

Pictures for FOSTP Yahoo Group members only (anyone can apply to join, but you need a Yahoo ID, which is free):

Park Events


Pre-Mother's Day Hike, Fortini Trail



Park Events for 2015
The following activities and events are in Santa Teresa Park and/or FOSTP members are involved:

Santa Teresa Park Events:
  • 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.
  • 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, 1:00pm - 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, 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.
Events in Other Parks:
  • 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.
  • 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
  • For events at Almaden Quicksilver, see www.newalmaden.org.