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One-Day Service Events
Many citizens enjoy volunteering yet do not have time to make a weekly or monthly commitment.  The One Day Service Events provide an opportunity for people who would like to volunteer to help out in the parks on a short-term basis. Generally, One Day Events are 3-4 hours in length, on one day, which allows volunteers to complete a project in a very short amount of time.  Scheduled clean-up projects can be completed by individuals or groups. Corporations, church groups, service organizations and neighborhood associations can set up individual events or can work as part of a large task. Many volunteers working together can make a huge impact in the appearance and safety of our parks! 

For more information please call 408 595-3483 or email:

Click here for more information about volunteering and the calendar of upcoming events.

Trail Count (annual event)

Trail Count occurs annually in September. Trail users are counted and surveyed along popular trail systems. Trail Count data supports grant writing efforts and encouraging bicycling as a important element of the overall transportation system. Volunteers can commit as little as one hour, and are expected to count trail users and offer a postcard to interested parties. 

Learn more about past Trail Counts by clicking here.   

For more information, please call 408 595-3483 or email:

The Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Trail programs provide ongoing volunteer support to parks and trails.  These citywide programs train volunteers to assist in the general care and maintenance of public parks and trails. Program participants make a one-year commitment to adopt a park.  After attending training, volunteers are equipped with all the necessary tools to help in the parks: gloves, litter pick-up sticks, trash bags and other tools are provided as needed. An Adopt-a-Park/Trail vest is also supplied in order to help identify our volunteers in the field.  

Once trained, volunteers help out on their own time and are simply required to work 2 hours per month. Many volunteers enjoy their time in the parks so much that they often put in many more hours per month.  All volunteers are required to report their hours monthly. Staff contact information is provided so that volunteers and city staff can work together for the betterment of each individual park.

For more information, please call 408 595-3483 or email:

The Santa Clara Valley Water District established the Adopt-A-Creek program in 1994 to encourage residents of Santa Clara County to take an active role in helping to preserve the health and beauty of local creeks. Volunteer groups include scouting troops, grade school classrooms, high school clubs, corporate colleagues and others.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages Adopt-A-Creek