McClellan Ranch Preserve

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McClellan Ranch Preserve

This 18-acre natural preserve was a horse ranch in the 1930's and 40's. The site houses a nature museum and community garden. Preserved are the original ranch house, milk barn, livestock barn, a replica of Baer's Blacksmith Shop (originally located at De Anza and Stevens Creek Boulevards), and the old water tower from Parish Ranch (now Memorial Park).

Preserve Hours
The Preserve is open everyday from Dawn until Dusk (Sunrise to Sunset).


Stevens Creek Trail Map

McClellan Ranch Nature Museum and Blacksmith Shop: Free Drop-in Hours

The following Fridays: June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4 : 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Every Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Every Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Stop by the Nature Museum at McClellan Ranch Preserve for an up-close experience with with the resident animals and nature exhibits. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you meet the animals and learn a bit about them.

Interior  Interior

Nature Classes and Activities

Looking for a fun, educational and unique experience for your child this winter season? How  about an outdoor adventure for the whole family? Sign-up for one of our fun and educational nature activities and learn about the rich history, thriving habitat, and natural resources that make up McClellan Ranch Preserve.  New upcoming classes include:

  • Bees and Honey: 6/24, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (72200)
  • Silk and Silkworms: 6/27, 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. (72194)
  • Exploring The Night Sky: 7/8, 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (72199)
  • Goats: 7/11, 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. (72196)
  • Poultry: 7/25, 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.  (72197)

Visit Reg4Rec for more information and to complete registration for these programs. Please note the 5 digit code in parentheses, which will be needed to complete the registration form.

Community Gardens

The Cupertino Community Gardens are a 60+-plot organic garden located at McClellan Ranch Preserve.  Each plot is rented and maintained by Cupertino residents.  Contact Keith Wandry at for more information and to be added to the waitlist.

Things To Do In The Park

  • hike on your own or with family and friends
  • see more than 100 species of birds
  • participate in an after-school nature program 
  • go on a naturalist-led hike
  • meet the animals at the Environmental Education Center (EEC)
  • volunteer to help with a habitat restoration project
  • learn a bit about the area’s history
  • catch a glimpse of a deer, coyote or bobcat
  • check out the Cupertino Community Garden 
  • follow the Stevens Creek Trail to Blackberry Farm and the Stocklmeir Orchard
  • enjoy the sparkle of Stevens Creek