McClellan Ranch Preserve

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A protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, fauna, or other items of special interest, preserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for study or research.

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Preserve Hours:

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

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).


Stevens Creek Trail Map

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

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 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:

 Spring After School Activities

 Class Codes  Days  Times  Dates  Mtgs    Fees  
Observing Wildlife  (75770) Th
3:30pm- 5:00pm 4/26-5/10 3 $28R/$34n  
Jr. Scientists's Club:Birds  (75755) Tu   3:30pm- 5:00pm  5/8-5/29   4  $38R/$46N   
 Jr. Scientist's Club: Amphibians & Reptiles  (75754)  Th  3:30pm- 5:00pm  5/17-5/31  3  $28R/$34N  


Spring Family Activities


  Codes  Days    Times  Dates    Mtgs    Fees
Family Bug Days  (75751)   Sa
 3:00pm- 4:30pm     3/31    1  $5R/$6n
Family Bug Days    (75752)     Sa  3:00pm- 4:30pm   4/28    1  $5R/$6N  


 Spring Camps

Class   Codes  Days  Times  Dates  Mtgs    Fees
 Jr. Naturalist's Spring Mini Camp    (75753)   M-Th    9:00am- 3:00pm    4/16-4/20      4  $120R/$144N  


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 Jen Estes at  for more information.

Things To Do In The Preserve

  • 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 sights and sounds of Stevens Creek