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).

McClellan-Ranch-Preserve-Map

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.

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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

 

Class
  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 jene@cupertino.org  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

 

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