McClellan Ranch Preserve

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A protected area of importance for wildlife, flora, and fauna, preserved and managed for conservation and to provide special opportunities for education, study, research, and the enjoyment of nature.

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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 Environmental Education Center 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:

Summer Family  Events:

 Class Codes  Days  Times  Dates  Mtgs    Fees  
Bees and Honey  (77228) Sa   2:00pm- 3:30pm  6/23  1  $5R/$6N   

Tuesday Evening Nature Silk & Silkworms

 (77177)  Tu  6:30pm- 7:45pm 6/26   1  $4R/$5n  

 

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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