Friday, May 19, 2023
Sunday, May 21, 2023

Sanborn Park 2023

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COVID Precautions

V-O-Cal puts safety first. Please remember that all participants are required to be vaccinated. Protocols will be used in connection with food preparation and service (kitchen crew will mask in confined areas and during food services), and social distancing in outdoor areas will be requested.

Project Background and Description

We are headed back to Sanborn Park in Santa Clara County Parks. This year we will build a new trail that will connect to a bridge to be installed later this summer by park staff.
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Sanborn Park 2023

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Project Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet


(tentative schedule)

5:00pm - Check in and camping open. DINNER IS NOT PROVIDED.

7:30am - Check in, light breakfast, and lunch packing begin at Center Camp.
8:30 am – Quick morning greeting, then walk to the Entry Kiosk work  site. You will be escorted, and pink flags will mark the way.
9:00 am – Morning greeting, announcements, warm-up and safety  talk near the Entry Kiosk. Project begins.
12:00pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30 pm – Trail work ends. Clean and store tools. For those staying past the work day, walk back to Center Camp.
4:30 pm – Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
5:30 pm – Dinner and more socializing. 
6:15 pm – Nature Talk.

7:30am - Check in and lunch packing begin. Hot breakfast is served.
8:30 am – Quick morning greeting, then walk to the Entry Kiosk work site. You will be escorted, and pink flags will mark the way. 
9:00 am – Morning greeting, announcements, warm-up and safety talk near the Entry Kiosk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp, clean tools, pack gear and truck.  For those with cars   at Center Camp, walk back to camp. 
2pm - Snack, celebrate the work and say goodbyes to old and new friends.

What to Bring and Wear

For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with good tread. Ankle support will be important where we are building new trails. Sandals and open-toed shoes will not be permitted
  • Water bottles or a water bladder that can hold at least 2 liters of water. (You will not be allowed on the trail without water.)
  • Day pack to carry your water and lunch.
  • Work gloves. (If you don’t have your own gloves, V-O-Cal will provide them. Please return them at the end of the project.)
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
  • Insect repellent and allergy medicine (if you normally need these things when working outdoors).
  • Reusable plate/bowl, eating utensils, and mug/cup.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • Layers of clothing for a range of temperatures.
If you are camping, you will also need the following items: 
  • A tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow.
  • A flashlight or headlamp.
  • Camping chair (optional).
  • Other camping gear that makes you comfortable


V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals. (Please note that dinner is not provided on Friday.)
  • To minimize waste we ask that you bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trail. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30pm.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available after the work day on Saturday, usually around 4pm. Dinner will follow, usually around 5:30pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.


SUN EXPOSURE | HYDRATION | HYPOTHERMIA Please plan for sun protection, including sun hats, sun block and light long sleeve shirts. Please bring water bottles or a water bladder large enough to hold at least 2 liters of water. Drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know, and take a break.

POISON OAK There are limited areas of poison oak. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don’t know what it looks like. “Bunny suits” will be provided for those who need extra protection. Clean with Tecnu (which V-O-Cal provides) after the work day, and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes. Always wear gloves when handling tools.

TICKS Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.

SNAKES Rattlesnakes can be present but likely will be scared away by the large number of volunteers. If you see one, tell your crew leader, and wait until it leaves the area before proceeding.

SHARP TOOLS Please listen to your crew leader’s tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

Project Team

  • V-O-Cal Executive Director Cathy Moyer
  • Project Team Lead Joe Cavaness

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