Newsletter: April 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011
10 AM - 3 PM

Guadalupe Gardens
Between Coleman Avenue and Taylor Street

40+ vendors selling plants, garden art, etc.
Heritage Rose Garden in Full-Bloom
Fun Run (9 AM)
Easter Egg Hunt
Live Bluegrass Music
Free Compost
Compost Bin Sales (SJ residents only!)
Alternative Energy
Healthy Living Information and Activities


5K Fun Run added to SGG

Join us April 23rd for a 5K run/walk. It's limited to 200 runners and walkers so be sure to register soon.


WORP Save the Date

Save the date - join us on May 11th for our 10th annual Window on the River Park fundraiser.  Information regarding sponsorships and individual tickets can be found at Proceeds fund ongoing education and stewardship efforts in the park.


Orchard Update: April 2011

Spring is a time for new beginnings, and the Historic Orchard is no exception. This April, orchard staff will open the orchard's all-too-often locked gates to the community it serves. This space will no longer serve merely as horticultural eye-candy for park visitors who walk the path through the Guadalupe Gardens. It will be a space to gather, learn more about the origins of our food, build community through service, and of course, have fun!

To celebrate the Spring in Guadalupe Gardens Festival on Saturday, April 23rd, orchard staff will host a fun, FREE twist on an Easter Egg hunt! Children ages 4 to 10 will spend the afternoon hunting for eggs under our blossoming trees and learn more about the orchard and its fruit along the way. Two hunts, eggs galore, blooming trees, fun facts about orchard fruit - who could ask for more! All egg hunters will go home with a tasty, fruity snack. Click here for start times and instructions to register. More orchard blog >>>


Save our Park Rangers

San Jose’s Park Rangers play a valuable role in protecting people, natural resources, and park assets. With the expansion of San Jose’s trail network, rangers also have a critical safety function. Mayor Reed and the city council are faced with horrible choices in balancing the budget; however, cuts need to be strategic. Please join us in advocating for the preservation of the ranger program – it’s a smart investment. For more information, click here to view a flier, or visit


Become a S.T.E.W.A.R.D. this Summer

Looking for something different for your child this summer? Send your child to a fun, but meaningful camp experience at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.

Campers will be participating in educational activities, experiments, and games all while discovering how to be a:

S cience
T echnology
E nvironment
W ilderness
A dventure
R ecreation
D iscovery

This camp is designed to be small, so that each camper has an excellent opportunity to experience science and stewardship activities first-hand. As a result, space is very limited and pre-registration is required. Click here or call 408-298-7657 for more information.


Special Membership Offer

Become a member today (or renew your exisiting membership) and included with your purchase is a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens! If you already have a subsciption, this offer will extend it for another year. Click here to buy your membership now!

Brought to you by the American Public Gardens Association.
Offer expires September 30, 2011


Meet Board member John Tang
John is the Manager of Government Relations and Corporate Communications for San Jose Water Company, where he is responsible for directing and executing the company’s corporate communications, government affairs and media relations programs. His career spans over 14 years in the areas of environmental engineering and public affairs.  John is the father of two boys, Ryan, 5, and Eric, 3, who frequent the Guadalupe River Park Trail on their bikes or scooters.  He is a graduate of San Jose State University where he earned BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering, and Columbia University where he received an MBA in Finance.  John is active in the community and serves on the Board of many other organizations including the San Jose Rotary Club, Happy Hollow Foundation, and Santa Clara County Firesafe Council.  He is also an alumnus of the San Jose Leadership Council's Class of 2008.


Upcoming Events ~ Kids

Migration Mysteries
Friday, April 8th
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages 5 to 10
$10/members, $15/non-members

Why do some animals travel long distances every year? Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for an exciting after-school workshop and investigate the mysteries behind animal migrations. Learn why butterflies and birds like to spend their winters along the West Coast. Become a nature detective as we walk down to the river to look for salmon and play our own survival game to understand their experience. Bring your sense of adventure and learn all about the science behind migration!


Waste Champions
Friday, April 22nd
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages 5 to 10
$10/members, $15/non-members

Do you know what your garbage can grow? Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy on Earth Day 2011 for a fun-filled afternoon of putting waste in its place. Play the waste sorting game where you will identify what goes into the landfill and what can be recycled or composted. Then, learn all about composting and create your own compost bin from recycled materials to take home. Make every day Earth Day at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy!


Upcoming Events ~ Adults

Composting Classes

Wednesdays, April 13, June 1
July 6, August 3
6 to 8 pm

Start from the beginning and learn nature’s way of recycling in a free composting class. Join various Master Composters for a workshop covering items such as what can be composted, the different composting methods available (including worm composting), and what to do with the finished compost. The Wriggly Ranch worm bin and the Bio Stack compost bin will be available for sale before and after this workshop.



Legacy Gifts

As a supporter of Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, you care about our mission. But what happens to your support when you pass on? If you remember Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in your will or revocable trust, you will help us continue the work that you value, far into the future.

Why Should You Include a Charitable Gift in Your Will (Or Living Trust)?

  1. It’s simple to do. It can be as easy as including language stating, “I give $20,000 to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.”
  2. You can change your mind. We won’t receive the gift until after your death. During your lifetime, you can amend anything you choose, i.e., beneficiaries, amounts, etc.
  3. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes. 
  4. It’s an easy way to support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and we’d be grateful for your gift. Bequests of every size build our future financial strength.

Pics of the Month

Our ranger friend Mike Peasland snapped a few amazing pics of the recent high water. We also posted a bunch on our Facebook Page.


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San Jose, CA 95110
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