Newsletter: April 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012
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
Free Compost
Compost Bin Sales (SJ residents only!)
Alternative Energy Displays

Volunteers needed! Click here to sign up.

Our 5K Fun Run also returns on April 28th, with tremendous volunteer support from the Junior League of San Jose. For more information and to register, click here.

Also on 4/28, join us for our 2nd annual orchard egg hunt! Children ages 4 to 10 will hunt 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.

Yosemite Conference

Our education team spent St. Patrick’s Day in the snow-covered Yosemite Valley, presenting at the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) conference. NAI is the leading international organization for heritage interpretation so it was quite the honor to be selected to participate. Steph, Richard, Joe and Terry led a workshop on how to adapt educational programs for an audience with special needs. The presentation was based on our special needs field trip program for persons with Autism, Down Syndrome, and physical impairments. We’re proud to report that workshop participants praised the team for its original and inspiring presentation.

Park Rangers

San Jose’s Park Rangers play a valuable role in protecting people, natural resources, and park assets. We lost our park rangers last July due to budget cuts, leaving Patch as our lone ranger. Conditions have deteriorated in the rangers' absence. Please contact Mayor Reed and your councilmember to ask for the return of park rangers to Guadalupe River Park & Gardens.

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour

The Bay-Friendly Garden Tour returns to Guadalupe Gardens on April 29th from 10am - 4pm. Register here.

What’s the Buzz?

To help bolster pollination in Guadalupe Gardens, two local beekeepers are installing hives in the Historic Orchard.

Meet Board Member Francois Rodigari
Francois is the Director of Water Quality and Environmental Services for San Jose Water Company. He and his family have lived in the Bay Area for over 21 years. Francois’ past involvement with community organizations include having served on his children’s private school board, as President of the Alameda Soccer Club, and as a technical resource for the San Francisco Estuary Institute. His goals as a board member is to increase awareness of the wildlife in the park, to focus on trail development, and to help make the park a destination. Francois is a recreational runner and looks forward to see the park become a running hub for the greater San Jose area. Welcome Francois!

Meet Volunteer Tucker Kalman
Tucker is a senior at San Jose State, majoring in environmental studies with an emphasis in restoration and resource management. He is working as an intern with our education team and was motivated to volunteer by the opportunity to learn more about the local river ecosystem. According to Tucker, "This volunteer opportunity has shifted my focus for a career from strictly being one in the restoration field to one that could include environmental education as well." Thanks Tucker!

Upcoming Events
BMX and Mountain Biking Workshop
age 14 and up
Saturday, April 7th
10:00am to 12:00pm
$10/members, $15/non-members

Even if you’re not aspiring to be the next Tony Hawk, you can still learn how to ride, jump, and repair like a pro! Join us for a workshop on BMX and mountain biking, led by professional BMX rider Kari Olandese. Kari, who has competed in the X Games and the World Freestyle Contest, will teach participants about bike maintenance, safety procedures, and riding maneuvers. If you have a bike, you’re welcome to bring it to get some hands-on practice during the workshop.

Nature Photography 101
Saturday, April 14th
9:00am to 12:00pm
$10/members, $15/non-members

Nature is photogenic any time of the year, but especially during spring! The grasses have sprouted; the river is running strong; the animals have returned to feed on abundant vegetation, and wildflowers glow in the soft, spring sunlight. Learn how to capture nature as it dons the colors and emotions of spring. Local naturalist and professional nature photographer Greg Kerekes will present the basics of nature photography, and then lead participants on a hands-on, outdoor shoot in the park. Bring your camera!

Container Gardening: Ornamentals and Vegetables
Saturday, April 21st
10:00am to 12:00pm
$10/members, $15/non-members

Learn how to transform any space—an apartment balcony, patio, driveway, or even a bathroom counter—into a garden at this container gardening workshop! Santa Clara County Master Gardener Lise Varner will cover the best potting and fertilizing materials for container gardening, how to plan out a container garden for your particular space, watering procedures, harvesting techniques, and which plant varieties grow best in containers.

Enter the Wonderful World of Worm Composting
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ Spring In Guadalupe Gardens (indoors)
Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Avenue, 10:00-11:30 am
Ages 18 and Up

  • Classroom presentation and worm bin set up demonstration
  • Limited class size - register soon

Each participant will receive 1 pound of worms and their choice of a) 14 gallon worm bin OR b) $10 off of a wriggly wranch

Sustainable Yard, Sustainable Bay
Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ Spring In Guadalupe Gardens, 2:00-3:30 PM
Check in at the Courtyard Gardens at 1:40 PM. Class starts at 2:00 PM.
Ages 18 and Up

Learn how you can adopt naturally sustainable gardening practices that will make your yard healthier for your family and for the San Francisco Bay environment. This hands-on class will focus on ornamental gardens and lawns, with easy to implement ideas that are being demonstrated in the newly installed plots in the Courtyard Garden. We will explore the gardens with a landscape designer, and develop ideas for transitioning your home landscape to be more sustainable.

Nature-inspired Yoga in the Park, Summer Series
Thursdays, June 7th through July 26th
(8 weeks)
6:15pm to 7:15pm
$50/members, $60/non-members
$10 drop in
Age: 18+

With warmer weather and longer evenings on the horizon, it’s time once again for Yoga in the Park. Join yoga instructor Kristin Strellis for a gentle class designed to improve your flexibility, balance and relaxation. All necessary equipment is provided. All you need to bring is yourself, dressed in comfortable clothing, and any stress or worries that have accumulated throughout the week to release in the beautiful Guadalupe Park. This class will be taught outside.

Legacy Gifts

Retirement accounts, which are subject to income tax, are good vehicles for charitable gifts. Charities aren’t subject to income tax so your gift goes farther.


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