Newsletter: February 2012

Adopt a Rose, the gift that keeps on living!

It’s not too late to adopt a rose for Valentine’s Day!

Tortoises visit our homeschool program

Our popular Outdoor Environmental Science Program for homeschool students resumed on January 25th with a special presentation by the Silicon Valley Turtle and Tortoise Club and their reptilian friends. Eager students had the rare opportunity to meet “Wilma,” “Halfback,” and other desert tortoises up close and personal while learning about their life cycle, habitat requirements, and conservation issues. Our state reptile, the desert tortoise is currently listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Of interest to homeschool families, we are now an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.


In keeping with our name change and stewardship goals, the GRPC Board of Directors recently established an endowment. Once funded, it will generate resources to help maintain the park and gardens. If you’d like to make an investment in the long-term health of the park, please consider a gift to the GRPC Endowment Fund.

River clean up

Many thanks to the crew who pitched in to clean the river last month. We are partnering with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and City of San Jose for another river clean-up on Saturday, February 25th from 12:00-3:00pm. Please call 298-7657 if you can help.

Meet volunteer Diana Weir
Diana grew up in Pennsylvania and moved west to attend Arizona State University. After finishing up at ASU she obtained a position in San Jose and moved to the area in 1988. Diana became familiar with the river park as she used the trail to bike to work, eventually taking a rose grafting workshop which led to her volunteer service.  While Diana is mainly involved as a front desk volunteer, she joins in on other park events when she can.

Upcoming Events

Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water in your Landscape
Saturday, February 18th
9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join us and certified greywater installer Alan Hackler to learn how to safely and easily reuse your laundry, sink or shower water in your home garden. In this three-hour workshop, Alan will cover local codes and regulations, greywater safe soaps, and the simple plumbing modifications needed to redirect your household water into your backyard garden. The second half of the workshop will be hands-on, and participants will have the chance to work with the parts and tools necessary to install a simple greywater system.

Dormant Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, February 19th
9:30am to 11:30am
$10/members, $15/non-members

Winter is the perfect time to sign up for a pruning workshop with professional landscaper, Sean McGrail! Sean McGrail will teach you how to prune fruit trees and then you will gain hands-on experience by practicing your newly learned techniques on Guadalupe River Park & Garden’s Historic Orchard. The Historic Orchard is a 3.3-acre site planted in 1994 to showcase the varieties of fruit trees that once made the Santa Clara valley famous as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight”. The orchard is located in Guadalupe Gardens just south of Taylor Street and adjacent to the River Park trails. The orchard contains over 220 fruit and nut trees, including cherries, apricots, prunes, apples, and more. It is maintained by dedicated volunteers.

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Legacy Gifts

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.

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438 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-7657
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