Newsletter: January 2012
Corridors: Exploring the Urban Woodland through Poetry

Join notable Bay Area poets Gail Entrekin, Judy Halebsky, and Ainsley Kelly for a night of nature poetry on Friday, January 27th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Visitor Center. Corridors: Exploring the Urban Woodland will focus on the precarious border between nature and development, and the interesting questions and realities that arise in such a place. Following the poets’ performances, there will be an open mic session for all attendees to participate. Corridors will be a venue to encourage ecological literacy and develop a sense of place in the Guadalupe River watershed. The event is free, and refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a friend and some poems to read. More…

Clean Start to 2012

After a decade of environmental education programs, we had built up quite an inventory of materials. Education Coordinator Stephanie Wilson wanted to dispose of supplies that were no longer needed while remaining committed to our green business standards. She hired Mike Schneer, an environmental studies student at SJSU, for a Recycle Science Internship. Mike, who works for SJSU's Center for the Development of Recycling, painstakingly processed and sorted the materials, organized them by type, and has begun transporting them to local reuse and recycling agencies.

Rose Pruning Workshops

Learn rose pruning from the experts and help maintain the largest collection of rose varieties in North America. South Bay Heritage Rose Group volunteers are teaching pruning techniques that can be applied to your home garden for healthy, spectacular roses. A short lecture will be followed by hands-on pruning in the Heritage Rose Garden. To participate, you must arrive at 9:00 am.

Wednesdays and Saturdays through
February 18, 9:00 am -12:00 pm

Click here to sign up.

Clean Start, Part 2

Thanks to the volunteers who joined us for our final 2011 Guadalupe River clean up, we removed nearly 1,000 pounds of waste that may have otherwise been carried to San Francisco Bay. Once the rainy season starts, we will have monthly clean ups. Please contact if you would like to be part of our river clean up team.


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eet volunteer David Yang
David just completed his three-month internship in the Heritage Rose Garden (HRG). He is a West Valley College park management student who aspires to be a park ranger and is also interested in using GIS and other mapping tools to better manage our park resources. Prior to his internship, he hadn't had much exposure to garden maintenance practices and found the sustainable gardening techniques used in the HRG to be very interesting and useful. He was surprised to find that he looked forward to his "relaxing" internship days and plans on recommending it to other West Valley Students. We thank David for his enthusiasm and Jill Perry, rose garden curator, for supervising his internship.

Upcoming Events

Bike Ride to Alviso
Saturday, January 7th, 2012
10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages 18 and Older
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join us and experienced naturalist Greg Kerekes as we explore the Guadalupe River Trail on an exciting bicycling adventure! Observe and ask questions about the Guadalupe River’s diverse wildlife as we travel downstream on a 4-hour, 20-mile round trip ride from the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens to Alviso, and back. This ride is mostly flat, but transitions from pavement to gravel. Make sure to bring water, a sack lunch, sunscreen, sunglasses, a bike with tires that can handle gravel, and a helmet. Bicyclists must be in good health and able to ride at least 20 miles at a moderate pace without difficulty.

Successful Backyard Birdhouses
Saturday, January 14th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Building and installing a birdhouse is not as simple as it may seem. The location of your residence, the layout of your garden or patio, and the birdhouse’s design and size all factor into the habitability of a birdhouse. If you’d like to study the art of building birdhouses, join us on Saturday, January 14th for an adult workshop led by Mike Azevedo, County Coordinator for Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s Cavity Nester Recovery Program.

Dormant Fruit Tree Pruning
Saturday, January 21st
9:30am to 11:30am
$10/members, $15/non-members

Sign up for a pruning workshop with professional landscaper Sean McGrail, who will teach you how to prune fruit trees. Gain hands-on experience by practicing your newly learned techniques on trees in the Historic Orchard.

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.

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
Tuesdays from February 28th to April 3rd
7:00 to 9:00pm
$60/members, $70/non-members

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join Master Gardener Ann Northrup for an exciting six-week series about sustainable vegetable gardening. Topics include: soil preparation, amendments, and fertilizers; irrigation methods and systems; working with both seeds and seedlings; cultural requirements of specific warm and cool season crops and varieties that do well in our area; and how to identify and manage common pests, weeds, and diseases of vegetable crops in Santa Clara County.

Legacy Gifts

Did you know that your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones?


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