Newsletter: March 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
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.


Like us on Facebook!

We are building our Facebook following. Click here to visit our FB page and give us a like. If you feel like going the extra mile, look for the "suggest to friends" link and tell your friends about all the great things we do. Many of which are listed throughout this e-newsletter!


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 fun-filled, 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

Click here for more information!


Garden Design Contest

The City of San Jose is conducting a sustainable landscape design competition for two demonstration gardens! The City will select the top two designs and bring them to life in the grassy area southwest of the Courtyard Garden. If you are a landscape enthusiast and/or professional, click here to find out more.


Trout Incubation & Hatching Program

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is proud to announce that we will be incubating and hatching native steelhead rainbow trout eggs in the Visitor & Education Center. Every fall, salmon and steelhead trout swim from San Francisco Bay up the Guadalupe River to lay their eggs. The Conservancy will use the new display to highlight the importance of the migration by the end of March, when the incubation tank will be open to public viewing at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor & Education Center. The display will serve to teach visitors about salmon and trout life cycles, spawning requirements, and how these rare species fit into our ecosystem. In addition, the new tank will serve as an educational tool for the Salmon & Trout Education Program that the Conservancy can integrate into its field trip programs that already serve thousands of children each year. The Monterey Salmon Trout Project works in conjunction with the Salmon & Trout Education Project to educate the public about healthy watersheds and to restore and preserve native runs of anadromous species like salmon and steelhead trout. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity; stop by to view the display and pick up a free sticker. This project was made possible by a grant from the eBay Foundation.


Meet volunteer Joseph Salvato
Joe is a San Jose native and recent graduate of the University of San Francisco, where he majored in environmental studies. He had volunteered with us while attending Bellarmine College Prep and was looking for an internship that would allow him to apply his studies by working with youth in a dynamic environment, while also learning more about the ecology of his hometown. Joe has already been a big help with our field trips and home school programs and is also scheduling training for the plot holders in the expanded community garden. In his spare time, Joe enjoys watching films, reading, cooking, and practicing his Spanish. He is looking forward to becoming part of the community here at GRPG. Welcome back Joe! We are delighted to have you on the education team.

Upcoming Events ~ Adults

Sustainable Vegetable Gardening -- Starts Tomorrow!
Wednesdays from March 2nd
through April 6th

7:00 to 9:00pm
$60/members, $70/non-members
Instructor: Ann Northrup

Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and Master Gardener Ann Northrup for an exciting six week series of classes about sustainable vegetable gardening! Learn how to grow a successful, environmentally responsible food garden that produces delicious vegetables and herbs every month of the year. 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.


Spring Walking Series

Saturdays, March 19th through May 7th (8 weeks)
8:30 to 9:30am
$40/members, $50/non-members

Click here for more details and to sign up!


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.


Upcoming Events ~ Kids

Shake, Rattle, and Roll
Friday, March 11th
3:30pm to 5:00pm
Ages 5 to 10
$10/members, $15/non-members

Shake things up with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in an exciting after-school workshop all about earthquakes and earthquake safety. Learn what drives the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates, and build a volcano to take home and watch it erupt again and again. Then, create a yummy snack that shows the inside of the Earth and all of its different layers. Finally, learn how to stay earthquake safe and design a plan so that you and your family are prepared when the next earthquake occurs.


Splish, Splash
Friday, March 25th
3:30pm to 5:00pm
$10/members, $15/non-members
Ages 5 to 10

Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for an afternoon of wet and wild fun as we learn all about the importance of water on Earth. Become a hydrologist for an afternoon and investigate the three different phases of water. Play games to understand the water cycle and how water moves through the atmosphere. Finally, use all five senses to investigate the banks of the Guadalupe River and learn about your dynamic local river ecosystem.


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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