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NEWSLETTER: April 2014

In this issue:

Education Grant

We were thrilled to receive a $10,000 grant last month from the Western Digital Foundation to provide environmental education for underserved youth. They wrote, "Our committee was so impressed with your mission and the successful outcomes you are able to report that your request was one of the few funded at the full amount. Congratulations!" We are grateful for Western Digital Foundation's financial and moral support!

Adopt a Rose

Mayoral Forum on Parks and Trails

San Jose Park Advocates is providing an opportunity for residents to both influence and hear candidates' positions on park, trails, and recreation. Monday April 21st at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm. San Jose Stage Company, 490 South First Street. Seating is limited. Free tickets available here.

Amazon Smile

Every time you shop at Amazon at the link below, Amazon will donate a small portion of the sale to the Conservancy, which can really add up! If you have an existing book mark for Amazon, make sure to replace it with this URL so that all future purchases will help support your favorite park & gardens. Here's the link:

Park Improvements

A new split-rail fence near the Visitor & Education center was recently installed by our resident handy volunteers David More, Ric Smith, and Don Snyder. We will be adding to drought-tolerant plants to this area soon, and the fence will prevent inadvertent trampling. This team also repaired a split-rail fence near St. John Street. Thanks guys!

Volunteer Corner
A hearty thanks to all the volunteer groups that toiled to make GRPG a more beautiful place this past February:

Alpha Phi Omega, SJSU
California San Jose Mission
De Anza College International Student Volunteers
Evergreen Valley High School
Hands on Bay Area
Homestead High School National Honor Society
IBI Group
iHeart Independence High School
Independence High School Key Club
Irvington Change Project
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Oak Grove High School
One Brick

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

  • Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30am. More info.

  • Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. April 5th, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.

  • River Clean-up
    Sat. April 19th, 8:30-11:30am. Sign up.

  • Great American Litter Pick Up
    Sat. April 26th, 8:00-11:30am. Sign up.

Meet Board Member Jed Mettee
Jed is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team. He has spent 12 years working for the Earthquakes dating back to their days at Spartan Stadium. The team is currently building an 18,000 seat stadium on Coleman Ave, right down the street from the park. Jed also spent time at Santa Clara University as the media relations director in the athletic department. Originally from New Hampshire, Jed moved to San Jose in 2001 and now resides in Willow Glen with his wife and two children. His education about wetlands and conservation started young as his father had a long career as an environmental planner and a member of group that works to preserve the Great Bay in New Hampshire, while his mother was a member of the Conservation Commission in New Hampshire

Meet Volunteer Group Alpha Phi Omega

Over the last two months, members of San Jose State's Beta Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity have joined us for numerous river clean ups. Over the span of these two months, they have collected over 1,000 pounds of litter from our river. Their fraternity was founded in 1925, giving them a rich history in service, leadership and friendships. These wonderful college students have been a reliable, energetic, and passionate group, making them an absolute delight to have in the park. The Beta Gamma chapter currently has 110 active members and 49 pledges. We hope to have more of their members join us in the park that they are helping keep beautiful. Thank you Alpha Phi Omega!

So many ways to give:
Adopt A Rose, General Donations, The Donor Walkway, Memberships,
Endowment, Critter Donations

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Investigating Life Cycles

Join us as we explore the life cycles of our local wildlife and examine the natural resources that support over 150 native species that call our park home.

Insect Instincts
April 2nd/3rd

It's a Bird, It's a Plane!
April 9th/10th

Life as a Ladybeetle
April 16th/17th

Fishy Mysteries
April 23rd/24th

More info.

Nature Photography 101

Saturday, April 19th
10:00am to 1:00pm
$15/members, $20/non-members

Nature is photogenic any time of the year, but especially during spring! The grasses have sprouted, the river is running, the animals have returned to feed on abundant vegetation, and wildflowers glow in the soft, spring sunlight. 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!

Click here to sign up.

All About Tomatoes

Saturday, April 19th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Delicious home grown tomatoes are America's favorite summer vegetable. Join Sherri Bohan for this informative class to find out the best planting techniques, correct soil and nutrient needs for our zone, tomato varieties and types, diseases and prevention, pests and how to protect your harvests, watering and much more. All tomato lovers will enjoy this class!

Click here to sign up.

Starting From Seed

Saturday, April 26th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 16 and up
$25/members, $30/non-members

Master Gardener Laura Monczynski will teach you how to grow your own vegetables and flowers from seeds. Workshop will discuss what seeds need to grow into healthy seedlings: soil, containers, watering, and more. Participants will get hands-on experience sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings, receive valuable advice on caring for them, and take home a flat of seedlings for their summer garden, a value of $75!

Click here to sign up.

Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water In Your Landscape

Saturday, May 3rd
10:00am to 1:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join 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.

Click here to sign up.

Discover Companion Planting

Saturday, May 10th
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 16 and up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Companion planting is an ancient form of gardening. This technique has cultural and ecological significance dating back to the first civilization in Mexico. The indigenous Olmec people were able to flourish by planting beans, corn and squash, known as the Three Sisters. Join Mark Batcheler to discover which plants will work well together in your garden and the benefits they will bring. Click here to learn more.

Legacy Giving

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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