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NEWSLETTER: August 2016, Special Edition

In this issue:

Rotary PlayGarden Campaign

Did you know that we cover the cost of operating the Rotary PlayGarden?

With over 215,000 visitors since May 2015, the PlayGarden needs lots of TLC so we have launched a campaign to fund operations and maintenance, with the goal of continuing to maintain the cleanest and safest place to play in the South Bay!

As Conservancy employees, Rotary PlayGarden Attendants play a key role in that effort, greeting guests at the gate, enforcing park rules, and performing daily maintenance tasks. While paid attendants were an unanticipated cost, they have proven essential in pursuit of this goal, as evidenced by testimonials from guests:

“My kids love this place! I do too. It's very clean, it's safe and the equipment is fun. I love that there is only one way in and out of the park. It's so much easier to see where your kids are and let them play freely.”

“It's such a perfect safe place to bring your lil ones! I love how it's gated and there is always someone watching over the area. My son loves coming here!”

Help us sustain PlayGarden operations for another year!

Click here to see what happens behind the scenes and pledge your support.

PlayGarden Updates

Now Hiring!

PlayGarden Attendants perform daily maintenance and interact with park patrons. Shifts are 9am-2pm and 2pm-7pm every day of the week. This is a part-time position and the hourly pay is $12-15 depending on experience. Please send your resume or any questions to No calls please.

Adventure Packs

Have you had a chance to check out one of our adventure packs? Just provide a photo ID with an address and you can check out one out from the Rotary PlayGarden attendant at no charge. Adventure packs have a GPS, bug catcher, two pairs of binoculars, magnifying glass, and several bug and animal ID guides. Follow a pre-set tour or pick any of the Points of Interest that are pre-loaded on the GPS.

Packs can be checked out until 5:00 pm and must be returned by 6:00 pm. Packs are available on Mondays, too, and can be checked out for the Visitor & Education Center (return by 4:30 pm). Many thanks to the Lennox Foundation for underwriting this free family activity.

Pumpkins in the Park

Save the date! Pumpkins in the Park returns to Discovery Meadow Saturday, October 8th from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission!

We need volunteers Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. For more information or to sign up, click here.

If you would like to be a vendor, sponsor, or contributor, please contact the Festival Coordinator.

Legacy Giving

Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There's no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here's some sample language:

I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate.

I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors' discretion.

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

Upcoming Events

Painting in the Rose Garden

Friday, September 9th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$20/members, $25/non-members

Learn how to capture nature's beautiful roses in a painting or drawing at this workshop hosted by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Art Specialist and GRPC staff Heather Engle will show you how to recreate colors and shadows of a rose.

Click here to sign up.

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, September 10th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$20/members, $25/non-members

Vegetables in the winter? You bet! Here in Santa Clara County, we can grow vegetables year round. Join UC Master Gardeners to learn about the wide variety of vegetables that thrive in our cool season: broccoli, kale, peas, lettuce, and many more. You will receive hands-on experience sowing seeds and transplanting seedlings, as well as a flat of seedlings for your winter garden.

Click here to sign up.

Summer Deadheading in the Heritage Rose Garden

Tuesday, September 13th
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Help us promote the next bloom cycle by removing spent roses and get rewarded with ice cream!

Click here to sign up.

Join us for our regular workdays, too! Volunteers meet every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:30-11:30 am.

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