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NEWSLETTER: Earth Day 2014

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SJSU graduate students in Dr. Peter Haas' statistics and research methods class have created a survey to provide feedback on GRPG park operations and programming. If you take the five-minute survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 Starbucks gift card. The link won't be active long as the students need time to analyze the data. Click here to take the survey!

Rotary Children's PlayGarden

The Rotary Club of San Jose celebrated reaching their six-million dollar goal with a ceremonial groundbreaking last Wednesday. Over 150 club members and elected officials attended the event and heard Jon Ball from Hensel Phelps (pro bono general contractor) predict that construction will begin in May and finish in about six months.  The project includes a wonderful play space where children with special needs can play alongside their siblings and friends, realignment of the Coleman/Autumn intersection, and a new parking lot.

Education Update

We were thrilled when board member Amelia Norris recommended us for a Lennox Foundation grant and even more so when we received almost $83,000 for our outdoor environmental science program. This family foundation requires the person nominating to be a volunteer in the organization; we are so grateful for Amelia's participation and belief in our program!  The funds will be used to for outdoor teaching areas, gardens, teaching materials, a weather station, and much more.

Earth Day Recognition

Councilmember Chu selected our outdoor environmental science program and the Children's Discover Museum's Bio SITE for Earth Day commendations. GRPC Board President Jim Alves accepted on our behalf.

Heritage Rose Garden

Why is that image so small? Click on it to find out. Use your web browser to zoom in or out and then scroll left and right for a 360 degree treat.

SV Gives

We will be participating Silicon Valley Gives on May 6th.  Click here to give!

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.

Fishy Mysteries
April 23rd/24th

Check the link below for the upcoming May series!

More info.

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.

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. 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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