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SV Gives

We will be participating Silicon Valley Gives on Tuesday, May 6th.  SV Gives is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and is designed to raise money for local nonprofits through a 24-hour online campaign. Several foundations are offering matching bonuses; to double or even triple your gift, please consider making your donation at the top of the hour for the following times:

12:00 AM to 12:59 AM -  2:1 dollar match for all gifts, up to $50,000,  sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

7:00 AM to 7:59 AM - 1:1 dollar match if you make your gift then, up to $35,000 - sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

12:00 PM to 12:59 PM - 1:1 match up to $50,000 during the lunch hour - sponsored by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation

6:00 PM to 6:59 PM - 1:1 matches from  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, up to $50,000 and Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, up to $2,500.

7:00 PM to 7:59 PM - 1:1 dollar match, up to $50,000 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

To contribute to us, click here.

Look for our Energizer Station on the trail just north of Coleman Ave on Thursday, May 8th, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.  We'll be conducting a membership drive that day so you might see us on the way home too.

South San Jose trail users, San Jose Trail Manager Yves Zsutty alerted us to an upcoming Guadalupe Trail detour.

Click here to see a map of the detour.

Window on the River Park

We rely on individuals, corporations, and foundations for operating support for our education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts. Window on the River Park, our donor recognition event, will be held on Thursday, June 5th and is generously hosted by Adobe Systems, Inc. For sponsorship opportunities, click here, or to buy a ticket click here.

Education Grants

Our education program received a $7,540 grant from the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation to fund our Water Wizard Festival. To maximize its educational value, the festival is being moved from May to September and engaging 5th-grade students rather than third graders. The Michael Lee Environmental Foundation has been supporting the Water Wizard Festival since 2009; we greatly appreciate their support!

The Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation granted $20,000 to help underwrite our work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and field trips for students from Title 1 schools. These funds will enable us to serve over 800 students whom might otherwise not be able to participate in a hands-on environmental science program.

National River Cleanup

Join us for a day of environmental stewardship on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 am to noon as we remove debris from the river channel. We have already collected thousands of pounds of waste from the Guadalupe River this season! We need your help to stay on top of this ongoing effort. Please wear a hat, sunscreen, closed-toe shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle. Click here to sign up.

Homeless encampments are the largest source of trash in the river. Thanks to increased enforcement efforts by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Santa Clara Valley Water District's partnership with the City of San Jose's Park Rangers, there are fewer encampments in the river. Please let Mayor Reed and your councilmember know that you support full restoration of the Park Ranger program.

Rotary Play Garden Update

Construction will begin soon on the PlayGarden. You might notice tree removal signs being posted; rest assured that over 40 new trees will be planted as part of the project.

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

Alpha Phi Omega, Gamma Beta, SJSU
Averroes High School
Branham High School Interact
California San Jose Mission
Cisco Systems - Community Relations
Hammer Montessori School
Independence High School Interact
Irvington Change Project
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Piedmont Hills High School Interact
University Preparatory Academy

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.

  • Evening Rose Deadheading
    Tues. May 13, 5-7 pm. Sign up.

Meet Volunteer Liz Malin
Liz, a native of Louisiana, has found her place here at the Conservancy. A Santa Clara University student, Liz joined our team of interns last fall and continues to share her passion for education and the environment with us. She primarily works with our homeschool students but also contributes to our field trip program when she can. Liz always brings her smile and a willingness to take ownership over her fantastic work. Thank you for your dedication Liz!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Energy, the Environment, and You

Energy powers our lights, cools our homes, and helps us move from place to place.

Where the Wind Blows
May 7th/8th

Water for Power
May 14th/15th

Energy and Safety
May 21st/22nd

Click here for more info about this series!

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.

Summer Gardening

Saturdays, May 17th - June 28th (6 weeks)
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$35/members, $45/non-members

Join us and Gardening Instructor Sherri Bohan for a wonderful Summer Gardening workshop! Expand your current knowledge about gardening to create a beautiful, healthy, easy care, water-wise outdoor space for you to enjoy. Beginning and experienced gardeners will enjoy learning methods that are environmentally and user friendly.

Click here to sign up.

Replacing Your Lawn

Replacing Your Lawn
Saturday, May 31st
9:30am to 11:30am
Ages: 18+
$10/members, $15/non-members

Want to have a healthy, lush yard while using less water, fertilizers, and herbicides? Join Master Gardener Marianne Mueller to learn how to replace your thirsty lawn with a beautiful low-water landscape. Explore low-water turfs, ground cover, combinations of bulbs, annuals, perennials, shrubs and find out about Santa Clara Valley Water District's lawn replacement incentive. Bonus: you'll help improve habitat for butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects.

Click here to sign up.

Gardening with Succulents

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$25/members, $30/non-members

Looking for a fun way to use an old tea pot, bowl, basket, or even a shoe? UCCE Master Gardener and succulent expert Laura Balaoro will demonstrate how to turn a found container from your home into a beautiful succulent arrangement. You will learn the dos and don'ts of planting succulents and come away with your own creation, a value of $35. Laura will bring plant cuttings but participants are encouraged to bring their own to share and exchange.

Click here to sign up.

Legacy Giving

Why Should You Include a Charitable Gift in Your Will (Or Living Trust)?

1. It's simple to do. It can be as easy as including language stating, "I give $20,000 to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy."

2. You can change your mind. We won't receive the gift until after your death. During your lifetime, you can amend anything you choose, i.e., beneficiaries, amounts, etc.

3. Tax-wise, it could be beneficial. Gifts to qualified charitable organizations reduce the value of your estate for estate tax purposes.

4. It's an easy way to support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and we'd be grateful for your gift. Bequests of every size build our future financial strength.

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