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Park Development

Soccer fields look to be on the way due to changes to the regulation of the airport approach zone and interest by the Earthquakes in establishing a home for their academy. Four Measure P-funded fields will also be built, creating a seven-field complex, if approval is granted by the Federal Aviation Administration. As a result, the Guadalupe Gardens Master Plan will be updated, and community input will be solicited for the development of a six-acre park. More info can be found at item 5.1 of the April 19th City Council agenda.

Adopt a Rose for Mother's Day

Looking for a distinctive Mother's Day gift? A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $50 (no package) or $60 (with package), we will help you select the perfect rose and prepare a gift box for your Mom.

More information here.

National River Cleanup Day

Join us for a day of environmental stewardship on Saturday, May 21st from 8:30 to 11:30 am 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.

22nd Annual Bike to Work Day

Look for our Energizer Station by the Visitor Center on Thursday, May 12th from 6 am to 9 am. Stop by for a piece of Hobee's coffee cake. Tallies from Bike to Work Day and the annual September trail count provide valuable data that supports continued investment in our trail network.

Staff Updates

We are pleased to introduce our new Assistant Education Coordinator Luana Rivera Palacio. Luana brings a breadth of experience with non-profits, having worked for Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and The Health Trust, among others. A Hawaii native, you'll find her teaching Hula when she's not in the office. We encourage you to join us in getting to know Luana.

Volunteer Corner

A cheerful group of employees from Jeppesen joined us for spring cleaning of the Children's Carousel at Arena Green.

Southwest generously donated new native plants to spruce up the Coleman Ave. entry and joined us to plant them, too!

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, APO
California San Jose Mission
Cisco Systems
Creekside School

Four Points by Sheraton
Friends of Children with Special Needs

HOPE Services

Los Gatos High School
Milpitas High School Key Club

Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center

Santa Clara County Office of Education
SJSU International Gateways

South Bay Heritage Rose Group

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1,544 volunteer hours in March.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. May 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Monthly River Cleanup
    Sat. May 21st, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.


Meet Volunteer Vu Le
Vu is interning with us while working on his Bachelor's degree in environmental studies at SJSU. He wears many hats and is willing to do a little of everything, ranging from working with our education team to staffing the Rotary PlayGarden. When he is not studying or volunteering, you will find him on the basketball court or cheering for one of our Bay Area sports teams. He is graduating this month and working on finding a job in finance. Thanks, Vu, for all your hard work and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Meet Board Member Cam Schwab
Cam was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Currently, he is part of the real estate development team at Barry Swenson Builder, where he manages a pipeline of deals ranging from ground up developments to asset acquisitions and dispositions. His drive and creativity stems from his love of the outdoors -- from sports to hiking to traveling, he is always up for the challenge. “Social adventures" are always prioritized as well, so seeing Guadalupe River Park become that social adventure destination is at the top of his priority list while on the Board.

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

Upcoming Events

Maker May

We are pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Maker May! The Maker culture teaches students entrepreneurship through innovation and promotes self-directed learning. Students are given a challenge, such as improving the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, a variety of materials and are sent off to think and build. Over the course of the series, students will be empowered to design and complete their own project focused on improving the gardens or the natural environment around them.

Classes are full this month and will resume in September.

Click here for more information on our homeschool program.

Beginning Gardening Series

Wednesdays, May 4th, 11th & 18th
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$10/members, $15/non-members

Are you new to gardening? Join us for a three-week course to learn the basics so you can get out into your yard with confidence! Topics will include planning and preparing a garden, understanding what plants need, how to shop in a nursery for best results, and many more tips and techniques to help your garden flourish.

This course includes an optional Saturday morning visit to a local community garden for hands-on experience and is taught by UCCE Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County.

Click here to sign up.

Recycled Art in the Garden

Saturday, May 7th
10:00 to 11:30 am
Ages 8+ with adult participation
$10/members, $15/non-members

Begin spring cleaning early this year and attend a unique workshop on recycled art with Art Specialist Heather Engle. Start with an introduction to using “junk” materials and see a presentation of how others have turned their trash into timeless treasures. Then, use your own creativity to make something for your garden that will impress your neighbors and encourage great green practices.

Click here to sign up.

Origami and Nature

Saturday, May 21st
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 8+ with adult participation
$10/members, $15/non-members

Are you and your family looking for a new hobby or just something new to try? Join us and discover the art of paper folding! You’ll learn about the plants and animals in the park, while gaining a new skill. Watch as paper comes to life right before your eyes with a few easy folds. We’ll learn two to three models ranging from beginner to intermediate. For those who enjoy a challenge, more complex models will be available. Paper and diagrams will be provided.

Click here to sign up.

SV Gives

We will be participating in Silicon Valley Gives on Tuesday, May 3rd. 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.

Click here for more information. Or, save the extra clicks and donate to us directly!

Green Living

Did you know that what goes here flows directly to local creeks and streams, including Guadalupe River?

Click here for pollution prevention tips, courtesy of Watershed Watch.

Wildlife Corner

Northern Alligator Lizard
Elgaria coerulea

Who's that basking in the sun? Northern Alligator Lizards are medium-sized lizards. Adults reach a snout-to-vent length of about 4 inches and a total length of roughly 11 in. Their skin varies in color, but can be brown and white or greenish yellow and brown. Their typical diet includes crickets, mealworms, and moths, but they will also take larger prey, such as small lizards, and will even eat small baby mice if given the opportunity.

Learn more about the real flora and fauna in the park.

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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