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NEWSLETTER: October 2013

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday, October 12, 2013 / 10 AM to 4 PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow
(Woz Way & San Carlos) San Jose

Join us on for a fun, family friendly festival featuring a giant pumpkin patch,  costume parades, carnival games, straw-bale maze, bounce houses, costume swap, children's concert and so much more. Click here for more information.

Whether you choose scary, silly, or spectacular, it's time to get creative and enter a scarecrow in our annual contest. Sign up here!

Rotary Children's Playgarden

Rotary Club of San Jose's all-access children's Playgarden reached another milestone with last month's City Council approval. GRPC's contract amendment incorporating maintenance responsibility for Rotary's gift also got the green light. Fundraising for the $6M+ project continues, and you can help. Armadillo Willy's is holding their 30th anniversary bash at History San Jose on Sunday, 10/6, with all proceeds benefiting the Playgarden. We hope to see you there. Click here for ticket info.

Children's Nature Education

We are honored and grateful that the David and Lucile Packard Foundation renewed our two-year $100,000 grant. The funds help underwrite costs for our science-based programs. Last year, we served over 4,600 students and couldn't do it without generous support from foundations and corporations such as SanDisk, Intel, Western Digital, and Cisco.

Trail Count Follow Up

After several years of single-digit growth, Guadalupe River Trail use at Coleman Ave. jumped 17% over 2012. Many thanks to Mike Hammes, Mary Holte, Bruce Victorine, Joseph Reynolds, Sherri Bohan, and Casey Starks for volunteering for the September 18th count.

Coastal Clean Up Day

Over 50 people joined us September 21st for the annual fall river clean up. We covered the area from Coleman Ave. north to Hwy 880. Thanks to the single-use bag ban and greater Park Ranger and Fish & Wildlife Warden enforcement, there wasn't nearly as much garbage to remove compared to previous years.

Volunteer Corner

Here is a list of all the volunteer groups that rocked the Guadalupe in September 2013: Alpha Gamma Sigma of San Mateo, California San Jose Mission, Ernst & Young (pictured above), Greater Opportunities, Intel, Mission Bay, Morgan Autism Center, National Charity League, Santa Clara University, SJSU Alpha Phi Omega, SJSU Zen Buddhism Club, Symantec Corporation, and Yahoo! Inc.

And that's just the groups...we also had legions of individuals. If you add it all up it has a huge impact.

Meet Volunteer Sherri Bohan
Sherri, born and raised in San Jose, has been stepping up to help with not only the front desk, but with our native restoration projects along the trail! Sherri worked as a residential landscape contractor doing fine gardening for over 25 years. Her values with respect to sustainability are evident through her advocacy of native and drought tolerant plants, restoration projects, and backyard composting. Sherri currently teaches gardening classes in Los Gatos and Palo Alto, where she emphasizes stewardship and sustainability. Thank you and keep up the great work Sherri!

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs


October will be a 5-class series, $45/members, $70/non-members. Individual classes are $10/members; $15/non-members.

What's Wild?
October 2nd/3rd

Big and Small
October 9th/10th

Signs of Life
October 16th/17th

Wildlife Monitoring
October 23rd/24th

Halloween Animals
October 30th/31st

More info.

Fall Walking Series

Saturdays, October 12th - November 16th (6 weeks)
8:30 to
9:30 am
Ages 18 and Up
$30/members, $40/non-members

Join our favorite fitness instructors Kristin and Janet Saturday mornings for fun, fitness and friendship along the Guadalupe River. Step by step, you'll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails. Whether you are looking to start a fitness program or add to your current program, you will find helpful instruction, motivation and accountability. Interval training, safe for all fitness levels will be used along with additional strength and flexibility exercises. Starting Saturday, October 12th at 8:30am, this series will run for 6 weeks. More info.

Water Efficient Landscape Maintenance Techniques

Saturday, October 5th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Hosted by the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency and the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department, this hands-on, outdoor lecture will demonstrate the care and maintenance techniques for California native and drought tolerant gardens. Learn by doing! See how to prune, plant, mulch, and irrigate to help your water-efficient garden thrive all year long. Bring a hat, water bottle, along with gardening gloves and shoes.

Registration is required. Go to to register and for location details. For more
information please call the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency at 650-349-3000.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop

Saturday, December 14th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm or
1:30 to 3:30 pm
$25/members, $35/non-members

This annual workshop is so popular; we've added an additional time slot. Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show you how to look through your garden to find unusual items that can be incorporated into the wreaths. All basic materials will be provided, but if you have some special greenery, lights or ornaments that you would like to incorporate into your wreath, feel free to bring them along. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. More info.

Super Guadalupe River Run

On Superbowl Sunday, earn your guacamole on the Guadalupe! Sign up for the 10K, 5K or 1K kid's run/walk soon to guarantee your t-shirt. Click here to register!

Legacy Giving

Your attorney, CPA, or financial planner can help you craft an estate plan that provides for your favorite charities at little or no expense to your loved ones.

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