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NEWSLETTER: September 2016

In this issue:

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!

What's there to do at Pumpkins in the Park? You can buy and decorate a pumpkin, play carnival games, join a costume parade, watch children's entertainers, or visit with the many community organizations.

You can also help spread the word by sharing the Facebook event listing.

If you would like to be a vendor, sponsor, or contributor, please email Lisa at

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

Window on the River Park

Window on the River Park, our annual donor recognition event, will be held on Wednesday, October 5th and is generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe Systems, Inc.

We greatly appreciate the individuals, corporations, and foundations who provide operating support for our education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts.

For sponsorship opportunities or to buy a ticket, click here.

Cavalia presents Odysseo

Cavalia returns to San Jose with Odysseo,their latest equestrian and acrobatic adventure. Cavalia will open under the white big top at Coleman and Ryland on September 14, with matinee and evening performances scheduled through October 2.

Please note there will be heavier-than-usual traffic on the trail between Julian and Coleman during show times.

Save up to 15% on evening shows with promo code VOYAGE. Click here to purchase tickets.

Trail Updates

San Jose's annual count of trail users takes place Wednesday, September 14th from 7 am to 7 pm. Look for our table just north of Coleman.

Viva Calle, San Jose's Open Streets event, returns for a second year on Sunday, September 18th, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Save the date and look for us at the activity hub at Arena Green in Guadalupe River Park.

Click here for more information.

Construction Update: The City expects to finish work on the Autumn Parkway to Julian extension and reopen the western trail segment in early 2017.

Water Festival

We're hosting our 14th annual Water Festival on Wednesday, September 14th, with over 250 5th-grade students from River Glen, Luther Burbank, and Franklin schools.

The Water Festival is designed to raise awareness of our local watershed. Every year, we convene environmental education organizations from around the Bay Area to teach students important hands-on science lessons about water conservation, pollution prevention, the value of water as a natural resource, and how people can protect our watershed.

Many thanks to our volunteers, the presenters from our partner organizations, and the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for underwriting the costs.

Coastal Cleanup Day

Join us and volunteers across the state on Saturday, September 17th at 9:00 am for Coastal Cleanup Day, California's largest volunteer event. For more information, and to sign up, click here.

Volunteer Corner

Bellarmine faculty and staff joined us for a river cleanup--and to gain firsthand experience with where their students volunteer.

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

Breakthrough Silicon Valley

California San Jose Mission

Cisco Systems

Creekside School

Friends of Children with Special Needs

Harker Academy

Hope Services

Independence HS National Honor Society

Milpitas HS Key Club

Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center

National Charity League

Silver Creek HS Key Club

Think Bigger San Jose

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged over 1,304 volunteer hours in July.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Historic Orchard Volunteer Workday
    Sat. September 3rd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sat. September 17th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sign up.

  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Sat. October 8th, Various shifts available. Sign up.


Meet Volunteer Joseph Walsh
Joseph is interning with us while working on his bachelor's degree in environmental studies at SJSU. He will graduate this fall. When Joseph is not studying or volunteering, he likes to take his 8-month old puppy on walks and hike new places throughout the Bay Area. He also loves watching and participating in sports, especially football and basketball. Thanks, Joseph, for all your hard work and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Classes

September - FULL

Spooky Critters

Classes are now offered on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays!

Click here for more information on our homeschool program.

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. 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.

Trail Ambassador Meeting & Social

Saturday, September 24th
10:00 to 11:00 am

Do you find yourself walking, running or biking the Guadalupe River Trail at least once a week?

We're looking for trail ambassadors to join our stewardship team! Join us for a fun and informative event for new and current participants.

RSVP to Ricky at by September 14th.

Fall Walking Series

Saturdays, October 15th - Nov. 5th
8:30 to 9:30 am
$20/members, $30/non-members
Ages 18 and up

Join fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Janet Schumacher on Saturday mornings for fun, fitness and friendship along the Guadalupe River trails. Whether you are looking to start a fitness program or add to your current program, they will be out on the trails with you providing instruction, motivation and accountability. Interval training, safe for all fitness levels, will be used along with additional strength and flexibility exercises.

Click here to sign up.

Beginners Landscape Watercolor Painting

Saturday, October 15th
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
$20/members, $25/non-members

Learn how to capture nature's beautiful landscapes with watercolors. Art Specialist Heather Engle will show participants how to control water and pigment levels to explore variations in color and light. Other topics covered include: primary colors, secondary colors, watercolor techniques, and the elements of landscape painting.

Click here to sign up.

Rotary PlayGarden Campaign

Help us sustain PlayGarden operations for another year!

With over 225,000 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 maintaining 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 keeping the park clean and safe.

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

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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