Newsletter: September 2011
Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday, October 8, 2011
10 AM to 4 PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow, San Jose

Save the date - a bright orange pumpkin patch and a fanciful scarecrow display will welcome you to the park. The festival features free and low-cost activities for children, including pumpkin decorating, bounce houses, and environmental education activities, and entertainment by popular children’s entertainers Zun Zun, Andy Z, and many more.

Sponsors: Air Systems Foundation, Bright Green San Jose, City of San Jose, Cortese Brothers Farms, Garden City Sanitation, Gizdich Ranch, Greenwaste Recovery, Kaiser Permanente, Martinelli's, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Downtown Association, NBC11, Radio Disney, San Jose Water Company, and Watershed Watch.

More sponsorship opportunities available - contact Phil at 298-7657.

Volunteer Opportunties______________

We get by with a lot of help from our friends!

Trail Count: San Jose’s 5th annual Trail Count is scheduled for Sept. 14 from 7am to 7pm. Data collected supports grant writing, better design of future trails, and informs city leaders about the demand for more trails. For more information or to help with any of these events, please contact

Rose Deadheading: Thursday, Sept. 15th, 5:00 to 7:00pm. This is our final evening session for the year - help make the Heritage Rose Garden look spectacular for the Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden celebration. Sign up here.

Coastal Clean Up: Saturday, Sept. 17th, 9am - 12pm. Help remove trash from the Guadalupe River so that it doesn’t reach the bay or ocean. Please download the waiver form and complete prior to arriving to expedite the sign-in process. Sign up here.

Pumpkins in the Park: Saturday, Oct. 8th, 7am - 6pm. Help us create a magical day to remember for young children! Various shifts and roles are available; please register yourself or organize a group (high school, church, corporate, etc.) Register.

Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden

The South Bay Heritage Rose Group and the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy invite you to the second annual Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden, September 24th, 9am – 2pm. Come enjoy the fall bloom and hear presentations on composting, propagation, and rose hips. There will be a limited number of old and/or hard-to-find roses for sale. For more information, click here.

Thanks to our Interns

We've been blessed with gifted interns: San Jose State student Cindy Moreno is working with our education program. Stephanie Wilson, a recent Santa Clara University graduate, just completed her internship and is joining the staff as an on-call teaching assistant. Santa Clara University student Teki Mensah is providing support for our volunteer program. Finally, high school student Tzvia Cahn was our Visitor and Education Center Intern Attendant for the summer. We are grateful for their time and talents. Interns build our capacity to deliver programs, and we are always on the lookout for exceptional students who want to make a difference in their community.

Cats in the Guadalupe

We’ve seen a huge increase in the number of cats/kittens in the park, which is bad news for the bird population. Several groups are working to trap and find homes for the kittens and tame cats. We don’t support the feeding of cats in the park but are very appreciative of efforts to trap and find homes for these felines. If you’re interested in helping socialize kittens, please contact

Orchard Update

As summer fades, orchard fans celebrated the nearly 300 lbs of plums, pluots and apples donated to Loaves and Fishes this summer. Now, with the last of stone fruits picked and passed on, we turn our hungry gaze to the apple and Asian pear trees. These pome fruit specimens are heavy with fruit, promising another bountiful harvest. More>>>

Meet volunteer Bill Corcoran
Conservancy volunteer and veteran Bill Corcoran moved to San Jose in 1984 to work for Sun Microsystems. He was first drawn to the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens because he felt that the park “…offers a pleasant relief from the hustle and bustle of city life.” Bill and his wife became involved in Kristin Strellis’ walking series four years ago and they continue to trek the park’s trails. Inspired by the Guadalupe River’s natural beauty, Bill became involved in river clean-ups to protect the river from the waste that threatens its health. Bill also volunteers with the Conservancy as a Visitor Center Attendant, and he appreciates the dedicated volunteers that he gets to work with and the inspiration they offer every day. Thank you, Bill, for your dedication and hard work!

Upcoming Events

Solar Power Series for Homeschool Students
1:30pm to 3:00pm, on Wednesdays in September
Ages 5 to 10
$10 per student per class, OR
$35 for the entire Solar Power Series

Cooking with the Sun
September 7th
No electricity? No problem! Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy as we take to the park to prepare a solar snack. We’ll learn about the history of solar cooking, develop a recipe for success, and then let the sun do the work. Who knew cooking could be so much fun?

Also coming soon…

  • Junior Solar Scientists, September 14th
  • It’s Electric!, September 21st
  • Your Solar Home, September 28th

Click here for more details.


Fall Walking Series
8 Saturdays, August 27th to October 15th
8:30am to 9:30am
Ages 18 and Older
$40/members, $50/non-members
Instructors: Kristin Strellis and Sheri Suomela

Do you sit all day at work and need an energy boost? Did your exercise routine fall apart when the weather heated up? Burst out of summer with a fun, new way to get fit this fall! Join us for an eight-week fall walking series, led by fitness instructors Kristin Strellis and Sheri Suomela. Step by step, you will improve your health as you walk the paved trails along the beautiful Guadalupe River. Learn proper stretches, toning exercises and wellness tips as you meet others who enjoy outdoor exercise.

Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water in your Landscape
Saturday, November 5th
9:00am to 12:00pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and certified greywater installer Alan Hackler to explore the basics of how to safely and easily reuse your laundry, sink or shower water in your home garden. In this three-hour workshop, we 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. In addition to being a certified greywater installer, Alan Hackler is a talented landscape designer and the owner of Bay Maples landscaping.

Annual Holiday Wreath Workshop
Saturday, December 10th
10:00am to 12:00pm
$25 members/$35 non-members

Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by creating your very own wreath! Master Gardener Milli Wright and friends will teach us how to find unique and beautiful natural materials in our own gardens and parks that can be incorporated into home-made wreaths. After a basic design lesson, and examples of other clever projects, you will be ready to fashion your own personal wreath to hang in your home or to present as a holiday gift to someone special. All basic materials will be provided, but if you have greenery, lights, or ornaments that you would like to incorporate into your wreath, please feel free to bring them along.

Silicon Segway offers tours of GRPG & SJ

In exchange for promotional consideration, Silicon Valley Segway provided a tour for our board retreat. You too can tour the GRPG like never before...atop a Segway! Lasting about two hours, your tour will follow the river trail making several stops along the way to visit key points. It also hits several spot in dowtown San Jose. Don't worry, segway training is included. Call ahead to book at 1-800-u-segway or visit Silicon Segway's website.

Legacy Gifts

Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There’s no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here’s some sample language:

I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate. I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity.


Home  |  Education  |  The Park  |  Blog  |  Volunteer   |  Contribute

Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
438 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
(408) 298-7657
©2011, All rights reserved