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NEWSLETTER: April 2017

In this issue:

Adopt a Rose for Mother's Day

Now you can discover your enchanted rose! Adopt a Rose for Mom (and anyone who symbolizes "Mom"!) at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden and give the gift that keeps on living.

New this year for rose adopters: Be our Guest for Tea and Roses

Saturday, May 13th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden

Come see the garden in bloom! Volunteers will be on hand to help you locate your rose and learn about the garden, and refreshments will be provided.

Pre-order online and we'll have your gift package waiting, just in time for Mother's Day! Or choose your rose and take home your gift package the same day.

More information here.

Environmental Education

Spring means field trips, and thanks to our newest grant from Adobe, students from area Title One schools are participating in our hands-on programs free of charge.

Park Maintenance Funding

Are you concerned about the state of San Jose's parks?

City parks have been impacted greatly by budget cuts in recent years. As the City begins its annual budgeting process, you can help by letting your Councilmember and the Mayor know that park maintenance is a priority.

Click here to contact your Councilmember.

Bike to Work? Join lupebikepool!

Looking for a "smile and adventure" from your morning commute? Join the lupebikepool on the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Friday of each month and ride to work with your friends, coworkers and neighbors northbound along the Guadalupe River Trail. It's a free, fun, safe, and inclusive opportunity.

Click here for more information.

Storm Cleanup

We collected over 3,000 pounds of trash from the river last month, thanks to help from over 100 volunteers. We host river cleanups on the third Saturday of every month and welcome your support to help clean the river and trail. Sign up here.

Volunteer Corner

A special thanks to all the high school students that have been coming out to help us clean up the river. Over the past couple months we've seen groups from high schools in Milpitas, Cupertino, San Jose, and private schools including Notre Dame, Bellarmine, Harker, Presentation, and Cristo Rey.

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

Circle K International
Cupertino High School Nat'l Honor Society
Hope Services

Leland High School Key Club

Milpitas High School American Red Cross
Milpitas High School Key Club

Mission Bay
Monta Vista High School Key Club
Morgan Autism Center

National Charity League

Notre Dame High School

One Brick
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 more than 1,967 volunteer hours in February.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunties

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

  • Monthly River Cleanup
    Sat. April 15th, 8:30-11:30 am Sign up.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. April 8th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • PlayGarden Landscaping Support
    Ongoing, e-mail Ricky for more information.
  • General Support - Ongoing
    Have some time during the week but can't make one of our regular workdays? Let us know! Every bit of time helps. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Volunteer Highlight: Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame is one of our local high schools that sends a lot of volunteers to us. This past semester we had three groups of Notre Dame students do their senior service learning project (SSLP) with the park. One of the groups organized their own river cleanup where they had participation from their family and friends. The Notre Dame community has donated over 180 hours of service so far this year. Everyone at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy would like to give a big thank you to Notre Dame for their commitment to community service.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Life Cycles

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Follow the Fish
April 3rd/6th/7th

Scales and Shells
April 10th/13th/14th

Frog Life

April 17th/20th/21st

Complete or Incomplete
April 24th/27th/28th

Click here to learn more.

Beginning Gardening: 3-Week Series

Thursdays, April 20th through May 4th
6:30 to 8:30 pm
$35/members, $45/non-members

Hurry! Registration closes 4/13/17

Are you new to gardening? Come to this three-week course to learn the basics so you can get out into your yard with confidence! Learn about the wide variety of plants that will thrive here in Santa Clara County and how to grow them successfully.

Click here to sign up.

Your Bee Friendly Garden - Families Welcome

Saturday, May 13th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
$15/members, $20/non-members
Ages 10+ with adult chaperone

Perfect for Mother's Day!

Bees and other pollinators add so much activity to your outdoor space. We will discuss how to tend your yard, patio or balcony in a way that increases the number and variety of beneficial insects.

Each participant will assemble a decorative bee bath using upcycled materials...a terrific addition to your bee friendly garden (which also makes a nice Mother's Day gift).

Click here to sign up.

Painting in the Rose Garden

Saturday, May 27th
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
$25/members, $30/non-members

What better way to learn about painting roses than outside in our famous Heritage Rose Garden?

Join artist Heather Engle to learn the proper technique for painting a rose. The inspiration will be in full force while outdoors and surrounded by our unique collection of roses.

Click here to sign up.

Wildlife Corner

Meet Diego

This month, we'd like to introduce our resident, native alligator lizard, Diego. Our long-term volunteer, Marie, named this slithery reptile after one of the counties where you can naturally find his relatives.

We recently introduced thicket branches to Diego's enclosure to embrace his natural instinct to climb and hide (and as you can see -- he approves). If you come at the right time, you might even spot him grabbing a bite to eat, or dozing off near his heating pad after taking a climb on the branches. In the wild, alligator lizards eat a wide variety of things from small invertebrates to snails and worms – but here we feed them crickets and the occasional beetle or mealworm.

Thanks to our new long-term animal care intern (welcome Angie!), we know that our animals are receiving the best, individualized care that they deserve.

Legacy Giving

Did you know that 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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