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NEWSLETTER: April 2018

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.

Be our Guest for Tea and Roses

Saturday, May 12th, 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. 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.

Click here for more information.

15th Annual Water Festival

We thank the Michael Lee Environmental Foundation for underwriting this watershed education event, which allowed 5th-grade students from Aptitud Community Academy at Goss, River Glen, and Ryan Elementary to participate at no cost. We also appreciate our environmental partners who staffed learning stations: City of San Jose Environmental Services Department (who also provided the tables and chairs), Marine Science Institute, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Children's Discovery Museum, Youth Science Institute, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and UC Master Gardeners. Even Mother Nature pitched in, providing a nice rain shower at the end of the event so that students could apply what they learned!

Education Program Update

We are wrapping up an education grant from the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority that allowed us to bring 30 Title One classes to the park for a field trip. In March, we were thrilled to recieve a mini grant for training and a larger grant for field trips, aquarium activation, and a mural - both from Santa Clara Valley Water District - and a grant from the Adobe Foundation to support our work with Title One schools.

Volunteer Corner

Many thanks to the volunteers from Leadership San Jose who spruced up the river where our field trips are held.

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

Andrew Hill High School
Blach Construction
Boy Scout troop 452 Dragons
Branham High School
Cupertino High School
Evergreen Valley High School
FCSN - Friends of Children with Special Needs
Homestead High School National Honor Society
Hope Services
Leland High School
Lynbrook High School
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
Master Gardener
Piedmont Hills High School Key Club
Pioneer High School
Silver Creek High School Interact Club
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
The Harker School
Willow Glen High School
Yerba Buena High School Interact

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 2,400 volunteer hours in February.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. May 5th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Front Office Receptionist - Ongoing
    Shifts available Wednesday afternoons, Thursday mornings or afternoons, and Friday mornings. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Meet Volunteers: Danilo and Kenneth
Kenneth (left) and Danilo are volunteering with us while recovering from work injuries. Danilo works as an apartment maintenance man, and Kenny is an apprentice plumber. They have both been a wonderful help with a variety of activities; we appreciate their flexibilty and positive attitudes.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Climatic Curiosity

Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Climate Causes
April 5/6

Animals in the Anthropocene
April 9/12/13

Emotions About the Ocean

April 16/19/20

Positive Possibilities!
April 23/26/27

Click here to register.

Education Scholarships

Calling all teachers! Did you know that Title One schools and special needs groups are eligible for a full field trip scholarship, and $300 for transportation? Funding is limited so don't miss out - share with those who can benefit from this amazing opportunity!

Visit our scholarship page for more information.

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.


Kitten Corner

We are fostering four adorable fluffs. They are a month old and should be ready for homes in early May. If interested, please email

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