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NEWSLETTER: August 2019

In this issue:

River Action Day

Join us, South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition, friends, and partners on Saturday, August 24th for a day of volunteering, learning, and fun as we welcome the Clean Creeks Coalition to their new Watershed Action Center at Confluence Point in Guadalupe River Park.

Register here.

Donor Walkway

A paver in the Donor Walkway at Arena Green makes a lasting gift to honor or remember someone special in your family, business, or social circle. This enduring tribute is also a great, tax-deductible way to support park development.

We are making a few changes to this program and encourage those considering a paver purchase under the current program to do so by Friday, September 6th.

Learn more.

Viva CalleSJ: Parks to Roses

Join us for food and fun at the Arena Green Activity Hub along the September 22nd Viva CalleSJ Parks to Roses route. San Jose Sharks will hold their annual Fan Fest the same day; stop by and say hello!

Learn more.

Volunteer Corner

Two groups from Bellarmine's summer service-learning camp helped us remove litter from the Guadalupe River Trail.

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

Alibaba Group
Bellarmine College Preparatory
Children's Discovery Museum
Habitat For Humanity
HandsOn Bay Area
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League, Willow Rose Chapter
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

Western Digital

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. You helped us log 1,150 volunteer hours in June.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. September 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Fri. October 11th & Sat. October 12th, various shifts. Help support our 24th annual harvest festival! Sign up.
  • Water Festival Support
    Help support our annual watershed education festival for 300+ students. Volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 16 & 17. Additional pre-event support needed 1-2 weeks prior. Contact Sarah if interested.
  • Translation Support
    We are looking for individuals fluent in another language to help us translate a few of our field trip materials. Ideally, this will be a volunteer interested in helping us with future translations as well. Our goal is to make this information as accessible as possible to all participants and their families. So far, we have the following covered: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi, Tagalog, Portuguese, German, and French. Contact us if interested.


Meet Volunteer: Jacky
Jacky has been volunteering with the Conservancy since October of last year, mostly with maintaining the landscaping within the Rotary PlayGarden. Jacky found the opportunity via VolunteerMatch and knew she would be a good fit as she appreciates being outdoors and gardening. Recently retired, she has taken some horticulture classes at a community college and enjoys applying her knowledge. Thanks for all that you do, Jacky!


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

Upcoming Events

Birding for Beginners and Beyond

Saturday, August 17th
8:00 to 10:00 am
$10/members, $15/non-members

Led by our expert Guadalupe Guide, Carter, this workshop will introduce you to the world of birds! Designed with beginners and families in mind, this two-hour class will walk you through the basics of binocular use, then take you throughout our beautiful urban park to look for birds along the river, in the meadow, and in our Heritage Rose Garden. Along the way, you'll learn about bird habitat, identification tips, birding equipment, field etiquette, Internet resources, and more!

Register here by August 16th.

Bike Ride with SPUR

Friday, August 9th
4:30 to 5:30 pm

Join us and SPUR for a family-friendly bike ride exploring the rich history and unique habitat of the Guadalupe River. Meet at Arena Green at 4:15 pm.

More information here.

Camp Guadalupe

Tuesdays & Thursdays through August 15th

Why should fun and learning stop during Summer?

Camp Guadalupe is a drop-in camp that provides participants with an educational, affordable, and engaging way to enjoy Summer months. Each program is deliberately designed to support the development of our students. Programs take place outside, weather permitting, and we use natural phenomena to drive student learning.

Register here.

Pumpkins in the Park

Saturday, October 12th
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Discovery Meadow

Save the date! Our 24th annual, family-friendly harvest festival returns to Discovery Meadow on October 12th.

Giant Pumpkin Patch
Costume Parade
Carnival Games
Great Food
Fresh Apple Cider
Guadalupe River Education
Children's Concert
and more!

Interested in participating as a vendor, sponsor, contributor, or volunteer?

More information here.


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