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NEWSLETTER: February 2019

In this issue:

Super Guadalupe River Run

It's not too late to outrun your shadow on the Guadalupe!

Join us this Saturday, Feb. 2 - Groundhog Day - for our annual 5K walk/run, 10K run, and Kids' Fun Run to see if you can outrun your shadow.

You won’t want to miss the third in our series of collectors’ shirts featuring children from the Shirley Lewis Rotary Sculpture Walk! Proceeds benefit our education and stewardship efforts.

Click here to register.

Want to volunteer? We can use a few more hands for set up on Friday afternoon, February 1st. E-mail for more information.

Adopt a Rose for Valentine's Day

Looking for a distinctive Valentine's gift? A bouquet of roses will last a week, but a rose bush will bloom throughout the year. With your donation of $60, we will help you select the perfect rose from the Heritage Rose Garden and prepare a gift box for your Valentine.

Click here for more details.

Staff Updates

We are pleased to introduce Lauren McCawley who joins our team as education program associate. Lauren brings several years of education experience including, most recently, her role at the Children's Discovery Museum as a BioSITE educator. As a former classroom teacher in Hungary, Spain, and South Korea, Lauren has experience educating in a variety of languages and settings and will bring a unique perspective to our program experience. Please join us in welcoming Lauren!

Volunteer Corner

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

23andMe (pictured above)
Boy Scout Troop 452
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League, Willow Rose Chapter
Notre Dame High School
Pioneer High School
Silver Creek High School Interact Club
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
St. Andrews School
The Harker School
UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County

And that is only the groups! We also appreciate the scores of individuals who come out weekly to make a difference. We logged 622 volunteer hours in December.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Feb. 9th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Rotary PlayGarden Maintenance Support
    Ongoing on Mondays. E-mail for more information.
  • Education Program Support
    Love kids and being outdoors? We're looking for enthusiastic education interns to help with our variety of programs; both morning and afternoon opportunities are available. These volunteer positions are ideal for someone looking for experience with children and outdoor environmental programming. Interested and/or have questions? Please contact


Thank You for Your Service
Our sincere thanks to all the volunteers - in the gardens, around the office, on the board of directors, at special events - who enable us to achieve our education, advocacy and stewardship mission. Collectively, you contributed over 20,000 hours in service of the park in 2018!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Get Up & Garden

Our Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) program classes are held on Mondays (ages 5-8) and Fridays (ages 9-12).

Lettuce Turnip the Beet
February 4 & 8

Keep Calm and Garden On
February 11 & 15

One Sharp Class
February 25 & March 1

Click here to register.

Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden

Wednesdays and Saturdays
8:30 to 11:30 am

Hands-on rose pruning lessons are offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden every Wednesday and Saturday through the end of February. Lessons begin promptly at 8:30 am.

Come to learn, engage with community members, and have fun! Please bring leather gloves and bypass shears if you have them; loaners are available if needed. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring a full water bottle. Meet in the center of the garden.

Click here for more information.

Kitten Corner

We are fostering four teen moms (three of which are pictured above). If interested in providing a furever home, please e-mail

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.


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