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NEWSLETTER: February 2020

In this issue:

  • Knight Foundation Initiative
  • New Public Art Installation
  • Adopt a Rose for Valentine's Day
  • Field Trip Accolades
  • Volunteer Corner

Knight Foundation Initiative

On January 22nd, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced a new three-year initiative to catalyze the redevelopment of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, which will support the collaborative efforts of SPUR, the City of San Jose, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and community organizations in realizing a new vision for the park.

Read more about the announcement.

New Public Art Installation

Ichiro Sacred Beings, a life-size replica of a Velafrons Coahuilensis dinosaur skeleton covered in the bead artwork of the indigenous Huichol people, will be on view outside Children's Discovery Museum in Discovery Meadow until November 1st. Created by Marianela Fuentes in collaboration with Paleontologist Arturo Gonzalez and Huichol Artist Sarahi Carrillo, it is part of the Playa to Paseo partnership with Burning Man Project, bringing temporary, interactive artwork to San Jose's public spaces.

Photo courtesy of City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Burning Man Project, and Children's Discovery Museum.

Read more about the partnership.

Adopt a Rose for Valentine's Day

It's not too late to pick up a unique gift for your Valentine! 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. Orders are available for pick up through Friday, February 14th.

Order or renew an adoption.

Field Trip Accolades

We were delighted to receive the following feedback from an elementary school teacher who brought her class on a recent garden field trip:

"All of our instructors were amazing today. They truly make the quality of the program exceptional with how they share what they know with students and how they relate/interact with them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Read more about our field trip program.

Volunteer Corner

Palo Alto Networks helped us spruce up the Seymour St. entry to Guadalupe Gardens.

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

Gunderson High School, Interact Club
Homestead High School, National Honor Society
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Monte Vista High School
Notre Dame High School
Palo Alto Networks
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
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. You helped us log 640 volunteer hours in December.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. Join us to help with winter pruning! More info.
  • Midweek River Clean Ups
    Wednesdays through Feb. 26th, 9:00-11:00 am. Organized by South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition. More info.
  • Front Desk Support
    We have openings at the Visitor & Education Center reception desk on Thursday and Friday afternoons. Contact us if interested.


Meet Board Member: Sheryl Ehrman
Sheryl is the Don Beall Dean of Engineering at San Jose State University. Sheryl was born in Monterey, raised in San Jose, and studied chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara and UCLA. After 20+ years as a Washington, DC, resident, and 19 years on the faculty of the University of Maryland, College Park, she returned to San Jose in 2017, excited by the opportunity to join the California State University system. Sheryl believes in the importance of park space for overall quality of life, and in particular for providing educational opportunities for students to promote environmental awareness.

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

Upcoming Events

Pruning Lessons in the Heritage Rose Garden

Wednesdays and Saturdays
8:30 to 11:30 am

Hands-on rose pruning lessons will be 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 at the garden shed.

More information here.

Rotary PlayGarden Expansion Community Meeting

Tuesday, February 25th
6:30 to 8:00 pm

Join us and partners--City of San Jose Dept. of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services and PGAdesign--for the second community meeting on the Rotary PlayGarden's expansion at the Visitor & Education Center (438 Coleman Ave). A survey will be available after the meeting for those unable to attend.

More information here.

Homeschool Programs


Our weekly Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) program classes are open to ages 5-8 on Thursdays.

The Water Cycle
March 5th

Severe Weather
March 12th

March 19th

Clouds and Atmosphere
March 26th


April 2nd

Register here.

Camp Guadalupe

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
June 16th - August 13th

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.

More information here.

Now Hiring

We are seeking a part-time environmental educator to support our place-based programs.

Contact us for more information.

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