Is this email not displaying correctly? Try the web version.

Home | Education | The Park | Volunteer | Contribute


In this issue:

Window on the River Park

Window on the River Park, our annual donor recognition event, was held on May 24th and generously hosted and underwritten by Adobe Systems, Inc.

We were joined by County Supervisor Ken Yeager, SCVWD Board Member Linda LeZotte, and Rotary Club of San Jose President Jay Ross. Monica Niskanen from the Sharks Foundation presented a giant check for $20,145, proceeds from a 50/50 raffle, to GRPC President Jeff Lawson.

We greatly appreciate the individuals, corporations, and foundations who provide operating support for our education, advocacy, and stewardship efforts.

More photos in the right-hand column.

Conservancy Ambassadors







PlayGarden Partners

Arena Green Fellows

A Slice of New York
Able Engineering
Acosta Sheet Metal Manufacturing
Terry & Carol Austen
Blach Construction
Boston Properties
Heritage Bank of Commerce
Lewis & Tibbetts
Francois & Beth Rodigari
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Silicon Valley Law Group
Vulcan Construction, Inc.

Discovery Meadow Circle

Comerica Bank
Engineering/Remediation Resources Group
Mike & Mary Ellen Fox
Garden City Sanitation
Hardcastle Auto Body
Dave and Noelle Henderson
Sheryl Hinshaw
MCM Diversified
Robinson Oil
Samaritan Medical
San Jose Earthquakes
The Schoennauer Company
Jodi & Drew Starbird
TMG/Valley Oak Partners
Yohann Jacob & Kacey Armstrong

Trail Stewards

Erica Carr
Cornerstone Earth Group
Hopkins & Carley
Johanson & Yau
Mac Millan Properties
Reed & Graham, Inc.
Bob & Joyce Rhodes
Carl & Marianne Salas
Santa Clara Valley Contractors Assoc.
Steinberg Hart

Rotary PlayGarden Celebration

May 23rd marked the three-year anniversary of the PlayGarden's opening. We welcomed the 500,000th visitor on May 9th!

We rely on community support to staff and maintain the park in pristine condition.

Click here to make a donation.

Bike to Work Day

Supervisor Ken Yeager and many employees from Cisco, KLA-Tencor, Google, and VTA were among the 479 cyclists counted at our Energizer Station on May 10th.

Volunteer Corner

We were fortunate to be joined by large groups from Western Digital (above top) and Google (bottom) for workdays in the gardens.

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

Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
University HealthCare Alliance

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 3,244 volunteer hours in April.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. July 7th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • 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 for more information.


Meet Volunteer: Mark
Mark has been volunteering in the Heritage Rose Garden for over three years; he came to us through one of our community workdays. Thanks, Mark, for helping take such great care of the roses!

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

Upcoming Events

Heritage Rose Garden Workdays

Wednesdays and Saturdays
8:30 to 11:30 am
Volunteers needed!

Looking to meet new people and get involved in your community? Join a dedicated group of volunteers to help maintain the Heritage Rose Garden, San Jose's unique collection of over 3,600 antique and modern roses.

Click here for more information.

Historic Orchard Workday

Saturday, July 7th
8:30 to 11:30 am
Volunteers needed!

Help preserve a portion of the old Santa Clara Valley, when orchards stretched across the valley floor. We are looking for volunteers to help maintain the Historic Orchard in Guadalupe Gardens every first Saturday of the month.

Click here to sign up.

Homeschool Programs

Our Outdoor Environmental Science Program for homeschool students is currently on Summer Break.

Check back in August for program updates, including registration!

Click here to learn more.

More photos from Window on the River Park

Kitten Corner

We are fostering five new kittens (four of which are pictured above) and three moms. If interested, please email

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.
Home | Education | The Park | Volunteer | Contribute