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Now Open Saturdays

We are excited to announce new weekend hours for the Visitor & Education Center -- Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Drop in to pick up trail maps and information, view our local wildlife displays, or just to say hello. Thank you to our Advisory Council member Gloria Duffy for providing seed money to support weekend staffing.

We also have openings for Rotary PlayGarden attendants (shifts vary). For questions, a full job description and/or to submit your resume, e-mail

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.

Window on the River Park

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

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

For sponsorship opportunities or to buy a ticket, click here.

Volunteer Corner

Many thanks to the volunteers who joined us for Earth Month workdays in the gardens, including large groups from Samsung (top) and Intel (bottom).

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

Basis Independent Silicon Valley High School
Cisco Systems
Creative Learning Center
Friends of Children with Special Needs
Hope Services
Lynbrook High School & CSF
Mission Bay
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League - Willow Rose
Notre Dame High School
Pioneer High School
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UCCE Master Gardeners

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 1,455 volunteer hours in March.

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.
  • National River Cleanup Day
    Sat. May 19th, 9:00 am-Noon. Sign up.
  • Front Office Receptionist - Ongoing
    Shifts available Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. E-mail Ricky for more information.


Meet Volunteer: Angela
Angela is volunteering with us to care for our education animals and learn more about native species. She is working on her bachelor's degree in biology with a physiology concentration at CSU East Bay in preparation to become a veterinarian. Her interests are longboarding, the beach, working out, and staying active. Everyone here at Guadalupe River Park Conservancy would like to thank Angela for taking such great care of our animals.

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs


Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays.

Discover Diversity
May 7/10

Very High Variation
May 14/17

Biodiversity Benefits

May 21/24

Click here to register.

Bike to Work Day

Look for our Energizer Station along the trail north of Coleman Ave. on Thursday, May 10th from 6 to 9 am. Stop by for a piece of Hobee's coffee cake. Tallies from Bike to Work Day and the annual September trail count provide valuable data that supports continued investment in our trail network.

National River Cleanup Day

Saturday, May 19th
9:00 AM to Noon

Join us for a morning of environmental stewardship as we remove debris from the river channel. We need your help to stay on top of this ongoing effort. Please wear a hat, sunscreen, long pants, closed-toe shoes, and bring a refillable water bottle.

Click here to sign up.

Edible, Medicinal, & Survival Uses of Wild Plants

Sunday, June 10th
9:00 AM to Noon
$25/members, $30 non-members
Ages 12+ welcome with adult chaperone

Join expert Ryan Taylor in partnership with Guadalupe River Park Conservancy to delve into the beauty, mystery, and importance of wild plants! We will be taking an engaging, educational walk through Guadalupe River Park & Gardens unlike you've ever experienced before.

Click here to sign up.

Kitten Corner

We are fostering four adorable fluffs; two pictured with Sarah above are available for adoption. If interested, please email

Legacy Giving

Retirement accounts, which are subject to income tax, are good vehicles for charitable gifts. Charities aren't subject to income tax so your gift goes farther.


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