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NEWSLETTER: October 2019

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Our 24th annual, family-friendly harvest festival returns to Discovery Meadow on Saturday, October 12th, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Admission is free!

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

Join the fun! More information here.

"It's the perfect curriculum for this age!"

This month, our Education Department would like to spotlight one of our dedicated families. Samrana Ihsan is the mother of Noora and Imaan, two of our regular program participants.

Samrana has committed to bringing her daughters to CHIRP, our homeschool program, for the last few years. When asked why Samrana returns she responds, "I love the nature-based, hands-on approach. It's the perfect curriculum for this age! When we go on a hike, they'll point out what they learned, or if I try to teach them something, they'll tell me they already learned about it in science class. I'm surprised with how much they retain -- it really sticks! This isn't a typical program and I really like the approach."

We are grateful to have a dedicated following. Thanks, Ihsan family! We can't wait to watch Noora and Imaan continue to blossom.

Learn more about CHIRP.

Columbus Park Renovation

On October 8, 2019, the San Jose City Council approved $3,000,000 from the City Parks and Recreation Bond Projects Fund to start the design, project management, and community outreach process for the redesign and reconstruction of Columbus Park. Design and outreach work is expected to start in 2020, with construction projected to start in late 2021.

Learn more.

Open Streets, Open Dialog

Thousands of San Joseans enjoyed live music, food trucks, bubbles and blocks in the park, an up close look at the Arena Green Children's Carousel, and opportunities to engage in dialog over the future of the river park and downtown San Jose. We were pleased to collaboarate with the City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services on programming of the Arena Green Activity Hub along the September 23rd Viva CalleSJ Parks to Roses route.

Volunteer Corner

Bellarmine faculty and staff helped with seasonal upkeep in the gardens (and posed for this selfie!).

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory
Hope Services
Mission Bay
Monte Vista High School
Morgan Autism Center
National Charity League, Willow Rose Chapter
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardners 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 535 volunteer hours in August.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Friday afternoon set up, October 11th. Help support our 24th annual harvest festival! Sign up.
  • Heritage Rose Garden Workdays
    Weds. and Sats. 8:30-11:30 am. More info.
  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. November 2nd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Animal Care Internship
    We're seeking volunteers with availability on Mondays and Tuesdays to help care for our education animals. Contact us if interested.


Meet Board Member: Jared Gamelin
Jared is a portfolio manager for a commercial real estate company focused on the redevelopment of downtown San Jose. Born and raised in a small farm town on the shores of the Great Lakes in northwest Michigan, he grew up with a deep respect and connection to the great outdoors. Jared is a "newer" resident of San Jose, having moved here in 2016. As an urbanist with a rural upbringing, Jared believes in the importance of access to nature in the urban core and is thrilled to contribute to the continued success of the Guadalupe River Park. Thanks, Jared, for your service!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs


Our weekly Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) program classes are available for ages 9-12.

What's that Sound?
October 14

All the Feels
October 21

On the Tip of My Tongue

October 28

Register here.

Beginning Environmental Explorers

Weekly on Wednesdays & Fridays
11:00 am to 12:00 noon
Rotary PlayGarden

Our Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE) program is an enriching introduction into environmental science taught by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's environmental educators and designed for children ages 2-6. Programs are offered for free on Wednesdays (in English) and Fridays (in Spanish) and drop-ins are welcome.

We are currently seeking a Spanish-speaking enviromental educator to support our Friday classes. To apply, contact us at

More information here.

Wreath Making Workshop

Saturday, December 7th
Morning & Afternoon Sessions
$40/members, $50/non-members

Get ready for the holidays the old-fashioned way by making your own wreath! UC Master Gardeners, led by Milli Wright, will show you how to look through local gardens and parks to find unusual items that can be incorporated into the wreaths. After a basic design lesson and examples of other clever projects, you will be ready to create your own personal gift for your home. This workshop is family-friendly; children are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.

Register here.

NBC Asian Pacific America Feature

Executive Director, Jason Su, spoke with Robert Handa of NBC Bay Area about the potential and vision for the Guadalupe River Park, and the fun activities to expect at Pumpkins in the Park.

Watch here.

Celebrate Creativity Every Day! As part of Arts and Humanities month in October, we're partnering with the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs to challenge San Joseans to use their powers of creative expression every day for the month. Share your responses on social media and be eligible for special giveaways and discounts! Sign up at

Join your neighbors who have made the switch from a water guzzling yard to a landscape that saves water and supports our local environment. Learn more about Valley Water's rebate programs and eligibility requirements at

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