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NEWSLETTER: September 2013

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park -- New & Improved!

Saturday, October 12, 2013 / 10 AM to 4 PM
Guadalupe River Park / Discovery Meadow
(Woz Way & San Carlos) San Jose

Join us on for a fun, family friendly festival featuring a giant pumpkin patch,  costume parades, carnival games, straw-bale maze, bounce houses, costume swap, children's concert and so much more. Click here for more information.

We need volunteers to help make our largest event of the year happen! Various shifts and roles available. Please spread the word!

Whether you choose scary, silly, or spectacular, it's time to get creative and enter a scarecrow in our annual contest. Sign up here!

Kick off Super Bowl Sunday with the Super Guadalupe River Run at 9 AM on February 2nd.

Don't fumble the opportunity to burn some calories. Whether you go long for 6.2 miles or tackle the 3.1 mile quarterback sneak, you'll  earn your game-time guacamole on the Guadalupe.

Huddle with family, friends, training partners, neighbors, co-workers to run a 10K or 5K - cross the goal line to score guilt-free indulgence during the game. Click here to register!

Trail Count -- September 18th

Want to see the trail network expand and have a few hours to spare? Join us on Wednesday, September 18th for the City of San Jose’s annual trail count.  Volunteers are needed between 7 AM and 7 PM. If you can’t help count, please spread the word that it’s a great day to ride to work or take a lunchtime stroll. The data collected from the count strengthens grant proposals by documenting growing trail use. May’s Bike to Work Day traffic was up 76% over last year; we can’t wait to see how Sept. 18th matches up.

Autumn in the Heritage Rose Garden - September 28th

On September 28, from 10 AM-2 PM, come see the Heritage Rose Garden’s fall bloom and rose hips and learn about composting, propagation, and heritage roses. Heritage and hard-to-find roses will be for sale.  For more information, click here.

Bike Rentals in the Park

Want to ride the trails but don’t have a bike? You can now rent one through There are two convenient locations for park users: VTA’s light rail station next to Children’s Discovery Museum and at Arena Green across from the SAP Center.

Volunteer Corner

A big thanks to all the groups who have been out to volunteer recently, including but not limited to: I
ntel (pictured above helping with fruit harvest), Mohawk Packing, National Charity League, and Presentation High School (teachers and administrators, not the students!).

Meet Volunteer Yuji (Okki) Jin
Okki is from the northeastern part of China and moved to the U.S. two years ago. Before that, she worked in Japan at SAP for many years as a consultant. She visited many gardens in China and in Japan before moving to the U.S.. Her interest in nature drew her to volunteer in the Historic Orchard, where she has become a regular volunteer. Thanks for all your help Okki!

Upcoming Events

Guadalupe Geocaching

Family Workshop: Guadalupe Geocachers
Saturday, September 14th
10:00 to 11:30 am
Ages 5 and up
$15/members, $20/non-members for families of four
$10/members, $15/non-members for a parent and one child

North, south, east, and west! Do you know where you are now? Join us for an exciting class about geography, navigation, and geocaching! Travel back in time to learn about ancient navigation and then fast forward to the modern world of Global Positioning Systems. Work in teams to use handheld GPS units (provided) to determine your latitude and longitude in the park, find educational treasure boxes, and solve fun geography puzzles! Bring your friends and family members to explore the park through this Geoacaching adventure! More info.



Birding in the Guadalupe River Park

Sunday, September 15th
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Donation to San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
All Ages

This year we're taking part in the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's Fall Challenge supporting avian conservation; come out and support a great cause while learning about the diverse population of birds that live in our park! The Guadalupe River flows from the Santa Cruz Mountains through downtown San Jose and to San Francisco Bay, serving as a wildlife corridor through which birds forage for a wide variety of food. Guadalupe River Park & Gardens in San Jose is home to a large number of bird species year round and serves as a rest stop for migrant birds. Join local naturalist Greg Kerekes in a three-hour bird watching adventure along the river and through the gardens. No prior birding experience needed; experienced birders can reinforce their knowledge and help newcomers. More info.



Coastal Clean Up

Saturday, September 21st
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Our site from Coleman Avenue to HW 880 is no longer accepting volunteer sign ups but there are numerous other sites throughout the South Bay (it's actually an International event!) which you can learn more about by clicking here.



Don't Squash That Bug! Pest Management Workshop

Saturday, September 28th
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Ages 18 and Up
$10/members, $15/non-members

Join us and Master Gardener Candace Simpson for a workshop about how to manage pests in your garden by attracting beneficial insects. The focus of this talk is on how to recognize the insects that prey upon or parasitize pest insects, and how to encourage these beneficial insects in our gardens so that there is much less need for other pest control methods. Participants are encouraged to bring in insects or signs of insect damage that they find in their garden for diagnosis. More info.


Legacy Giving

Please consider a bequest to GRPC as part of your estate plan. There's no minimum amount required. In fact, you can specify any dollar amount, leave a percentage of your estate, or designate what remains after your estate has been settled. Here's some sample language:

I give to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a California non-profit corporation (Tax ID 77-0166797), $_______ or _____% of my estate or ____% of the residue of my estate.

I intend this gift to be used for an endowment that will support Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in perpetuity OR I intend this gift to be used at the Board of Directors' discretion.


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