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NEWSLETTER: September 2018

In this issue:

Pumpkins in the Park

Save the date! Pumpkins in the Park, our annual, family-friendly harvest festival, returns to Discovery Meadow on Saturday, October 13th from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission!

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

Interested in participating as a vendor, sponsor, contributor? We need volunteers Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, too!

Click here for more information.

Help spread the word by sharing our Facebook event.

Outdoor Learning

We are grateful for the support of Adobe, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and the Shortino Family Foundation for funding our education programs. During the last school year, we provided programming for nearly 6,000 students. The majority came from Title One schools and received program fee and transportation scholarships thanks to our generous funders.

Our weekly Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE) program resumes September 5th and is held in the Rotary PlayGarden amphitheater. This FREE program is designed for children ages 2-6 years old and acts as an introduction to environmental science. Classes are taught by the Conservancy's environmental educators.

Click here to learn more about our programs.

Volunteer Corner

A spirited group from Adobe helped us add a fresh layer of weed-suppressing mulch to the Rotary PlayGarden flowerbeds.

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

Adobe Systems
Hope Services
Mission Bay

Morgan Autism Center
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. We logged 1,268 volunteer hours in July.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

  • Historic Orchard Workday
    Sat. Oct. 6th, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
    Sat. Sept. 15th, 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Sign up.
  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Fri. and Sat. Oct. 12-13th; Various shifts. Sign up.
  • Front Office Reception Support
    Shifts available Tuesday mornings, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and Fridays. E-mail for more information.


Meet Volunteer: Pat
Pat has been volunteering at the Heritage Rose Garden for "at least 12 years" after seeing an advertisement in the San Jose Mercury News for pruning classes. She enjoyed the class and decided to volunteer her time in the garden. She enjoys the people she volunteers with, seeing the results of the work she does, and the garden itself very much. Thanks, Pat, for your dedication!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs

Get to Know Guadalupe

We are pleased to introduce our new Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) Program.

September classes are held on Mondays.

Our Information Station
Sept. 10

The Guadalupe Grove
Sept. 17

Roaming at the Rose Garden

Sept. 24

Click here to register.

Coastal Cleanup Day

Saturday, September 15th
9:00 am to Noon

Join us for a morning of environmental stewardship as we remove litter from the Guadalupe River Trail. Last year, volunteers in Santa Clara County removed more than 87,000 pounds of trash from local waterways.

Click here to register.

Charity Classic

Saturday, November 3rd
6:00 to 10:00 pm

Please consider supporting the Leadership San Jose Class of 2018 project in the park by purchasing tickets to the Charity Classic 2018: A Night in Jurassic Park, to be held on November 3rd.

Tickets to the Charity Classic support Leadership San Jose's enhancement of our outdoor classroom space along the Guadalupe River so that it may become a premier outdoor education destination for San Jose and Santa Clara County schools and residents. Please note Leadership San Jose/GRPC in the comments field at checkout.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Kitten Corner

We are fostering five sweet kittens and three teen moms. They have been spayed/neutered and are ready to go. If interested in providing a furever home, please email

Legacy Giving

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