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NEWSLETTER: September 2019

In this issue:

Heritage Rose Garden Transformation

Did you know that volunteers maintain Guadalupe Gardens' Heritage Rose Garden? Heavy winter and spring rains followed by sunny days awakened the stock of invasive seeds that settled in the garden during our historic drought. As such, this year's growth of weeds proved particularly challenging to contain on top of ongoing garden maintenance.

We are grateful for support from the 289 volunteers who contributed 742 hours of service this summer, including groups from Western Digital and Children's Discovery Museum's Summer of Service, contracted help from Gachina Landscape Management, and ongoing support from our dedicated weekly volunteers that resulted in the striking before and after photo above.

Without volunteers, this one-of-a-kind collection of roses would not be a reality. Please consider joining us for one of our weekly Wednesday and Saturday morning workdays.

Learn more.

Pumpkins in the Park

Our 24th annual, family-friendly harvest festival returns to Discovery Meadow on 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!

Want to join the fun? You can also participate as a vendor, sponsor, contributor, or volunteer!

More information here.

New Educational Mural

Thanks to grant funding from Valley Water in support of our education programs, we engaged Local Color and artist Laurel Picklum to paint this stunning educational mural on the bridge support wall facing the west bank of the Guadalupe River Trail under Coleman Ave. The mural highlights the diverse array of birds and aquatic life that comprise the Guadalupe River ecosystem and integrates pollution prevention themes. We hope you enjoy the new look!

Volunteer Corner

Rockwell Automation helped with deep cleaning of the Children's Carousel at Arena Green in preparation for ride inspections and maintenance.

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

Bellarmine College Preparatory
Boys Team Charity
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
Childrens Discovery Museum
Ernst & Young
Habitat For Humanity
Hope Services
Independence High School Key Club
Mission Bay
Monte Vista High School
National Charity League Almaden & Willow Rose Chapters
Rockwell Automation
South Bay Heritage Rose Group
UC Master Gardners 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. You helped us log 1,426 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. November 2nd, 8:30-11:30 am. Sign up.
  • Pumpkins in the Park
    Fri. October 11th & Sat. October 12th, various shifts. Help support our 24th annual harvest festival! Sign up.
  • Water Festival Support
    Help support our annual watershed education festival for 300+ students. Volunteers are needed Monday and Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 16 & 17. Additional pre-event support needed in the weeks prior. Contact Sarah if interested.
  • Translation Support
    We are looking for individuals fluent in another language to help us translate a few of our field trip materials. Ideally, this will be a volunteer interested in helping us with future translations as well. Our goal is to make this information as accessible as possible to all participants and their families. So far, we have the following covered: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi, Tagalog, Portuguese, German, and French. Contact us if interested.


Meet Board Member: Carrick Young
Carrick is a second generation San Jose resident. He joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2016 and serves as a senior associate focusing on Office and R&D Leasing in markets throughout the South Bay Area, with a particular focus on Downtown San Jose and the San Jose Airport. Prior to joining C&W, Carrick attended Bellarmine College Prep and took the short trip down the street to Santa Clara University. In his spare time, he loves to read about real estate, travel, and play soccer. Thanks, Carrick, for your service!

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

Upcoming Events

Homeschool Programs


Our weekly Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) program classes resumed September 9th. Limited spots are available for our 9-12 year old class.

Where the Flow Goes
Sept. 16

Home is Where the Water is
Sept. 23

Powered by H2O

Sept. 30

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.

More information here.

Viva CalleSJ

Sunday, September 22nd
10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Join us for food, live music, and fun at the Arena Green Activity Hub along Viva CalleSJ Parks to Roses route. San Jose Sharks will hold their annual Fan Fest the same day; stop by and say hello!

Learn more.

Annual Trail Count & Flood Protection Work

Thanks to volunteers' support, we're once again hosting a count station north of Coleman Ave. during the City of San Jose Trail Program's annual count and survey of trail traffic on Wednesday, September 11th. Data collected on this day supports the continued development and upkeep of our trail network. Learn more about the trail count here.

The US Army Corps and Valley Water will conduct flood protection improvements along the river, north of Hedding St., between September 13th and October 15th. Please expect a short-term closure of the paved trail and detour during this time.

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.

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