E-NEWSLETTER: DECEMBER 2020
Thank You to Our Volunteers in 2020!
Our community comes together! Thank you to all our community volunteers and partnerships who continue to support our River Park. We deeply appreciate the many volunteers, hundreds of work hours, and vital support from the City of San Jose and organizations like South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition, UC Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County, BrightView, McCarthy Building Companies, and many more.

As a result of their hard work, we were able to remove over 60 bags of trash from our trails and river, donate over 1,000 pounds of fruit picked from our orchard, care for our animal ambassadors, and maintain over 9 acres of park land (including the Rotary PlayGarden, Historic Orchard, and Heritage Rose Garden). Our park is uplifted by our community and for that, we are so grateful.
Our River Park and community needs your support.
Please donate to support our education, advocacy, and stewardship programs today.
"The Flow of Life" Video Premiere
With the first mural on the Guadalupe Art Walk completed, POW! WOW! San Jose created a short film in partnership with Jennifer Gonzalez, Frank Facio and Matt Hewitt to document the process and painting behind Roan Victor's piece on the Woz Way overcrossing. "The Flow of Life" takes viewers on a journey from the first brush strokes to the final product.

The Artist in Residence (AIR) collaboration between PWSJ and the Conservancy has been a way to continue to improve the quality of life in San Jose while practicing safe social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we understand how critical natural spaces and public art are to the community. To watch the video, click here to go to the PWSJ Facebook page.
Happy Belated "Ratsgiving"!
We know Thanksgiving already feels like a lifetime ago, but we wanted to share this picture of our Rat Representatives, Jake and Marcus, enjoying their Thanksgiving dinners. The boys each got some turkey, mashed potatoes, and veggies to share.
Introducing: Virtual Field Trips!
The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is proud to share that we are offering safely socially distanced Virtual Field Trips! Our education team has developed these field trips over many months, taking into account multiple teacher and parent surveys. We could not have created our Virtual Field Trip offering without their help; a huge THANK YOU to the countless teachers, parents, and educational partners who have contributed to our effort!

This program has been designed to support Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and Executive Function Skill development, while being offered in both English and Spanish. We plan to have more languages offered soon. To find out more, click below!
Support the Conservancy and YOUR Guadalupe River Park
2020 has been a year of uncertainty, unusual experiences, and a multitude of Zoom meetings. We hope that, in spite of it all, you continue to consider the Conservancy as part of our annual giving this year. Parks continue to be vital to our physical and mental well-being as we navigate a changed world.

Please consider donating today.
You can also mail us a check at 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110.
California Climate Action Corps at the GRPC
The Office of the Governor announced the selection of 28 Host Partners for the inaugural California Climate Action Corps Fellowship program. California Climate Action Corps – the country’s first statewide corps of its kind – will deploy Fellows to support local climate action projects in front-line and low-income communities across the state. 

GRPC will host two Climate Corps fellows, one to focus on the Historic Orchard, and one to focus on the Guadalupe River Trail. You can read the press release on the program here.
Parks remain open during Stay-at-Home Order
If you're getting antsy now that the sun goes down at 4PM, put on your mask and go for a walk, a jog, or a bike ride to get the willies out. While the new stay-at-home order enacted earlier this month has limited our options for getting out of the house during the winter months, the Guadalupe River Park remains open for socially distanced activities. We hope you and your family stay safe and well this holiday season. Please visit the Santa Clara County Health Department for the most updated health orders and guidelines.
Give through AmazonSmile
If you're planning to do some last-minute shopping on Amazon this holiday season, consider doing it through AmazonSmile. GRPC is listed as a charity and 0.5% of eligible purchases come our way.
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