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Causes: Botanical Gardens & Arboreta, Environment, Environmental Beautification, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy (GRPC) provides community leadership for the development and active use of San Jose's central park through education, advocacy and stewardship.

Results: Highlights from 2016: • Led over 5,000 K-12 students, mostly from nature deficient, low-income areas, on environmental education field trips. • Coordinated over 19,000 volunteer hours in the Visitor & Education Center, Heritage Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, and Rotary PlayGarden. • Received re-certification as a Green Business. • Coordinated Pumpkins in the Park and Super Guadalupe River Run, which drew over 10,000 people to the park.

Target demographics: children of all ages, urban open space enthusiasts, gardeners, trail users (walkers, runners, bicyclists, skaters), downtown San Jose residents, birders and other nature lovers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000

Geographic areas served: South San Francisco Bay Area

Programs: Education & Outreach: GRPC offers educational programs for adults and children in Santa Clara County, including interpretive tours of the River Park & Gardens and classes on composting, gardening, river ecology and related topics. Field trips, with curriculum linked to the California State Content Standards, are available for school groups Pre-K through 12th grade. A full calendar of homeschool programs for children address many subject areas and are available at nominal cost. Adult programs include outdoor exercise and yoga classes taught by professional instructors and using the park as a "gym". Our newest project is the implementation of an early childhood education program that utilizes the all-access Rotary PlayGarden. Stewardship: The bulk of Guadalupe Gardens, including the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, and Rotary PlayGarden are maintained by volunteers coordinated by GRPC. Regular community work days are ongoing, including the active recruitment of corporate groups for team-building events. GRPC recorded over 19,000 volunteer hours donated to the park in the past year. We have also adopted a segment of the river from Julian St. north to Hwy 880, averaging two river cleanups per month.

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Rating: 5

As a park interpreter, I have seen the in's and out's of 5 different organizations. I have to say that the Friends of Guadalupe River Park is one of the best organizations I have ever seen. The feeling of being family, friends, and that of having mutual support is overwhelming. Everyone in this group works hard to support everyone else, all while fulfilling their mission. I've had the gift of seeing, first-hand, their children's programs and I am impressed. These guys are on a shoe string budget and yet the quality of their educational programs is amazing. This strikes me as a fun place to attend classes and an even better place to work. Their volunteer coordinator is exception at making her people feel appreciated and well guided without losing that friendliness and caring. IF you are looking for someplace to begin your park experience, this is it. If you are looking for someplace to take your class, or send your kids after school for some extra guidance in the sciences and nature, this is definitely the place. I was so impressed I bought gift certificates so my nieces could attend the after school program or summer camp. It's a perfect blend of urban downtown and the wildness of the Guadalupe River. Don't miss out.