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Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

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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

GRPG is a wonderful organization working to maintain, protect, and develop the park and gardens. The park is the "Central Park of San Jose" and a community resource not just for Downtown, but also the region. The Friends organization is currently updating the Master Plan for the Gardens area to include improvements to the Visitor and Education Center, as well as provide more details on how the Gardens should be developed. Our volunteer and education programs are well regarded - come down and see what's going on!!!!