Growing Greener Events

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California Native Plant Society: Winning the War on Weeds
Wednesday, April 3rd 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Los Gatos Library (100 Villa Avenue)

Join California Native Plant Society speaker, Rebecca Schoenenberger, for a class on sheet mulching and other simple tricks that you can utilize now, so you can enjoy your garden later!  Bring along a sample of one or more of your weeds for the speaker to identify.  Click here for more information.
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Adopt-A-Highway Training
Monday, April 8th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
or Tuesday, April 9th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Parks & Public Works Corp. Yard (41 Miles Avenue)

The Town of Los Gatos is sponsoring the Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up Program in order to help protect the environment and keep the Town entrances pristine!  This program will consist of monthly clean up days located at the Highway 17 exit 20B on and off circle ramps.  Volunteers will meet at the Parks & Public Works Department, be given all appropriate safety equipment, and will be driven to the circle ramps by a trained staff member.  All participants are required to attend one of the mandatory training sessions below:

Monday, April 8th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9th 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 

For questions and to reserve your spot e-mail Marina Chislett at mchislett@losgatosca.gov or call (408) 399-5778. 
Habitat Restoration: Thistles
Thursday, April 11th 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sierra Azul Preserve

Hike the Mt. Umunhum Trail to seek out and remove invasive species along the way.  They will be shuttling into the trail so plan to arrive on time and be able to stay for the entire project.  Reservations for this project will open March 1, 2019. Click here to learn more.
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Family Art Day! All Things Spring
Saturday, April 13th 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU)
Registration $15

Join LGS Recreation and NUMU for hands-on art stations, crafts, and live art demos all in celebration of all things Spring!  Experience the rich talent and diversity of local artists and instructors and explore the New Museum of Los Gatos, bringing art, innovation, history, and Bay Area Stories to the wide audience of Silicon Valley.  Click here to register.
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Spring Into Green
Sunday, April 14th 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Town Plaza

Join the Town of Los Gatos in celebrating Earth Day, Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month and environmental awareness.  The festivities will include a tree planting ceremony, the weekly Los Gatos Farmers' Market, family-friend activities, live music and more!  Click here to learn more.
Explorer Hike: Hill and Dale
Wednesday, April 17th 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Balzer Field parking lot on Miles Avenue

Enjoy a leisurely-paced hike starting on the Los Gatos Creek Trail and continuing up to the Flume and Jones Trails with docents Kate Gudmundson, Laura Levin, and Paul Billig.  An approximately 800-foot elevation gain will bring you from a lower riparian habitat area up to woodland and chaparral habitats.  You'll have time to observe and learn about what influences both flora and fauna as you move from one habitat to another.  Click here to learn more.
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California Native Plant Society:
Graywater for Native Plant Gardens
Wednesday, April 17th 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Los Gatos Library

Join California Native Plant Society speaker, Deva Luna, and learn about an excellent way to reuse water from inside the house for outdoor irrigation.  Learn how to install a simple laundry-to-landscape system, which native plants are best suited for this type of irrigation, and available rebates through the water district.  Click here for more information. 
Habitat Restoration: French Broom Removal
Thursday, April 18th 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monte Bello Preserve

Join District staff in removing invasive French broom along the Lower Canyon Trail in Monte Bello Open Space Preserve.  This project will include moderate hiking and using tools.  Click here for more information.
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Conservation Ambassadors
Thursday, April 18th 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Los Gatos Library

Celebrate Keep Los Gatos Beautiful Month with Conservation Ambassadors on Thursday, April 18th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Los Gatos Library!  Come see wild animals up close, learn about their habitats and how you can help protect animals.  Conservation Ambassadors is a non-profit organization that provides homes for displaced wild-life and provides community education for the continued preservation of these animals.  Recommended for children 5+, for more information call (408) 354-6893.
Annual Sierra Azul Wildflower Survey
Saturday, April 20th 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sierra Azul Preserve

Save the date to join District staff for the annual wildflower survey in Sierra Azul Open Space.  This is a "community science" project and hikes will be at a leisurely pace to observe and record wildflower data.  Click here for more information.
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Town of Los Gatos: Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 20th 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Oak Meadow Park

Visit this Town of Los Gatos tabling event at Oak Meadow Park to participate in a trash clean up and nature observation scavenger hunt!  Try to spot birds, insects, and pick up trash for your chance to win prizes!
Town of Los Gatos: Reusable Cup Campaign
Tuesday, April 23rd 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Great Bear Coffee

Join the Town of Los Gatos & Santa Clara County Reusable Cup Campaign at Great Bear Coffee!  Practice sustainability by ditching your single-use cups and stopping by our table to pick up a Growing Greener reusable cup while supplies last!
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Green Bean Kidz
Session 1: 6 mtgs, 4/24 - 5/29; Session 2: 6 mtgs, 4/25 - 5/30
Los Gatos Recreation Center
Registration $160

A Nature Education and Exploration program for children and their parents or caregivers.  They meet weekly in local parks and open spaces to engage with nature in an emerging curriculum, including: circle time, hiking, story time, art and/or early science projects, music and games.  With an emphasis on the local flora and fauna, Naturalist and experience preschool teacher Ellen teaches many early education concepts through hands on experience in nature.  Materials fee of $10 payable to instructor at first class.  Click here to learn more.
Town of Los Gatos: Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, April 26th 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Parks & Public Works Corp. Yard

Join the Town of Los Gatos and Blossom Hill Elementary in celebrating Arbor Day!  This year we will be planting Redbud trees at the Town of Los Gatos Parks & Public Works Corporation Yard.  Interested attendees will meet out front of 41 Miles Avenue and be guided to the planting location for a word from our mayor followed by a tree planting ceremony with assistance from Blossom Hill Elementary!
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Town of Los Gatos & West Valley Clean Water Program
Native Plants: Year Round Color 
Saturday, April 27th 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
LGS Recreation - Adult Recreation Center (208 E. Main St.)
*Registration Required.  Click here to Register*

Join West Valley Clean Water Program and California Native Plant Society for a class on colorful native plants!  Native perennials and ground covers provide those splashes of color that we so appreciate in the garden.  Most of these plants need very little care besides some deadheading, pruning, and watering.  Join us at the Native Plants: Year Round Color seminar to learn more about what plants will add just the right color to your garden with little maintenance!  Click here to register.
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Looking for composting, gardening, creek cleanups, recreation or other workshops or events that aren't listed on this page? Visit the following website calendars for additional opportunities! 

Click here to access the South Bay Green Gardens calendar
Click here to access the Los Gatos-Saratoga Recreation calendar