Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Kim Gardner, Gus Letona, Sam Drake, Ron
Horii, visiting Park Interpreter Kelsi Ju, visiting ranger Lisa Pappanastos.
- National Night Out (NNO) is on August 6 from 5:00-7:30 pm. Today,
we received our permit from the County Parks for holding National Night
the Bernal Ranch. We started the process in March. It took a long time
to get all the approvals. We got the event insurance and food permits
to hand out ice cream and popsicles. Food has to be wrapped, so we
can't give out unwrapped cookies or other food. Mike wrote up a request
to get a fee waiver. Otherwise, it would have cost us $576.
Kelsi will be there. She'll open the barns. Park Interpreter Victoria
Heyse will be handling the roping and branding. Steve Crockett will be
helping at the interpretive tables and can lead tours of the house. Sam
can't make it. His wife Elaine will help with setup and cleanup. She
will direct people to our event. Ranger Carley Bolitho will be bringing
a ranger's truck. The rangers will have an information table. They will
be bringing park giveaways for raffle prizes. The sheriffs will be
coming. The Koopmans will be holding their own NNO, but they will be
supplying pizza for our volunteers. Mike's wife Dorene will be handing
out the ice cream and popsicles. She has to leave at 7. Mike's daughter
Michelle will then take over. Gus will bring the ice cream and
popsicles. His daughter will handle the games. Ron will bring park
photography displays. We'll need 6 tables. Lisa will bring 3 canopies.
We'll start setting up at 3:30-4:00. Mike spent $87 for 5 posters for NNO.
- Our Summer 2019 newsletter is out. We'll print up lots of copies and hand them out at NNO.
report (Mike for Greg, who is on vacation): We have $2342 in the bank.
Pending charges are $562.42. We have $245.08 from the grant left to
spend. In-kind donations are $1068.92. The balance is $1294.12 after
everything is paid. We allocated $300 for event supplies.
next Beautify San Jose Cycle 3 Grant application is due on August 13.
Ron went to the workshop about it. We'll apply for the same grant items
as this year.
- Kelsi Ju, Park Interpreter at the Bernal Ranch,
talked about upcoming events. La Fuente is Saturday 10/19 from
12-4. Kelsi gave Mike a list of supplies she needs for events at
the Bernal Ranch, showing the price, quantity, and links to the
vendors. We need to verify that our grant covers them.
County Parks' Interpretive Programs Department has been re-organized.
Beeny Sander is the acting manager, replacing Robin Schaut, who retired
in June. Elizabeth Evans is back as supervisor. Park Interpreters
report to the program coordinators, who report to the supervisor, who
reports to the manager. Lynda Will is Region 1 coordinator, overseeing
programs at Almaden Quicksilver and Vasona. Carolyn Schimandle oversees
Region 2, which includes Santa Teresa, Martial Cottle, and Alviso. The
Region 3 coordinator position, which includes Chitactac, Coyote Lake,
and the Junior Rangers, is open. Interpreter Bridgett Orcutt is
returning to Almaden Quicksilver.
- Carolyn Schimandle directs
facilities maintenance and approves money for programs at the Bernal
Ranch. Acting Senior Ranger Lisa Pappanastos for Hellyer/Santa
Teresa/Martial Cottle says that the rangers handle safety, signage, and
after-sunset programs. Martial Cottle Park Maintenance (Jeremy Celaya)
covers the Bernal Ranch, while Hellyer Maintenance (Jason Gorman) takes
care of the rest of Santa Teresa Park.
- 10 adult volunteers are
needed for school field trip programs at the Bernal Ranch. They have 6.
They need 4 more. Volunteers need to go through training from August
21-22 and need to be Livescan fingerprinted. The programs are from
10-12 Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Contact Kelsi Ju at
408-918-7776, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
school programs are coming up at the Bernal Ranch. Raptor Route is for
5th graders. They learn about raptor migration. The program runs from
October to the first week of November during raptor migration season.
Pieces of the Past is a history-themed program for K-1. It runs from
December to June.
- The Raptor 101 bird identification program is
for adults. It's on October 12 and November 2. The San Francisco Bay
Bird Observatory is participating.
- On August 31, the Environmental Educators of Color are having a gathering at the Bernal Ranch
from 6-8:30 pm. It includes dinner and interpretive stations. Kelsi
helped start the group in San Francisco when she worked for the NPS.
It's for those who self-identify as people of color and whose work
involves environmental education. It includes professional
environmental educators, park rangers, interns, maintenance workers,
- For our 11/7 meeting, Kitty will give a presentation about the New Almaden Mines.
Lisa gave a report. The maps at the mapboards have been updated. The
trail markers have junction numbers. The Curie Drive house has been OK
since the cleanup. No more vandalism. Lisa thinks there should be an
interpretive sign for the barn on the Fortini Trail. The Rosetto House
is moldy. It's been shuttered. There are 2 trail work days coming up.
Ruben Suarez is doing a full-moon hike in Santa Teresa on 9/14 from 7-9
at the Pueblo Area.
showed pictures: The brambles at Santa Teresa Spring were cut, but more
work can be done to remove the mud around the spring and shrine. There
were free concerts at the Santa Teresa Golf Course Banquet Facility, as
part of the Summer Music Series.
They were packed. There was a 200-acre fire on Coyote Ridge. It started
next to Field Sports Park and burned into OSA's preserve. Kelsi had
work days at the ranch for middle school kids. On one of the days, they
pruned the pomegranate tree and cleared weeds from a garden box. Some
kids were riding their bikes and digging trails on the restricted area
of Rocky Ridge. Ranger Ali Famalett came and caught them. Their parents
were called. A large group of volunteers from a Girl Scout troop came
to a work day at the Pueblo Area. They spread mulch around picnic
areas. A couple was flying a drone from the Joice Trail. The Norred
Trail is in good shape. Ron showed sunset pictures from the trail.
is done at the Muriel Wright Center to turn it into a residential
mental health treatment facility. In June, Telecare, the contractor
the center, started moving in and trained their
personnel. Patients will be moving in after that, around
July-August. The County Sheriffs and the Park Volunteer Office will
remain in their part of the facility.
Bryan Lu is is leading hikes to Coyote Peak. We should help with one or
more of them: "Saturday June 29, Sunday July 21, Sunday August 4,
Sunday August 18, 2019, What's "Shaking" in Parks? 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM,
Santa Teresa's Pueblo Day Use Area.Trek to the highest peak in the park
to view fantastic vistas and explore local geology formations. Meet in
2nd parking lot (on left by yellow call box) with hiking shoes, layered
clothing and water. Questions? (408) 225-0225."
is coming up: Saturday, August 3, 2019, Light Life Night Hike, 8:00 PM
- 10:00 PM, Santa Teresa Park, Bernal Road. This moderate 2-mile night
hike will investigate the role of light in the life cycles of animals
and humans. Bring a flashlight. Meet at the top of Bernal Rd, parking
lot on left before IBM gate (GPS coordinates: 37.214513, -121.796560).
Reservations (408) 226-5453.
- The first of these was held
already. There are 2 more left: Saturdays July 27, August 24, September
21, 2019, The Impact of Fire, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Santa Teresa's Bernal
Ranch.Take a 2-mile walk with park staff through the site of 2018’s
Curie Fire while exploring our community’s relationship with wildfire
in the 21st-century. Young adults encouraged to attend. Minimum age 12.
Bring water and sun protection. Meet at the Bernal Ranch on Manila
Drive. Questions? (408) 918-7779.
- This is coming up: Saturday,
August 10, 2019, Movie Night Campout, 7:00 PM - 08:00 AM, Santa
Teresa's Pueblo Day Use Area. Join us for a family-friendly movie and
overnight campout in the park. The evening begins with a feature-length
movie under the stars, followed by a campfire and 2nd movie. Bring your
own tents, chairs, bedding and food. $15 fee for each tent or RV, and
$6 per vehicle. Fee collected onsite. No dogs please. Reservations