Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
Mike Boulland, Kitty Monahan, Kim Gardner, Marilyn August, Jorge & Debi Porras, Ron
Horii, special guest: Park Interpreter Kelsi Ju
- Our special guest, Kelsi Ju, is the provisional Park Interpreter at the Bernal Ranch.
spent 3 years as an interpreter for the National Parks Service at the
GGNRA. She went through park service training at the Grand Canyon.
Originally from Oahu, she spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Panama
and speaks 5 languages.
- She is working on youth
development and education for K-1 field trips at the Bernal Ranch. In
the fall, they will have a 5th grade raptor migration program.
grades will have programs at specific parks. Chris Carson will do
grades 4-5 at Quicksilver. Lynda Will will do grades 2-4 at Martial
Cottle. No preschool programs. The Wetlands Safari boat tours at Alviso
will be for middle schoolers.
- Next Thursday is the last
community volunteer clean-up activity at the ranch. The intent is to
build community ownership. She wants people to feel welcome at the
- 10/27 from 12-4 is La Fuente (The Origin) at the
Bernal Ranch. It will be a fall celebration that they want to make an
annual event. It will celebrate the past, present, and future
communities around the ranch. It can include the Muwekma and Spanish
settlement eras. It replaces Fandango, which will no longer be held. It
will be more expanded than Fandango and more accurate culturally.
Representatives from the communities will tell stories.
volunteer host is needed at the Bernal Ranch, who will meet and greet
visitors and will help with the building upkeep and yardwork. It can be
done once a week or once a month.
- Kelsi will be at Santa Teresa
Tues-Sat from 9-4. She may help at other parks. The interpretive staff
is at half capacity. They 2 interpreters, 1 extra help, 1 coordinator,
and 1 provisional. Kelsi's work email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Night Out (NNO), August 7, 5:00 pm:
SJFD, SJPD, SCC Sheriff, and Sr. Ranger Frank Weiland will be coming.
Sergio Jimenez and Mike Wasserman can't come. There will be a Water
District truck with free water. Kelsi will be doing tours of the ranch
house. Ashley Navas and Jesse Baptista from the Outdoor Rec. program
will be helping with cattle roping and branding. Ashley speaks Spanish.
Jesse speaks Portuguese.
- Mike will bring bean bag
toss and sponge toss games. Jorge will bring a San Jose Search and
Rescue vehicle. Steve Crockett will be helping direct handicap parking.
- For crafts, Debi has 48 journals left for coloring. She has wooden dinosaurs that are ready to color.
the raffle, Debi has a megaphone, tickets, and a ticket holder. Ron
will ask Carrie Grisenti for park giveaways for raffle prizes. Debi has
a BBQ toolset, water bottles, backpacks, footballs, domino games, and a
- We'll have a thank you poster for the firefighters.
- Mike will be getting to the ranch at around 3:00 to set up. Volunteers can arrive by 4.
- Debi has 8 etched FOSTP glasses left out of 36 in the initial run. Debi has a laser etcher and can etch more.
has 300 FOSTP patches. The company made them in B&W by mistake.
They will send color replacements, but not in time for NNO. They cost
$1.40 each, or $420 total.
- Woody helped out after the Curie Fire on Bernal Road, telling people not to come into the park.
have $2142.83 in the bank. We paid for the T-shirts, spent $50 for
food, $200 for the UNSCC membership. $1551 will be spent. We'll have
$600 left in the account. We got our liability insurance for NNO.
- Our newsletter is done: http://www.stpfriends.org/FOSTP-Newsletter-July-2018.pdf. Mike will bring copies to pass out at NNO.
Parks Director Robb Courtney retired. Before he left, he cut back on
the amount the Parks Dept. pays the Sheriff's Dept. for deputies
patrolling the parks. He said it's too expensive paying for 16 deputies
(3-shift coverage). They may relocate from Muriel Wright. We need to
stay on top of this, as we were told the deputies would be staying at
Muriel Wright when the Mental Health Program moves in.
showed pictures: NNO posters around the park, graffiti at the Pueblo
restroom and cleanup, construction still going on at the Muriel Wright
Center, the Curie Fire and aftermath, widening of the Norred Trail,
Santa Teresa Spring, the Joice Trail, cleanup at the Bernal Ranch,