Summer 2017

Ah, summertime. The long days, warm weather, and school vacation mean that there is more time to spend outdoors and enjoy the beauty of our open space with family and friends. 

In this issue, you'll learn about the city's new policy on using organic pest and weed control in city parks. Also, read on for more information on upcoming free events and classes that will be taking place at Reata Park and Event Center over the next several months. 

Last but not least, we want to send a huge THANK YOU to all of our 2017 SJC Open Space Foundation members! If you haven't already joined or renewed this year, it's not too late. Please see the article below for more information on how to register. 

See you on the trails!
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City Approves Use of Organic Pest and Weed Control in City Parks 

In April, the San Juan Capistrano City Council voted 4-0 approving an organics-first policy for pesticides and/or herbicides in city parks and open spaces. The new, tiered policy will prioritize organic products first if treatment is needed, and limit exposure to any pesticides and/or herbicides in any areas where children, pets, and the general public might gather.
San Juan Capistrano is the second city in Orange County to adopt an organics-first policy to control weeds and pests. The city of Irvine switched its policy in February 2016 and since then has successfully managed nearly 1.5 million square feet of facilities without using conventional chemical pesticides and herbicides. 
Raise your hands if you love open space!
Open Space Photos Wanted! 

Do you love spending time with friends, family and/or pets in our city's open space? If so, we want to hear from you!
The next time you visit the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park, Reata Park and Event Center, Northwest Open Space, or 2C Ranch Staging Area, take a few photos of you, your friends, family, and/or pets enjoying our open space. Or if you prefer, take photos of the beautiful scenery that you encounter on your visit.  1-3 photos along with your name, city you live in, and a brief message describing your activity that day. By sending us your photos, you are giving us permission to use the images, your name, and message on SJC Open Space Foundation online and print publications, so keep your eye out. You may see them on our Facebook page and/or in a future newsletter!
Eco Garden Expo attendees

Eco Garden Expo Moving to Reata Park in 2018 

Goin Native's annual Eco Garden Expo will be moving to Reata Park and Event Center next year. Formerly held at Los Rios Park, the popular event is relocating to the larger Reata Park to give it room to expand.
"We will be able to accommodate more people and exhibitors at Reata Park while engaging the crowds with education, resources and additional activities for the day," said Goin Native Executive Director Marianne Taylor. "Best of all, there is ample parking onsite and nearby."
The Expo will be expanding its offerings to include live music, fun competitions, food trucks, a petting zoo, and a beer and wine garden. Next year's event will be held on April 7, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm.
Welcome 2017 SJC Open Space Foundation Members

We are excited to welcome so many new and renewing members this year! Your annual membership plays a fundamental role in our success and provides us with funding to create some of the wonderful parks we have in our community. Thank you so much for your support!
If you have not joined or renewed yet, it's not too late. There are many benefits to becoming an SJC Open Space Foundation member, such as:
  • Subscription to the Open Space Foundation's e-Newsletter
  • Open Space Foundation decal
  • Advance notice of public events
  • Sponsor recognition in select Open Space Foundation publications
  • Knowing that you are doing something positive for your community and its future! 
Join or renew today! For more information and or to register online, please visit our website.

Free Summer Garden Classes Offered 

Mark your calendars - Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens and the UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners have an exciting lineup of FREE Smart Gardening 101 classes scheduled on select Saturdays this summer. The classes cover a wide range of topics, including "Hot Veggies for a Hot Season" and "Creating a Bird & Butterfly Garden." 

Classes are held at Reata Park and Event Center from 9:30-11:00 a.m. and are followed by a 30-min interpretive walk-and-talk through the park grounds. Visit Goin Native's website for a full list of dates and classes.