Muriel Wright Center Project

Purpose of Project: The Wright Center Project, takes place at the Muriel Wright Center on Bernal Road in San Jose and is considered an educational project, and consists of two objectives:

  • Consult in the maintenance of a 500 Sq.Ft. teaching garden, a smaller vegetable garden directly outside a classroom, and a raised bed, also outside a classroom.
  • Teach 10, one hour-long lessons in basic gardening skills to each adolescent group (4) at the facility.

The facility is a juvenile (ages 18 and under) probation center, maintained by the Santa Clara County Probation Department and adolescent learners are grouped and housed into units of 12. Currently there is one unit of girls and three units of boys.
The project reaches out to an under served group of adolescents and their counselors and teachers. Our weekly “classroom” is at the Muriel Wright Center, a Santa Clara County Probation Department detention/housing youth facility.

Wright Center EntranceWright Center MG workers

Entrance sign at Muriel Wright Center | Collection of the Master Gardeners who work at the center.

Wright Center plants and irrigationWright Center garden

Views of the begining garden at Muriel Wright Center

Meeting Days: Mondays, 1PM to 3PM

Location:  Santa Teresa Park

Directions:  Take 85 going south. Take exit 1B for Bernal Rd toward US-101 N/San Francisco. Turn right on Bernal Road. You will cross over Monterey Highway and also cross Santa Teresa Blvd. You will pass Santa Teresa Golf club on your left.  Continue past the stop sign and ascend the hill into Santa Teresa Park. Almost at the top of the hill, make a left turn at the Muriel Wright sign.