Nature Education for All

Children – Adults – Schools – Groups – Individuals – Special Needs
Lessons are always hands-on, interactive, and conducted in our beautiful 254-acre open-air classroom. Programs are centered on the natural and cultural history of San Jose; protecting the Guadalupe Watershed; and cultivating awareness, fitness, and creativity within our natural world.

Adult Programs:

Learn composting, grey-water basics, photography, flower arranging or wreath making. Practice yoga, or take a guided hike or bike tour. Unearth natural and local history. It’s your park. Get into it. Check back with us often to see what’s new.


Upcoming programs for adults:

Composting Class

Nature Photography 101

All About Tomatoes

Starting From Seed

Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water In Your Landscape

Discover Companion Planting

Summer Gardening


Field Trips for K-12:

Discover lifecycles of salmon and trout, geocaching, the history of Santa Clara Valley and San Jose, archaeology, flower anatomy and pollination, composting and vermiculture (that’s worms!). School field trip programs meet California State Education Standards. Scholarships available.

Homeschool Programs:

Four-week series for homeschool students learning natural science topics.  Offered on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.

Special Needs Field Trips:

A series of outdoor explorations tailored for those with special needs.

Small Group Programs:

Outdoor field trips for clubs, birthday parties, Mom’s groups, and youth groups.

Badge Program:

Welcome Scouts! Trips and project designed to fulfill badge requirements.



We love college students passionate about the environment and education!  Many students from San Jose State, Santa Clara University and West Valley College have completed internships with us for college credit.  Email Richard for more information.


Classes and Programs meet at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor & Education Center at 438 Coleman Avenue. So that we can maintain appropriate student to teacher ratios and sufficient materials, 24-hour advance registration IS required.


3 Easy Ways to Reserve Your Spot:


• On-line: each class, workshop or program listing will have a link to click in order to sign up
• By phone: 408-298-7657
• By mail: send a check to Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110 (call first to check class availability)


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Latest Events

Historic Orchard Monthly Work Day

Help preserve a portion of the old Santa Clara Valley when orchards stretched across the valley floor. We are looking for volunteers to help ma...


River Clean Up

Join Guadalupe River Park Conservancy for a day of environmental stewardship as we remove debris from the river channel before rain carries it t...



Summer Gardening

Join us and Gardening Instructor Sherri Bohan for a wonderful Summer Gardening workshop! Expand your current knowledge about gardening to create ...


Discover Companion Planting

Companion planting is an ancient form of gardening. This technique has cultural and ecological significance dating back to the first civilizati...


Starting From Seed

Join us and Master Gardener Karen Schaffer to learn how to grow your own vegetables and flowers from seeds. Workshop will discuss what seeds need...


All About Tomatoes

Delicious home grown tomatoes are America’s favorite summer vegetable. Join us and Gardening Instructor Sherri Bohan for this informative cla...