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:

Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water In Your Landscape!

Replacing Your Lawn

Twilight Yoga in the Park


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:

Monthly 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.

Badge Program:

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


Water Festival:

300 fifth grade students make for a lively, educational festival celebrating the South Bay watershed.



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

Monthly River Clean-Up

Help preserve a portion of the Guadalupe River by helping us collect loose litter found in the river bed brought in by the recent weather. We are l...


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...


Window on the River Park

Our annual fundraiser takes place every June and offers local business leaders an opportunity to mingle with elected officials and park support...



Twilight Yoga in the Park

As summer’s warmer weather and longer evenings approach, we look forward to Twilight Yoga in the Park. Join Guadalupe River Park Conserva...


Replacing Your Lawn

Want to have a healthy, lush yard while using less water, fertilizers, and herbicides? Join us and Master Gardener Marianne Mueller to lea...


Rose Pruning Classes

Every Wednesday and Saturday through the end of February. Hands-on rose pruning lessons are being offered at the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden eve...


Greywater Basics: Reusing Household Water In Your Landscape!

Explore the basics of how to safely and easily reuse your laundry, sink or shower water in your home garden. more.