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:

Painting in the Rose Garden

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Fall Walking Series

Beginners Landscape Watercolor Painting



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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Featured Events

  • Window on the River Park

    A reception to celebrate the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy's donors.   Wednesday, October 5, 2016 ~ 5:00 to 7:00 PM Adobe Systems, Inc. - ...
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  • Pumpkins in the Park

      Pumpkins in the Park is a harvest fair for families with a strong environmental education component. It is designed to promote awareness of ...
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  • Painting in the Rose Garden

    Learn how to capture nature’s beautiful roses in a painting or drawing at this workshop hosted by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.  Art Specialist and GRPC staff ...
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  • Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

    Vegetables in the winter? You bet! Here in Santa Clara County, we can grow vegetables year round. Join UC Master Gardeners to learn about ...
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  • Fall Walking Series

    Step by Step, you’ll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River.  Join ...
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  • Beginners Landscape Watercolor Painting

    Fall is an inspiring season at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy.  Learn how to capture nature’s beautiful landscapes with watercolors. Art Specialist Heather Engle will show ...
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  • Fall Walking Series

    Step by Step, you’ll be healthier as a result of this class that leads you through the paved trails along the Guadalupe River.  Join ...
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