A new season of our Outdoor Environmental Science Program has begun. This year we are offering classes for children from 5-12 years old. Our homeschool classes are now offered to members at a discounted rate of $10/class and will be $15 for non-members. For more information on membership, visit our membership page. In addition to the class discount you will receive our monthly newsletter, announcements of special events and volunteer opportunities, and discounts at local nurseries. Your membership donation is also 100% tax-deductible and comes with a free annual subscription to Better Homes and Gardens.
But most of all, you will know that you are supporting a valuable community asset that will be enjoyed today and for generations to come.
Please contact us with any questions at 408-298-7657 or e-mail email@example.com.
2013-2014 Homeschool Themes (tentative, descriptions and titles to follow):
September – Water and You
October – Animals & Habitats
November – The Ohlone Way
December – Geography
January – Math in Nature
February – Garden Science
March – Water Around the World
April – Lifecycles
May – Energy
All classes are:
Held on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 1:30-3:00pm
$10 per student per class for members, $15 per student per class for non-members
For 5 to 12 year-olds only
Welcome Ocean Grove families! GRPC is a registered vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School. If you’re interested in using Ocean Grove funds, please email us with the attendee names and class dates and request a purchase order from your ES. You do not need to complete the sign up form below.
In order to receive a full refund, cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the start of each class or series. If cancellation occurs after that time, no refund will be given. In the event that a class or series is cancelled by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, a full refund will be issued to registered participants.
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Water for Life
In March, join us as we take a local to global perspective on our water supply in an effort to gain an understanding of the importance of this resource to life as we know it.
Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club
Join special guest County District 3 Supervisor Dave Cortese of the Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club for a presentation on how youth can help minimize society’s impact on the environment. Cortese will share ways students can make environmentally-friendly decisions and empower them to serve as future stewards. Bring the whole family to join us for this special event! To view the associated CreaTV series, click here and search for “Climate Kids.”
Getting to the Bottom of Groundwater
What is groundwater, and why should people care? Scientists estimate that 95 percent of all the world’s freshwater is groundwater. In honor of National Groundwater Awareness Week, our second session will focus on the state of groundwater in our local community and how we can best serve as stewards of this precious resource.
World Water Day
Established in 1993, the annual United Nations’ World Water Day focuses attention on the state and care of our freshwater resources. This year’s event focuses specifically on Water and Energy. Join us as we look at the role of water in generating energy in our local community and how this compares to other communities around the world.
Water Quality Monitoring
To close our series, we’ll spend this session practicing some water quality monitoring techniques, including biomonitoring and chemical testing. We’ll upload and compare our results to data collected in September for a look at the ongoing condition of our local water body, the Guadalupe River.
The World Underground
With Spring on the horizon, we’ll spend February uncovering the world underground. Join us as we explore the science behind successful gardening and investigate the various gardens in the Guadalupe Gardens.
The Birth of a Cheeseburger
Have you ever wondered where a cheeseburger comes from? Here’s a hint—the answer is related to what a plant needs to survive. We’ll learn how the needs of plants aren’t too different from our own survival needs. There will be a cheeseburger dissection too, and we’ll be planting sunflower seeds!
How Does Your Garden Grow?
If you like taking things apart, then you’ll really enjoy this class! We’ll dissect a bean seed and a rose flower and role play to learn about photosynthesis. We’ll examine the growth system of plants, from the ground, up!
Everything we eat and use comes from worm poop! Come learn why gardeners call worm poop, or castings, black gold. We’ll play with it; rub our hands through it; smell it; and hunt for history in it.
Guadalupe Green Thumbs
Gardens are more than plants growing in dirt; much, much more! We’ll consider gardening as an art form and a historical practice that continues to shape our world and culture. We’ll look at the Guadalupe Gardens through the lens of history, both ancient and modern; transplant the seedlings we started four weeks ago; and make blueprints for our own gardens.
|A unique setting…
The Guadalupe River Park & Gardens is an education destination like no other. A natural oasis located in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens features 254 acres of park that include the Heritage Rose Garden, the Historic Orchard, a community garden, and 2.6 miles of trail that runs adjacent to the Guadalupe River. The GRPG provides a natural outdoor laboratory for science experiments and offers a creative and dynamic atmosphere for learning.
A customizable education…
A learning adventure…
A healthier community…
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