Homeschool Programs


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


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

Drop-off classes

$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.


Cancellation Policy:

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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Energy, the Environment, and You

Resource Guide coming soon.


Energy powers our lights, cools our homes, and helps us move from place to place. Join us in May for our final series of the spring as we take a closer look at energy production in our community and explore the exciting developments in the field of renewable energy.


Energy from the Sun

April 30th/May 1st

What makes enough energy in one second to supply all the power people will need for the next 2,000 years? The sun, of course! Grab your sunglasses as we explore solar power and experiment with photovoltaic cells to learn how solar radiation becomes electricity.


Where the Wind Blows
May 7th/8th

Located in the Diablo Range, Altamont Pass is home to one of the oldest wind farms in the U.S. and the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world. In this session, we’ll explore wind as a power source and examine the technology that transforms wind into electricity.


Water for Power

May 14th/15th

Hydropower is the biggest renewable source of electricity in the United States. Come investigate the science behind water for power as we examine the benefits and costs of one of the world’s oldest sources of energy.


Energy and Safety

May 21st/22nd

Join us and a special guest from PG&E for a presentation on electricity and natural gas transmission in our community. PG&E will bring their power demonstration boards and share ways to stay safe around electricity and gas. This is our final class of the 2013-2014 season; check back in August for a listing of the 2014-2015 themes. We wish you a happy and healthy summer!



Circle of Life

Resource Guide coming soon.


Join us in April as we explore the life cycles of our local wildlife and examine the natural resources that support over 150 native species that call our park home.


Insect Instincts

April 2nd/3rd

Come for a class that’s all about insects! We’ll study aquatic insects and butterflies to discover the the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!

April 9th/10th

Birds, eggs, and nests come in many shapes and sizes. This session will focus on the life cycles of some of our local avian species, including the Western Bluebird, Killdeer, and Great Blue Heron.


Life as a Ladybeetle

April 16th/17th

Ladybeetles are welcome guests in any garden. Come as we search for evidence of the ladybeetle life cycle and classify the different species we find in the Guadalupe Gardens.


Fishy Mysteries

April 23rd/24th

Dive in and learn about the secret lives of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout! Discover the unique life cycle of these local fish and the aquatic requirements they need to successfully spawn.




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…
The Outdoor Environmental Science Program’s core curriculum covers a wide variety of current environmental science topics. Each class covers a unique theme within the environmental sciences, but your child can sign up for an individual class depending on his or her interests, come to several classes to cover a unit, or attend all the classes to build an interdisciplinary understanding of nature and science.


A learning adventure…
The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s classes are unique, interactive adventures – children won’t learn science by listening to lectures, but will learn through activity-oriented lessons, science experiments, and scientific observations out in the park. Your child will be challenged, but will move, talk, think and play to learn.


A healthier community…
More and more studies are indicating that spending time outdoors is vital to children’s academic development and health. Spending time in nature allows children to develop a connection with their surrounding community and become early stewards of the environment.


An ongoing interest…
When outdoors, children can see science playing out before their very eyes, develop powerful observational skills, and are exposed to the environmental sciences, an up-and-coming field worldwide. If your child’s interest is kindled by any or all of the OESP class topics, you can find more educational resources about that topic by clicking on the links that follow each class description, so you can be an active partner as your child explores their new favorite environmental science subject. Each link will be available on the 1st of the month in which a class takes place.

Resource Guides from the Past 


Animals and Habitats

Food Systems


Math in Nature


Water for Life


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