A new season of our Outdoor Environmental Science Program (OESP) for homeschool students has begun! Below you will find a listing of 2014-2015 themes, as well as the monthly class listings.
OESP classes are offered to members at a discounted rate of $10/class and are $15/class 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
(tentative; series have 4 weeks unless otherwise noted)
September: Watersheds (3 weeks)
October: Alternative Energy (5 weeks)
November: Climate Change (3 weeks)
December: Geology (3 weeks)
January: Weather & Seasons
March: Native Plants
April: Agroecology & Food (5 weeks)
May: Birds & Flight
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.
Investigating Global Climate Change
Evidence of change is all around us. You may notice it in the weather and the seasons, but Earth’s climate is changing too. Join us in November as we explore climate change science and learn how our local actions can have global impacts. Please note: Classes will not meet on November 26th/27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
What is in our atmosphere? Come learn about the gases that make up our atmosphere and how greenhouse gases contribute to a changing global climate.
Glaciers No More
The climate is changing, and Mother Nature is responding! Slide in and join us as we learn about how the global landscape is shifting as glaciers disappear and how that impacts life on Earth both far from home and right here in the Bay Area.
Climate Change and You
Climate change is happening all around us, so how can we make a difference? Join us as we discuss and explore actions we can take to help slow down climate change. Then, take to the park as we put our climate plan into action!
Interested in learning more? Check out the following links for games, activities, and extensions.
Discovering Alternative Energy
October is National Energy Awareness Month. Join us as we explore the science behind some of the exciting developments around alternative sources of energy. Wednesdays are FULL this month; space is available on Thursdays.
Put on your engineering hats and come race in our solar car derby! We’ll be tuning up our models for maximum efficiency as we discover how solar panels work. In the process, we’ll uncover why solar power is an excellent way to get electricity!
Hold on to your hats, because this program is all about wind power! We’ll build an anemometer, a turbine, and learn about the ways we use the wind for our energy needs. This class will fly by!
Roll in for an afternoon overflowing with hydropower activities! We’ll learn some of the different ways we get energy from rivers as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of doing so.
It’s Getting Hot in Here!
Join us as we uncover some of the energy sources that are beneath our feet! In this class, we’ll explore geothermal energy: where it comes from and how we harness it. We’ll even construct our very own geothermal systems to see heat exchange in action!
Join us for an afternoon of careful chemistry as we learn about enzymes, fermentation, and how to take advantage of naturally occurring processes. We’ll make biofuels in our own backyard!
Interested in learning more? Check out Energy Kids by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
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