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 email@example.com.
(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 (4 weeks)
February: Ecosystems (4 weeks)
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 California Natives
Explore with us the different types of California native plants that make up the Guadalupe River Watershed. Students will learn to map their surroundings, identify natives versus non-natives, take measurements and sketch in the field.
Lay of the Land
We begin our field guide by exploring our surroundings! Come map and learn about the environment in which our flora call home!
In our next chapter, we separate the native plants from the non-native. We’ll practice careful observation, noting the things that make our flora unique!
Join us as we learn about different types of measurement, and apply them to the plants we observed the week before.
This week we add illustration to the plants we have already observed and measured! Grab a pencil and come get some practical pointers on sketching plants!
Botany On Your Plate
Explore with us the different types of edible plants found at the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. Students will sample and learn about the different fruits grown in our Heritage Orchard while a trip to the local supermarket will allow students to learn about how far our food travel in order to reach our plates.
San Jose Veggies
Students will tromp over to the Master Gardener Demonstration Plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden to learn the basics of garden ecology.
Students will visit the Historic Orchard to learn about the Guadalupe Gardens’ own “fruit forest” and the benefits of eating fruit. Most of our trees in our orchard are currently dormant, so we will discuss how to identify them in their dormant state.
To the Market!
Students will learn more about the journey foods must take from the farm and garden to their plates. Through fun simulations of a food distribution chain and a trip to Trader Joe’s, students will understand how their choices at the market affect the health of their community and of the entire food system large network!
Students will celebrate the benefits of eating fresh, seasonal foods by preparing and sharing a meal made from seasonal ingredients. For students who have participated in the entire Food System Series, this activity will provide an opportunity to synthesize what they have learned in the previous three weeks. For students who are new to the series, this activity will give them a fun introduction to local, nutritious foods that they might not have tried otherwise.
Come and learn about composting, the importance of good soil, and how to grow your own food! Learn how the environment is affected by farming and how to make your garden eco-friendly.
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|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.
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|Resource Guides from the Past
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...Read More...
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...Read More...
Join us Master Gardener Liz Calhoon for an exciting day of learning how to grow your own vegetables and flowers from seeds. moreRead More...
Did you know that our Mediterranean climate is perfect for year-round gardens? Join the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy and Master Garde...Read More...
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...Read More...