A new season of our Outdoor Environmental Science Program (OESP) for homeschool students is about to begin. Classes resume September 3rd and registration is now open. Below you will find a listing of 2014-2015 themes, as well as the September series description.
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.
2014-2015 Themes (tentative, click to view description):
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.
Exploring Our Watershed
Everyone lives in a watershed! Join us in September as we journey through the Guadalupe Watershed—from the headwaters to the bay. Please note: Classes will not meet on September 17th/18th. Wednesdays are FULL this month; space is available on Thursdays.
Mountains in Motion
What makes a river bed? In this class, we’ll explore the forces at work in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where streams come together to form the headwaters of the Guadalupe River. Come learn how layering works in a stream and discover what makes a stream form.
Who says insects can’t talk? Macroinvertebrates, or aquatic insects, tell us a whole lot about what’s going on in our river, just by being there! Together we’ll learn how to identify some of the most common macroinvertebrates found in the Guadalupe and complete a stream quality assessment.
It’s All Connected
How do small actions add up to something big? Learn how pollutants enter our river, then test for them and learn how everyone has a part in keeping our river clean and healthy. We will upload our findings to the World Water Monitoring Challenge page. Check out the Resources section for learning 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.
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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|Resource Guides from the Past
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