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.
Geology Rocks My Socks
Explore with us the layers of the Earth and learn about how the Earth was formed, what causes earth quakes and why a volcano erupts. Discover the geology in San Jose while learning about sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks and the famous San Andreas Fault. Please note: Classes will not meet on December 24th/25th in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Pieces of Pangaea
Has Earth always looked the way it does now? Nope– so in this class we will learn about how the Earth has changed over hundreds of millions of years!
Who knew there were so many different kinds of rocks? Join us as we explore the very stuff beneath our feet!
A Look at Lava
In this lesson we take a look at the dramatic forces and pressures at work beneath the earth’s crust. It’ll be a blast!
Weather Happens Everyday
Students will study the many aspects of how weather is created by experiencing simulated weather phenomena, learning about the water cycle, seasons and air pressure, and by making a weather station to record changes in the weather.
January 7th/ 8th
Did you know you could be drinking the same water a dinosaur did millions of years ago? Dive in to our series on weather as we explore that familiar part of the water cycle, precipitation! Discover why weather varies across the world and make a rain gauge to monitor throughout the month.
Wild about Wind
Which way does the wind blow? Find out in this exciting introduction to air in the atmosphere. We’ll study the forces behind wind, including the Coriolis Effect, and why you wouldn’t want to get caught in the Doldrums. We’ll also construct anemometers and wind vanes to monitor wind speed and direction.
Have you ever stopped to admire the clouds? Join us for a workshop on cloud science as we explore how clouds form and how to recognize the different kinds. Watch a cloud form in a bottle! Then, we’ll hone our skills by going cloudspotting in the Guadalupe Gardens.
Sometimes the weather is so powerful that it poses a danger to people and property. In the final class of the series, we’ll investigate some extreme weather phenomena, including tornadoes, flooding, and hurricanes. Find out why tornadoes are spiral-shaped and why a hurricane is sometimes called an engine, in addition to some simple ways to stay safe if you find yourself in some extreme weather.
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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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