Homeschool Programs

 

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 education@grpg.org.

 

2014-2015 Themes

(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
February: Ecosystems
March: Native Plants
April: Agroecology & Food (5 weeks)
May: Birds & Flight

 

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.

 

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.

 

It’s Electric
October 1st/2nd

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!

 

Turbine Time
October 8th/9th

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!

 

Water Works
October 15th/16th

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!
October 22nd/23rd

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!

 

Brewing Biofuels
October 29th/30th

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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To add more than one class, select class and number of students and hit “Sign Up.” Then from the cart page hit “Continue Shopping” to come back here and add more. You can also just sign up for the whole series!

 

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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. 

 

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.

Resource Guides from the Past 

 

Animals and Habitats

Food Systems

Geography

Math in Nature

Ohlone

Water for Life
Weather

 

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