Homeschool Programs


A new season of our Outdoor Environmental Science Program has begun. This year we are offering classes for children from 5-12 years old.  Our homeschool classes are now offered to members at a discounted rate of $10/class and will be $15 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


2013-2014 Homeschool Themes (tentative, descriptions and titles to follow):

September – Water and You

October – Animals & Habitats

November – The Ohlone Way

December – Geography

January – Math in Nature

February – Garden Science

March – Water Around the World

April – Lifecycles

May – Energy


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.


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Circle of Life

Resource Guide coming soon.


Join us in April as we explore the life cycles of our local wildlife and examine the natural resources that support over 150 native species that call our park home.


Insect Instincts

April 2nd/3rd

Come for a class that’s all about insects! We’ll study aquatic insects and butterflies to discover the the differences between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane!

April 9th/10th

Birds, eggs, and nests come in many shapes and sizes. This session will focus on the life cycles of some of our local avian species, including the Western Bluebird, Killdeer, and Great Blue Heron.


Life as a Ladybeetle

April 16th/17th

Ladybeetles are welcome guests in any garden. Come as we search for evidence of the ladybeetle life cycle and classify the different species we find in the Guadalupe Gardens.


Fishy Mysteries

April 23rd/24th

Dive in and learn about the secret lives of Chinook Salmon and Steelhead Trout! Discover the unique life cycle of these local fish and the aquatic requirements they need to successfully spawn.



Water for Life

Resource Guide


In March, join us as we take a local to global perspective on our water supply in an effort to gain an understanding of the importance of this resource to life as we know it.


Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club

March 5th/6th

Join special guest County District 3 Supervisor Dave Cortese of the Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club for a presentation on how youth can help minimize society’s impact on the environment. Cortese will share ways students can make environmentally-friendly decisions and empower them to serve as future stewards.  Bring the whole family to join us for this special event! To view the associated CreaTV series, click here and search for “Climate Kids.”


Getting to the Bottom of Groundwater
March 12th/13th

What is groundwater, and why should people care? Scientists estimate that 95 percent of all the world’s freshwater is groundwater. In honor of National Groundwater Awareness Week, our second session will focus on the state of groundwater in our local community and how we can best serve as stewards of this precious resource.


World Water Day

March 19th/20th

Established in 1993, the annual United Nations’ World Water Day focuses attention on the state and care of our freshwater resources. This year’s event focuses specifically on Water and Energy. Join us as we look at the role of water in generating energy in our local community and how this compares to other communities around the world.


Water Quality Monitoring

March 26th/27th

To close our series, we’ll spend this session practicing some water quality monitoring techniques, including biomonitoring and chemical testing. We’ll upload and compare our results to data collected in September for a look at the ongoing condition of our local water body, the Guadalupe River. Click here to see how our data compares with others’ around the world.




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. Each link will be available on the 1st of the month in which a class takes place.

Resource Guides from the Past 


Animals and Habitats

Food Systems


Math in Nature




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