Homeschool Programs


A new season of our Outdoor Environmental Science Program (OESP) for homeschool students has begun! Below you will find a listing of 2015-2016 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


2015-2016 Themes

(tentative; series have 4 weeks unless otherwise noted)

September: Recycling (4 weeks)
October: Solar Series (4 weeks)
November: Drought & Watersheds (3 weeks)
December: Soil & Composting (3 weeks)
January: Physics of Play (4 weeks)
February: Flower Power (4 weeks)
March: Birds (4 weeks)
April: Life cycles (4 weeks)
May: Maker May (4 weeks)


All Classes Are Held :

Mondays & Thursdays

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.



Maker May (FULL)

Join us for our second annual Maker May! The Maker culture teaches students entrepreneurship through innovation and promotes self-directed learning. Students are given a challenge, such as improving the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, a variety of materials and are sent off to think and build. Over the course of the series, students will be empowered to design and complete their own project focused on improving the gardens or the natural environment around them. Students will have access to our Guadalupe Guide Experts and they will have the opportunity to use our DSLR digital camera to document their progress.

*Class pricing is $5 more/per student/per class for this month to cover the cost of materials.


Nature Navigators (FULL)

May 2nd/May 5th

Journey to the Guadalupe River Park to learn about the Maker movement and how you can make a positive difference in the Guadalupe Gardens and your own community. Students will learn the history of navigation and then be the leaders in their own through a mystery geocaching adventure. Collect all of the materials in each cache location and discover what DIY project we are making this week! Concepts covered: cardinal directions, satellite and GPS, and team work.

Green Light with Green Power (FULL)

May 9th/12th

Solar is super! Students will harness the power of the sun and learn about green energy. By building their own circuits with conductive dough, the children will learn about using our friendly neighborhood star as a source of renewable energy. This hands on science and art project will show them what they can do to be green. Concepts covered: solar power, energy efficacy, circuits, conductivity, and art.

Tricky Tracks (FULL)

May 16th/19th

Help us track down Guadalupe River Park’s animals to find out why and where they slither, hop, run, and swim. Then, roam the wild side of the park and learn how to identify birds and other outdoor critters. Hunt for animal homes, figure out what animals eat, and develop an understanding of why all animals are important. Students will explore the park to look for animal evidence and then create their own molds of local animal tracks to take home. Concepts covered: local animals, identifying animal tracks, and animal habitats.

Pop Top Art (FULL)

May 23rd/26th

Creativity can be found in unusual places – this week we poke around the recycle bin to see what inspires us! Students will give new life to old treasures by making garden art using reclaimed materials. By creating their project from scratch, they will work their minds to create personal and one-of-a-kind creations. A conversation about reusing materials will inspire children to repurpose found materials into amazing new creations. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Concepts covered: reusing materials, art, group work, and creative thinking.

Homeschool Programs Sign-up Form

  Sign Up Today! 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!

# of Students:
Names — Please indicate the names and ages, separated by a comma, of attendees. (This field is required!)
(This field is required!) I, the
undersigned, do hereby give my full consent for the above named
person(s) to participate in Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s
Outdoor Environmental Science Program for Homeschool Students. I
agree to hold harmless the City of San Jose and the Guadalupe River
Park Conservancy and its officers, employees, volunteers and agents.
Should any accident occur requiring medical care for my child, I give
full consent to the providing of such care by a licensed physician.
Further, I hereby grant full permission to any and all foregoing use
of photographs, videotape, motion pictures, recordings and any other
records of these events for education and public relation purposes. I
have also read and understand the cancellation and refund policy
should I need to cancel my registration for any class in the Outdoor
Environmental Science Program for Homeschool Students.
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Questions/Comments — Use the field below to leave any questions or comments you may have.

If this is your child’s first class at GRPC, please provide the following additional information. Otherwise, please scroll to the bottom and select Sign Up.

Emergency contact name and phone number
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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


Math in NatureOhlone

Water for Life


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