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A new season of our Outdoor Environmental Science Program (OESP) for homeschool students has begun! Below you will find a listing of 2016-2017 themes, as well as the monthly class listings.


OESP classes are offered to members at a discounted rate of $15/class and are $20/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


2016-2017 Themes

October: Spooky Critters (4 weeks)
November: World Water (3 weeks)
December: Keystone Species (3 weeks)
January: Physics of Play (4 weeks)
February: Gardening (4 weeks)
March: Birds of a Feather (4 weeks)
April: Life Cycles (4 weeks)
May: Maker May (4 weeks)


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.


Class Details

When: Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Location: Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose, CA 95110

Age: Designed for children ages 5-12.

Cost: Class dues are $15 per student per class for Friends of GRPC ($50/year donation) or $20 per student per class for non-members.

Other Important Details: The same lesson is taught each day of the week; lessons change on a weekly basis.


Registration is now open for

March “Bird of a Feather” Classes!



Monday students whose class is cancelled due to a holiday can choose to attend a Thursday or Friday class to complete the series. Please email with your student’s name and date substitution choice.

March Classes


Sing Me a Song!
Dates Offered:

Monday, March 6

Thursday, March 9

Friday, March 10

Class Description:

Have you ever wondered why birds can sing? Or why one bird beak is different than another? Join us at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens to discover the secrets behind bird’s songs. Discover the difference between bird beaks, while playing Beaks and Eats. Take a walk to observe and record the birds found around our park! Explore the different meanings behind bird songs in the game Sing Me Home! Grab your own pine cone from the park to create your own bird feeder! Meet some feathered friends and classify them based on their beaks.

Topics We Will Cover:

Anatomy, Biology, Birding, Ornithology

Can I Fly?
Dates Offered:

Monday, March 13

Thursday, March 16

Friday, March 17

Class Description:

Ever since humans have seen birds fly, they have tried to replicate it. Today, technology has allowed us to get as close as possible to flight with airplanes, hot air balloons, even with sails for wind surfing. However, it’s just not the same! At the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, we will discover the secrets behind bird’s flight. Explore the strength of hollow bones in our Bird Bone Experiment! Calculate bird’s wingspans and create your own set of wings to understand bird’s take off process. Take a walk around our park to observe which birds fly the highest and the lowest. Practice a bird’s take off in the Whirly-Twirly Bird’s Experiment!

Topics We Will Cover:

Anatomy, Biology, Birding, Ornithology

Adapt and Survive
Dates Offered:

Monday, March 20

Thursday, March 23

Friday, March 24

Class Description:

Birds live in many different types of habitats across the United States and one of the indicators of their habitat is their feet. Come take a walk in the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens and discover the different types of habitat birds live in. Make molds of different types of bird’s feet and pair them with the correct birds. Explore the twists and turns of migration in our interactive Birdopoly Game. Follow the path of different birds in their migration on our world map and create a bird mobile. Meet a blind pigeon to observe and sketch how a perching bird’s feet are formed.

Topics We Will Cover:

Anatomy, Biology, Adaptations, Life Cycles

Testing Station
Dates Offered:

Monday, March 27

Thursday, March 30

Friday, March 31

Class Description:

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist? Step into that world at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens and explore the tasks wildlife biologists use when researching birds. Practice some wildlife techniques and create your own data collection notebook. Go bird watching around our park and identify certain species of birds with our bird guides. Make a nest from the materials around the park and conduct an experiment to understand the delicacy of bird’s eggs. Meet a feathered friend and practice sketching wildlife.

Topics We Will Cover:

Anatomy, Engineering, Wildlife Biology, Data Collection


February Classes


Breathe It All In!
Dates Offered:

Thursday, February 23

Friday, February 24

Monday, February 27

Class Description:

Gardens are created for many different reasons spanning from meditation to food. This week at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, we are going to explore the different types of gardens you can create! By walking through our Rose Garden and Historic Orchard, we will learn some of the different fragrances and food that gardens can produce. We will also delve into how gardens can be used for meditation and relaxation through planting native plants, and the use of Zen gardens. As a class, we will take a nature walk through our park to discover Nature’s Garden, and discuss different biomes throughout the world and how humans influence those biomes.

Topics We Will Cover:

Biodiversity, Meditation, Gardening, Biology



Cancellation & Refund Policy

GRPC cancellation policies are based on our investment in staff, course planning, as well as materials and equipment purchases before your course. We cannot recover our expenses if you cancel. Short-notice cancellations often prevent others from attending. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the year.

Program Refunds: All refunds and changes are subject to a $5 processing fee per program. There are no refunds, credits, cancellations, or changes less than two weeks prior to the start of the program. A full refund will be given for any program cancelled by GRPC. No refunds will be issued once a program begins.


Homeschool Programs Sign-up Form

Sign Up Today! To add more than one class, fill out the form below for the first class and click “Sign Up.” You will be taken to the cart page, where you can click “Continue Shopping” to come back here and add more classes. You can also sign up for the whole series!

Please indicate the number of students and select the class(es) you’d like them to attend. Response required.
Please write the names and ages of attendees. Response 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 the officers, employees, volunteers and agents should any accident occur requiring medical care above-named person(s). I give full consent to the providing of such care by a licensed physician. Further, I hereby grant full permission for 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. Response required.
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