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Outdoor Environmental

Science Program (OESP)


Program Summary

Our engaging homeschool Outdoor Environmental Science Program (OESP), provides an interactive, outdoor environmental education experience. This is a drop-off program. We utilize our river, famous Heritage Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, and exhilarating park as tools to teach exciting educational themes.


Students will explore the natural world through a variety of topics covering everything from the smallest pollinator to the tallest trees. Our lessons structurally encourage students to form their own connection with nature, while reinforcing environmental objectives and concepts.


The OESP  is proud to be an activity-based, question-driven program with the newest Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a model.


Program Themes & Details


2017 – 2018 Class Themes

September: Wacky Water Systems

October: Adaptations

November: Super Sustainability

December: Jr. Geologists

January: Environmental Truth Seekers

February: Green Thumb Gardening

March: Fantastic Flora

April: Climatic Curiosity

May: Biodiversity



Program Details



Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.


1:30 – 3:00 PM


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


Designed for children ages 5-12.


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 Information

This is a drop-off program. The same lesson is taught each day of the week; lessons change on a weekly basis.



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.

Registration is now open for September’s

Wacky Water Systems Classes!


Get to Know Guadalupe

Dates Offered:


Ages 5 – 8: Monday, September 11

Ages 9 – 12:  Thursday, September 14

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, September 15

Class Description:

Put on your walking shoes and sunscreen, because it’s time to get outside and explore! As a general introduction to the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, this class is sure to spark the curiosity and interests of a variety of students. We will be using hands-on activities as a means of introducing our students to the complexities, and intricacies of our riparian ecosystem and wildlife corridor.

Topics We Will Cover:

Botany, Biodiversity, Riparian Ecosystems, Corridor

Watershed Wonders
Dates Offered:


Ages 5 – 8: Monday, September 18

Ages 9 – 12:  Thursday, September 21

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, September 22

Class Description:

Guadalupe River Park & Gardens is an ideal location to delve into watersheds. With real-life applications, NGSS-aligned activities, and engaging instructors, we will work together to uncover the mysteries of these flowing spectacles. What can watersheds teach us about the organisms that live in and around them? What can we learn from watersheds in terms of water quality? Join us in exploring the wonders of watersheds!

Topics We Will Cover:

Watersheds, Hydrology, Systems, Water Quality

Riveting Guadalupe River
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, September 25

Ages 9 – 12:  Thursday, September 28

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, September 29

Class Description:

It’s time to look deeply into the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s namesake – the Guadalupe River. Back when the river was allowed to flood naturally, it nearly met with Coyote Creek, leaving huge seasonal summer lakes that benefited populations of waterfowl, tule elk, and grizzly bear. Although affected by the pressures of human development, the native animals who have called it home for hundreds of thousands of years still inhabit the Guadalupe River. Some thriving, some threatened, some endangered (and sadly, some extirpated), an abundance of these species can be seen today in the park. Through an intricate exploration of the River, our students will learn the complexities of the River itself, and the species that rely on this important life-source on a daily, and sometimes passive basis.

Topics We Will Cover:

Rivers, River Systems, Biology, Adaptations



Membership Pricing and Opportunities

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


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.
I am aware that this is a drop-off program. Response required.
Which session are you signing up for? Response required.
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
Allergies, Medications, or Special Needs
Primary Care Physician Name and Phone Number


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.


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