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 (4 weeks)
January: Physics of Play (4 weeks)
February: Flower Power (4 weeks)
March: Birds (5 weeks)
April: Life cycles (5 weeks)
May: Maker May (4 weeks)


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.



Trash to Treasure

Join us this September for the relaunch of our Homeschool Program. This month we will learn about the influences that people have on the earth. Students will discuss how to keep our earth healthy and green by practicing the 4R’s daily.


Students will learn about how common items can be reused and re-purposed by working on recycled projects. Over the course of the series, students will be empowered to reduce their impact on the environment by turning trash into treasure.



September 2nd/3rd

It’s always good to take care of our home, so join us today to learn about the many ways we can protect the planet by reducing our impacts! Students will discover how to protect the planet by learning that trash isn’t always garbage. Each student will complete the Carbon Footprint Calculator to learn how to lesson their impact on the earth.



September 9th/10th

How can we be better re-users? It’s easier than you might think! This class will teach you how to reduce your impact by making your very own recycled paper to take home. Students will also go on a walk to collect and reuse natural items such as pine needles and leaves for creating their names.


Classes Cancelled

September 16th/ 17th



September 23rd/24th

What do all those numbers mean when it comes to recycling? Today’s lesson will delve into the science behind recycling, and what really goes on in a recycling facility! [Students are encouraged to bring 1 rinsed-out plastic item to class]. Students will test their knowledge by playing a recycling relay race with their peers.



September 30th/October 1

This lesson will focus on the art of repurposing! Students will do a variety of repurposing activities, giving unused items a fresh start! [Please send an unmatched sock and unused buttons with your child(ren) for this lesson, and any other materials they might desire such as old shoelaces/string, swatches of cloth, etc].


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!

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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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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


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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