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 email@example.com.
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)
OESP is held on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 1:30-3:00pm at Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose, CA 95110
The same lesson is taught each day of the week; lessons change on a weekly basis.
Class dues are $15 per student per class for Friends of GRPC ($50/year donation) or $20 per student per class for non-members
OESP drop-off classes are designed for children ages 5-12.
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 November: World Water!
Please note that no classes will be held the week of Thanksgiving, November 21-25.
Week 1: Wonderfully Wet Water
Dates: November 3/4/7
Class Description: Water is in every organism on Earth and is essential for their survival. But how does it get here and why is it so important? Journey down to Guadalupe River Park & Gardens and see a watershed in action! Explore the wonders of the Water Cycle right next to the Guadalupe River and learn how humans are impacting our watersheds in our Enviroscape experiment. Make a water bracelet to help remind you of ways you can conserve water at home!
Concepts Covered: Water Cycle, Water Pollution, Water Conservation
Week 2: What’s up with our Water?
Dates: November 10/11/14
Class Description: Join us today as we learn about monitoring the health of a river and watershed! We will be testing the quality of the Guadalupe River in two ways–using a water quality testing kit and also by investigating which macroinvertebrates we find. Following these tests we will conclude and discuss how healthy our river is using the data we’ve collected, and end with a macroinvertebrate art craft.
Concepts Covered: Biomonitoring, Macroinvertebrates, Water Quality Parameters
Week 3: Water Geography
Dates: November 17/18/28
Class Description: 71% of the world is covered by water! Water has formed the land we live on through glaciation, flooding, acid rain, and other mechanisms. Without these mechanisms we would still be living in one big land mass! Join us on a walk through history as we discuss the way water formed our planet. Discover how the tiniest bit of water can allow hundreds of creatures to survive in our tidal pool experiment. Take a walk in the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens to discover where trees live relative to the water!
Concepts Covered: History, Topography, Geology, Dendrology
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.
OESP 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!
|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.
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