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GRPC’s NEW

Community Homeschool Investigators

of the River Park (CHIRP) Program

 

Program Summary

Our engaging Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) Program, 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. Our students build a community with one another by maintaining our classroom garden, and working together with experiments, observations, and other hands-on activities.

 

Lessons take place outdoors, but will be moved indoors in the case of inclement weather. Our lessons structurally encourage students to form their own connection with nature, while reinforcing environmental objectives and concepts.

 

CHIRP 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: Get to Know Guadalupe

October: How About Habitats?

November: Sustainability Stewards

December: Just About Geology

January: Birds, Birds, & More Birds!

February: Get up & Garden!

March: Time for Trees

April: Guadalupe’s Place on Earth

May: Horray for Herpetology!

 

 

 

Program Details

 

When

Classes are held on Mondays (ages 5 – 8) and Wednesdays (ages 9 – 12)

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 $18 per student per class for Friends of GRPC ($50/year donation) or $25 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, Connecting Waters, Summit, and Valiant families! GRPC is a registered vendor. If you’re interested in using these 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

“Get to Know Guadalupe” Classes!


September Classes

 

Our Information Station
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, September 10

Ages 9 – 12: Wednesday, September 12

Class Description:

Welcome! GRPC is excited to kick off the Fall/Winter season of our new CHIRP homeschool program with an in-depth look at our very own backyard classroom. This will be the hub for our program, and our students will have their own opportunity to contribute to its beauty, growth, and care. We will get to know our classmates, discuss strategies for our outdoor garden space, and create our personal field journals we will use throughout the year.

Topics We Will Cover:

Gardening basics, introduction to field journaling

The Guadalupe Grove
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, September 17

Ages 9 – 12: Wednesday, September 19

Class Description:

This week, our CHIRP students will be introduced to our historic orchard. We will learn the fundamentals of orchards, a brief history of our area, and why we have an orchard at all. While in the orchard, we will be observing our bee hive from afar, as well as taking a look at our “insect motel,” all while hypothesizing the importance of having arthropods in such a fruitful area. 

Topics We Will Cover:

Orchards, San Jose history, arthropods and other pollinators

Roaming at the Rose Garden
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, September 24

Ages 9 – 12: Wednesday, September 26

Class Description:

Our Heritage Rose Garden has the largest collection of varieties of roses in the United States of America. This week, we will be working together to learn about the life that depends on this sweet-smelling space.  We will take a walk, observe a wide range of animals, as well as participate in guided discussions and observations to help us learn more about it. 

Topics We Will Cover:

Roses, mapping/grids, pollination, ecosystems, observation skills


Homeschool Program 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 Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) 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 Community Homeschool Investigators of the River Park (CHIRP) 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.

Please provide the following additional information.

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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