Nature Education for All


Children – Adults – Schools – Groups – Individuals – Special Needs


Lessons are always hands-on, interactive, and conducted in our beautiful 254-acre open-air classroom. Programs are centered on the natural and cultural history of San Jose; protecting the Guadalupe Watershed; and cultivating awareness, fitness, and creativity within our natural world.


Full field trip scholarships, and $300 toward transportation are available

for Title I schools and special needs groups!

Adult & Family Programs:

Taught by Bay Area experts, explore a variety of topics such as composting, grey-water basics, photography, flower arranging or wreath making. You can even practice yoga, take a guided hike or bike tour. Check back with us often to see what’s new!

Click here to see (and register for)

upcoming adult & family programs!

*New* Camp Guadalupe:

Learn more about our summer camp! Sessions can be purchased individually, weekly, or for the summer. Themes range from physics to snakes, and take place outdoors (weather permitting.) We use the historic orchard, heritage rose garden, GRPC backyard classroom, and Rotary PlayGarden as outdoor classrooms to teach a variety of interesting and engaging topics. Don’t worry, we also have a bunch of fun!

Small Group Programs:

Are you the leader of a small group? Do you homeschool your children? Do you simply want to bring a group outside to learn? Sign up for a small group program and join us for an adventure! Topics range from compost and pollinators to animals and rivers.

All small group programs include an interactive nature walk to apply and deepen learning.


Water Festival:

300 fifth grade students make for a lively, educational festival celebrating the South Bay watershed.




 Field Trips for K-12:

Discover lifecycles of salmon and trout, the history of Santa Clara Valley and San Jose, archaeology, flower anatomy and pollination, composting and vermiculture (that’s worms!). School field trip programs meet California State Education Standards. Scholarships available for program and transportation.

Homeschool Programs:

Monthly series for homeschool students learning natural science topics.  Offered on Monday afternoons, with sessions for children 5-8 & 9-12, and on Thursday afternoons for a duplicate session for children 5-8..

Special Needs Field Trips:

Outdoor explorations tailored for those with special needs.

Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE):

This program is an early introduction into environmental science. Designed for children age 3-6 years old, this FREE program is taught by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy environmental educators. Topics include rivers, frogs, birds, and more! We now offer two classes: one in English on Wednesdays, and one in Spanish on Fridays.



We love college students passionate about the environment and education!  Many students from San Jose State, Santa Clara University and West Valley College have completed internships with us for college credit. Contact us for more information.





We are proud to be able to offer FULL field trip scholarships, and
$300 for transportation to eligible Title I schools and Special Needs groups.


Classes and Programs meet at the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor & Education Center at 438 Coleman Avenue OR at the Heritage Rose Garden Picnic Area at 412 Seymour Street. Please check your confirmation carefully to ensure that your group meets at the correct place! So that we can maintain appropriate student to teacher ratios and sufficient materials, advance registration IS required for all program except Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE). The registration deadlines vary by program and are listed on the individual program listing.


How to Reserve Your Spot:


• All programs must be reserved online; each class, workshop or program listing will have a link to click in order to sign up.
• If you have any questions, please contact us by phone at 408-298-7657.

<< Jan 2021 >>
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6

Featured Events

Volunteer Opportunities