Beginning Environmental Explorers (BEE) Program



BEE is an enriching introduction into environmental science taught by Guadalupe River Park Conservancy’s environmental educators. This is a free, drop-in program and pre-registration is NOT required. Guardians must stay with their children and are responsible for their behavior for the duration of the program. BEE is offered in English on Wednesdays, and in Spanish (with an English-speaking aide) on Fridays, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Click here for the BEE flyer.


BEE happens rain or shine. The program is usually held at the Rotary PlayGarden amphitheater, but in inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors to the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor & Education Center located at 438 Coleman Avenue San Jose, CA 95110.


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Who are these classes for?

BEE is specially designed for children ages 2 – 6. Lessons are specifically written to build on milestones of this age group taking into consideration cognitive, linguistic, social, and life skill development.


What are the classes about?

BEE curriculum is based on “Fostering A Sense of Wonder During the Early Childhood Years” by Ruth A. Wilson, PhD. The goals set out by Dr. Wilson are:

  • Goal 1: Develop an awareness and enjoyment of the beauty and wonder of the natural world
  • Goal 2: Become aware of the concepts of cycles, diversity, and interconnectedness of nature
  • Goal 3: Develop a sense of appreciation and respect for the integrity of the natural world
  • Goal 4: Develop a sense of caring for the Planet Earth and an understanding of how different types of pollution might harm the Earth
  • Goal 5: Develop an awareness that people are a part of the natural world, not separate from it
  • Goal 6: Develop an understanding of how to contribute to the wellbeing of the Earth


Topics are thematically chosen to correlate with current environmental changes and holidays.


What’s the process?

BEE instructors will have a sign-up sheet available at 10:45am in the Rotary PlayGarden Amphitheater. Sign-ups will be taken for that day’s program on a first-come, first-serve basis. All parties in a group must be present to register on the sign-up sheet. We cannot accommodate single groups (preschools, daycare providers, etc.) with more than 10 child participants. After 25 participants have signed up, registration will close and a “Class Full” sign will be displayed. No additional BEE participants will be permitted once this sign is posted.



  • A single group cannot attend with more than 10 participants
  • The maximum number of participants we can accommodate per class is 25 on a first-come, first-serve basis
  • We will not have live animals in our programs unless we explicitly say so. However, all are welcome to visit our live, educational animal ambassadors at the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy Visitor and Education Center Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
  • Guardians must stay with their children and are responsible for their behavior for the duration of the program



Want to join in on the BEE fun?

Date: Every Wednesday (English) & Friday (Spanish)

When: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Rotary PlayGarden Amphitheater

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Here’s some of what the parents say:


“Wonderful class! Love the positive vibes + energy of the teachers.”


“Muy entretenidas actividades y personal capacitados.”


“I liked the variety of activities and teachers were great w/ kids.”


“Love how wonderful this program is. I can tell you spend a lot of time preparing <3”


“Nice to learn about local animals.”


“Instructors are great. They make an effort to learn everyone’s names and interact with the kids.”


“My kids love the activities every week. As a home-school student my daughter loves being around other kids.”

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