Camp Guadalupe

Why should fun and learning stop during Summer?

Camp Guadalupe is a drop-in camp that provides participants with an educational, affordable, and engaging way to enjoy Summer months.


Program Description

Camp Guadalupe is a summer twist on our weekly educational drop-in offerings. Each program is deliberately designed to support the development of our students. Programs take place outside, weather permitting, and we use natural phenomena to drive student learning.


What makes Camp Guadalupe special?


Science & Scientific Skill Refinement

There will be at least one age-appropriate science activity per class while practicing important skills such as making authentic observations, collecting data, sharing evidence, etc.


Outdoor Classrooms

Depending on the lesson, the Heritage Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, Guadalupe River, Guadalupe River Trails, GRPC backyard classroom, and Rotary PlayGarden are used as outdoor labs for students to apply and deepen learning. Includes nature walks, wildlife observation and behavioral studies, etc.


Exclusivity & Flexibility

Each lesson is carefully designed by a GRPC educator ensuring your child will have a unique experience each time. Also, you can select and choose which programs you would like to participate in, so no need to cancel summer plans!


Interpersonal Learning & Free Play

Educators allow time for self-guided play because we recognize it is vital for cognitive and physical development (plus, it’s fun!). Through interacting with other participants and our trained guides your child will develop skills such as perspective taking, empathy for those around them, self-reflection, etc.



Learn how to prepare for Camp Guadalupe at this link.



Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday beginning June 11 and ending August 15
*Themes change weekly. Tuesday and Thursday will be unique with different activities each day.


9:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Visitor and Education Center, 438 Coleman Ave., San Jose, CA 95110


Students ages 5 – 12

Fun fact for parents: There are two GRPC educators per class who will shift curricula so that it is developmentally appropriate for each student.


Class dues are $40 per student per class for Friends of GRPC ($50/year donation) or $50 per student per class for non-members.

Other Important Information

Families need to pack a snack and lunch for their child. This is a drop-off program; lessons will change each class and will be held outdoors, weather permitting.



Session Themes

Themes change weekly. Tuesday and Thursday will be unique with different activities each day carefully crafted by one of our knowledgeable environmental educators. If the same activity is repeated during summer, it is create a more holistic approach to the content by seeing it applied in different ways.





6/18 & 6/20






7/16 & 7/18



7/23 & 7/25



7/30 & 8/1

Trees & Plants


8/6 & 8/8

Planes & Flight


8/13 & 8/15

Arthropods & Arachnids



Session Themes

Camp Guadalupe has come to a close for 2019. Check back in Fall for special early-bird pricing for our 2020 Summer Session!

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