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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 (GRPG) 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 is a natural outdoor laboratory for science experiments, a creative and dynamic atmosphere for learning, and a perfect destination for field trips!


Field trips cost $345 for up to 30 students with a $20 charge for each additional student up to a maximum of 35 students. We cannot accommodate more than 35 students per field trip; we subscribe to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) best practices including student-led and phenomenon-based learning. Students will be guided to make their own discoveries at their own pace with the park as the center of their inquiry.


Program and transportation scholarships are available to Title 1 schools as well as groups of people with special needs. If you are eligible, please indicate your interest on the Field Trip Request Form. Please note: Scholarship eligibility requirements have changed for the 2019-20 school year.


All groups must provide at least one engaged, adult chaperone for every 8 students on the trip; the specific chaperone ratio for field trips for people with special needs will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Participants should be divided evenly into three small groups before the field trip; each group will rotate through exciting, hands-on activity stations!


Garden Field Trips


Garden Field Trips focus on the learning opportunities provided by our Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden. Every Garden Field Trip includes tours of the Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden. Designed to support Next Generation Science Standards, our field trips guide students to explore activities and concepts appropriate to their academic and social development. Each class will return to school with a deeper understanding of the interconnected systems shared between plants and animals, along with the adaptations they have developed to survive and thrive.


River Field Trips


River Field Trips encourage a deeper understanding of the riparian corridor through the exploration of the Guadalupe River and Trail. Every River Field Trip includes a Nature Walk along the Guadalupe River Trail and grade-specific activities designed to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards. With a focus on animals, students may learn about our feathered friends; the salmon that call the river home; tiny insects hiding on underwater rocks; or the reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, and mammals that make up our park’s web of life. By learning about their ecological niches, students will better understand the delicate balance of urban nature, along with their role in the system.


A note about river field trips: In order to protect the delicate ecosystem of the river and to ensure student safety, field trips may not enter the river at certain times of year. All field trips will support similar standards and developmental milestones.


Nature Walk Field Trips



Nature Walk Field Trips serve as a wonderful overview of the Guadalupe River Park. Over the course of two hours, students will travel from one part of the park to another, stopping along the way for investigations and activities designed to pique their interest in urban nature. Centered on the development of perspective-taking, an essential Executive Function skill, our Nature Walks will show students the systems and adaptations of an urban park, hopefully inspiring them towards becoming the environmental stewards, engineers, urban planners, and scientists of the future.


If your class is from a Title I school or special needs group, you may qualify for a scholarship!

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To request a field trip,  please visit our Field Trip Request Page and follow the instructions listed.



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Other questions? Please contact or 408-298-7657.





I would certainly recommend GRPC to anyone that asks where to take their children. My staff and the children really enjoyed learning about the birds and animals that live in the area. My personal experience with my son who is 4 tells me all the time about nests and birds that he sees. Thank you!

Animals In and Out (Pre-school group),


“We liked everything!  We liked the variety – having four different, yet related sessions – with lots of hands-on and interaction. We definitely would recommend this field trip!”

Flower Power

The staff interactions were genuine with out students.  We liked how there were visuals and headphones in the restrooms.  The entire concept of the field trip was great for our students.   All staff were professional and truly cared about our students and their program.”

River Explorers (Special Needs)


Thank you very much for the wonderful field trip ‘Hooked on Chinooks!’ we attended the field trip back in April, and by the end of the school year my 5th graders were still raving about it.  Most of my class chose it as their favorite field trip of the year.  Your staff was extremely  knowledgeable and engaging.  I look forward to taking my next class!”

Hooked on Chinooks


“Many of our students are second language learners. A field trip provides them a hands-on real world situation that brings the curriculum to life. They internalize and retain the language and concepts at a much deeper level. When we return to school, the pictures, work they have completed and memories stay with them and aide in written work reinforcing standard concepts and language. The impact is immeasurable in many ways, but the growth I see as a teacher lends itself to HUGE growth!”
Flower Power, 2nd Grade Teacher

“Our 1st graders truly enjoyed your program last year. We, the teachers, were very impressed with the planned activities for them. It was FUN! We hope to be able to experience it again w/ our incoming first graders this year. Thanks!”
River Sleuths 2012


“My class made two trips to you – one for the Pollination Experience and one for the River Explorer.  These were the best field trips my class has ever taken.  I’d love to get us back up there again.  Because my students are disadvantaged in addition to being disabled, they lack so many experiences that normal children get to explore.  I try very hard to teach my students to become nature explorers, observers and lovers. Thanks again!!
Special Needs Class

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