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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


2019 – 2020 Class Themes


Hydrology – H₂0 & Where Does it Go?



Senses – We Sense This Month We’ll Hear, Touch, & Taste Fun!



Anatomy – How A Body Works From Head to Toe



Chemistry – Mixing & Creating Chemistry



Physics and Forces – The Forces Are Strong This Month



Gardening – Let’s Plant the Seeds of Knowledge



Weather – From Hot to Cold & Everything in Between



Mammology – A Closer Look at What Makes a Mammal



Solar Astronomy – So Hot, We Got To Wear Shades




Program Details



Two simultaneous classes are held on Mondays for two separate age groups:

  • Ages 5 – 8
  • Ages 9 – 12


1:30 – 3:00 PM


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


Designed for children ages 5-8 and 9-12


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 and lessons change on a weekly basis. Programs and POs for future dates available upon request; please email for more information.



Welcome Ocean Grove, Connecting Waters, Summit, Peak Prep Academy, 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 for September & October classes has opened!

September – Hydrology

Exploring GRPC – Welcome Aboard!
Dates Offered:

Monday, September 9

Class Description:

This class will focus on welcoming the students to Guadalupe River park and getting acquainted with one another and the goals for the year. We will briefly discuss what it means to be a “riparian ecosystem” and what that means for the plants and animals that call this park home.

Topics We Will Cover:

Riparian Ecosystem, orchard, gardens, habitats, river, and classroom

Where the Flow Goes
Dates Offered:

Monday, September 16

Class Description:

Building off of last week, we will be discussing the ways that water moves through an ecosystem and through a landscape, as well as the ways that humans have changed and impacted the movement of water.

Topics We Will Cover:

Streambeds, watersheds

Home is Where the Water is
Dates Offered:

Monday, September 23

Class Description:

In class this week, we will investigate the plants and animals that live in and around water sources and discuss the relationship between water and its inhabitants.

Topics We Will Cover:

Riparian ecosystem, animals

Powered by H2O
Dates Offered:

Monday, September 30

Class Description:

To wrap up our Hydrology unit, students will be studying energy, and in particular energy derived from water.

Topics We Will Cover:

Turbine, energy, tides, currents

October – Senses

I Spy…
Dates Offered:

Monday, October 7

Class Description:

Animals, including humans, receive information through their senses, process it in their brains, and respond to that information in different ways. This week, we will be focusing on the first of our five senses – sight – and learning more about the structures and functions that allow us to see.

Topics We Will Cover:

Sight, eyes, parts of the eye, vision

What’s that Sound?
Dates Offered:

Monday, October 14

Class Description:

Most, but not all, animals have a sense of hearing the world around them. This week, we’ll be exploring the science of sound, both in the classroom and the park.

Topics We Will Cover:

Sound waves, hearing

All the Feels
Dates Offered:

Monday, October 21

Class Description:

In class this week, students will be investigating the science behind tactile sensations and what causes an object or substance to be rough, smooth, soft, or hard.

Topics We Will Cover:

Tactile, sensations

On the Tip of My Tongue
Dates Offered:

Monday, October 28

Class Description:

The senses of taste and smell are linked, and this week, we’ll be exploring what it’s like to try and taste food without the help of your nose.

Topics We Will Cover:

Effects of smell on taste

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!


Our September and October Series are full for ages 5-8! Please email to join our waitlist. Limited spots are available for our 9-12 class. Your child must celebrate their 9th birthday on or before December 31, 2019 to qualify for the 9-12 age group class.
Did you know you can already reserve your spot for the entire fall semester, or even the entire 2019-2020 academic year? Just email for more information!

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.
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Please provide the following additional information.

Emergency Contact Name and Phone Number
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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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