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Outdoor Environmental

Science Program (OESP)


Program Summary

Our engaging homeschool Outdoor Environmental Science Program (OESP), 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.


Students will explore the natural world through a variety of topics covering everything from the smallest pollinator to the tallest trees. Our lessons structurally encourage students to form their own connection with nature, while reinforcing environmental objectives and concepts.


The OESP is proud to be an activity-based, question-driven program with the newest Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as a model.


Program Themes & Details


2017 – 2018 Class Themes

September: Wacky Water Systems

October: Adaptations

November: Super Sustainability

December: Jr. Geologists

January: Environmental Truth Seekers

February: Green Thumb Gardening

March: Fantastic Flora

April: Climatic Curiosity

May: Biodiversity



Program Details



Classes are held on Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays.


1:30 – 3:00 PM


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


Designed for children ages 5-12.


Class dues are $15 per student per class for Friends of GRPC ($50/year donation) or $20 per student per class for non-members.

Other Important Information

This is a drop-off program. The same lesson is taught each day of the week; lessons change on a weekly basis.



Welcome Ocean Grove families! GRPC is a registered vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School. If you’re interested in using Ocean Grove 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 is now open for November’s

Super Sustainability Classes!


November Classes


Keeping up with the Sapiens

Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 6

Ages 9 – 12: Thursday, November 9

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, November 10

Class Description:
How are species going to survive in a rapidly changing world? In this lesson we will be discussing the effects of humans on the environment, and how animals who were once well adapted to their habitats may now be facing extinction due to human-caused changes in their environments.
Topics We Will Cover:

Endangered and extinct animals, habitat loss, oil spills

I Cycle, You Cycle, We Cycle!
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 13

Ages 9 – 12: Thursday, November 16

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, November 17

Class Description:
In honor of America Recycles Day this week we will be diving into the wonderful world of recycling and zero waste concepts. We will learn how to properly dispose of waste materials within compost and recycling systems.
Topics We Will Cover:

Litter decomposition, compost, zero waste, conservation

Super Stewards!
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 27

Ages 9 – 12: Thursday, November 30

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, December 1

Class Description:

In this lesson, students will learn ways in which they can be exceptional environmental stewards! Everyone has the power to make small changes that can add up to create a big difference that can benefit human societies across the globe.

Topics We Will Cover:

Stewardship, human impacts, pollution, conservation


October Classes


Astounding Animals
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, October 16

Ages 9 – 12: Thursday, October 19

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, October 20

Class Description:

In this lesson, we will be learning about some incredible animal adaptations that allow them to survive in habitats all around the world, including our very own Guadalupe River Park! We will discuss the unique traits of our native Guadalupe animals, including getting hands-on experience with our visitor center turtles! Students will also get to unleash their creativity by designing their very own animal fit for a certain environment.

Topics We Will Cover:

Native/Invasive Speciesl, Biology, Adaptations


Evolutionary Relationships
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, October 23

Ages 9 – 12: Thursday, October 26

Mixed; Ages 5 – 12: Friday, Friday, October 27

Class Description:

This week we will be learning about the enthralling world of coevolution! We will discuss adaptations of animals that allow them to parasitize others, and many intricate and entertaining mating displays. We will also tour our park to find examples of pollinator and plant coevolution, and discuss why pollinators are so crucial to our well-being!

Topics We Will Cover:

Coevolution, Adaptations, Parasitic Species, Pollinators


Membership Pricing and Opportunities

OESP classes are offered to members at a discounted rate of $15/class and are $20/class for non-members. For more information on membership, visit our membership page. In addition to the class discount you will receive our monthly newsletter, announcements of special events and volunteer opportunities, and discounts at local nurseries. Your membership donation is also 100% tax-deductible and comes with a free annual subscription to Better Homes and Gardens.


But most of all, you will know that you are supporting a valuable community asset that will be enjoyed today and for generations to come.


Please contact us with any questions at 408-298-7657 or e-mail


Homeschool Programs 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!

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 Outdoor Environmental Science 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 Outdoor Environmental Science Program for Homeschool Students. Response required.
I am aware that this is a drop-off program. Response required.
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If this is your child’s first class at GRPC, please provide the following additional information. Otherwise, please scroll to the bottom and select Sign Up.

Emergency Contact Name and Phone Number
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Primary Care Physician Name and Phone Number


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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