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Community Homeschool Investigators

of the River Park (CHIRP) Program



Registration is closed for Fall 2020. Registration is open for Winter 2020 and Spring 2021! All registrations will be on a first come, first served basis. Registration will take place via Active Network. Register Now via Active Network!


We have made many changes, please read on to learn about the exciting 2020-2021 CHIRP year!

The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is currently closed in accordance with Santa Clara County & State of California recommendations regarding social distancing.


We will be offering distance-learning for the 2020-2021 school year or until we have permission and the ability to move safely back to an in-person model. Our online class will have a strict cap of twelve (12) students per session to guarantee community, scholarship, and participation is possible. We have built small group time into the essential fabric of our new online model to better serve each student. At this time we are offering one session for our 5-8 age group and one for our 9-12 age group.


If there is sufficient interest, we may add concurrent sessions to either age group. These concurrent sessions would be taught at the same time by a different teacher pair; they would follow the same themes, structure, and philosophy as the original session but would not be identical in content.


We are moving to a trimester model! This will allow us to build knowledge throughout a longer time period, scaffolding student discoveries into deeper, more authentic learning. Students will also have the opportunity to complete a capstone project throughout each trimester, better serving their individual interests and desired focus areas; developing real-world research, project management, and presentation skills; and applying their theoretical knowledge to practical concepts.


Students will be given “homework” tasks to complete between most sessions. No simple “busy work,” these tasks will be reviewed during the small-group meeting each week and used for class analysis, projects, and further study. As they will be a vital part of the students’ learning in this new model, we ask for the support of all families in ensuring time is set aside and students are supported each week so that they may complete this important independent work.


We are proud to introduce our capstone projects! As part of CHIRP, students will complete an independent research project on a subject of their own choosing within the realm of the trimester. (For the fall trimester, younger students could research an animal, a habitat, an adaptation such as fur or feathers, etc. Older students could research an important biologist or naturalist, a school of thought, an ecosystem, a clade, a time period, etc.) There will be the opportunity to receive guidance on their project throughout the trimester, but most of the work is to be completed independently. The last session of the trimester will be the opportunity for the students to present their work and receive feedback from peers and instructors. This project will help students synthesize and develop knowledge, while also strengthening skills such as time management, follow-through, communication and presentation skills, and more.


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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 working together with experiments, observations, presentations, and other hands-on activities.


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.


We will be offering Distance Learning Classes until restrictions are lifted and it is safe to return to class.

For more information, please email


Program Themes & Details


2020-2021 Themes

Please note that themes are being clarified in anticipation of the new academic year!


Fall Trimester (September – November):
Biology & Life Sciences


Winter Trimester (December – February):

Physics, Chemistry, & Astronomy


Spring Trimester (March – May):

Botany & Hydrology

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Program Details



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

  • Ages 5 – 8
  • Ages 9 – 12


(Ages 5-8)
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM – small group discussion & project review
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM – large group learning


(Ages 9-12)
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM – small groups discussion & project review
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – large group learning


The ZOOM link to attend class will be sent to registered families ahead of the class date.


Designed for children ages 5-8 and 9-12


Trimester dues vary by trimester based on the number of sessions offered each season.


Season Sessions Member Price Non-Member Price
Fall Trimester (Sep-Nov)




Winter Semester (Dec-Feb)




Spring Trimester (Mar-May)





Other Important Information

This is a drop-off program; students are expected to be able to use Zoom independently and respectfully. Programs and POs for future dates available upon request; please email for more information.


Welcome Ocean Grove, Connecting Waters, Peak Prep Academy, and Valiant families! GRPC is a registered vendor. If you’re interested in using these funds, please copy us when you request the funds from your education specialist. We will then send you a single-use code for use in the Active Network registration process. Please note that your spot is reserved only when you have completed registration through Active Network. All registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. As such, we recommend you reach out to your education specialist prior to registration opening at noon on Monday, August 10th.


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 have changed our refund policy this year, please read it carefully.

Time Amount Refundable
2 weeks before class begins

Full Refund, except 6.25% registration fee

13 days before class – Day 13 of class

75% Refund, except 6.25% registration fee

Week 2 – Week 3 of class

50% Refund, except 6.25% registration fee

After Week 3 of class

No Refunds

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