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Community Homeschool Investigators

of the River Park (CHIRP) Program


The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy is currently closed in accordance with Santa Clara County & State of California recommendations regarding social distancing. We will be using a distance learning model to provide at-home classes to our CHIRP families until the shelter-in-place order and restrictions are lifted and it is safe to resume class on-site.


Note: There is no Thursday option at this time; all students must attend on Mondays at the times listed below.


Email with questions or for more information.

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.


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

For more information, please email


We are so thankful for the support of our CHIRP families during these unusual times. Please note that there will be NO Thursday Duplicate Session during Distance Learning; all students must attend on Mondays at the times listed below.


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 classes are held on Mondays for two separate age groups:

  • Ages 5 – 8
  • Ages 9 – 12

(The Thursday Duplicate Lesson is on pause during Distance Learning; all students must attend class on Mondays.)


12:30 – 2:00 PM (ages 5-8)
2:30 – 4:00 PM (ages 9-12)


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


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.

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