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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


2018 – 2019 Class Themes

September: Get to Know Guadalupe

October: How About Habitats?

November: Sustainability Stewards

December: Just About Geology

January: Birds, Birds, & More Birds!

February: Get up & Garden!

March: Time for Trees

April: Guadalupe’s Place on Earth

May: Horray for Herpetology!




Program Details



Classes are held on Mondays (ages 5 – 8)


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 $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. The same lesson is taught each day of the week; lessons change on a weekly basis.



Welcome Ocean Grove, Connecting Waters, Summit, 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 is now open for November’s

“Sustainability Stewards” Classes!


November Classes


Trash Talk
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 5

Class Description:

What can CHIRP students do to become stewards of sustainability? How can and do the decisions of humans alter the environment – whether positively or negatively? To start off the month, we will take a deep look into common trash found in the park and the long-term effects this trash has on our wildlife corridor. We will also begin our monthly weather tracking graph.

Topics We Will Cover:

Trash, decomposition, human impact, introduction to temperature graphing

People and Nature
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 12

Class Description:

This week, we will have the opportunity to explore the park with a different lens to observe how humans have modified and changed it to suit their needs. Together we will strategize solutions both our class and the larger community can implement to lessen the negative impact of humans on the park, river, and wildlife. Our class will also do an experiment that will visually show how carbon dioxide can impact our river, and something as big as the ocean!

Topics We Will Cover:

Human impact on land development and modification, effects of carbon dioxide on water sources

How 3 R’s Can Change the World
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 19

Class Description:

This week our goal is to make recycling something our students understand and can apply. Did they know that certain items can be recycled indefinitely, and others can only be recycled two or three times? We have already discussed common trash found in the park and the length of time for decomposition, and now we will discuss ways we can combat this lengthy, sometimes dangerous, process by thinking long-term.

Topics We Will Cover:

”Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” recyclable materials, recycling process

Becoming an Eco Warrior
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, November 26

Class Description:

This week, we will be applying concepts we have learned during the series. We will begin by wrapping up our ongoing weather chart and talk about the patterns we observe. Through the examination of these patterns, students will create hypotheses for future patterns they expect to see in the surrounding environment. Additionally, we will take a critical look at our backyard classroom/garden to strategize ways to make it more sustainable using what we have learned.

Topics We Will Cover:

Weather patterns, sustainability, sustainable gardens

October Classes


Historic Habitats
Dates Offered:

Ages 5 – 8: Monday, October 29

Class Description:

Have you heard about Lupe the woolly mammoth? Did you know that Lupe used to call the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens “home?” Take a walk through time with GRPC staff to learn about the prehistoric animals (and plants) that existed here. How has life changed since they roamed the park? Let’s explore and find out!

Topics We Will Cover:

History, prehistoric animals, prehistoric and modern plantlife, biology

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!

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.
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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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