Camp Guadalupe

Why should fun and learning stop during Summer?

What makes Camp Guadalupe special?

Camp Guadalupe is a drop-in camp that provides participants with an educational, affordable, and engaging way to enjoy Summer months.

Science & Scientific Skill Refinement
There will be at least one age-appropriate science activity per class while practicing important skills such as making authentic observations, collecting data, sharing evidence, etc.

Outdoor Classrooms
Depending on the lesson, the Heritage Rose Garden, Historic Orchard, Guadalupe River, Guadalupe River Trails, GRPC backyard classroom, and Rotary PlayGarden are used as outdoor labs for students to apply and deepen learning. Includes nature walks, wildlife observation and behavioral studies, etc.

Uniqueness & Flexibility
Each lesson is carefully designed by a GRPC educator, ensuring your child will have a unique experience each time. You can also select which programs you would like to participate in, so no need to cancel summer plans!

Interpersonal Learning & Free Play
Educators allow time for self-guided play because we recognize it is vital for cognitive and physical development (plus, it’s fun!). Through interacting with other participants and our trained guides your child will develop skills such as perspective taking, empathy for those around them, self-reflection, etc.

Summer 2024 Details

Classes are held on Tuesday through Thursday (except for the week of 7/2) beginning June 11 and ending August 8.

*Themes change weekly. Each day of camp will be unique with different activities related to the weekly theme.

9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

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

Students ages 7 – 11

Other Important Information
Families need to pack a lunch for their child. This is a drop-off program; lessons will change each class and will be held outdoors, except in the case of unusually inclement weather.


Item Member Price Non-Member Price
Full 3-day Week Camp $160.00  $190.00
Full Summer

* 1 week free!

$1,120.00 $1,330.00

Cancellation & Refund Policy

GRPC cancellation policies are based on our investment in staff, program planning, as well as materials and equipment purchases before sessions take place. Listed below is our refund policy for Camp Guadalupe, please read through it carefully.

Time & Amount Refundable

  • Up to three weeks before sessions begin – Full Refund, $30.00 registration fee per student
  • 20 – 15 days before sessions begin – 75% Refund, $30.00 registration fee per student
  • 14 – 7 days before sessions begin – $30.00 registration fee per student
  • Less than 7 days before sessions begins – No Refunds
  • After sessions begin – No refunds

Depending on availability, guardians may request a credit for a future sessions rather than a refund. If a credit is issued, a $30.00 registration fee per student will be required.

For all inquiries, including payment plan options and scholarship waitlist inquiries, please email

Payment Assistance

If you are interested in a payment plan or the scholarship waitlist, please contact us at

  • Payment Plans: Payment plans can potentially be arranged. This would allow payments to be made in smaller increments over time.
  • Scholarships: We currently have a scholarship waitlist. Scholarships would allow children to attend camp for a reduced price or completely free.

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2024 Session Themes

Themes change weekly. Each day of camp is unique with different activities related to the weekly theme. Our lesson plans are carefully crafted by our knowledgeable environmental educators. If the same activity is repeated during summer, it is to create a more holistic approach to the content by seeing it applied in different ways.



6/11 – 6/13: Underwater Wonders (Aquatic Life)

6/18 – 6/20: Make It, Then Break It (Engineering)

6/25 – 6/27: Coiled & Cool (Herpetology)


7/2 -7/4: No Camp

7/9 – 7/11: The Force Awakens (Physics)

7/16 – 7/18: Leaft It to Me (Botany & Gardening)

7/23 – 7/25: The Alchemist’s Apprentice (Chemistry)


7/30 – 8/1: No Bones, No Problem! (Invertebrates)

8/6 – 8/8: Going Green! (Environment & Sustainability)

From a Former Instructor

“The past two years as an instructor for Camp Guadalupe has been an incredibly rewarding experience. There is something special about Camp Guadalupe that allows campers to develop a curiosity of the sciences, deepen their connection to the Guadalupe River Park community, and build confidence to solve problems. In the comfortable atmosphere of camp, I’ve seen many campers and friendships blossom and grow! I’ve seen campers’ curiosity pique about the natural world around them. Beyond that, many instructors like myself have been positively impacted by the experience and the campers. Camp Guadalupe and every interaction I had with the campers taught me new ways of looking at things and ways I can continue improving and learning as an instructor.”