Field Trips at the Guadalupe River Park
In-Person Field Trips at the Guadalupe River Park

The Guadalupe River Park & Gardens is an education destination like no other. A natural oasis located in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens (GRPG) features 254 acres of park that include the Heritage Rose Garden, the Historic Orchard, a community garden, and 2.6 miles of trail that runs adjacent to the Guadalupe River. The GRPG is a natural outdoor laboratory for science experiments, a creative and dynamic atmosphere for learning, and a perfect destination for field trips!


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Program and Transportation Scholarships Available!

Field trips cost $500 for up to 30 students with a $20 charge for each additional student up to a maximum of 35 students. We cannot accommodate more than 35 students per field trip; we subscribe to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) best practices including student-led and phenomenon-based learning. Students will be guided to make their own discoveries at their own pace with the park as the center of their inquiry.

Program and transportation scholarships are available to Title 1 schools as well as groups of people with special needs. If you are eligible, please indicate your interest on the Field Trip Request Form. Please note: Scholarship eligibility requirements have changed for the 2023-24 school year.

All groups must provide at least one engaged, adult chaperone for every 8 students on the trip; the specific chaperone ratio for field trips for people with special needs will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Participants should be divided evenly into three small groups before the field trip; each group will rotate through exciting, hands-on activity stations!

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Available Field Trips

Garden Field Trips

Offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays ONLY

Garden Field Trip focuses on teaching students about the different facets of nature. It includes guided tours of our Historic Orchard and Heritage Rose Garden, where students can learn about history, agriculture, and ecological relationships. Our activities are designed to meet the Next Generation Science standards and help students understand the complex relationships between plants, pollinators, and the dynamics within the life of an orchard. By the end of our program, students will have a profound understanding of the interconnected systems and adaptations developed by these ecosystems for their survival and prosperity. This knowledge will enrich their learning experience and help them appreciate the beauty and importance of nature.