THE CURRENT
February 2018
Four Consecutive four Star Ratings
We have some exciting news to share! Nonprofit evaluator Charity Navigator has awarded the River Parkway Trust our fourth consecutive four star rating!

Charity Navigator bases its ratings on nonprofits' financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Thank you for helping us receive this top rating. Thank you for trusting us with your donations, your volunteer time, your program participation, and your good will. Your support means so much to us and to the effort of creating and protecting the San Joaquin River Parkway.

Click here to review our four star rating.
NEW Public Education Program: River Buddies Weekend Explorers
Program begins on Saturday, February 24
The River Parkway Trust invites you and your Pre-K and Kindergarten aged children to come join us on a new adventure! For the first time ever, we are launching a series of educational field trips open to the public. You and your child will embark on an adventure following one of 3 educational themes (Bug Buddies, Bird Buddies, or Pond Pals.)  

During the two-hour long session, your Weekend Explorer will go on a one hour nature walk, do a craft activity, sing fun songs, listen to a story, and end with a stimulating hands-on activity, all related to the day's educational theme! Your child will leave the River Center with a curious mind wanting to know more about our local environment and its native species.

Programs will run from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and are $7 per child.

Click on the button for more information, dates, and to register.
Make your Valentine's heart leap like a bobcat
Show some love for your Valentine and the wild creatures that call the San Joaquin River Parkway home.

Valentine's Day is less than a week away! Our Adopt a Bobcat package is a wonderful way to delight your Valentine and support the effort to create and protect the San Joaquin River Parkway.

$50 Adoption Package - Your Valentine will receive
  • A Plush Bobcat
  • Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles
  • Personalized Adoption Certificate
  • 1-year River Parkway Trust Membership
  • Personalized River Parkway Trust Membership Card
  • Parties for the Parkway Booklet

Packages are limited. Don't wait, order yours today! Packages can also be purchased this weekend between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at the River Center in the River Store.

Help us celebrate the River Parkway Trust's 30th Anniversary
This year marks the River Parkway Trust's 30th Anniversary of working to create and protect the 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway.

In honor of our 30th Anniversary, we are offering a special membership rate of $30 for new River Parkway Trust members. If you've been considering joining us but haven't taken the leap, the time is now.

Become a member today and enjoy discounts on Parties for the Parkway, River Camp, River Center rentals and River Tours. Best of all you will be supporting the creation of the San Joaquin River Parkway.
The Parkway Ambassadors invite you to meet the Parkway
Interested to see what all the fuss is about? Over the past year, you've probably seen or heard something about the Fresno River West project on the news or in our emails. Here's your chance to visit the site with our knowledgeable Parkway Ambassadors.

Join us on Saturday, February 24 for a guided walking tour of Fresno River West. We'll be meeting at the property gate located at Riverview Drive and Del Mar at 9:00 am. After a brief orientation, we'll head out for a walk on the site, visiting the Trust's restoration project, and taking in beautiful views of the river along the way. Bring your questions about the future of the Fresno River West project. The walk will finish up by 11:00 am.

This will be the first outing in the Parkway Ambassadors Meet the Parkway program. Please mark your calendar and join us for these future outings.

  • Saturday, March 10, 9:00 am to 11:00 am - Madera River West
  • Saturday, April 7, 9:00 am to 11:00 am - Ball Ranch and Ledger Island

More information about these upcoming activities will be available soon.
5th Annual Sycamore Island Fishing Derby
Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 7:00 am to 11:00 am (Gates open at 6:00 am).
Cast your line at the 5th Annual San Joaquin River Fishing Derby at Sycamore Island.

  • Grand Prize: Lifetime California Fishing License (Drawing open to all participants)​ 
  • Fishing Derby Categories: Youth/Adult Largest Trout, Youth/Adult Largest Bass
  • First Prize for Adults: Annual Pass to Sycamore Island
  • First Prize for Youth: River Camp Scholarship
  • Second Prize for Adults: Canoe/kayak tour certificate for 2
  • Second Prize for Youth: To be determined
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There is no charge to enter the fishing derby, but participants must pay the usual entry fees for Sycamore Island - $9 per car, and an additional $5 per trailer.

For more information and to register please click the register now button.
Have you purchased your Kickoff tickets yet?
Tickets for the Parties for the Parkway Kickoff event went on sale last Thursday. Will you be there?

This is your chance to be among the first to reserve your favorite 2018 Parties for the Parkway while enjoying live music, beverages, appetizers and dessert from generous local restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries. Don’t miss the opportunity to bid on exceptional artwork by talented Valley artists.

Kickoff Party Information
Thursday, March 8, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building

Members: $45 Non-Members: $50
30th Anniversary Discount for people in their 30s and under: $30

The 2018 Parties book hit mailboxes earlier this month. If you did not receive a book and would like to have one mailed to you please contact Patty Pittman at ppittman@riverparkway.org  or call 559-248-8480. A PDF of the book is available by  clicking here  (7MB).