May 2017
He's Back! Welcoming 
Tim Z. Hernandez home to the Parkway for Respite by the River
Thursday, May 18 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

Tim Z. Hernandez is a writer, research scholar, and performance artist. On Thursday night he will read from his new book All They Will Call You, the harrowing account of "the worst airplane disaster in California history," which claimed the lives of thirty-two passengers, including twenty-eight Mexican citizens - farm workers who were being deported. 

Combining years of painstaking investigative research and masterful storytelling, award-winning author Tim Z. Hernandez weaves a captivating narrative from testimony, historical records, and eyewitness accounts, reconstructing the incident and the lives behind the legendary song. This singularly original account pushes narrative boundaries, while challenging perceptions of what it means to be an immigrant in America, but more importantly, it renders intimate portraits of the individual souls who, despite social status, race, or nationality, shared a common fate one frigid morning in January 1948. 

Evening Schedule - May 18, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Live music performed by Lark; bring your picnic dinner, and purchase your glass of wine and dessert
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Reading by Tim Z. Hernandez 
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - Book sales and signing 

Respite Schedule 2017 - Mark your calendars for these upcoming dates!
Wednesday, June 21, Tribute to Jon Veinberg with music by Lance Canales
Thursday, July 13, Steven Sanchez with music by Soul Kitchenette
Thursday, August 10, Randa Jarrar with music by Ryan Gregory Tallman 
Wednesday, September 13, Steven Church with music by EZ Marc  Poschman  
Tuesday, October 3, Laura Sidsworth with music by Kat

Thank you to our 2017 Respite by the River Sponsors 

Thank you to the Respite by the River Committee

Megan Bohigian - Coke Hallowell - Kathryn Johnson - Carolyn Murphy - Jennifer Williamson

For more information about Respite by the River click here
Photo Credit: David Hunter
River Camp is filling up, register today!

River Camp registration opened on March 1, and several weeks are now full. Don't miss out on the fun. Register your child today!

Available River Camp Weeks
Week 4 (July 10-14)
Week 5 (July 17-21)
Week 6 (July 24-28)
Week 7 (July 31-August 4)

Available Young Explorers Camp Weeks 
Week 1: Bugs and Insects (June 13-15)
Week 2: Bird Buddies (June 20-22)
Week 3: Fishy Friends (June 27-29)
Week 4: Nature Neighbors (July 11-13)
Week 5: Bugs and Insects (July 18-20)
Week 6: Bird Buddies (July 25-27)
Week 7: Fishy Friends (August 1-3)
Week 8: Nature Neighbors (August 8-10)

Click here for more information about River Camp 2017. 

Click here for the River Camp Frequently Asked Questions. 

You can spark their curiosity about the natural world!

Today you have the chance to help inspire the next generation of river stewards by making a donation to the River Camp Firebaugh scholarship fund. 

This summer, we will offer five weeks of River Camp for approximately 500 children in the community of Firebaugh. This program is only possible thanks to the support of local businesses and generous individuals like you. 

Your donation today will provide scholarships for children to attend River Camp. Your support will also help provide service learning and leadership skills training for local high school students and jobs for college students from FIrebaugh and the surrounding communities.   

River Camp Firebaugh means connecting children to the outdoors and sparking their curiosity about the natural world. 

Beat the heat at Camp Pashayan this weekend!

It's predicted to be in the high 90s this weekend. Come beat the heat at Camp Pashayan this weekend. The property is now open for public river access on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm. Entrance fees are $6 per car and $5 per trailer. 

Camp Pashayan is located along the San Joaquin River immediately east of Highway 99. Click here for a map to the property. 

Sycamore Island Hours Extended 
Sycamore Island is now open from 6:00 am to 8:30 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. These summer hours will be in effect from May through August. 

For more information about Sycamore Island visit our Facebook Page at
River Tours Cancelled Through July

Due to high flow river conditions, all downriver tours have been cancelled through the end of July. 

We anticipate resuming tours in August and dates are posted on our website here

If you have any questions, please contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene at 559-248-8480 ext. 104 or email
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