Volunteer Update
February 2018
Thank you University of Nebraska Students

Twenty-five college students chose to spend their winter break traveling all the way to Fresno in a charter bus to volunteer and learn. These students are part of the University of Nebraska's Alternative Service Break Program. Through this program students are placed in communities to perform short-term academically based service for organizations and to learn about issues like literacy, poverty, hunger, homelessness, and the environment. 

This is the third year ASB students have come to California for service-study with the River Parkway Trust and other local organizations. We always make sure to have plenty of backup tasks in place, because these students are some of the hardest workers we've ever met, and they do everything with huge smiles on their faces.

Jake Salimbene, River Parkway Trust Project Manager has said "these students are perhaps the nicest people you'll ever meet."  When we told them how much we appreciated their hard work and great attitudes they said, "that's the Nebraskan way." 

During their time with the River Parkway Trust in January, the group helped plant 400 native plant species at River West Fresno. 

Click here to see more photos from the service day. 
Join us in the vineyard this Saturday  
Saturday, February 10, 8:15 am 
River Center 

Join us this Saturday for the February Gardening Angels volunteer day. We'll be pruning the grape vines in the vineyard at the River Center. 

You'll learn the proper techniques for pruning vines, then you'll help prune the Thompson Seedless vineyard. The vineyard was sponsored by Sun-Maid during the rehabilitation of Riverview Ranch. 

Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your favorite gloves and pruning shears if you have them. 

Upcoming Gardening Angels Dates
Here's your chance to join the River Center Docent team! 

Do you enjoy spending time at the River Center? Have you wondered about the history behind the Ranch House and who used to live there? 

Join us for the next River Center Docent Orientation and Training series and learn more about this important community resource and how you can help connect people to its rich history. 

Training Dates:

For more information about becoming a River Center Docent please contact Sarah Parkes at sparkes@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107. 
Volunteer with River Tours 

Would you like to canoe or kayak the San Joaquin River once a month for free? 

The River Parkway Trust is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our canoe and kayak programs. Tours are 3 1/2 to 5 hours long and typically take place Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, April through September. Volunteers are asked to assist with at least one trip per month during the season. You must have your own vehicle, be able to climb a ladder, and be able to lift 40 lbs. Program specific training will be provided. 

To become a volunteer you will need to attend a minimum of two of the four training sessions (one dry land at the River Center, and one downriver trip). 

Training Dates:
For more information contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene, Community Programs Director at mschnur-salimbene@riverparkway.org
We have a variety of opportunities for helpful people with time to contribute. Check our website for additional ways to become involved. 
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