April 2019
Thank you Jesse Mejias for building new owl boxes for the Parkway!
On Saturday, April 20, Jesse Mejias, an Eagle Scout with Fresno's Troop 2, completed construction of 8 new owl boxes to be put up at the River Center and on other Parkway properties. Jesse acquired donations for all the construction materials and recruited members of his church to help with the project.

Jesse researched owl box construction plans and worked in partnership with the River Parkway Trust's Project Manager Jake Salimbene. The new boxes Jesse constructed will provide nesting habitat for barn owls at the River Center and throughout the Parkway.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Jesse and his team of volunteers for their work on this project.
Respite by the River: Lee Herrick with Music by Curtis Messer
Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Take a break from the rush of everyday life and join the River Parkway Trust for the first 2019 Season Respite by the River. Bring your picnic dinner and chair, and relax while you enjoy live dinner music. Macca's Wine Bar will be open during the dinner hour with wines for sale by the glass. Enjoy a reading by this great Central Valley author. Dessert will be available for sale.

This Respite event will be held in the new River Center Barn.

Lee Herrick is the author of three books of poems: Scar and Flower, Gardening Secrets of the Dead, and This Many Miles from Desire. He was born in Daejeon, South Korea, adopted at ten months old, and raised in California. He lives with his daughter and wife in Fresno. He teaches at Fresno City College and in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Curtis Messer is a songwriter, recording artist, and sound engineer. His recent projects include the audio production portion for US poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s book, Borderbus, as well as various ongoing musical productions with fellow creators and performers. He currently lives in rural Sanger, where he focuses his time on developing and learning to maintain a permaculture system. His desire is to adopt a fully sustainable lifestyle and to inspire others to do the same.

Summer is coming! It's time to register for River Camp in Fresno and Firebaugh.
Is your child ready to have the best week ever? For more than 20 years, the River Parkway Trust has offered an exciting, fun, and safe experience for the Valley's children at River Camp in Fresno. The Trust has also offered River Camp for the last 8 years in Firebaugh, serving youth in the Westside communities of our Valley.

Registration for the 2019 season opened on March 1, and weeks are filling up quickly. Click on the button below to register your camper today.

Upcoming River Camp Fresno Program Deadlines and Information
  • Applications for the Junior Leaders Program are due this Friday, April 26. This program is a great opportunity for teens entering 9th through 12 grade to gain leadership experience while having fun down by the San Joaquin River. Click here for more information and to apply today. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.
  • Scholarships, at varying levels, are available to help cover the River Camp registration costs for all camp programs. All scholarship applications are due by May 3, 2019. Scholarship applications can be accessed during the online registration process through May 3.
Upcoming River Camp Firebaugh Deadlines and Information

River Parkway Trust members receive a discount on camp registration fees. If you are a member and need your discount code, please contact Sarah Parkes, Director of Annual Giving at or 559-248-8480 ext. 107. To become a member today click here.

More information about River Camp is available here.
Thank you to the 2019 River Camp Fresno and Firebaugh Heron, Eagle and Fox Sponsors
For information about sponsoring River Camp Fresno or Firebaugh, Contact Finn Telles, Director of Business Development at or 559-248-8480 ext. 216.
Join an upcoming Nature Walk
You are invited to come out and explore the wild and wonderful natural world of the San Joaquin River Parkway. Along the way you'll hear bird song, sounds of the river and breeze, and enjoy a sense of peace that time spent in a natural setting can provide. Children ages 7+ are welcome to join the fun.

Upcoming Walks

For more information about the River Parkway Trust's nature walk program click here.
Outdoors Night with the Fresno Grizzlies
Saturday, May 18 at 7:05 pm
Join the River Parkway Trust and the Fresno Grizzlies for a baseball game and celebration of all things outdoors.

The Fresno Grizzlies will donate $5 to the River Parkway Trust for every ticket purchased using this link.

Event Details
  • The Grizzlies will be playing the Sacramento River Cats.
  • The First 1,500 fans will receive a logo hat.
  • The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife will have a fish tank display.
  • Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation Services will present a live bird display.

Don't miss out on the fun. Click here to purchase your tickets today.