Volunteer Update
January 2018
Thank You For Making 2017 Great! 

We'd like to say thanks for giving the gift of your time to advance the Parkway effort in 2017. 

You have so much to be proud of. Last year, volunteers helped plant more than 10,000 native plant species at Fresno River West. As these plants mature, they will provide habitat for a variety of riparian song birds and other animals that make the San Joaquin River home. Volunteers were key to the success of our education programs in 2017. The River Parkway Trust's education docents helped introduce the San Joaquin River to thousands of 3rd and 6th grade students. These children represent the future of stewardship of our river. In 2017, volunteers lent a hand to every project and program we offered throughout the San Joaquin River Parkway. 

The effort to create and protect a 22-mile Parkway along the San Joaquin River depends on the generosity of volunteers like you. You are what makes this effort possible. 

Thank you so much. 
Rose Pruning Party at the River Center   
Saturday, January 13, 9:00 am 
River Center 

Join us for the annual Rose Pruning Party at the River Center this Saturday morning. This volunteer activity will be led by local Master Gardener Michael Harmon. 

You'll learn the proper techniques for pruning roses, then you'll help prune the heritage rose garden at the River Center. Your participation will help prepare the garden for a beautiful springtime bloom. 

Coffee and pastries will be served when you arrive. A delicious soup lunch will be served when work is finished. 

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

Upcoming Gardening Angels Dates
Tech-Savvy Volunteers Needed

We are recruiting tech-savvy volunteers to help launch the 2018 season of Parties for the Parkway. If you are comfortable using a computer, have experience with customer service, or enjoy working with social media platforms this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. 

Ticket Sales Volunteers 
Tickets for the Kickoff Party will be available beginning February 1, at 8:00 am. Volunteers will work with River Parkway Trust staff in the office to facilitate ticket sales by phone on February 1, between 7:40 am and 10:30 am. We are also looking for volunteers to help sell Parties for the Parkway tickets at the Kickoff Party on Thursday, March 8, between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. 

Training for ticket sales volunteers will be held on Monday, January 29, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 

Parties Outreach Volunteers 
You can help expand the reach of Parties for the Parkway as an outreach volunteer. You'll help upload information about the 2018 season of Parties to online portals including the River Parkway Trust's website, social media platforms, and to online community calendars. If you are interested in becoming an outreach volunteer please contact Sarah Parkes at sparkes@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107. 
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. 
January River Stewards Workday - Invasive Plant Removal and Willow Planting
Saturday, January 27 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

Join the River Parkway Trust's AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Program Members for a special River Stewards volunteer workday. You'll be working to remove invasive scarlet wisteria and plant cuttings of native willow and cottonwood trees. 

Refreshments will be served towards the end of the workday. 

All tools will be provided. Bring your favorite pair of work gloves. 

Click here for more info about the River Stewards program.  
RIver Buddies
You can teach the next generation of river stewards!

If you enjoy the outdoors, want to stay active and healthy, and like working with children, the River Parkway Trust's volunteer Education Docent program is perfect for you. 

In 2018, we plan to expand the River Buddies preschool field trip program. Preschool and Kindergarten classes enjoy a two-hour field trip to the River Center. Students participate in a nature walk around the Hidden Homes Trail, a craft activity, song and story time, and an interactive sensory activity all tying in to a theme (Bug Buddies, Bird Buddies, or Pond Pals). Docents help facilitate field trip activities with the students and teachers. 

Our next River Buddies program training will be held on Monday, January 29, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. 

Upcoming Education Docent Training Dates 

For more information about the River Parkway Trust's Education Docent program please contact Juliana Quick, Education Program Facilitator at jquick@riverparkway.org or 559-248-8480 ext. 157. 
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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