The Current
January 2022
The January Current is being resent with updated links and information for River Camp Spring Break and the January Gardening Angels event. See updated information below.

Sycamore Island opens for the 2022 season!
Sycamore Island will reopen for weekends and State holidays beginning Friday, January 7th, 2022. Get your poles, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, saddles, binoculars, and get ready to enjoy the San Joaquin River Parkway.

Before Sycamore Island opens make sure to get your 12-month annual pass! No more worrying about getting the full value from your season pass depending on the time of the year it was purchased. The new 12-month annual park pass will be valid for a full year after the purchase date and is still just $85.
Rose Pruning Party with the Gardening Angels!
Saturday, January 15, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Michael Harman, Fresno Master Gardener, will again offer instruction and supervision. Join us to learn how to properly prune roses during dormancy. Bring clippers and gloves (leather is best in mean roses) if you have them. Some tools and gloves will be available. We hope to see you for this fun workday.
PARCS Commission Updates
The City of Fresno has launched a website dedicated to Measure P.

The new website has all the information about Measure P and how you can get involved.

The Trust is encouraging community members to explore the website and take the Fresno resident survey. This survey will help the Parks Commission and City Council plan and allocate Measure P funds for the next few years.

The PARCS Commission meetings are hybrid. You are invited to attend in person at Fresno City Hall in the Council Chambers or join the Zoom meetings.

Commission agendas and other supporting documents are posted on the City of Fresno website
Young Explorers Pre-K and K Enrichment Program
Sign up now for the BRAND NEW Young Explorers Pre-K and K Enrichment Program!
This program focuses on learning through play, exploration, and hands-on experiences using nature as our classroom.

The Young Explorers Enrichment Program is open to youth ages 3.5 through those currently enrolled in Kindergarten as of the session start date.

Session 1 begins on January 25th
Session 2 begins on March 22nd
1st - 5th grade River Field Trip Docent Training
Wednesday, January 19 at 8:30 am
If you enjoy being outdoors, want to stay active and healthy, and like working with children, the Trust's Education Docent program is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.
Spring Break River Camp Registration opens on January 15, 2022!
Is your 6th-8th grader ready for an amazing week down by the river? 
Each day campers will learn leadership skills, participate in games that promote team building and communication with their peers, and complete hands-on science and engineering challenges. Camp classics like canoeing and arts and crafts will round out each day.
Spring Break River Camp dates:
Tuesday, April 12 - Thursday, April 14, 2022
Join Our River Center Docent Team
The River Parkway Trust is currently recruiting volunteers to become weekend River Center Docents. If you are passionate about the Trust's mission and enjoy meeting new people this is the perfect position for you!
CLICK HERE for the volunteer description.
U-Pick Citrus Season Starts at Sumner Peck Ranch!
The 2022 citrus season is from January 14 – April 15, 2022. Come take a stroll up and down the orchard, Friday - Monday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, no advance registration required. Enjoy picking navel oranges, blood oranges, pomelos, Minneola tangelos, mandarins, and lemons all at $1 per pound. 

If you want to bring your scouts, classroom, team, or another group out for fruit picking, book a guided educational experience. This two-hour program will include a nature walk, fruit picking, and educational activity where you will learn about the importance of pollinators, especially in a farm setting.
Bald Eagle Tours and Nature Walks
Join us for a morning of guided canoeing or a Nature Walk to observe these migrating Bald Eagles at Millerton Lake!

The Nature Walks are an easy 2-mile hike to view these magnificent birds.

January Nature Walk Dates:
Saturday, January 1 - 9 am
Saturday, January 8 - 9 am

The Canoe Tours are perfect for first-time paddlers and novice birders, you will learn basic paddling techniques and practice your observation skills on this four-hour tour.

January Canoe Tour Dates:
Saturday, January 8- 8:30 am
Saturday, January 15 - 8:30 am
Saturday, January 22 - 8:30 a
Photo by George Folsom