Volunteer News
September 2019
Thank you for making River Camp great!
The 2019 season of River Camp wrapped up a few weeks ago. This summer 1,415 children participated in River Camp programs in Fresno and Firebaugh. It was a memorable summer of exploration and fun down by the San Joaquin River. 

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers and cookie donors who helped make this a fantastic River Camp season. 
September Gardening Angels Day
Saturday, September 14, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Our next Gardening Angels day will be held on Saturday, September 14, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Please join us for a morning in the River Center's gardens.

The Trust's Gardening Angels help with the care and maintenance of the River Center's grounds. Tasks include removing downed palm fronds, trimming trees and vines, weeding the flower beds, and taking care of other needs. Please bring water, a pair of hand clippers and gloves if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Please contact Sarah Parkes at sparkes@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107 if you have any questions.
Great Sierra River Cleanup
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The River Parkway Trust's largest annual river cleanup is here! The Great Sierra River Cleanup is the premier volunteer event focused on removing trash and restoring the health and waterways throughout the Sierra Nevada Region.

Volunteers will join River Parkway Trust staff in removing trash from the San Joaquin River. We will host cleanups at three different Parkway properties this year. Click on the links below for more information about the specifics for each cleanup location.

For additional information please contact Project Manager Jake Salimbene at jsalimbene@riverparkway.org or by phone at 559-248-8480 ext. 152.
Education Docent Training: 1st - 5th grade field trips
Sunday, September 22, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
The River Parkway Trust is recruiting for enthusiastic volunteers to help run the River Field Trip Education Programs this school year. If you are interested in connecting local school aged children to the outdoors by becoming an Education Docent, join us for this training to learn more about the upcoming field trip programs!

In this training you will learn about the various educational programs offered by the River Parkway Trust and become prepared to lead field trips at the River Center and Lost Lake Park. Field trips typically serve 1st through 5th-grade students, and take place from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on weekdays.

Topics will include:
  • Brief program overview and orientation
  • Leading a field trip and group management
  • Demonstrations of field trip activities
  • How to set up a field trip
  • Leading a nature walk

Volunteers that participate in this training will be scheduled to shadow an experienced Education Docent or River Parkway Trust staff.

For more info, contact Community Programs Director Molly Schnur-Salimbene at mschnur-salimbene@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 104.
Are you interested in leading walks on the San Joaquin River Parkway?
Planning for the fall/winter season of nature walks will begin soon. We are always looking for individuals who are interested in joining our team of Nature Walk Guides.

Nature Walk Guides lead walks at properties throughout the San Joaquin River Parkway. Nature walks are a way to introduce people of all ages to properties that aren't typically open to the public. As a guide or assistant, you will have the opportunity to share your interests and knowledge of the plants and animals found along the San Joaquin River.

We will hold a nature walk planning meeting in early October. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a nature walk guide and helping put the upcoming season of walks together please let us know. Contact Community Programs Director Molly Schnur-Salimbene at mschnur-salimbene@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 104.
Nature Walk
We have lots of opportunities for helpful people with time to contribute. Check our website for other opportunities to get involved.