"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." - John Muir 

We invite you to come out and explore the wild and wonderful natural world of the San Joaquin River Parkway. The River Parkway Trust's nature walk program will take you to places not usually open to the public. Along the way you'll hear bird song, the sounds of the river and breeze, and a sense of peace and respite that time spend in nature can provide. Our nature walks are typically 2 to 4 miles in length on fairly level ground. Most walks are appropriate for families with children 7+ but be sure to check the specific recommendations for each hike. Below you will find a list of the upcoming nature walks with links to register. If you have any questions about the nature walk program please be sure to contact our Programs Director, Molly Schnur-Salimbene at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 559-248-8480 ext. 104. 

Upcoming Nature Walks (click on a link for more info or to register)

Monday, January 16th, 8:00 am - MLK Day Bald Eagle Hike

Saturday, January 28th, 8:30 am - Beginning Birder Hike 

Saturday, February 11th, 8:30 am - Restoration and Birding Hike @ River West

Saturday, February 25th, 8:00 am - Bald Eagle Hike

Saturday, March 4th, 8:30 am - Beginning Birder Hike @ Ball Ranch

Saturday, March 11th, 8:30 am - Wildflower Hike @ Ball Ranch

Saturday, April 15th, 8:30 am - Celebrate Spring Nature Hike @ FINS

Saturday, April 29th, 8:00 am - Birding Hike @ Sycamore Island


CLICK HERE for the Nature Walk liability form.  Blank copies of the liability form will also be available on the morning of the walk.

Children 7+ are welcome on general hikes, children 12+ are welcome on birding hikes.  No dogs, please.  We ask that large groups or organizations arrange special group tours rather than attending regularly scheduled hikes.  Special group tours can be organized by calling 248-8480 ext. 104. 

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

You don't have to look far to find nature.  Use this neighborhood scavenger hunt to explore the natural world where you live!


*NEW* Walk With a Doc Program

medsocietyIn Partnership with the Fresno/Madera Medical Society's Walk With a Doc Program, we meet at the River Center, and then venture out on the Lewis S. Eaton Trail. This is a free walking program for anyone who is interested in taking steps to improve their heart health. Each walk is hosted by a friendly local physician and lasts about 1 hour. In addition to the numerous health benefits you'll get by walking, you'll also enjoy healthy snacks and the chance to talk with a doc along the way. Lace up a pair of comfortable shoes and join us for some fresh air, fun and fitness on an upcoming Saturday morning. 2016 Walk with a Doc will meet at the River Center at 8:30 am every third Saturday of the month. 

Walk With a Doc Dates (Registration is held 15 minutes before walk time)

Saturday, March 18th 

Saturday, April 15th

Saturday, May 20th

Saturday, June 17th

Saturday, July 15th

Saturday, August 19th

Saturday, September 16th

Saturday, October 21st

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, December 16th








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