"It's not's incredible!"

The River Parkway Trust is an organization dedicated to protecting the river and the surrounding lands. And to making the San Joaquin River Parkway available for education and recreation. Scientists, naturalists, volunteers, and students come here to protect and restore land, build trails, and learn about the river - including the incredible journey of the water cycle. 

Your gift of $50, $100 or more - sent right away - will help protect open space throughout the Parkway where children can learn to love the outdoors. Places where children can learn, discover, understand, and enjoy.  

Click here to read the River Parkway Trust's year end letter.

SanJoaquinRiverOakThe River Parkway Trust's Parkway Ambassadors are ready to introduce you to the San Joaquin River Parkway. Join us for one of the upcoming Meet the Parkway outings and learn more about the Trust's work to conserve land, restore critical wildlife habitat, and provide access to the Parkway. Our knowledgeable Parkway Ambassadors will take you on a tour of properties that have been conserved for the San Joaquin River Parkway. You'll hear about plans for future public access and see first hand the Trust's on-the-ground restoration projects. 

Children are welcome to join in on this program. Please select a date below to register. 

For more information please call 559-248-8480 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming Dates:

Sat. February 24, 2018 - Fresno River West 

Sat. March 10, 2018 - Madera River West 

Sat. April 7, 2018 - Ball Ranch/Ledger Island 

2.beingbabybirdsRiver Parkway Trust is Recruiting for Education Docents 

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. For more information contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Steps to becoming an Education Docent 

1. Click here to fill out the volunteer interest form online. A member of our staff or volunteer committee will contact you for an interview. 

2. Attend an Education Docent Orientation with a River Parkway Trust staff member. 

3. Attend training(s) for the education program you are most interested in volunteering with. 

4. Shadow Trust staff and experienced Docents. 

Upcoming Training Dates

Education Docent Training - River Buddies Pre-K - Saturday, January 12th @ 9:30 am

River Camp Firebaugh is a 5-week River Camp program that takes place in the community of Firebaugh.  Each year, over 250 local children have the opportunity to take part in this program, which offers many of the same experiences as River Camp Scout Island in Fresno.  Campers learn about the river and their local ecosystems while engaging in water play, arts and crafts, games and other activities.  River Camp Firebaugh promotes respect for the environment and for one another by offering a unique experIence for participants.

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Meet the 2018 River Camp Staff!

River Camp Firebaugh Instagram 

Location: Andrew Firebaugh Community Center & Park

Cost: $50 per child, per week


River Camp Firebaugh Registration Form - Available MARCH 1ST


River Camp Junior Leaders Program

Junior Leaders are high-school aged volunteers who are interested in developing leadership and communication skills while gaining experience working with younger children.  Junior Leaders assist River Camp Firebaugh Staff in leading a variety of activities each day including arts and crafts, swimming, canoeing, games, and songs.  They act as role models for the campers, demonstrating a spirit of respect for the environment, cooperation with camp rules, and willingness to work and play with everyone at camp.  Junior Leaders participate in team-building and leadership activities with their peers as well.

Junior Leaders attend River Camp Firebaugh for free!  


Eleven-year-old Jenni Silva loves River Camp. For Jenni, camp is the way to get outside where she feels free. Without camp, she'd be stuck inside for her whole summer vacation. 

Jenni loves River Camp"It feels better to be outside than inside because you feel like you are in a cage." - Jenni Silva

Do you remember when summer vacation meant playing outside from breakfast until dinner? Children in Firebaugh do not have the same freedom to explore and play in the outdoors. By supporting River Camp Firebaugh, YOU can help tell a different story. 

At River Camp kids…

• Learn about the river
• Search for wildlife clues
• Get physical activity through games and free play
• Canoe and swim in the river

Campers get to build a sense of connection to the natural places in their community. 

Would you like to be part of impacting the health of kids from Firebaugh? River Camp Firebaugh is making the community healthier by…
• Making physical activity a priority for families 
• Helping families overcome fear about spending time outside
• Giving kids the chance to build self-esteem and social skills 
• Highlighting the river as a tool improving health

Help us to continue this wonderful program, and bring local children to the river for a week of River Camp. 

Sponsor River Camp Firebaugh 2019!

Contact Finn Telles, Director of Business Development 559-0248-8480x216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you to these businesses and individuals for their support of River Camp Firebaugh 2018. 

Heron - $10,000 and above




Olam began operations in the community of Firebaugh in 2009 after acquiring the DeFrancesco plant which had been shut down since 2005 after 31 years in production. Onions are the primary product processed on site, and the capacity to dry parsley was added this year. Olam Firebaugh was among the first plants to work with the World Wildlife Foundation and Alliance for Water Stewardship to develop a sustainable water stewardship commitment. Olam maintains a commitment to sustainability and is proud to support the River Parkway Trust’s River Camp Firebaugh program.

Eagle - $5,000 and above 

Pacific Ginning

Company, LLC. 


Fox - $2,500 and above




Bobcat - $1,000 and above


HammondsRanchHammonds Ranch, Inc.






Rotary Club of Firebaugh



Westside Produce

 Gage Farms 

LJL Farming 

Michael Giffen Ranches 

Laura Weyant

$500 and above
Dave and Sharon Koehler
Donald Williams
J & J Farms LLC.
Laura Weyant 
Lindemann Properties Inc.
Mid Valley Disposal
Oscar and Marcia Sablan, Firebaugh River Front Inn
Paula Seigel and Jerry Radinoff
Peri and Sons 


Community Sponsors 


City of Firebaugh


Firebaugh - Las Deltas Unified School District     

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Past Media Coverage of River Camp Firebaugh

Fresno Bee - July 2012 

KVPR - August 2014

Univision - August 2015

Univision - July 2016

Vida en el Valle - July 2016 



Young Explorers Splashing in the River

Ages:  3 1/2 through entering Kindergarten (must be potty-trained)

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Tuesday-Thursday only)

Cost:  $105 (River Parkway Trust members receive a discount; $5 discount for paying in full at time of registration). 

Dates: June 11-13 (Week 1), June 18-20 (Week 2), June 25-27 (Week 3), July 9-11 (Week 4), July 16-18 (Week 5), July 23-25 (Week 6), July 30-August 1 (Week 7), August 6-8 (Week 8)

Young children thrive with unhurried time in a natural setting. In 2019 the Young Explorer's program will take place at the River Center, where we'll spend time looking for signs of wildlife, exploring the Hidden Homes trail, and learning about the plants and animals that make this area their home. Each day we'll focus on a theme and your camper will participate in singing, arts and crafts, dramatic play, and other hands on activities led by our experienced staff of Young Explorers counselors. There will be time for water play and nature walks each day.  Parents and grandparents are welcome to stay and join in the fun. Young Explorers camp is held Tuesday through Thursday mornings.

Click here to register online

Young Explorers Camper Guide

Young Explorers FAQs

Download Physical Registration Form - Available March 1st

View the 2019 River Camp Brochure

Meet the 2018 River Camp Staff!

River Camp Young Explorers Instagram 

Inspire Charter Students: Young Explorers is an Inspire vendor!  To enroll through Inspire you will need to use our regular online registration system and pay the $25 deposit to reserve your child's space at camp.  You will then request your Enrichment Voucher from Inspire for the remaining balance of your registration ($75 or $65 for members).  You must submit your Enrichment Voucher to the River Parkway Trust at least 7 days prior to the beginning of your camp session. Once we have received your Enrichment Voucher, we will waive the remainder of the fee on your UltraCamp account.  The $25 deposit will not be reimbursed by Inspire or the River Parkway Trust.  If your child is an Inspire student and you have questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Young Explorers Scholarships: Scholarship applications can be accessed through the UltraCamp website during the normal registration process.  On the options page, please indicate that you would like to apply for a scholarship.  You will automatically be taken to the scholarship application form.  All applicants must register online and pay the deposit to reserve that camper's space.  The majority of awarded scholarships are partial, ranging from $25-$75 of the $100 fee.  If you are awarded a full scholarship, the deposit will be refunded to you.  If you are registering using a physical registration form, you may apply for a scholarship with this form.  All applications are due on May 3rd.

Sponsor River Camp: Contact Finn Telles, Director of Business Development 559-248-8480x216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLICK HERE for the River Camp 2019 Sponsorship Form 


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