Below you will find links to some of the River Parkway Trust's recent seasonal fundraising letters. These letters include stories of the work made possible thanks to the support of the Trust's generous members and donors.
2015 Year End Letter
Do you remember your first experience with nature? For Robert, a first grade student at Turner Elementary, it was a field trip to the San Joaquin River.
2016 Spring Letter
Imagine...You're a birder and you often visit the San Joaquin River Parkway hoping to add to your life list. On a visit to Jensen River Ranch at Woodward Park, you see brown and white feathers in the distance. What is it? You see a burrowing owl hiding out in the grass along the edge of the bluff. Another bird species to add to your list.
2016 Fall Letter
Gabriel held the acorn carefully, bringing it up to his eyes for a closer inspection. HIs camp counselor asked the group, "What does the acorn feel like?" With a wide smile Gabriel exclaimed, "It's like I'm holding a whole tree in my hand!"
2017 Spring Letter
"Oh wow! I see a bald eagle!" This from a third-grade student, Anna, whose only experience with bald eagles came from a textbook. She was elated. It's the same feeling many of us get when we spot a deer leaping through the trees, or when a bobcat saunters by in the waning sunlight.
2017 Fall Letter
"You can't save it," they said. "Just tear it down."
2017 Year End Letter
The year is 2050. The 22-mile San Joaquin River Parkway has reached full buildout, and looks like...what?
2018 Spring Letter
"This time, let the public's right to share directly in a great natural resource be the primary motive." Roger Tatarian, A river park for us, future generations.
2018 Fall Letter
"I love to swim in the pool," Shay said one morning at River Camp. "But I was nervous about swimming in the river. The river is new to me."
2018 Year End Letter
"Learning about the water cycle is pretty cool, isn't it? our Education Docent Katie asked Eric during the classroom presentation. "It's not cool...Eric said excitedly, "it's incredible!"
"We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole." -Richard Louv
The River Parkway Trust invites you and your Pre-k and Kindergarten aged children to come join us on a springtime adventure! You and your child will embark on an adventure following one of 3 educational themes (Bug Buddies, Bird Buddies, or Pond Pals.)
During the two-hour long session, your Weekend Explorer will go on a one hour nature walk, do a craft activity, sing fun songs, listen to a story, and end with a stimulating hands-on activity, all related to the day's educational theme! Your child will leave the River Center with a curious mind wanting to know more about our local environment and its native species.
River Buddies Weekend Explorers is open to children between the ages of 3 1/2 and 6 years old. The fee for each program session is $8.00 per child and online registration & payment in advance is required. Registration for each program date ends 12:00 pm of the Thursday prior to the event. Full refunds provided for cancellations made at least 7 days in advance; no refund provided for late cancellations or no-shows.
Each program date runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with most dates taking place on Saturday morninngs. The field trips are run by trained staff and volunteer docents. Parents are required to remain on the River Center property for the duration of the trip, and are encouraged to participate along with your Weekend Explorer.
To embark on this fun and educational adventure, follow the link below to the date that best works for you. Online registration in advance of the program date is required to participate, so register today!
Saturday, February 9th - Bird Buddies - 9:00 am - 11:00 am - Cancelled
Saturday, February 23rd - Bug Buddies - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, March 9th - Pond Pals - 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Camp registration opens on March 1st of 2018. Registration is completed online here.
We recommend registering as soon as possible to ensure you receive your first choice of session. Most weeks fill up by mid-May.
The Young Explorers Camp is for ages 3-1/2 through entering Kindergarten. Some exceptions can be made for children who are entering 1st grade but have never been to camp before, are timid, or are young for their grade. If you feel your child would benefit from attending Young Explorers Camp but they fall outside of the age requirements, please call our office at (559) 248-8480 ext. 104 directly with this request. All campers must be potty trained to participate.
Yes! Each camper may register for up to 2 weeks of River Camp or Young Explorers each summer.
If your desired session is full, you may register your camper for the waitlist here. If/when a spot opens up for your camper you will be automatically notified by e-mail and will have 48 hours to register. If you do not register within those 48 hours your spot will be forfeited and offered to the next camper on the waitlist. Please note: River Parkway Trust staff are unable to assess the likelihood that a spot will open up for your camper, as the variables are beyond our control.
River Parkway Trust members receive the discount codes for the season via e-mail when registration opens in early March. If you did not receive a copy of the discount code please call us at (559) 248-8480.
You will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail immediately upon registration. This e-mail will include a copy of your registration and basic camp information. Additional information will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the beginning of your registered camp date.
A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration: $50 for River Camp or $25 for Young Explorers. Full refunds (less the deposit amount) will be given if requested at least 7 days prior to your camp start date. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to your camp start date, refunds will only be given for medical or family emergencies. If you need to cancel, please contact Molly Schnur-Salimbene, Community Programs Director, at (559) 248-8480 ext. 104.
Since Young Explorers Camp is capped at 20 campers per day and campers tend to be within 2 years of age from each other, campers participate in most activities as a group. However, we are mindful of the developmental differences between ages 3-1/2 and 5-1/2 and strive to create an environment conducive for children to thrive physically, socially and emotionally as they experience nature. We will divide into groups during certain activities to ensure camper safety, match interest/ability level and foster small group interaction. We do our best to accommodate siblings or friends that desire to stay together.
Young Explorers are dropped off at 9 am and picked up at 12 pm from the River Center each day. All campers must be signed in and out by a guardian or authorized pick-up. Click here for a map to the River Center.
We strongly encourage you to schedule your camper’s session to minimize any scheduling conflicts that require late arrival or early pick-up. In the event that such a conflict is unavoidable, please make arrangements with the Camp Director in advance.
If your child is going to miss a day of camp, please contact us at (559) 248-8480 to notify us of the absence.
Please have your child wear the following to camp each day:
- Swimsuit (under clothing; no changing room available)
- Shoes that can get wet (NO FLIP FLOPS)
- Sunscreen and a hat
Please have your child bring the following to camp each day:
- A full, reusable water bottle
- A towel
We will provide:
- All activity supplies
- River Camp T-shirt
- Drinking water/Gatorade
- Morning snack
Yes! We welcome parents or other guardians to stay and join in the fun.