"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.

Our print and email newsletters will keep you up to date on the latest news and information. 

Email Newsletters 

San Joaquin Stories: Katie what is that?
"This is the best part of the field trip." 

San Joaquin Stories: Exciting discovery at Fresno River West 
Burrowing owl spotted on the property


San Joaquin Stories: Creating outdoor experiences for children 
"All you have to do is take a canoe ride down the river and you see the river is worth saving."

San Joaquin Stories: Changing lives at River Camp Firebaugh
The best part of his summer 

San Joaquin Stories: Mother Tree 
A beauty at Ball Ranch 

San Joaquin Stories: Jensen River Ranch
How Jensen River Ranch became part of the Parkway 

San Joaquin Stories: All about you 
Thank you for supporting the River Parkway Trust 

San Joaquin Stories: Hunt and Gather 
What do you know about the people who live along the river?

San Joaquin Stories: Gratitude for our Founding Mothers
Three women came together to save the San Joaquin River

San Joaquin Stories: Now I know what nature is
If you are quiet you can hear many things in nature

San Joaquin Stories: Eagle Scout 
Thank you Ian for your hard work 

San Joaquin Stories: Salmon at Sycamore Island 
Discovering salmon at Sycamore Island 

San Joaquin Stories: Owl Hollow
How Owl Hollow got its name

San Joaquin Stories: Love our River
"I'm a bin, drop your litter in!"

San Joaquin Stories: Hidden Users of the Parkway 
At night hidden users of the Parkway come out

San Joaquin Stories: Pole Plantings on the Parkway 
"I didn't think it would work."

San Joaquin Stories: Beep Beep 
Wonderful Wildlife Sightings

San Joaquin Stories: A New Hobby
Luis had never used a pair of binoculars before.

San Joaquin Stories: Sycamore Island Becomes Part of the Parkway
We are among the dreamers.

San Joaquin Stories: People and Transitions
Welcome John and best of luck in the future Melinda. 

San Joaquin Stories: I Wanted to be the First One Here
The local angler was passionate about fishing.

San Joaquin Stories: Remembering Gavin
A Teachable Moment

San Joaquin Stories: Moo
The Year is 1910...

San Joaquin Stories: To Enjoy What She Understands
"This is the way school should always be."

San Joaquin Stories: We Have But One Chance To Preserve
Thousands of people crossed the finish line of the Two Cities Marathon in Woodward Park. 

San Joaquin Stories: They Said It Couldn't Be Saved
The old white farmhouse has been part of the Riverview Ranch for over 100 years.

San Joaquin Stories: It's Like I'm Holding a Whole Tree in My Hand
Sometimes it takes the wisdom of a four-year-old...

San Joaquin Stories: The Wonders of Wildlife at the River Center
"Oh wow! I see a bald eagle!"

Parkway Update August 2018 
We have exciting news to share! 

Fresno for Parks Celebration 
Celebrate with us at Radio Park 

The Current June 2018 
Look what you helped accomplish last year.

The Current May 2018
You can get involved! 

The Current April 2018 
Respite by the River kicks off this week. 

Special River Camp Scholarship Matching Opportunity 

Parkway Update February 2018
Announcing David Hunter as Artist in Residence 

The Current February 2018 
Four consecutive four star ratings. 

A New Year of Parties for the Parkway 
The River Parkway Trust is turning 30! Come celebrate with us. 

A New Year's Message from the Executive Director 
Wishing you a 2018 rich with constructive communication, deep relationships, and meaningful work. 

A Message from River Parkway Trust Board Member Ryan Commons 
I want to see the San Joaquin River become our river!

Land Trust Accreditation Renewal Notice
We're applying for renewal of land trust accreditation. 

Print Newsletters

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015



Below you will find links to the River Parkway Trust's email newsletter Parkway News, and links to recent press releases. Media inquiries should be directed to Sarah Parkes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 559-248-8480 ext. 107. 



Special Fall Notice 
Are you a Visionary?

The Current October 2016
Upcoming opportunities to provide input on the Parkway 

The Current August 2016
Thanks for a great summer at River Camp!

The Current July 2016

The Current June 2015

Send Jenni to River Camp 

The Current April 2015

Let's G.O.! Get Outside

Annoucing Sharon Weaver as New Executive Director

The Current January 2015


New Addition to the River Center 

Great Sierra River Cleanup

Bart Bohn Selected as New Board President

Madera Unified Meets the River

River Parkway Trust Celebrates National Trails Day

River Parkway Trust Press Releases and News 

November 8, 2018 

River Parkway Trust to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for new River Center barn

The River Parkway Trust will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the reconstructed barn at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies. 

September 26, 2018 

Harvest Home: A Festival of Traditional Americana Music 

River Parkway Trust to host traditional Americana music festival in partnership with the Fresno Folklore Society. 

June 26, 2018

Physically Disabled Youth Kayak and Paddleboard on the San Joaquin River 

Adaptive Kayak and Paddleboard Clinic with Valley Children's and the River Parkway Trust

April 27, 2018 

River Parkway Trust announces River Center Barn Reconstruction Project 

The project will enhance the organization's capacity to provide field trips and community programs at the Coke Hallowell Center for River Stud

February 28, 2018

River Parkway Trust introduces public Pre-K program 

Inspiring weekend nature explorers through a fun and educational adventure. 

January 18, 2018 

River Parkway Trust to expand environmental education program services in 2018

Nearly 1,300 disadvantaged pre-K through 12th-grade students will participate in an outdoor education experience along the San Joaquin River. 



The links below will provide you with information about the River Parkway Trust's strategic direction. Included here are the River Center Vision Plan and the Trust's Strategic Plan for 2017-2019. We invite you to explore these documents and learn more about the future of our organization and our work to create and protect the San Joaquin River Parkway.


Strategic Plan 2017-2019 (1.00MB)


 River Center Vision Plan (2MB)


 There are several ways for you to become part of the Parkway story:

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