"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. 

Join the Nature Walks Program as a Guide or Assistant!

Join us to learn more about the River Parkway Trust's Nature Walks program, meet others with similar outdoor interests, and plan for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 nature walks schedule.  Register using the link below, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Monday, October 7th - Nature Walks Informational Meeting - River Center - 5:30 pm

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 Nature Walks 

Saturday, October 26th - Madera River West - 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, November 2nd - Sycamore Island - 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, November 9th - Birding Walk at the River Center - 8:30 am - 11:30 am 

Saturday, November 23rd - Lost Lake Park - 8:45 am - 11:30 am

More dates coming soon!

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!