"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 an outdoor adventure!  You and your child will embark on an adventure following one of our educational themes (Bug Buddies, Bird Buddies, Nature Neighbors, 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 $12.00 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 mornings. 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 assist with social distancing among youth participants.

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!

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Community 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.

Fall 2020 Dates:

Saturday, November 14th - Pond Pals

Saturday, November 21st - Bees and Birds

Inspire Charter Students: The River Parkway Trust is an Inspire Vendor!  To participate in River Buddies Weekend Explorers through Inspire, please contact Molly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (559) 248-8480 ext. 104 by the Wednesday prior to your desired trip for further information.