The Current

August 2016
John Muir as portrayed by local naturalist Frank Helling.
Thank you for a great summer at River Camp!

This summer more than 1,500 children and teens participated in River Camp. Thanks to the generous support of individuals like you, 364 children received a scholarship to attend River Camp. 

Camp days were spent exploring wildlife habitat, swimming and canoeing the San Joaquin, and learning about the natural world through science education activities and games. John Muir even made a visit to tell stories about the mountains and rivers of California. 

Thank you to the families, camp staff, volunteers, and donors who made this summer one to remember.

Information about River Camp 2017 will be available on our website in January. Registration will open March 1, 2017. 

Geek Night on the River at Bitwise

September 2, 2016
5 pm to 7 pm
Bitwise Industries, 700 Van Ness Ave

Join us for an interactive night "on the river" at Bitwise's South Stadium. Activities will range from "habitat" jenga to learning how to navigate the winding San Joaquin River in a canoe. Test your knowledge about Fresno's watershed to win a coveted River Camp tee or play a challenging round of noodle hockey. Afterwards, jump into a canoe for a stream of photos to preserve this night in your memory. No matter which activities you choose to participate in, this event is bound to leave you feeling enthusiastic about one of the Central Valley's greatest treasures!

This is a great opportunity for you to check out the Bitwise Industries South Stadium in Downtown Fresno. 

Help clean the San Joaquin 

September 17, 2016
9 am to 12 pm

The River Parkway Trust's largest annual river cleanup is right around the corner! The Great Sierra River Cleanup is coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and held in conjunction with the statewide Coastal Cleanup Day. 

You can make an impact on the health of the San Joaquin River by joining Trust staff in the battle against harmful invasive plants that threaten to crowd out native vegetation. Removing invasive weeds is a vital step in the process to restore native wildlife habitat.  

This activity is a great choice for groups. Click here for more information and to sign up!

#Parks4All Mayoral Candidates Forum

September 27, 6 pm to 8 pm

Parc Grove Commons Community Room

2674 E Clinton Ave 

You are invited to the community-led #Parks4All mayoral candidate forum. This is your chance to hear from each candidate about specific steps they will implement to create #Parks4All in the City of Fresno. 

This non-partisan event is hosted by Fresno Building Healthy Communities, Communities for a New California Education Fund, Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, League of Women Voters Fresno, Fresno State Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) and Department of Recreation Administration and The Trust for Public Land.

The project will repair this breach in the road between the Van Buren Unit and Sycamore Island.
The Sycamore Island Pond Isolation Project is underway

The San Joaquin River Conservancy began work on the Sycamore Island Pond Isolation Project this month. The project will restore alternate vehicle access to the Sycamore Island recreation area by repairing a berm. The project will also isolate a gravel pond from the main river channel and create floodplain habitat. 

Boaters on the river and Sycamore Island visitors will not be allowed to enter the construction zone through November of this year. Boaters should stay upstream or downstream of the project; boaters desiring to pass through will be required to portage their boats on land around the construction zone. 

Click here for more information about the project. 
A beautiful setting for your next business meeting or retreat

Are you planning for a fall or winter retreat for your business or group? The River Center features two conference rooms that will provide a beautiful setting for your meetings, seminars, or staff retreats. Reserve the East Fresno Rotary Conference Room in the historic ranch house or the larger, sleek conference room in the Headquarters Building. 

  • Ranch House: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Headquarters: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Click here for more information or call 559-248-8480 to reserve your date today. 


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