Volunteer News 

January 2017 
Last year, volunteers just like you made great things possible along the San Joaquin River Parkway. More than 10,000 children were able to visit the San Joaquin River thanks in part to the support of our Education Docent Team. The River Center was open for public enjoyment thanks to our dedicated River Center Docents. River Stewards volunteers helped plant thousands of native plants at Spano River Ranch. Thank you for the gift of your time. 

Volunteers are at the heart of every River Parkway Trust program area. Your generous donation of time improves the quality of life in our community. There are a variety of ways for you to become a volunteer with the River Parkway Trust this year. 

Read on below for upcoming volunteer workdays and orientations. Or visit our Volunteer webpage to fill out the online interest form. Please contact me at sparkes@riverparkway.org or 559-248-8480 ext. 107 if you have any questions about volunteering with the River Parkway Trust. 

We look forward to seeing you soon out on the San Joaquin River Parkway. 


Sarah Parkes, Director of Annual Giving 

Come help us get ready for a wonderful springtime bloom.
Third Annual Gardening Angels Rose Pruning Party

Hone your rose pruning skills and help keep the beautiful River Center heritage rose garden blooming well. If you are a master gardener, earn extended education credits.

Bring gloves and clippers if you have them. The day will be led by Master Gardener Michael Harmon. 

This is a great opportunity to volunteer to help make the River Center grounds beautiful and learn techniques of winter rose pruning. 

Morning coffee and goodies, and a soup, salad and dessert lunch at noonish will be provided. Please RSVP so we know how many to plan for. 

Education Docent Training Dates

School is back in session and we are recruiting Education Docents to help run the Trust's school field trip programs. We have two training dates coming up. 

Saturday, January 21 - 3rd Grade Field Trips 
9:30 am to 12:30 pm 

This training introduces the curriculum and program structure of the Fresno Unified 3rd grade field trip program offered at the River Center and Lost Lake Park.  

Saturday, February 4 - River Buddies Field Trips

9:30 am to 12:30 pm  

This training will cover the River Buddies program for pre-K and Kindergarten students. River Buddies field trips are held at the River Center, and each trip focuses on a theme (Bird Buddies, Nature Buddies, Bug Buddies, or Fishy Friends). 

For additional information about the River Parkway Trust's Education Programs click here or contact Community Programs Director Molly Schnur-Salimbene at mschnur-salimbene@riverparkway.org

River Center Docent Training

Join us for the first River Center Docent Training of 2017!

We are looking for enthusiastic and personable individuals to join our team of River Center Docents. If you are interested in local history, have experience in a retail setting, and enjoy working with the public, this volunteer opportunity is perfect for you. 

This training session will include information about:
  • the River Parkway Trust's history, mission, and program services
  • the history of Riverview Ranch
  • how to lead tours of the historic Ranch House
  • volunteering in the River Store
River Stewards Planting Days at Spano River Ranch 

Come get your hands dirty with us at Spano River Ranch. We are planting thousands of native plants as part of a habitat restoration project around a large pond. River Stewards workdays are perfect for individuals and groups. All tools are provided. 

For more information about the River Stewards program click here or contact Project Manager Jake Salimbene at jsalimbene@riverparkway.org

Volunteers Needed for Sycamore Island 5k/10k

On Sunday, January 29, San Joaquin Running will host the first ever 5k/10k run at Sycamore Island. We are recruiting volunteers to help with t-shirt/bib pick-up, parking, and monitoring the course. 

If you are interested in helping out please contact Sarah Parkes at sparkes@riverparkway.org or call 559-248-8480 ext. 107. 

For more information about the Sycamore Island 5k/10k click here


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