The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust in Fresno was established in 1992 and has done a lot of work creating and conserving the San Joaquin River Parkway.
You can visit their site at http://www.riverparkway.org/ and click on River Center to see photos of the center described below, and why don't we have something grand like this here??
A good project for the future.
COKE HALLOWELL CENTER FOR RIVER STUDIES AT RIVERVIEW RANCH
The River Center: A Center of Activity for people who care about the River
11605 Old Friant Road, Fresno, CA 93720
Just 10 minutes East from the Highway 41 Friant Road exitA facility of the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation TrustDeeded to the community by Vulcan Materials Company April 2001.
Historic Ranch House open Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm, or by appointment.Grounds open for trail users and picnics every day 8am-5pm.Admission to grounds: free.Admission to Historic Ranch House: suggested donation $3 per person.
Special group tours available by appointment.Call (559) 433-3190 for information.
At the River Center you can connect with the culture and natural history of the San Joaquin River through art and educational exhibits, programs and activities, gardens and links to pedestrian and bike trails.
There is something for everyone at the River Center. Programs like storytelling, river-inspired art workshops, readings by local authors, gardening classes and kids' crafts keep the place bustling with activity year-round.
The River Center has a restored 1890's ranch house, rose garden, orchard, vineyard and picnic area. The grounds and historic ranch house are available to rent for business meetings.
Visit the River Store in the Leon and Pete Peters Welcome Pavilion to purchase unique gifts. A portion of all sales benefits the work of the River Parkway Trust.