Fresno Aquarium – The Journey

As has been our practice to this date, our plan is to build and grow as the sponsorships, donations and grants come in. Our Charter Members keep the organization going, our outreach programs keep the community and our schools engaged and our volunteers are the smiling faces that help us get accurate facts out to the public.

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Spring is busy indeed!

As the school year winds down, the calls come pouring into the Institute phones. We always try to accomodate last minute requests for our school programs, but all too often we have to tell the teachers or parents that we are unfortunately totally booked during the month of May. Sometimes things can get a bit…

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Salmon make it to within 21 miles of Firebaugh, California

For the last 62 years, Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) have not been able to swim from the Pacific Ocean up the San Joaquin River to their historic spawning beds near Fresno. The construction of Friant Dam put an end to the runs in 1948. Now, in the winter of 2010, water has flowed continuously down…

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Caltrans plan ignores Fresno’s northern gateway

There are too many issues surrounding the Caltrans plan to widen Highway 99 from Ashlan Avenue in Fresno to Avenue 7 in Madera County to cover in just one blog post. So, this will be the first in a series of posts that will document the Island Park Six-Lane Project and offer my views on…

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Why the San Joaquin Valley needs an Aquarium

Funny thing about the San Joaquin Valley – it’s named after a river of the same name. This second-longest river in California has its three sources in the incredibly beautiful snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains just east of Fresno. And not long after its North, Middle and South forks all converge in a strikingly gorgeous granite-walled…

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National Parks hold key to Fresno’s prosperity

One of our favorite activities living in Fresno has been to take the short drive up to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks and hike the many trails through the ancient mountain forests. In less than an hour’s drive east, we are at the park gate and have the freedom (and privilege!) to walk amongst…

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