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Build the SHADE 4 the Outdoor Classroom and Stage
$106,303 from the goal!
Be a permanent part of the River Center at Grant Park with a donation of $200 or more
Rendering of interactive stage
"Their outdoor learning experience starts at the Conrad Prebys Interactive Stage and continues on to explore and learn in the field study area for a day they will never forget and the nature connection is made"

"Programs like yours
are the only way my students
get to nature"


More than 15,000 students

have participated in

our nature education



There are 70,000+ students
at schools

within 15 minutes

of this site in Mission Valley


With your support

we will open this

center and expand
our capacity to

reach 10,000 annually!


Exciting News: Nearing $100,000 to go!

Imagine a place where 10,000 students per year will be able to have the San Diego River as a classroom. Where research and nature stewardship will come together to create a special learning experience. Image a new 17 acre facility in the heart of Mission Valley.


This is the vision for the River Center at Grant Park. More than $10.5 M has been raised in gifts, pledges and grants for this project.

Now, an effort has been launched to raise the funds needed to add a shade structure so students and others are provided this critical element. Every donation gets the shade structure closer to reality.
More details

We invite you to join the effort to raise the remaining funds needed to finish construction and open the River Center at Grant Park in Summer of 2024.

Together we can do this!

For donations of $200 or more, special opportunities are available. LEARN MORE



Online with PAYPAL:

VENMO: @sandiegoriver
For: River Center

or use this link

By Mail: send a check to:
The San Diego River Park Foundation
4891 Pacific Highway, Suite 114
San Diego, CA 92110
Memo: River Center at Grant Park

Credit card by telephone: call 619-297-7380 M - F 8:30 - 1:30PM


  • Gifts of stock or mutual funds- click here for details
  • IRA distributions
  • Wire transfers

    Please call us if you have any questions at 619-297-7380

The San Diego River Park Foundation is a 501c3 public benefit nonprofit. All donations are tax-deductible as provided by law. EIN 01-0565671

Watch a brief video about the project


Project Summary
  • 17 acre site in Mission Valley with river running through it

  • 70,000+ students at schools within 15 minute travel time
  • 100 seat interpretive experience stage
  • Program building for cool river lab and distance learning
  • Sustainable and accessible design
  • Mutliple locations for small group learning
  • 13+ acres available for field study
  • Touch tank and other interactive exhibits
  • Key location along regional San Diego River Trail
  • Interpretive elements with emphasis on the San Diego River as a living resource
  • Park amenities, gardens, restrooms, refreshment stand and more!

Your Group Can Help

We are signing up groups for planting and other activities between now and July.

Contact Shane Conta by email or call 619-297-7380 to get involved.

Girl learning to plant

Special Opportunities

$200 - Engraved Commemorative Paver

Example of Paver

Your donation of $200 will secure you a wonderful 4 inch by 8 inch commemorative paver to be installed along the entry path.

There are two options: engrave 3 lines of text with 20 characters on each line (including spaces) OR engrave 3 lines of text with 14 characters and art (bobcat paw, eagle, trout, oak tree, or frog).

UPDATE: 8:30PM 1/20/24 Thank You - Next Paver Order Filled!

Now taking orders for the next round of pathway pavers. These will be installed after the Entry Monument Sign foundation work is complete. Anticipate installation in March.

Donate online, and we will contact you for the engraving details or use this online Google form.

Donate by Mail
: Form (PDF)

Commemorative Engraved River Rocks $500 and $1000

Your river rock will be easily accessible along the Intereactive Stage Entry Wall.

Rendering of entry wall

There are two sizes of river rocks for $500 or $1000. They will be installed when the seating area is built.

You can engrave 3 lines of text with 20 characters or spaces per line.

For donations online, we will contact you for your engraving.

Mail In Form with engraving details(PDF)

Join the River Society

Donations can be made in the form of a pledge

$5000- River Club

Benefits: Be recognized on the permanent dedication sign

$10,000 - Park Partners

Benefits: More prominent recognition on the permanent dedication sign

$25,000 - Founder's Circle

Benefits: Be invited to a special tour of the site and pre-opening reception.

For cummaltive donations of $100,000 or more additional benefits are available.
Please contact our Senior Manager of Philanthropy, Pat Rice, at 619-297-7380.

Mail in Form (PDF) for Donations or Pledges of $5000 or more


Limited Number of Unique Recognition Opportunities Remain Available

Current Opportunities:

Dedicated Park Bench
8- foot Tall Waterfall
Critter Walk - a featured element visible along Camino del Rio N
The Den - the learning center building

To learn more:
Contact Pat Rice Senior Manager for Philanthropy and Government Relations
by email or call 619-297-7380 x 103

This project is being constructed in phases as funding allows. Phase 1 included grading, sidewalk, traffic lights, underground utilities and more. Phase 2 is the current work. The base project includes the 100 seat Conrad Prebys stage, a section of the San Diego River Pathway, gardens and the commons. As fundraising reaches milestones, several components will be added to the base project including a Learning Lab, shade structure, Critter Walk Art Feature, and PV trellis in the parking lot. We are currently focused on raising funds for the Learning Center and $341,000 for the shade structure.

If you are interested in learning about how you can support these projects, please contact Pat Rice at 619-297-7380 ext 103.


Tours Are Available

Tours can be arranged for groups of 10 or more. Open tours are available on Thursdays and some weekends. Contact Pat Rice at 619-297-7380 x103 or by email to schedule your tour!

Special Thanks To The President Circle Donors:

Vantile Company, LLC Conrad Prebys Foundation
Alta Company, LLC Tom and Cookie Sudberry
Philip Pryde Quarry Falls, LLC
An anonymous gift Hervey Family Fund at the San Diego Foundation

Rendering of Grant Park

Rendering of the neighborhood commons including The Arbor.

Learn More


2450 Camino del Rio N
in Mission Valley

Latest News

12/14 Base project is funded!

10/20 Total Project Fundraising tops $9.4 M

9/28 City of San Diego Issues Building Permit

8/1 State Awards $2.5 M for Construction

5/8 $4.68 M Fundraising Goal met for Phase 1