James River Ecology School

James River Ecology School Engaging today’s youth to be tomorrow’s stewards.

James Riverkeepers

Upper James Riverkeeper Jamie Brunkow - Lower James Riverkeeper
Upper James Riverkeeper,
Pat Calvert
Lower James Riverkeeper
Jamie Brunkow

Waterkeeper Alliance

RiverRats

Canoe Race


Do you love the river? Do you want to help the river? Become a JRA RiverRat!

River Hero Homes

Becoming a River Hero Home is a simple way to help protect the James River.

James River Watch

James River WatchNeed to know the current water level for your canoe trip on the Upper James? Wondering if you’ll encounter sea nettles on a trip to the Lower James? Now you can find helpful river information in one convenient location. Get Interactive.

Envision The James

Learn more about the James and take part in creating a vision for the future of the river at www.EnvisionTheJames.org.

Support JRA with your Purchase

James River Blend Cofee by Blanchard'sGrab a new bag of James River Blend coffee by Blanchard’s, pick up a discount card for shops and restaurants around Richmond or find out how you can get a stylish JRA wooden rain barrel! Visit the Gift Shop.

Protecting America's Founding River

More than one-third of all Virginians rely on the James River and its tributaries for water, commerce and recreation. After generations of nurturing its people, the James River needs nurturing itself. Let the James River Association show you how to enjoy and protect this natural treasure.

Join us at Presquile!

Join JRA for a public field day on Presquile National Widlife Refuge.. To learn more, click here.

News & Notes

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Upcoming Events

April 19, RiverRats Training, Bellemeade
April 12, Presquile “Field Day”
April 22, Great Shiplock Cleanup
April 26, James RiverFest
April 26, RiverRats Training, Lexington

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In going from “dumping ground” to supporting the “Best River Town Ever,” the James River is arguably the most improved river in the nation.  This accomplishment has been the result of a diverse, collective effort by many concerned citizens, businesses and governments. Richmond wins 'Best River Town' in landslide - Richmond Times Dispatch


Presquile National Wildlife Refuge
“Field Day” - Saturday, April 12, 2014

The public is invited to join the US Fish and Wildlife Service and their partners to celebrate the beauty and benefits of nature. Presquile National Wildlife Refuge is a 1,329 acre island in the James River. Parking and boat transportation will occur at 4700 Bermuda Hundred Road, Chester, VA. Both the event and parking are FREE of charge.


Water Quality MonitorCitizen Water Quality Monitor

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us during the 2014 season. JRA needs your help as a citizen scientist, collecting water samples and recording data to track the environmental health of the River. Find out how you can help.


James RiverFestJames RiverFest

The James River Association will hold the third annual James RiverFest at the Eco Discovery Park in Williamsburg.  This event will include on the water activities, a morning clean-up, fun and educational activities for children, food vendors, live music, kayaking, and a wide variety of vendors and environmental booths. www.JamesRiverFest.org


James River ExpeditionsFree Trees!

Do you live in the City of Richmond?  Are you interested in planting trees in your yard and becoming a River Hero Home?  If you answered yes to both of these questions JRA wants to give you free trees!  This program is open to both new and already certified River Hero Homes. Find out how!


James River Splash & DashAnthem James River Splash & Dash

Registration is open for the 2014 Anthem James River Splash & Dash! Looking for a fun run with its own cool down? Get ready to navigate an uneven trail with obstacles of all kinds, including rocks, roots, and other natural obstacles. Visit www.jrsplashanddash.org for more information!


Westover Lawn PartyWestover Lawn Party

The Annual Westover Lawn Party is a signature event held each summer at Westover Plantation in Charles City, VA. This event, JRA’s largest fundraiser, centers on family and educational activities, live entertainment, great food and both a silent and live auction. Get your tickets today!


Canoe RaceRiver Rat Training

Do you love the river? Do you want to help the river? Become a JRA RiverRat! RiverRats will be proactive in protecting their river by committing to action projects in their communities. By helping JRA keep watch over our waterways and inspiring their neighbors to choose clean water, RiverRats will play a vital role in protecting and restoring America’s Founding River.Saturday, April 26 9:00 am – 2:00 pm RiverRats Training - Lexington Find out more.