Student of the the James


Adventures of a lifetime!

Our Education program connects youth with river-based learning experiences that inspire confidence, ecological understanding, nature appreciation, and conservation action. The James River Association provides interdisciplinary learning experiences that are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Activities are field-based and use the context of the James River to bring complex concepts to life.

We engage students through hands-on experience and student-directed investigations enhanced by technology and real-world applications. We are committed to providing a safe place for all students to learn and grow no matter their background experience or knowledge.

Our Education Programs are Watershed-Wide

Education Program News

James River Leadership Academy – Session 2

The James River Association was delighted to host Session 2 of the James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. The students had an action-packed weekend. They were able to travel to the Chesterfield Power Station, participate in team...
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2018 BWET

Thanks to funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Richmond City Public School (RPS) students were offered hands-on scientific experiences in their own community. Throughout the month of October, students visited Reedy Creek, Pony...
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Rare find on the James River

Juvenile Atlantic Sturgeon confirm successful spawning but concerns remain Last week, James River Association education staff discovered five young Atlantic sturgeon during an education program on the James River. On their 40-foot education boat, Spirit of the James,...
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Falling Creek Elementary School Trip

This is going to be the Best Day Ever With funding from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the James River Association was able to have the entire Falling Creek Elementary School’s 5th grade out to the James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge for a...
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Expedition & Leadership Academy Alumni Connection

All past Expedition and Leadership Academy students are invited to join us for an Alumni Connection event to be held Saturday, August 4th, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Ancarrow’s Landing in Richmond. Join us for a morning of canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding and...
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Nat Draper

Education Manager
(804) 788-8811 ext 218


Educational Resources

Check out our JRA Education Program Catalog for complete descriptions and SOL details.


Did you know?

We also offer continuing education classes for teachers and workshops and educational events for adults. Check our calendar for information on upcoming events.

“What a Healthy River Means to Me” Poster Contest

The results are in from the seventh annual “What a Healthy River Means to Me” poster contest. Middle school students in the City of Richmond, City of Lynchburg, Goochland, Hanover County, James City County, Henrico County, Charles City County and Chesterfield that are situated within five miles of the James River, or have participated in our education programs were invited to illustrate “What a Healthy River Means to Me”.

This year we had 100 students submit entries that depicted what a healthy river means to them. View the top ten entries.