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

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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2018 Poster Contest

The results are in from the eighth 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...
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My James River Leadership Academy Experience

By Maeve Hall, James River Leadership Academy student Our nation has recently been reminded that student leaders have the capacity to create powerful movements that force us to rethink the ways in which we deal with important issues facing our country, and the world....
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My James River Expeditions Experience

By James River Expeditions student, Summer Adams The summer of 2017 I took part in the James River Expeditions with the James River Association. I spent a week paddling and learning on the upper James, beginning at Horseshoe Bend and ending at Snowden boat ramp...
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James River Explorers: Let’s Observe Winter Wildlife!

In this series, we will be sharing activities that help you get outside, learn about our environment, and work with your friends and family to create something awesome. If you haven’t already, read the previous James River Explorers posts and enjoy! Although it may...
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Nat Draper

Education Manager
(804) 788-8811 ext 218
ndraper@jrava.org

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Educational Resources

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

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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.

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