RiverRats Program


Become a RiverRat!

The James River Association and our James RIVERKEEPER® is recruiting the James River’s first line of citizen defense, the RiverRats. This program engages volunteers to patrol the James and its tributaries and report their sightings to us through the RiverRat portal, only accessible to RiverRats. Whether by walking a neighborhood stream, kayaking a local river, or boating the wide reaches of the lower James, RiverRats will document potential pollution sources and their effects while also reporting natural patterns in river hydrology and wildlife sightings.

RiverRats take further action by completing Action Projects to protect and restore the watershed or by assisting the James River Association with our activities. Extensive training and support will be provided by the James River Association. A scientific background is not required. By helping to keep watch over our waterways, RiverRats will play a vital role in protecting and restoring America’s Founding River.

Turtles on the upper James

Already a RiverRat?

Log in to our RiverRats Member Center to access files, maps and assignments.

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2018 Training Dates


  • Wednesday, October 3rd
    Richmond – Stone Brewing
    4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Register to become a James RiverRat!  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required.


For more information

Please contact Sophie Stern, at (804) 788-8811 ext 214 or volunteer@jrava.org for more information on the RiverRats program.