RiverRats Program

Become a RiverRat!

The James River Association and our Riverkeepers are 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 Riverkeepers 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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2017 Training Dates


  • Saturday, February 4th, 10am – 3pm, RiverRats Training – University of Richmond, Richmond
  • Saturday, February 18th, 10am – 3pm, RiverRats Training – Virginia Living Museum, Newport News 
  • Saturday, March 4th, 10am – 3pm, RiverRats Training – RiverEdge Park, Lynchburg
  • Saturday, March 18th, 10am – 3pm, RiverRats Training – TBA, Clifton Forge

Training for the James River Association’s RiverRats program. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Register now.


For more information

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

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