FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 7, 2016
James River Expedition Sets Sail for Sixth Year
27 students from across Virginia embark on educational adventure down James River
The sixth annual James River Expedition kicks off July 10 with 27 ecologically-minded students from across Virginia’s James River basin. The educational adventure, in which participants collectively paddle the length of the James, teaches students conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, kayaks and bateaux.
Twenty-seven students from twenty high schools will participate in one of three six-day trips down the James. They will meet a diverse group of business owners, farmers and others along the way to learn about their livelihoods and the many uses for the river. This once in a lifetime learning adventure focuses on building confidence and leadership while helping participants understand the importance of the river and the future challenges for keeping it healthy.
Students were selected through an open application process earlier this year, based on their interests in the watershed and a desire to learn about the James River.
“We are thrilled to once again offer students a unique, hands-on experience that teaches them about the major role the river plays in our lives and educates them on the impact that they can have on maintaining its health,” said Nat Draper, Education Manager for the James River Association. “We’re incredibly proud that they then take this knowledge back to their schools, families and communities to help ensure a healthy future for the James.”
Participants involved in the Expedition represent a diverse geographic span of Virginia, from heavier populated regions like Richmond, to more rural counties such as Surry and Bedford.
The Expedition launches in the town of Eagle Rock and will travel to Snowden, July 10-15. On July 17-22, the second group of students paddle from Concord to Columbia. The Expedition concludes as students make their way from Hopewell to Hampton, July 24-29.
For more information on the James River Expedition, visit www.jamesriverassociation.org/expedition.
ABOUT THE JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION:
The James River Association is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to serve as a guardian and voice for the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000-square mile watershed, the James River Association works through its core programs – Education, Community Conservation, Watershed Restoration, River Advocacy and the Riverkeeper Program – to help people of all ages enjoy, appreciate and protect the beauty and health of the James River for future generations to enjoy. For more information visit www.jamesriverassociation.org.