Volunteer to help us plant 3,000 trees this spring!

The James River Association, in partnership with the Robert E Lee and Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation Districts, will be planting 3,000 trees at farms along various tributaries of the James River this spring!

If you love our River, join us to protect the James by volunteering to help plant the native tree seedlings.

The plantings are at various properties within Albemarle, Amherst, and Nelson Counties. Many of these farms have also installed cattle exclusion fencing to keep cows out of our waterways, which reduces sediment and bacteria from entering the James River, and keeps the cows healthy and safe.

All tools and instruction will be provided and you will be working  alongside our staff to install native tree seedlings. All ages are welcome, but youth under age 18 should have a parent or guardian present, and participants will need to be comfortable being outside for several hours, traverse uneven ground, and handle a good amount of walking.

In return, we’ll help you connect to the James to celebrate what we accomplished together for a paddle and lunch at James River Adventures in Amherst County!

Interested in volunteering? Sign up here for a shift, or just to stay in the loop about days and locations this March. The plantings are on private property and site locations could shift depending on weather and other factors, so exact locations will not be released until closer to the planting date.


Albemarle County

Thursday, March 8th
Friday, March 9th
Saturday, March 10th

Amherst County

Thursday, March 22nd
Monday, March 26th
Tuesday, March 27th
Monday, April 2nd
Tuesday, April 3rd
Wednesday, April 11th
Thursday, April 12th

Nelson County

Thursday, April 19th
Friday, April 20th
Saturday, April 21st

All days have volunteer opportunities from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.


As a thank you to our volunteers, on May 19, 2018 we will host a James River Tree-Athlon Thank You Event at James River Adventures in Lynchburg. This fun day on the river will include lunch and a 6 mile paddle trip or 3 mile tubing trip. Each volunteer that participates in a tree planting day during James River Tree-Athlon will receive one voucher for a free river trip to be used at the event or at a later date.