My name is Julia Carson and I am an environmental educator for the James River Association in Richmond. My job typically consists of running field trips and canoe paddles with Richmond students. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until my first environmental studies course that I decided to follow the path of environmental education. I loved the idea of blending my passion of teaching with my love of the environment. My favorite thing about my job is helping students develop a personal connection with the James River. It’s very rewarding to watch students enjoy the river and discover an activity that helps them connect to their environment.