Wednesday, June, 24, 2020


Justin Doyle
Community Conservation Manager
James River Association
(804) 572-4667

James River Association Offers Programs to
“Connect with the James”

The James River Association (JRA) has officially opened registration for its 2020 season of Connect with the James programs. Programs are open to the public and provide a one-of-kind experience to get on the water while learning about the history and natural resources of the James River and its tributaries. Opportunities include canoeing, kayaking, and informative outings on the JRA’s education vessel, Spirit of the James.

“Helping people develop an appreciation for the James River, its natural resources, and cultural resources is what the James River Association does best,” said Justin Doyle, JRA’s Community Conservation Manager. “Our Connect with the James programs provide opportunities for people to enjoy the James River in a safe and socially distant manner.”

Highlights of the 2020 season include guided kayak tours of Powhatan Creek in James City County, guided canoe tours of Turkey Island Creek in Henrico County, and trips on the Spirit of the James to celebrate The Great Return of the Atlantic Sturgeon on September 18 as well as World Fish Migration Day on October 24, launching from Rocketts Landing Marina.

“Current challenges have made the solitude and relaxation of paddling on the James all the more evident,” said Emily Hinson, JRA’s Lower James Regional Outreach Manager. “We’re excited to share this opportunity to explore nature through the Connect with the James programs.”

JRA’s Connect with the James programs are made possible by generous support from the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. For more information about programs, visit  

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 toward its vision of a fully healthy James River supporting thriving communities. The James River Association believes that “when you change the James, the James changes you”. With offices in Lynchburg, Richmond, Williamsburg, and Scottsville, the James River Association is committed to protecting the James River and connecting people to it. For more information visit