Richmond Area James River Education Program

Give your students a meaningful experience on the James

Our Richmond educational programs connect youth with river-based learning experiences that inspire confidence, ecological understanding, nature appreciation, and conservation action. The James River Association provides interdisciplinary learning experiences that are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Activities are field-based and use the context of the James River to bring complex concepts to life.

Our Richmond Area Education Programs

James River Ecology School 

Presquile National Wildlife Refuge Day & Overnight Programming

Watershed Classrooms 

Our educators will bring lesson plans into your classroom

River Explorations

Canoe Paddle at Deep Bottom Park in Henrico County, VA

Visit the Park

Our educators will create curriculum for students at your local park

Education Program Cost Estimates

We engage students through hands-on experience and student-directed investigations enhanced by technology and real-world applications. We are committed to providing a safe place for all students to learn and grow no matter their background experience or knowledge. 

We will work with you to create a tailored made outdoor curriculum that fits into your lesson plans. We are also flexible with both start and ending program times.

Ecology School Day Trip Ecology School Overnight Deep Bottom River Exploration Watershed Classrooms
No. of students <30 30-55 <30 <25 35
Cost $750 $1000 $1500 $450 $150
Duration of programming 4-5 hours 4-5 hours 24 hours 4-5 hours 45 min.
Description Wetland paddle, pontoon boat trip Wetland paddle, pontoon boat trip Wetland paddle, overnight stay in bunkhouse Wetland paddle and water quality at Deep Bottom Park In-classroom visit from a JRA educator

If you are committed to providing students with quality field-based learning experiences but are limited by funds, please contact JRA for more information about need-based scholarships for appropriate individuals and schools.

Meet the Richmond Region Education Staff

Charles Johnson

Environmental Educator
Phone: (804) 788-8811, ext 220
Email: cjohnson@thejamesriver.org

Julia Carson

Environmental Educator
Phone: (804) 788-8811, ext 207
Email: jcarsono@thejamesriver.org

Aaron Bouchard

Master Captian and Environmental Educator
Phone: (804) 788-8811, ext 217
Email: abouchard@thejamesriver.org