Student of the the James

Adventures of a lifetime!

Our Education program connects 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.

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.

COVID 19 Update: We take the safety of our students and staff and their families very seriously. Our staff is working diligently to create virtual environmental education experiences that can be done from home. 

Our Education Programs are Watershed-Wide

Nat Draper

Director of Education

804.788.8811, ext 160


Did you know?

We also offer continuing education classes for teachers and workshops and educational events for adults. Contact Nat Draper for more information.

Education News:

Press Release: Hampton City Schools and JRA Host Education Event

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:April, 20, 2022 CONTACT:Erin Hillert, Marketing & Communications Manager James River Association (e)  (c) 608.239.2644 Kellie Goral, Executive Director of Public Relations and MarketingHampton City...

Through the eyes of an Intern

What I did and how you can help too! My name is Jacob Baker. Currently, I am a student at Randolph-Macon College. This January, I had the opportunity to intern with the James River Association (JRA). I had such a good time working with JRA because I was able to take...

James River Explorers – Shark Week

Create your own Shark Week! Check out the resources below to learn more about sharks and their teeth in the James River and Chesapeake Bay.  Some of these links talk about finding sharks teeth along beaches, if you do venture out, please pay attention to current...

American Electric Power Foundation awards $81,000 to the James River Environmental Education Program

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 9, 2020 CONTACT: Jodi Gillette, Lynchburg City Schools Education Foundation, Inc., 434.515.5081 Cindy Babb, Lynchburg City Schools, Erin Hillert, James River Association,...

Press Release: The James River Association Finds New Ways to Educate Students

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:February 1, 2021 CONTACT:Nat Draper, Senior Education Manager, James River | 804.267.9236 Erin Hillert, Marketing & Communications Manager, James River Association...

“What a Healthy River Means to Me” Poster Contest

The results are in from the seventh annual “What a Healthy River Means to Me” poster contest. Middle school students in the City of Richmond, City of Lynchburg, Goochland, Hanover County, James City County, Henrico County, Charles City County and Chesterfield that are situated within five miles of the James River, or have participated in our education programs were invited to illustrate “What a Healthy River Means to Me”.

This year we had 100 students submit entries that depicted what a healthy river means to them. View the top ten entries.