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.

Our Education Programs are Watershed-Wide

Nat Draper

Education Manager
(804) 788-8811 ext 218
ndraper@jrava.org

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

Education News:

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...

Environmental Opportunities for High School Students

One of the James River Association’s primary strategies for a healthy James River is to help communities realize the benefits of a healthy river. Environmental education is a key way we do this. We work to inspire the next generation of river stewards and...

Falling Creek Middle School Students Experience the James

In 2019, the James River Association was awarded a Chesapeake Bay Trust grant for Falling Creek Middle School students to visit our James River Ecology School on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge. The Ecology School is a joint venture with the U.S. Fish...

What is the JRLA?

The James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) is a year-long leadership program for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th-grade high school students who are interested in advocating for the future of the James River. Students will develop awareness of how to apply environmental...

2019 Leadership Academy Session 2

The James River Leadership Academy (JRLA) students start off their second session with a beautiful ride on our pontoon boat from the ferry landing at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge traveling west towards the City of Richmond. The main conversations during this...

“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.