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

Education Program News

2019 Middle James River Expedition

The James River Middle Expedition is the adventure that all high school kids should experience during their summer break. This year, we spent the first couple of days getting over the hurdle of rainy days and wet gear. Overcoming these obstacles was key to...

James River Expedition Perspective

by Jordan Cramer, James River Association Intern Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to join the Upper James River Expedition. With several JRA staff, we visited the Expedition Team for the last section of their trip, through the James River Gorge to Snowden, VA. I...

2019 Upper James River Expedition

Three James River Expedition trips are offered during the summer as three different week-long experiences for a total of 30 students and 3 teachers.  With a focus on nature and being outdoors, students are “unplugged” for the week and are not permitted to...

2019-20 James River Leadership Academy Session 1

This year we are excited to have 29 student leaders from across the watershed participating in our James River Leadership Academy program! We have 17 students from the middle/Richmond leadership program, 8 students from the Lower/Williamsburg...

2019 Lower James River Expedition

The first leg of the James River Association’s James River Expedition program is complete! The James River Expedition program is a 6-day on-the-water journey giving students the first-hand experience of James River wildlife, how the river benefits...

Nat Draper

Education Manager
(804) 788-8811 ext 218


Educational Resources

Check out our JRA Education Program Catalog for complete descriptions and SOL details.


Did you know?

We also offer continuing education classes for teachers and workshops and educational events for adults. Check our calendar for information on upcoming events.

“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.