Webinar Series

Learn more about your River!

With the continuing uncertainties of COVID-19 and our current social distancing landscape, we have launched a new monthly webinar series highlighting a variety of different topics featuring our beautiful James River! Hear from JRA staff and local expert guests on everything from recreation to conservation to history throughout the year. If you are unable to join us for a live event, you can always watch the recorded webinars below.

Virtual Classroom: How to engage students during Covid-19

Tuesday, December 8 from 6pm – 7pm

Join us for a unique virtual learning opportunity as JRA Senior Education Manager, Nat Draper, highlights how JRA is partnering with local school systems to help engage students through online platforms. Several examples of virtual learning curriculum will be featured, and we’ll also be joined by guest speakers from Henrico Public Schools and Richmond City Schools to answer your questions about educating students during these challenging times.

Past Webinar Recordings

Ecotherapy in Action: James River Rx and Wildrock

The uncertainty and pandemic that has hit us in 2020, has been leading people to seek the support of the natural world. Ecotherapy is an emerging field that helps us to understand how our wellbeing is intertwined with nature. In this webinar, explore simple practices for cultivating a nourishing, reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Two local ecotherapists, Amber Ellis, JRA’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager, and Carolyn Schuyler, Wildrock’s Executive Director, will introduce you to this field and guide you through an ecotherapy exercise from your own home. Our hope is that you leave the hour with some tools to add to your toolbox that will bring you closer to nature and yourself. Link to Ecotherapy Presentation Slides.

Living Shorelines for Homeowners

Interested in living shorelines? The Living Shoreline Collaborative shares options for protecting your shoreline from erosion. During the webinar, we’ll cover: signs of shoreline erosion, options for stabilizing an eroding shoreline, how living shorelines can improve water quality and habitat in our local waterways, and where to go for assistance and advice, including financial assistance.

The Great Return of the Atlantic Sturgeon Webinar

With a history dating back to the age of dinosaurs, Atlantic Sturgeon are living fossils that hold significant importance to the James River. These ancient creatures have faced population decline due to overfishing, habitat loss and pollution, but show signs today of making a great return to the river. Learn more about these fish, research by the VCU Rice Rivers Center, and our partnership to promote conservation efforts. Led by Jamie Brunkow, our James RIVERKEEPER®, and Matt Balazik, Ph.D. and VCU Research Assistant Professor.

Water Quality of the James River

Interested in local water quality? Learn more about how JRA monitors the health of the James through the James River Watch program and the importance of water quality when it comes to safe recreation. Led by JRA’s Jamie Brunkow, James RIVERKEEPER® and Erin Reilly, Staff Scientist.

Best Spots for River Recreation

Get the lowdown from regional experts on the best places along the James River for hiking, biking, and paddling. Led by JRA’s Rob Campbell, Upper James Community Conservationist; Justin Doyle, Community Conservationist Manager; Emily Hinson, Lower James Regional Outreach Manager; and featuring guest speaker Greg Velzy, Senior Recreation Programmer at Chesterfield County and Chair of the Historic Falls of the James Scenic River Advisory Committee.

America's Founding River

Explore stories about how the James River has shaped the history of our region and the nation and why Congress named it America’s Founding River. Led by Bill Street, CEO and featuring guest speaker Bob Deans, author of The River Where America Began.

Two Fish Tales

Learn why population numbers of two of the most important fish in the James River are going in opposite directions and how JRA is managing these challenges. Led by Jamie Brunkow, Senior Advocacy Manager/James RIVERKEEPER® and Aaron Buchard, Master Captain and Environmental Educator and featuring guest speaker Albert Spells, Fish Biologist at US Fish and Wildlife Service.