Every day, someone heads off to Pony Pasture and leaves their car unlocked. And every day, someone is wandering Richmond looking for a quick opportunity.read more
Mayor Stoney’s latest budget includes a lot to help sustain and grow the James River Park System. Lend him your support!read more
This podcast is great. The conversation with Andy Slabaugh focuses on how one man uses the James River Park to help kids heal. As a therapist, Slabaugh takes kids into the woods and along the water to get them to open up about what's going on in their lives.read more
The Lionfish is a colorful little killer that’s creating havoc in the Caribbean and Atlantic. But our Park has its own invasive species to deal with.read more
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The James River Park System
Owned by the City of Richmond, the JRPS is a public park in Richmond Virginia. The Friends are citizen stewards of the James River Park. We provide ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the park, while protecting its natural and historic environments, in partnership with the City of Richmond Department of Parks & Recreation.
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Take a class with JRPS Education Staff. All of our programs seek to improve the quality of access to the Park’s unique ecology and recreational opportunities, and we offer programs throughout the year.
Learn to identify flora and fauna, fish for the Big One, listen to bird calls, and explore the geologic history of the Fall Line. JRPS environmental education programs help students of all ages experience the Park’s wild places while getting to know the Park more deeply. Explore today! »
Want to learn to navigate the Lower James by kayak? Climb to the top of Manchester Wall? Explore the Park’s trail systems by foot or by bike? JRPS educators emphasize front-country Leave No Trace ethics while seeking to give you an experience that will stoke your sense of adventure. Let’s play! »