Join us at Legend Brewery in Manchester on September 26th as we celebrate the completion of the year-long James River Park Master Plan process!read more
“Urban River Ambassadors” are area high school students who work with the staff of the Park to learn about our local national resources and then pass these lessons on to other middle-school aged kids. The Park lucked out when they found Trevon Lewis and Evan Watkins.read more
Just an FYI: The Boat Launch at Ancarrow’s Landing will be closed for maintenance beginning August 19th. This is for routine upkeep and some light dredging. Superintendent Wilk told us that it should take around a week.read more
The James River Park is a tremendous asset and resource, but many in our region (and indeed around the world) don’t realize that it belongs to all of us, and it’s free to enjoy. Penelope Davenport is the James River Park System Outdoor Education Program Supervisor, and she wants to change this.read more
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.
Volunteer & Give
Watch & Listen
Discover & Play
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! »