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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.

Watch & Listen

Audio Tours of the Park

Explore the secrets of the James River Parks’ unique geology – one exciting part of our Science in the Park section. The guided mobile audio tours are narrated by former James River Park Manager Emeritus Ralph White. Hit the trails! »

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.

Environmental Science

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! »

Adventure Recreation

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! »

Volunteer & Give

Support the Park Master Plan

The FOJRP Board is underwriting the development of a 10-year Park Master Plan to protect the Park for future generations and to create a long-range unified vision moving forward. Read on »

Monthly Volunteer Opportunities

Each month (except in summer), the Friends meet at a park location to tackle a JRPS-directed project. And the Invasive Species Removal Task Force always needs an extra set of hands. Help out! »

Become a member

We are Park Strong! Join the Friends and we will work together with park staff and other park supporter organizations to promote, conserve and support the park.  Join today! »

Park Locations

Explore the park — each location has its own unique personality.

Park News

Maggie and Walker are back!

Maggie and Walker are back!

Richmond’s favorite osprey couple has returned and the FOJRP is proud to sponsor the RVA Osprey Camera, a project by Richmond Outside, again this year.

Salamanders Migrating

Salamanders Migrating

Every year an early March warm spell creates the perfect conditions for the Yellow Spotted Salamander migration at the James River Park. When daytime temperatures are about 60 degrees and there is a heavy rain the salamanders stir into action. That evening they trek toward their breeding site in a vernal pool near Pony Pasture.

Friends Announces Lead Gift for Park Master Plan

Friends Announces Lead Gift for Park Master Plan

The Board of Directors of the FOJRP is pleased to announce it has made a $50,000 lead gift in support of the development of a long-range James River Park Master Plan. The total cost of the plan will be $250,000 and it will be developed in partnership with the consulting firms of VHB and Hargreaves once funding has been secured.

Get Healthy in the Outdoors

Get Healthy in the Outdoors

The number one benefit of outdoor activity is stress reduction and the James River Park has so much to offer. Come check us out!

Park Improvements

New Water Fountain at Tredegar Street

Thanks to funding provided by JROC, Venture Richmond and JRPS there is a new year-round two bowl water fountain available to refresh both people and pets. Look for the new installation in the Tredegar Street parking lot.

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