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