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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

The Chicks Have Hatched!

The two osprey eggs hatched in late April. The chicks should be in the nest until July. Watch Maggie and Walker as they nurture their offspring. And while your there click the link to Adopt an Osprey! This year the nest is equipped with audio and night vision — don’t miss any of the 24/7 action!

New Artist in Residence for the James River Park

New Artist in Residence for the James River Park

Friends is please to introduce Shay Wilson, the new park artist-in-residence. A visual artist and recent painting and printmaking graduate from VCU, Shay has committed to environmental conservation by providing opportunities to creatively interact with nature. She plans to offer monthly workshops which help participants interact with nature through sketching, painting and creating art with natural materials.

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JPRS Outdoor Skills Camps

Looking for a summer camp for your 10 to 14 year-old this summer? Your camper join the fun this summer by registering for a camp offered by JRPS Adventure Recreation staff! The outstanding JRPS staff helps campers develop new outdoor skills or enhance existing ones, while learning independence, confidence, and teamwork.

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New Path at Manchester Climbing Wall

This spring, with a $14,000 grant awarded to Groundwork RVA from the National Park Service, work will begin on a dedicated path connecting the Floodwall to the T. Potterfield Memorial Bridge. This path will divert traffic from the climbing area to provide a safer experience for both climbers and those who are just “passing though.”

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