In early June of 2009, we received a gift when city officials formally recorded a conservation easement on 280 acres of James River Park. Just this last week, the Capital Region Land Conservancy listed those 280 acres as part of the national Old-Growth Forest Network.read more
Last year, almost 1.5 million people enjoyed the over 40 miles of trails in the Park. And with that much use, it takes a great deal of upkeep to keep them usable.read more
The readers of Style Weekly are asked each year to rate what they consider the “Best” in Richmond. They vote for their favorite pizza, favorite pediatrician, favorite car wash, and more. Well, guess what? The James River Park got voted number one in a category and...read more
How does a guy from upstate New York end up in charge of Richmond’s biggest asset? Like a lot of us, he came to Virginia to go to school and pretty much never left. Bryce Wilk went to the College of William & Mary and got his degree in Biology (with a minor in...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! »