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
Check out our Live Feed OspreyCam!
Maggie and Walker have been busy! In the last month they have rebuilt their winter-ravaged 2017 nest and now the proud parents have two eggs. Maggie laid the second egg on March 19. Last year we had three, so we’ll see if there’s a repeat performance. This year the nest is equipped with audio and night vision so don’t miss any of the 24/7 action!
In 2017, the James River Park System had over 1.7 million visitors. This is greater number of visitors than any other park in Richmond. It is estimated that about 40% of our visitors are Richmond residents and 60% come from the surrounding counties and beyond; each visitor spends an average of $23.90 with Richmond businesses during each visit.read more
Have you thought about how cool it would be to have regular access to the Pump House? The stately old structure has seen better days, and will again thanks to a new group dedicated exclusively to the revitalization of the Pump House.read more
Held 20 feet up, Views from the Treehouse is Richmond Outside’s latest creation. The multi-episode video series features conversations with RVA’s outdoor leaders and most recently featured an hour-long conversation with Park superintendent Nathan Burrell.read more
Members of the JRPS Invasive Plant Task Force, along with local business and volunteer groups, worked throughout the Park to mitigate the impact of invasive species. Activities included species identification instruction, watching goats munch, botanist-guided nature walks and hands-on plant removal.read more
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