Ten Years of Conservation Easement and Other Milestones

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.

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The People Have Spoken!

The People Have Spoken!

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...

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Meet the first James River Parkstar: Bryce Wilk

Meet the first James River Parkstar: Bryce Wilk

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...

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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.

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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! »

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! »