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The James River Park System is seeking a part time Invasive Species Coordinator to lead volunteers in Native Habitat Restoration.

Friends of the James River Park in partnership with the City developed a 10-year master plan for the Park that was adopted by City Council in January.

Park News

Earth Day in the Park

Earth Day in the Park

Superintendent Bryce Wilk came across a ton of volunteers in the James River Park System in the days around Earth Day. They were picking up litter, cleaning the riverbanks, building trails, and more.

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A Golden Anniversary? So soon?

A Golden Anniversary? So soon?

Next year will mark 50 years since Charles Schaefer and John Keith, Jr. the donation of land that created the James River Park System. We imagine Schaefer and Keith would be proud of where the Park is today.

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The Rites of Spring

The Rites of Spring

As we shake off the Winter cold and return to the outdoors, our local flora and fauna are also adjusting to the weather. The days are warming and growing longer, and with that come the great harbingers of Spring.

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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.

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 Friend

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! »
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