Stay Smart & Slow the Spread!

It’s Spring, a beautiful, sunny day with mild temperatures, and you’re itching to get outside. That’s fine, and there’s a ton you can do to enjoy the weather, but you have to be smart about it.

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.

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Stay Smart & Slow the Spread!

Stay Smart & Slow the Spread!

It’s Spring, a beautiful, sunny day with mild temperatures, and you’re itching to get outside. That’s fine, and there’s a ton you can do to enjoy the weather, but you have to be smart about it.

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Go Outside – Doctor’s Orders

Go Outside – Doctor’s Orders

If you’re like us, you’re practicing social distancing right now. But do you know what might help you avoid those gatherings, a doctor’s visit, and preserve your mental health? A good dose of the Great Outdoors.

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Meet James River ParkStar Greg Velzy

Meet James River ParkStar Greg Velzy

In addition to being a Board Member for the Friends of James River Park, Greg Velzy the Founder of the James River Outdoor Coalition, Chair of the Falls of the James River, and more. Why is he so busy? Because his 50 years in Richmond have made him fall in love with our Park.

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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 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! »