newsletter mast art
Friends of the
James River Park
MARCH 2018      
Osprey nest in March 2018
Maggie and Walker are Back!

Richmond's favorite osprey couple has returned and the FOJRP is proud to sponsor the RVA Osprey Camera, a project by Richmond Outside, again this year. Maggie can be seen online fixing up their nest, which took quite a beating this winter. You can watch the birds set up housekeeping for the summer at and keep checking back to watch the family grow!  
JRPS in the News   

The winter isn't usually a busy time in the Park and this year FOJRP has been making the most of winter to increase awareness of the Park's unique position in our community. In a recent Times-Dispatch article, Colleen Curran covers the impact increased visitation is having on the Park. Colleen introduces the push for the creation of a Park Master Plan, with goals of establishing a working plan for the Park and clearly identifying tangible goals and recommended ways to facilitate implementation. The Park Master Plan will also provide a vision to assure the park stays protected and accessible to everyone.

As the Park's most prominent advocacy group FOJRP has taken on the challenge of raising the $250,000 needed to develop this plan. The Park Master Plan is the primary focus of our fundraising efforts for 2018. After providing the lead gift of $50,000, we are seeking 5-8 gifts averaging $25,000 to $50,000, if you are unable to give at this level you can still support this effort by becoming a member of Friends of the James River Park. It is a privilege for us as the caretakers of JRPS to help shape its future as our urban park. To learn more visit:
Christian Woods vimeo channel offers amazing rides on the river.
Christian, a student at Trinity Episcopal High School, was heading to Virginia Tech this Fall to study physics. He was also a beloved staff member at Passages Adventure Camp. He filmed and produced this short video to showcase his City.
The Power of the James   

The James River gives us all so much but when it decides to take it can be devastating, as it was with the loss of Christian Wood. Christian was a talented and intelligent kayaker who knew his limits and trusted his experience to take him down the river successfully. In a tragic accident Christian died doing what he loved. He, in the company of a similarly talented and prepared kayaker, made the decision to take on the floodwaters of the James but lost his life. He will be missed. We could all stand to pursue our lives and our passions with the curiosity and enthusiasm that Christian put into every one of his days.   
Volunteer Event 
Pony Pasture Invasive Species Removal | March 10, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Since inclement weather forced the cancellation of our February Volunteer Event we've decided to try again to remove invasive species in Pony Pasture. We will be focusing on removing invasive bush honeysuckle, privet and English Ivy along Pleasants Creek. We will supply loppers, hand saws, weed wrenches and gloves. If you have a favorite tool of your own please feel free to bring it. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress comfortably for the weather, we will be outside for the entirety of the project. Volunteers will meet in the Pony Pasture parking lot at 10 AM for further instructions. You must register at HandsonRVA to participate at this event.
Salamander Migration

Every year an early March warm spell creates the perfect conditions for the Yellow Spotted Salamander migration. When daytime temperatures are about 60 degrees and there is a heavy rain the salamanders stir into action. That evening they trek toward their breeding site in a vernal pool near Pony Pasture. The Yellow Spotted Salamander lives a very secret life. It spends the majority of its life hiding under rocks, logs or squatting in the burrows of other animals. But if you venture out on such an evening when the conditions are right, you can catch a glimpse of these beautifully colored amphibians. You'll find them behind the "Road Closed" signs set up on Riverside Drive to protect the salamanders as they migrate to their pond. This annual migration is your best chance to see these wonderful creatures.
Support the Park!

Your green keeps us green! Show your support at and choose how:
  • Become a member
  • Make a donation
  • Get a park license plate
  • Contribute to the Preservation & Protection Fund
Branching Out--Exploring the Trees and Forests of Virginia | March 10, 9:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Join Va. Native Plant Society and Sierra Club, Falls Of The James Group at Jepson Hall, UR, for a one-day workshop that celebrates our trees and woodlands. The workshop begins with a review of tree biology and ecology and some of the recent research. It will move on to how trees interact with other organisms, specifically birds and insects. Finally we will explore two Virginia forests. Cost: $15-$80, contact Daryl Downing, [email protected] or 804-869-7556.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival | March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Experience the adrenaline of kayaking the wildest rivers, climb the highest peaks, and trek across the globe with adventure films from around the world at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at Väsen Brewing Company, 3331 West Moore St.

Nature Journaling Class | March 18th, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Nature Journaling is a paper and pencil approach to recording your observations of the natural world. Join Master Naturalist and experienced Nature Journaling instructor Lynn Wilson for a class designed to develop your natural talents for observations of the natural world. The class will begin with an indoor presentation and orientation in the Reedy Creek Nature Center and, weather permitting, provides an opportunity to explore outdoors and spend time in quiet reflection for you and your journal.The $15.00 registration fee. Limit 10 participants. Questions? Contact Laura Greenleaf or 804-629-1229. Registration at:

Run for the Hills! 5K | March 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This family friendly neighborhood 5K showcases what is best about the Forest Hill Park neighborhood -- outdoor opportunities! Our course follows the rolling hills and side streets of the neighborhood and park. There will be prizes for fastest man, woman, kiddos and doggy. Strollers and walkers are welcome. Prizes awarded to first male and female adult, male and female youngster, and canine to cross the finish line. Meet at the Stone House in Forest Hill Park. For more information contact: [email protected] or check

Looking for more events and activities?
There are more and more things happening in the park! The JRPS global calendar is your go-to source to find where and when the events and activities you enjoy are happening. Check the schedule at:
Become a member today 
Our Mission
We are citizen stewards of the James River Park. 
We do this by providing ongoing support for conservation, enhancement, and recreational enjoyment of the James River Park System, while protecting its natural and historic environments.
Friends of James River Park, PO 4453, Richmond, VA 23220
Sent by [email protected] in collaboration with
Constant Contact