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Friends of the
James River Park
MAY 2018      
Shay Wilson Artist in Residence
Shay Wilson, artist in residence
New Artist in Residence for the James River Park

Friends is please to introduce Shay Wilson, the new park artist-in-residence. A visual artist and recent painting and printmaking graduate from VCU, Shay has committed to environmental conservation by providing opportunities to creatively interact with nature. She plans to offer monthly workshops which help participants interact with nature through sketching, painting and creating art with natural materials.

read about Shay's upcoming workshop »  
Your invitation is in the e-mail
Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

If you're a FoJRP member, keep an eye out for your invitation to our "members only" picnic. Held annually at the Pump House, it features food, music and, of course, friends. If you're not a member join now so you can attend this annual event.
photo Rich Young
photo by Rich Young
Celebrate National Trails Days in the James River Park! 
June 2, times vary

Every year the first Saturday in June is celebrated as National Trails Day. The brainchild of the American Hiking Society, this day promotes the belief that trail experiences improve lives.

read about Trails Day events »
Richmond Osprey Cam 
Hatchwatch 2018
Osprey eggs hatch like clockwork: Once an egg is laid, it will hatch in 34-40 days. Maggie laid her first egg on March 16 and the chick should make its first appearance anytime. And there is a second egg ready to hatch soon after. Check out the family at RVAOspreyCam. And while your there click the link to Adopt an Osprey!
Volunteer Opportunities  
Ancarrow's Landing | May 12, 9:00 am - noon   

Join Friends as we tackle cleaning up Ancarrow's Landing and its surrounding areas. This will be the last FOJRP sponsored event until September so please do not hesitate to sign up! Closed toe shoes are required. Please bring water and a snack. All cleanup materials will be provided. Registration is required on

Help needed at Dominion Riverrock and Explore the Outdoors
Friends has a busy weekend on May 18-20 with two events, and we need help! Staffing the Friends' booth for the three days of Dominion Riverrock has always been tough, this year we also have to be at Explore the Outdoors on one of those days.

This is placing a big demand on our small, all-volunteer Board so we are reaching out to our readers and asking for your help. We have scheduled shifts throughout the events with the hope some of you will sign up to assist a board member during one of these shifts. All that is required is a love of the Park and a willingness to share it with others -- smile, be nice, talk about the Park, encourage membership.

If you are able to give two hours of your time to support the Park please sign up for a shift -- or maybe two --
New Path at Manchester Climbing Wall

This spring, with a $14,000 grant awarded to Groundwork RVA from the National Park Service, work will begin on a dedicated path connecting the Floodwall to the T. Potterfield Memorial Bridge. This path will divert traffic from the climbing area to provide a safer experience for both climbers and those who are just "passing though." The work will include removal of invasive species, improvements to the bridge stairs and new signage. This effort supports Groundwork RVA's mission to provide youth programs that occupy a hands-on role in creating positive changes to enhance green spaces in Richmond communities.
photo Dean Hoffmeyer Richmond Times Dispatch
photo: Dean Hoffmeyer, Richmond Times Dispatch 
Be on the Lookout for Crime
In February a vandal, or vandals, pried off covers and removed the LED elements from over 90 lights fixtures on the T. Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Repairs are estimated to cost close to $20,000. No one has been charged and no witnesses have come forward.

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Bicycle skills area on Belle Isle. photo by
JPRS Outdoor Skills Camps

Looking for a summer camp for your 10 to 14 year-old this summer? Your camper join the fun this summer by registering for a camp offered by JRPS Adventure Recreation staff! The outstanding JRPS staff helps campers develop new outdoor skills or enhance existing ones, while learning independence, confidence, and teamwork.

read how your child can join the fun »
Looking for the Perfect Mother's Day Gift?

Honor your mother with a gift of native plants -- a living gift that will flourish for generations -- by making a donation to the James River Park Living Memorial Giving Fund!

Your mom will receive a card and confirmation that she "raised you right." You'll get a tax deduction and the Park will get help restoring the native habitat.

Learn more about our Living Memorial Giving Fund at:
Dominion Riverrock | May 18-20, times vary
Richmond's best outdoor and music festival is also the largest. This annual event brings together slackline competitions, rock climbing, flying dogs, concerts and a film festival for a weekend that celebrates the great outdoors. There's also some mountain biking, trail running and an adventure race. 
Explore the Outdoors | Saturday, Sunday, May 20, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Make tracks to Huguenot Park for a day of exciting outdoor experiences. Over fifty local community groups with expertise in outdoor adventure, healthy living, and environmental science will engage you and your children. Meet Curious George, Nature Cat, Smokey Bear and check out your local PBS and NPR stations.

30th Annual Clean the Bay Day | Saturday, June 2, 9:00 am-noon
Each year on the first Saturday of June thousands of Virginians simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, and beaches of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Since 1989, Clean the Bay Day has engaged over 152,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 6.4 million pounds of debris from nearly 7,390 miles of shoreline in Virginia!
Signing up for Clean the Bay Day at and come prepared to help pick up litter and debris! All clean-up supplies will be provided on site.

Festival of the River | June 8 - June 10, times vary
A special three-day event, The Festival of the River, will take place on Brown's Island. This one-time festival will showcase the very best of the James River, Chesapeake Bay and the Richmond Region. Festival highlights will include contemporary art installations, performances under the Richmond Symphony's "Big Tent," cleanups along and around the River and family-friendly environmental education activities. 

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:
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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
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