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Friends of the
James River Park
September 2016 - In This Issue:
Five people attended the August 28 workshop held by Lauren Miner, the artist in residence for the James River Park System, and were enthusiastic about the process. Lauren's objectives were to engage residents with nature and with the JRPS, to allow them to exercise their creativity in a group, and to give them the tools they need to continue writing on their own. Each participant now has launched a new writing project and has benefited from the opportunity to engage with their fellows.  

The next workshop is scheduled for September 25, with the location yet to be determined. Contact Lauren for event details/updates.

Watch our Facebook page for announcements of additional workshops and spread the word about this creative opportunity!

As you know, Richmond citizens will be electing a new mayor in November, and there are currently 8 candidates on the ballot. Several organizations and
Richmond Magazine have distributed a multi-pronged questionnaire to the candidates. For answers to questions pertaining specifically to the park system and related matters, read here: .

Another way to educate yourselves before November is to attend an event the magazine is hosting on September 29; due to limited space, you need to register to attend this Mayorathon: This page also provides questionnaire responses in the 5 categories of biking/walking, education, neighborhoods, river, and transit.
Due to the upcoming departure of a long-time board member, the Friends group is looking for an enthusiast to take over the task of posting to our Facebook page. We will provide you with a list of other pages you can "like"--which will facilitate your sharing their material with our FB friends. Additionally, the Friends board and park supervisor would advise you when to post any urgent items. We are, after all, advocates for the James River Park System, and matters come up and need prompt attention from park lovers. If you are interested, please contact [email protected]. Thanks!

On-going writing help needed
The Friends group is looking for a volunteer to write the content for our monthly e-newsletter. To express your interest, contact: [email protected].

FoJRP volunteer event | Saturday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Every September FoJRP manages the Park sections of the JRAC James River Regional Cleanup. This year for the 17th Annual Cleanup, registration closed in early August as the volunteer slots filled up quickly! Terrific news, and thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who make this regional effort a success by collecting hundreds of bags of trash and recyclable materials. We do need volunteers to work the registration table starting at 8:30 a.m. or to help prepare lunch. For information contact Matt Mason at [email protected].

Trail Work with rvaMORE | Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m.  
As part of National Public Lands Day, you can help to complete armoring and draining improvements on the Ancarrow's East Trail. Includes prizes and refreshments. Ancarrow's Landing, 2000 Branders St., Richmond 23224. Sponsored by REI.
As you probably know, the Community Foundation has ended its annual Amazing Raise, which enabled individuals to contribute to a wide variety of local nonprofits. Although this door has closed, please note that you are always welcome to donate to Friends of the James River Park. Simply go to The Friends support the park by paying for staff development, for park kiosks and other signage, for supplies not paid by the city, for invasive plant removal, etc. Your gift will be put to good use!
In addition to becoming a member or donating to our Preservation and Protection Fund, you can also show your support by buying and wearing a teeshirt. Check it out at

says residents need to learn to live with coyotes and take proper precautions.
Discover the James Sturgeon Tours | Thursdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 5-7:30 p.m.
Ride in a pontoon boat with Capt. Mike Ostrander and either Jamie Brunkow, the Lower James RiverKeeper (9/8, 15), or Dr. Matt Balazik (9/22) to see these amazing fish. Leave from Jordan Point Marina, Hopewell, Virginia. $55 per person. Contact: Mike Ostrander, 804 938 2350 or [email protected].
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Adult Education Class | Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
This 8-week course (excludes Oct. 11) covers water quality issues: bay basics, creatures, pollinators, native plants, advocacy, history, and more. CBF's downtown offices (1108 E Main Street). Additionally, there are three field trips: a tour of CBF's Oyster Restoration Center, a tour of the Capital's Green Infrastructure practices, and a Wetlands Walk at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. $40/person or $50/pair; participants must also complete 40 hours of volunteer work in the year following the program. Register at For answers to questions, contact Blair Blanchette: 804 780 1392 or [email protected].

Owl Prowl with Tyler Turpin | Friday, September 9, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Meet at the Pony Pasture parking lot (7200 Riverside Drive, Richmond VA 23225). You will be hiking the Pony Pasture trails. Free. 804 687-0701 or [email protected].

James River Week | September 10-17, various locales and times, some free, some not
From Richmond to Petersburg, Powhatan County to Charles City County, the James River Advisory Council has lined up a range of events to appeal to all ages:
  • social at the Conch Republic
  • Belle Isle cleanup
  • Maymont events
  • Presquile tour,
  • Rice Rivers Center open house
  • Publick Days at Henricus Historical Park
  • JRPS loop hike
  • fossil walk at Chippokes Plantation
  • rafting trip
  • library story times
  • interpretive paddle
  • Floodwall screening of local films
  • sturgeon tour, and more.
Get details here: and follow the links to the two-page brochure. (Please note that the sturgeon tour information is accurate as stated above; Dr. Balazik won't be on the 9/15 tour.)
Falls of the James Group Sierra Club Meeting | Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 p.m.
Bill Shanabruch of the Reedy Creek Coalition will explain what homeowners can do on their property to protect the James River Watershed. Two other presenters will tell how the Virginia Conservation Assistance Program's grants can defray costs for watershed projects such as bayscapes and rain gardens. Free. Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad, Richmond, 23220. 
Tour de Fall Line III | Saturday, September 17, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
A fundraiser for rvaMORE to support trail-building, this annual event includes 3 distances each for men and women: 14, 28 and 50 miles. Starting at 4401 Williamsburg Avenue, Richmond 23219, you will ride the length of the river's fall line. Online registration ends at 5 p.m. on September 16: $45.

Trails and Ales | Saturday, September 24, 3-8 p.m.
Organized by SportsBackers, this challenging event begins and ends at 10th and Semmes Avenues, where the craft beer festival will follow either a 5K or an 8-mile run. There is a 1000-person limit; when that last person has registered, the event will be closed. The remaining blocks range in price from $40 to $55; the sooner you sign up, the cheaper it will be! The race itself lasts from 4:30 to 6:30. For  more information:

Forum on Coyote and park wildlife | Thursday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
With two coyotes known to visit areas of the park, neighborhoods
surrounding the Park and visitors alike are experiencing more frequent encounters with wildlife. Join residents to express your concerns and learn tactics to live with coyotes and other park wildlife. Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts, 3411 Semmes Avenue.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day | Saturday, October 1, 9 a.m.-noon
With the involvement of rvaMORE and several other organizations, this event teaches bike maintenance basics, bike skills, and trail development and offers the option of group rides. Helmets are required for all riders. Belle Isle Skills Area, Belle Isle, 300 Tredegar Street, Richmond 23219. Registration for children and volunteers is free. Details:

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:  
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.

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