The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

Science in the Park

Join our Team!

We have created an iNaturalist project. Help us catalog the great biodiversity that we have here in the James River Park. Learn how »

iNaturalist Project

Upcoming Workshops

Local naturalist Paul Bedell will introduce you to the iNaturalist site and to our own James River Park System iNat project. We will photograph whatever kind of plant or animal you enjoy. Then back to Park Headquarters to prepare your images and post them to the site. Mobile apps are available: Androids | iPhones

WHERE: James River Park Headquarters, Reedy Creek, 4001 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23225

WHEN: Check back soon for more workshops

TIME: usually 9 am to noon

BRING: Camera or iPhone, laptop, field guides, binoculars.

Registration is required and participation is limited.

Contact Anne Wright at [email protected] to register.

iNaturalist screen shot

Become part of a worldwide team of outdoor lovers as we photograph and record the plants and animals of James River Park on iNaturalist, a website that is creating a "living record of life on Earth" (read about iNaturalist).

Your digital photographs and sound file records will document the species in the Park, but don't worry if you are not an expert in photography or species identification. Beginners welcome and encouraged, and this is a great resource for teachers!

How you can help

Become a flora and fauna explorer!

Arm yourself with notepaper, pencil and camera and hit the trails of the James River Park. Not sure where to go, or looking for a new location? Check out the Getting Started, Maps and Choose Your Adventure pages on this site.

Also, make sure you explore the resources in the Science in the Park section. You'll find animal factsheets, park species checklists and field guides throughout this mini-site. Not a teacher? No problem -- hit the Teacher Resources section for easy access to downloadable PDFs.

Create an account with

To join the iNaturalist Team, you need to ‘Sign Up’ on the site. (Upper right side under WELCOME!). This requires your email and a password of your choice.

Once you have joined, there are two ways to view the James River Park System on -- as a ‘Place’ and as a ‘Project.’ To participate, you will need to join the Project. Once you have joined, you will be able to add your observations (photos and sounds) to the Park map by clicking on the red ‘ADD OBSERVATIONS’ banner. Be sure to either take a lat/long or remember where you were so you can place your data point on the map.

If you are not sure what species you have photographed, you can select ‘ID Please’ under the Observations tab and other folks will weigh in on your post.

We want lots of people to join and contribute! This will help us track the animals and plants in the Park over time, so don’t worry if the species you saw is already on the site. Your observation might be in a different location or at a different time of year, and that tells us something new. Many eyes see many things!

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