A core part of our mission at Friends of the James River Park System is the ongoing work to improve amenities in the Park, protect the natural assets within the Park, and improve access so that anyone living in or visiting Richmond can bask in the beauty of the James River and surrounding woodlands.

For many, a visit to the James River Park System is their first experience in the great outdoors, and perhaps no organization has better introduced thousands of children to the joy of outdoor adventure than Passages Adventure Camp. Passages Adventure Camp uses the natural assets of the Park to introduce kids from 5-17 to kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, zip lining, mountain biking, hiking and more. Under the inspired leadership of Director Kevin Tobin, the Passages team is always looking for ways to deliver this unique camp experience to even more deserving students.

A great way that you can help Friends of the James River Park and send aspiring young daredevils to Passages Adventure Camp is to start your Spring off on the right foot and join the Wood River Run. This easy 5K will be held on April 16th.

This family-friendly run/walk 5K will give you a route through some of the most scenic and popular spots throughout the James River Park System. While the exact route is still being determined, runners and walkers should expect to tread on gravel roads, trails, and paved surfaces. The proceeds from the Wood River Run will provide funding for park improvement projects and help create scholarships for underprivileged kids who would like to attend Passages Adventure Camp but perhaps lack the means.

The namesake of the Wood River Run is someone who meant a lot to anyone who spent time on the James, the folks at Passages, and the family at Trinity Episcopal School.

Christian Wood was a senior at Trinity, an elite kayaker, and a regular counselor and instructor at Passages. A talented student and amateur filmmaker, he found his joy in the rapids and whitewater of the James River. In 2018, despite his kayaking skills and protective gear, he lost his life in a tragic accident in a hydraulic on the James.

Spring is one of the most beautiful times of year in the James River Park System. We hope that you’ll join us for this fun event, honor Christian’s memory, and help us expand opportunities for more young folks to enjoy the Park. For more information and registration details, go HERE.