Support the Park » Volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in the life of the JRPS. From invasive species removal to planting natives, from picking up litter and getting rid of graffiti to maintaining our Facebook page, we count on volunteers to get the job done.

Who volunteers?

Schools, individuals, scout troops, retirees, civic groups, non-profits, and the numbers don’t lie; in 2017 over 1,800 volunteers spent over 7,000 hours working to maintain and improve the Park for the enjoyment of all. The impact of their service is evident throughout the park.

Follow these steps!

If you have the time and want to help protect the Park, there’s a place for you. Here’s how to begin:

1 Browse the Park’s global calendar to see a schedule of upcoming opportunities, then join one. Visit the Global Calendar »


2 Register at Hands On Greater Richmond and sign up for one of the Park’s regularly scheduled volunteer events (registration required for participation). Visit »


3 Join RVA Clean Sweep, a meet-up group, as it sponsors clean ups throughout the city in an effort to improve the quality of the James River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Visit RVA Clean Sweep »


4 Watch your mailbox: FOJRP sends a monthly E-newsletter with information about upcoming volunteer events. Sign up today »


5 Check Facebook for regular volunteer event posts. We post to Facebook almost every week. Become our Friend »


6 Grow your own opportunity: use your particular skills or talents to create your own volunteer gig. Please get in touch to make a suggestion. Contact Matthew Mason »


7 Or if structure isn’t your thing, on-your-own trash pick up is always appreciated. Snorkeling for trash is just one of the do-it-yourself fun times you can have in the park. Thanks in advance!

Join the all volunteer Friends of the James River Park!

Friends of the James River Park engages thousands of park volunteers throughout the year. From litter removal, tree and native species planting to organizing special events or manning a booth at Dominion Riverrock, FOJRP offers volunteers the opportunity become directly involved in the protection, preservation, expansion and improvement of Richmond’s greatest resource.

All FOJRP activities take creativity and coordination to pull off. If you’d enjoy fundraising, event planning, new projects and solutions, or are interested in joining our board, we’d love to hear from you!

Friends of the James River Park sponsors a volunteer project the second Saturday of the month (September through May). Details for these projects should be posted prior to the event to allow time for volunteers to sign up. Register in advance is required at

Become an Official Park Volunteer

The James River Park is partnering with HandsOn Richmond to schedule its regular volunteer events.

To register for an event, you must register with HandsOn Richmond. Do that now so you can be ready to volunteer each month.

Register today »

Students needing volunteer hours

The Park is a great place for students to gain an appreciation for our natural environment while racking up community service hours. Whether it’s cleaning up trash on the shoreline, painting structures in the park, removing graffiti, maintaining trails, or clearing invasive species, we’ll point you in the right direction so you can pitch in. Contact Matthew Mason »


Help maintain JRPS Trails

For trail work opportunities within the JRPS, check out rvaMORE.

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