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James River Association

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JRA’s Education programs connect youth with river-based learning experiences that inspire confidence, ecological understanding , nature appreciation, and conservation action. We accomplish this through interdisciplinary learning experiences that are correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning and are field-based, using the context of the James River to bring complex concepts to life. The James River Ecology School is the centerpiece of our education program on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, a 1,329 -acre island on the James River south of Richmond. Day trips and overnight trips are available with accommodations at a bunkhouse on the island. The James River Expedition invites teachers and students on a week long river expedition connecting the rich history and ecology of the James to today’s challenges and opportunities. JRA leads these adventures to inspire young leaders and to call attention to the value and benefits of a healthy James River - teaching camping and paddling techniques along the way. The James River Leadership Program is a year-long leadership program for 10th and 11th grade students who are passionate and committed to protecting the future of our natural resources. The program consists of leadership development and skill building curriculum that equips participants with tools, methods, and resources to become leaders for the environment while encouraging further growth and development in students’ personal, academic, and professional careers.