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2011 James River Expedition

2014 James River Expeditions

The James River Expeditions StudentsReady for the adventure of a lifetime, all while learning about the environmental and social benefits the James River provides to the state of Virginia. This year's Expedition will include thirty students from all parts of the watershed. This amazing journey all begins June 21st, 2014 at the headwaters of the James with 10 students and one teacher, along with JRA staff. The Expeditions will continue with two more 8-day trips, all concluding on August 2nd in the Chesapeake Bay. When all said and done, 3 Expedition teams made up of 10 students and one teacher will have collectively paddled the 340 miles of America's Founding River.

With the continued support of the Dominion Foundation, the James River Association is proud to provide another summer of education on the water with the 4th running of the James River Expeditions. In 2013 JRA engaged seven teachers and thirty students from eight different high schools across the watershed. With this program now being in its fourth year, we are constantly working to improve our program, keeping with our mission of offering students and teachers a once in a lifetime experience.
 This year we decided to change the way we form our Expedition teams in regards to, student selection, teacher participation and co-leaders.

In years past Expedition students were selected by participating teachers. This year we wanted the selection process for this trip to be more rigorous, giving JRA Educators an opportunity to hand select student’s they feel showed an interest in environmental stewardship and demonstrated the quality of maturity and leadership necessary to benefit from this opportunity. Information was distributed to high school’s throughout the watershed with students having the choice of filling out an in depth application including essay questions, personal goal summaries and a teacher recommendation. JRA selected thirty students representing 17 High School's from throughout the watershed to make up this years James River Expedition Team. Follow this years team online, on twitter and on facebook.

For more information about the 2014 James River Expeditions contact Georgia Busch at or at 804.788.8811 ext. 214.

The 2014 James River Expeditions Schedule:

James River Expedition Trip Dates

Envison the JamesFor the first time, the Expedition will be a part of three Envision The James forums at which the public will have an opportunity to interact with students on the Expedition. Envision The James is a collaborative initiative that invites communities and individuals to create a common vision for the James River to benefit future generations. Meeting dates, maps, and information about the James River can be found at

Highlights from the 2011 James River Expedition: