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Teacher Materials:
(Application Deadline - Friday, March 7)

2014 Teacher Announcement

2014 Teacher Application (pdf)

2014 Teacher Application (word)

Student Materials:
(Application Deadline - Friday, Mar. 14)

2014 Student Announcement

2014 Student Application (pdf)

2014 Student Application (word)

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.

This program, sponsored by the Dominion Foundation, began in 2011 when a group of 12 students and 4 teachers representing schools in Hampton, Richmond, Charlottesville, and Lynchburg travelled the 340-mile length of the James in 28 days.

In 2012 the adventure continued with different teams representing 9 schools from throughout the watershed embarking on 8-day trips on the three major sections of the river—the Upper, Middle and Lower James.

The 2013 expeditions collectively paddled the length of the James through three 8-day trips on the major sections of the river. The expeditions' teams consisted of 8 schools, 7 teachers, and 36 students whose stories and experiences highlight the importance of protecting the James River’s future.

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: