Each year the James River Association holds a few signature events to raise funds and awareness in support of the James River. Below are our signature events - you don't want to miss them! Check out the JRA calendar for a complete list of upcoming James River events and activities.
Interpretive Paddle Series- Williamsburg
Explore the quiet marshes of Powhatan Creek on a free interpretive kayak paddle, guided by naturalists at Eco Discovery Park and JRA. Free to the public, takes place the first Monday of each month from May through August. Find out more, and register here.
James River Splash and Dash
The James River Splash and Dash is a fun run and flat water tube. Participants run a trail course, grab a tube, paddle (with their hands) across a stretch of the James, and run their tube to the finish line. After the race, JRA hosts an after party that includes a band, food, beer and more! We host two events, one in Richmond and one in Lynchburg each July. For more information visit www.jrsplashanddash.org.
The Tire-Less James
Volunteers are needed to remove tires -- and only tires -- from the James River during the second annual Tire-less James event. JRA is partnering with Virginia Canals & Navigations Society and the Heart of Virginia Council Boy Scouts of America in The Tire-less James project on September 13, 2014 . Register your team here.
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"What a Healthy River Means to Me" Poster Contest
JRA conducted a poster contest, "What a Healthy River Means to Me" for public middle school science students in the City of Richmond, City of Lynchburg, City of Williamsburg/James City and in the counties of Henrico and Chesterfield that lie within 5 miles of the James River. The poster contest was designed for students to apply what they have learned about a healthy river ecosystem. They illustrated the impact of clean water on their community; on the way in which people use the river; the benefits to wildlife; and the student’s life. View our Blog to see the winners!
The James RiverFest
The James River Association held the third annual James RiverFest at the Eco Discovery Park in Williamsburg on Saturday, April 26, 2014. This festival included on the water activities, a morning clean-up, fun and educational activities for children, food vendors, live music, kayaking, and a wide variety of vendors and environmental booths. www.thejamesriverfest.org
Annual Westover Lawn Party
This fun-filled day is our primary fundraiser and is held on the banks of the James River in Charles City County each year in June. Hundreds of attendees, both volunteers and guests, help us enjoy this annual event with great food and music, live and silent auctions and a variety of children's activities.
James River Rundown
Ready to test your grit?
The James River Rundown is a 100 mile paddling race that runs straight through the heart of Virginia, on the historic James River. This isn't a relaxing float to enjoy, competitors will fight through wind, natural obstacles and fatigue to claim victory. Grab your gear and join us for a wild ride!Join us, with your friends and family, for an after event party featuring music, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery beer and food sales at the American Legion. www.jamesriverrundown.org