Participants learn about conservation through first-hand
experiences on James River Expedition, organized by the James
River Association and sponsored by Dominion Resources
RICHMOND - Thirty-six students and nine teachers from high
schools across Virginia have been selected to participate
in the James River Association's James River Expedition.
Now in its second year, the three-part trip, broken into
eight-day segments, is an educational adventure down the
James River aboard canoes, bateaux, rafts and work boats
where they will receive hands-on lessons in river
conservation and stewardship.
Expedition is sponsored by Dominion Resources and
Dominion Virginia Power, whose $50,000 grant is
underwriting the cost of the trip. The grant is made
The Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of
"We are privileged to be a part of the James River
Expedition for the second year in a row," said Virginia M.
Board, president of The Dominion Foundation and managing
director of Community Affairs for Dominion Resources. "As a
new set of students and teachers traverse down the James,
they will learn how to protect and preserve the river and
its environment, as well as pass that knowledge on to
others. This is an investment in the future of the
The first part of the Expedition, from June 23 to 30,
explores the Upper James, from Iron Gate to Lynchburg, and
includes students and teachers from Hampton High School,
Charlottesville High School and Western Albermarle High
School. Later, from July 7 to 14, participants from Varina
High School, Albermarle High School and Goochland High
School will travel from Lynchburg to Richmond examining the
Middle James. The final leg focuses on the Lower James,
from Richmond to Hampton, between July 21 and 28, and
includes participants from James River High School in
Botetout County, J.R. Tucker High School and Hopewell High
"The James River Expedition was such a success last year
for students and teachers and we're excited to bring that
learning experience to life again in 2012," said Bill
Street, executive director of the James River
Association. "The James River is an incredible natural
resource, and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to
expose young people at an early age to the responsibility
we all have to protect it. We are indebted to our friends
at Dominion for making the Expedition possible."
The teachers and students will participate in a variety of
activities over the course of the Expedition, including
water-quality testing, macro-invertebrate sampling,
wildlife identification, as well as specially arranged
tours of riverside farms industrial facilities, power
stations and wastewater treatment facilities, and special
talks by experts on the river's history and ecology.
"The Expeditions are conducted by the James River
Association as part of an effort to define a
consensus-based community vision for the future of the
James River," said Gabe Silver, education and outreach
manager at the James River Association.
The three-part James River Expedition will launch from Iron
Gate near Covington, Va., on June 23 and conclude in
Hampton on July 28. Details on the Expedition's daily
schedule will follow. To follow the Expedition through blog
updates, pictures and video, please visit: http://www.jamesriverassociation.org/expedition.
More information about Expedition, done in partnership with
National Geographic Maps and the Chesapeake Conservancy, is
also available at www.EnvisionTheJames.org.
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About the James River Association
Founded in 1976, the James River Association (JRA) is a
nonprofit organization whose mission is to be the guardian
of the James River. Through its four programs, Watershed
Restoration; Education and Outreach; River Advocacy; and
the Riverkeeper program, JRA works throughout the entire
length of the river, helping people of all ages enjoy,
appreciate and protect the beauty and health of the James
River for future generations to enjoy. For more information
about JRA, visit www.jamesriverassociation.org.
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