James River Expedition

James River Expedition

For the third year, students and teachers from across Virginia are exploring the James River aboard canoes, bateaux, rafts and work boats. The three-part trip, separated into eight-day segments, gives participants the opportunity to learn about the importance of the James River’s health through hands-on experiences.

The Expedition is once again sponsored by Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, through a $50,000 grant made by The Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.

Students and teachers are on the trip with peers from across the state, exploring unfamiliar parts of the river.

Segment One: The Expedition began on June 22 with students from Hopewell High School, Jamestown High School (Williamsburg) and Hickory High School (Chesapeake). Focusing on the Upper James, they traveled from Iron Gate and finished their trip in Snowden on June 29. Videos from this segment of the trip are provided below:

Segment Two: Students from two Chesterfield County schools, Clover Hill and Monacan high schools, traveled the Middle James from Lynchburg to Cartersville on July 13-20.

Segment Three: The Lower James, the last segment of the trip spanning from Richmond to Hampton, includes students from Woodside High School (Newport News), James River High School (Buchanan) and Highland Springs High School (Henrico) on July 27-August 3.

A variety of activities are offered during 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, along with talks by experts on the river’s history and ecology.

For the first time, the Expedition will be a part of Envision the James forums, a collaborative initiative that invites communities and individuals to create a common vision for the James River to benefit future generations. Three public Envision the James forums will be held in conjunction with the Expedition. Meeting dates can be found at

Additional Resources

  • Visit the James River Association's Expedition page for more pictures and video.
  • Visit Envision The James for more information, done in partnership with National Geographic Maps and the Chesapeake Conservancy.
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