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Volunteer in the Park

Do you have talent, passion, and a little time? Great! Get out there! There are regular clean-ups along Riverside Drive and the annual JRAC clean-up at Pony Pasture and Reedy Creek in September. There are also other opportunities to plant native species or uproot invasive ones, repair trails, paint things, etc. Or, if you’d like to educate the public about the Park, there are docent spots available!

Become an Official Park Volunteer

In the of fall 2014 we initiated a new sign-up procedure -- partnering with HandsOn Richmond to reach a larger audience. To register for a James River Park volunteer event, you must register with HandsOn Richmond.

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Current Volunteer Events

Conservation Easement Inspection help requested  
In February of each year the FoJRP volunteers are required to walk through the areas of the park protected by the conservation easement. This is to ensure there has been no encroachment into the protected areas and is required to keep the easement enforced. It also provides a great excuse to enjoy a quiet afternoon in one of our favorite places. We are looking for volunteers to help. If you are interested in turning a nice walk into a meaningful activity that helps to protect the park contact: friends@jamesriverpark.org

FOJRP Volunteer Day, Saturday February 14,
Love for the Park? Then show it this Valentine's Day by spending some of your time caring for it. The morning of February 14, 9am to noon, we will be at the 22nd Street entrance cleaning out invasive species and trash where Buttermilk Trail East is being built. Registration is required through HandsOn Richmond.

Typing Help Needed
The Friends have a number of park pamplets that need to be keystroked and saved as Word documents so they can reproduced in e-book format. If you are interested in helping get this information from printed page to digital document please contact: friends@jamesriverpark.org.  

Don't see the volunteer event you are looking for?
Browse all of the James River Park System volunteer events that are in the system currently on HandsOn.

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Other Opportunities

Need help figuring out how you want to help the park? See below and talk with Matt Mason, JRPS Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew.Mason@Richmondgov.com.

Students Needing Volunteer Hours

The James River Park System is a great place for students to gain an appreciation for our natural environment while racking up community service hours. Whether it’s cleaning up trash on the shoreline, painting structures in the park, removing graffiti, maintaining trails, or clearing invasive species, we’ll point you in the right direction so you can pitch in.

Grow Your Own Volunteer Job

All FOJRP activities take creativity and coordination to pull off. If you don't see an opportunity here that suits you or uses your particular skills or talents, please get in touch and suggest your own volunteer gig. If you’d enjoy fundraising, event planning, new projects and solutions, or are interested in joining our board, we’d also love to hear from you!

Do it yourself volunteering

If our schedule doesn’t suit yours, on-your-own trash pick up is always appreciated, especially at Pony Pasture and Belle Isle. (Snorkeling for trash is just one of the do-it-yourself fun times you can have in the park.)

at the pumphouse picnic

After a morning spent at JRAC’s annual clean‐up, some FOJRP friends and members take a moment to admire the Pumphouse view at the annual picnic.


Be in the Know!

For upcoming volunteer events (Friends and related organizations), we’ll send word through Facebook (become our Fan!) and send updates via E-news (sign up today!).


December 2014 Volunteer Day Results

In December, at the 42nd Street parking lot, 11 volunteers with bucket and brushes in hand scraped and repainted curbs and generally improved a visitor's first impression of this part of the park. It was a cold day and a busy time of year, so we really appreciate all who took the time to participate in this volunteer event.


We count on our friends ...

... like Seven Hills, which donates middle school muscle for park projects every month on their River Day!

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Volunteer in style

Our snazzy t-shirts have been getting rave reviews from river buffs. Next time you volunteer at the river, work in style!

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You can order your t-shirts online or pick one up at one of our Sponsors' stores.