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Volunteer in the Park

Volunteers play a vital role in the life of the JRPS. Clean-ups, graffiti removal, invasive species removal and native replanting, trail improvements, fundraising, event planning, promoting, board membership: these are all tasks performed by park volunteers. The impact of their service is evident throughout the park.

Hands On Greater RichmondBecome an Official Park Volunteer

The James River Park System is partnering with HandsOn Richmond to schedule its regular volunteer events.

To register for an event, you must register with HandsOn Richmond.

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FOJRP Monthly Volunteer Events

Join The Friends of the James River Park as we tackle cleaning up different locations throughout the park. All FoJRP projects will be held on the second Saturday of each month.

Details for projects should be posted two weeks prior to the projects to allow time for volunteers to sign up. Register in advance at

FOJRP Volunteer Event -- Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m.-noon

Join the Friends of the James River Park at the site of the new T. Potterfield pedestrian bridge. We will be working on removing invasive trees and brush, removing graffiti and will also be doing a river cleanup. Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves if you have them. It will be COLD so please dress accordingly. All supplies and materials will be provided. Please bring water and a snack. Register at

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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,

RVA Clean Sweep | Multiple days and times

This meet-up group is devoted to cleaning throughout the city in an effort to improve the quality of the James River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Please go to for an opportunity that suits you.

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.)

value of our volunteers

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!).

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.