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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

Register with the Friends-sponsored volunteer management system to help Park staff coordinate volunteer efforts! Once you register and share your interests, skills and availability with Park staff, the system will let you know of upcoming events.

Note: To make sure you receive notices about FOJRP events, click the Friends button under Groups. Become a registered volunteer ...

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Current Volunteer Events

FOJRP Volunteer Day, May 10 (NEW DATE), 9 am to 1 pm
Join us at Ancarrow’s Landing! Volunteers will be doing a trash cleanup and painting bridges on the Slave Trail. Water and all supplies will be provided by park staff. Email Matt at and let him know you are coming.

We will be breaking for the summer and our monthly volunteer events will resume in the fall. See you at the park!

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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,

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!).

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.