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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.

Register now!

27th Clean the Bay Day | Saturday, June 6, 9 to noon

This is a massive annual effort to clean streams and shorelines all over the bay's watershed. Richmonders will meet at Reedy Creek, 4401 Riverside Dr., 23225. It's best to register online, and parental permission forms are required for those volunteers who are under 18. Dress appropriately, consider the need for sunscreen and/or bug spray, and bring work gloves if you have them. Note that there are separate registration forms for boaters and for the rest of us. cbf.org/events/clean-the-bay-day   

Our monthly FOJRP volunteer events are on hiatus during the summer, but check back in the fall!

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.

Any Saturday

Almost any Saturday you have free time, you can help keep the James River watershed clean by going to www.meetup.com/RVA-Clean-Sweep and finding a location that needs your strong back and warm heart.

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!).


Volunteers are important!

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.

As a way to acknowledge the contributions of our volunteers, we assigned a dollar figure to the 7,177 hours given to the park in 2014. Although there are a number of ways to calculate an hourly rate, we used the Federal Government's recommended figure of $22/hour and came up with a total man-hour value of $157,894. 

While this total is surprisingly high, it is in the nature of volunteering where we truly find its worth. The virtue in volunteering is much deeper, much more fulfilling and much more important in contributing to a healthy and vibrant community than money can ever measure. Volunteerism is priceless!

We offer a special thanks to all of you who gave your time to benefit the park in 2014!


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.