The James River Park System - Richmond, VA

Science in the Park


Science in the Park provides science-focused educational materials about the geology, habitats, and flora and fauna of the James River Park System in Richmond, VA.

We hope to enrich the Park experience for local and regional school systems, communities, visitors and regular users of the park through web-based, self-directed explorations, guides, videos, and lesson plans. Only when people know something can they love it; only when people love something will they cherish and protect it.
Join our iNaturalist team and upload your photos and observations to our James River Park project on »

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Rock Pools
Urban Forest

Our project has been funded by ALTRIA. It is a collaborative effort between Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Rivers Center, Department of Biology, Ralph White, the Friends of the James River Park, the City of Richmond’s James River Park System, and many, many other talented and knowledgeable individuals.


Caught on Camera!

See our game camera project in the Animals section. You'll be amazed to find the variety of species we have roaming around the park!

iNaturalist screen shotBecome an iNaturalist Photographer

Become part of our team of outdoor lovers and photograph and record the plants and animals of the James River Park. You don’t have to be a professional photographer or seasoned biologist to participate -- beginners are welcome and encouraged!

Local naturalist Paul Bedell will introduce us to iNaturalist and to our own James River Park System iNat project. Next, we will head into the Park to photograph whatever kind of plant or animal you enjoy. Then back to Park Headquarters to learn how to prepare your images and post them to the website. Those of you with iPhones can download their free app.

WHERE: James River Park Headquarters, Reedy Creek, 4001 Riverside Drive, Richmond, VA 23225
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015 (Rain date Sunday, May 17)
TIME: 9 am to noon
BRING: Camera or iPhone, laptop, field guides, binoculars

Registration is required and participation is limited. Contact Anne Wright at to register. Can’t make it? Don’t worry, there will be other sessions later in the summer.

About iNaturalist: iNaturalist is a website that is creating a "living record of life on Earth." iNaturalist relies on team members to post digital records such as photographs and sound files that document species in an area. Learn more on the iNaturalist website.

Science in the Park Video in RVA Environmental Film Festival

The latest Science in the Park video on blueback herring and American shad spawning in our great river was a runner up selection in the 2015 RVA Environmental Film Festival and was shown on the big screen on Sunday, Feb 8, 2015!