James RiverFest Set for This Week at Eco Discovery Park

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James-River-Association-logoThe James River Association will host its fourth annual James RiverFest at Eco Discovery Park on Saturday, with several events designed to educate the public about how to help preserve the river’s health.

The RiverFest will feature a new focus on environmental education, with exhibitors including environmental organizations, state parks, James City County and local museums showing guests of all ages information about the health of the James River basin, why it is important to conserve the river and how it all ties into Virginia history.

There will also be a treasure map to help guide guests through a scavenger hunt of the exhibits, with prizes going to the first five people who complete it. The RiverFest is a free event highlighting JRA and Eco Discovery Park’s work.

Other events include kayak tours of Powhatan Creek, guided bicycle rides, boat trips around Jamestown Island and standup paddle boarding. JRA will have a touch tank with animals from the river.

The festival is free and open to the public. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Eco Discovery Park. More information is available at the festival’s official website.

JRA is a nonprofit group devoted to preserving its namesake river. Eco Discovery Park is a nonprofit park located across the street from the Jamestown Settlement at the Jamestown Yacht Basin.

The park is set to close May 1, though its president and board of directors are considering a potential purchase of the James City County-owned yacht basin.