James River Association Seeks Applicants for Summer River Expedition

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The James River
The James River

Historic Triangle high school students have two more weeks to apply for the James River Association’s sixth annual James River Expedition.

Rising 10th- and 11th-grade student who live within the James River Basin are eligible to take part in one of three sections of the Expedition, which altogether will span the 340-mile length of the river over the course of three weeks.

The experience, which the James River Association has nicknamed “the floating classroom,” gives students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about conservation, stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling along the river on canoes, kayaks and rafts.

Along the way students will meet business owners, farmers and other residents within the basin whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by the river.

While learning about the river, students will also build their leadership skills, teamwork skills and confidence through their interactions with their fellow participants and guides.

Educational staff from the James River Association will provide expert instruction on paddling and camping throughout the trip, and no experience in either paddling or camping is required.

The James River Expedition is divided into three sections: the upper James expedition from July 10-15, the middle James expedition from July 17-22 and the lower James expedition from July 24-29.

“The Expedition was easily one of the best weeks of my life,” said Charlie Glaubit, a past participant in the upper James River expedition. “I would, without a doubt, do it again and I highly recommend the Expedition to anyone, no matter their camping or paddling experience.”

Thirty positions are available to qualifying students who show a passion for environmental stewardship, have a curiosity about the river and enjoy teamwork and leadership-building. Ten students will be selected for each weeklong portion of the expedition.

“Over the past five years, students have had life changing experiences spending a week on the James River and learning how it impacts our lives as Virginians,” said Bill Street, CEO for the James River Association. “We’re incredibly proud that they then take this knowledge back to their schools, families and communities to help ensure a healthy future for the James.”

If selected, a deposit of $150 is required to hold your spot, though this can be waived or reduced on an as-needed basis. All other gear, supplies, food, training and instruction is free.

The application deadline is May 7. Click here for more information and to apply.

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