James River Association taking applications for its ‘floating classroom’

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Thirty high-school students from the James River watershed will canoe, kayak and raft down the river this summer through an outdoor education program sponsored by the James River Assocation. (Courtesy JRA Flickr)

If you’re in high school in the Historic Triangle and you’re looking for a summer adventure, you’re in luck.

The James River Association is accepting applications for its Seventh Annual James River Expedition, a “floating classroom” that brings together 30 students for a series of one-week trips that collectively travel the 340-mile length of the James River, according to a release.

More than 166 students and 26 teachers from 42 school schools across the state have participated since 2011.

“We’re excited to once again offer this unique experience to the next generation of river stewards,” CEO Bill Street said in the release.

The expedition begins June 25 in Richmond with a paddle to the Chesapeake Bay. It continues with two six-day trips on the Upper and Middle James, ending on July 21. Participants camp and travel by canoe, kayak and raft. Along the way, they learn about conservation, stewardship and the river’s history.

The James River Expedition, held every summer since 2011, teaches teamwork and leadership to students interested in the environment. (Courtesy Flickr)
The James River Expedition, held every summer since 2011, teaches teambuilding to students interested in leadership and the environment. (Courtesy JRA Flickr)

“Students who care about environmental stewardship, have a curiosity about the river, and enjoy leadership and teamwork are encouraged to apply,” the release said.

Students must live in the James River watershed, but they do not need experience in paddling or camping.

The JRA is also looking for three public high-school teachers to help lead the trips. Educators from any discipline are encouraged to apply.

For students and teachers, the deadline for applying is March 10.

More information is available online here. You can also learn more by emailing Ben Watson at bwatson@jrava.org or by calling 804-788-8811 ext. 215.