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March 18, 2013 8:20am
Credit: JRA

Credit: JRA

In Sunday’s Times-Dispatch column, I wrote about the James River Association’s now-complete ecology school on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, an island 20 miles south of Richmond in the tidal James River. I traveled out there for a press junket this past Thursday, and I plan on going back on April 13th when the JRA holds its grand opening celebration, which is open to the public.

According to the JRA, the day-long event will include:

  • An opportunity to explore Presquile and the new Ecology School facilities
  • Guided tours of the green infrastructure by Patrick Farley, Architect
  • Guided nature hikes and birding tours of Presquile
  • Guided canoe trips on Presquile’s tidal creeks
  • A BBQ lunch reception with remarks by notable speakers
  • An introduction to Ecology School educational programming available to school and youth groups in the watershed
  • Information for educators about education programs offered at the Ecology School
  • Live animals showcased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

There will be boat shuttles to and from the island between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you’ve never been to Presquile (or never even heard of it), this is a great opportunity to see an overlooked gem of a natural area that isn’t generally open to the public. It will also be a great way to get the kids out exploring nature. Programs tailored specifically to youth will be available.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?