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Students, teachers sought to participate in James River ‘floating classroom’

The James River Association is accepting applications for its annual James River Expedition, a “floating classroom” that takes students down the 340-mile length of the James River. Rising 10th and 11th grade students who live within the river watershed are encouraged to apply before the Saturday, March 15 deadline. Middlesex County students are eligible.

For the fourth consecutive year, the expedition is sponsored by Dominion Resources, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, through a $50,000 grant made by the Dominion Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm.

“We’ve seen first-hand the positive impact the expedition has had on students, giving them a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the James River and its ecosystem,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “Dominion Resources is committed to protecting and sustaining Virginia’s natural resources, and this unique program helps create a life-long understanding of what it takes to keep the river clean and healthy.”

Students selected for the expedition will have the opportunity to go on one of three 8-day trips that collectively traverse the entire James River. During the program, which begins June 21, participants will learn about conservation, responsible stewardship and the river’s history while camping and traveling aboard canoes, bateau rafts and workboats. 

“For many students, the James River is a source of activities and fun, but the James River Expedition underscores the complex ecosystem that is ‘America’s Founding River,’ ” said Bill Street, chief executive officer of the James River Association. No previous paddling or camping experience is required. Educational staff will provide expert instruction on paddling, camping, and team-building.

The James River Association also is looking for three public high-school educators to help lead the expedition trips. Educators from all disciplines are encouraged to apply to join this year’s James River Expedition.

Interested students and teachers can find more information and applications at or by contacting Georgia Busch at or 804-788-8811, ext. 214.

posted 02.26.2014

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