Students learn in ‘floating classroom’

Posted at 10:05 PM, Jul 27, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Several students and teachers pushed their rafts from the shore of the James on Saturday, departing on their first day of an eight-day adventure.

The James River Expedition, an organization dedicated to improving the health of the river, is hosting its third annual summer program.

During the program, students participate in activities that teach them about conserving the James.

“Over the course of the summer, we’ll have covered the length of the James River: 340 miles, from the headwaters all the way to the bay,” education program manager Jessica Templeton said.

Many of the students were enthusiastic about the program.

“This is Toby,” Dashawn Young said as held up a small toad in his hands.

Young is a sophomore at Highland Springs High School. He said he was excited as soon as he was told about the program.

“My teacher brought the trip to my attention because I was a model student in her class and I really like wildlife,” Young said.

“They’re so excited, they’re having a great time starting to get to know each other,” Templeton said. “Everyone can’t wait.”

At the close of the program, students will participate in a discussion at the Envision the James forum. There they will take what they learned and help facilitate ideas for the benefit of the river.

To learn more or to follow the expedition as it occurs, follow the program’s blog here: