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.