On April 13, 2013, the James River Ecology School had its grand opening at the school’s location at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge in Henrico County between Richmond and Hopewell. The $1.25-million school, a joint project of the James River Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is designed to host groups of students in grades 5-12 for lessons on science, nature, and history. Activities at the school are to be correlated with Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOLs). Facilities include a visitor and education center, a boardwalk through marshland, a 34-person bunkhouse, a pontoon boat, solar power for buildings, and a rainwater-collection system (for non-drinking water). More information about the school is available from the James River Association online at https://jrava.org/students-of-the-james/.
Source: Groups spreading word about school on island, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/15/15.