James River Ecology School at Presquile National Wildlife Refuge – Grand Opening April 13, 2013

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.

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