Gladstone: Students Learn About River Ecology & History On Floating Classroom

©™2013 Blue Ridge Life: Photos By Michael Barber – Students rest near Gladstone at the James River State Park and make entires to their blogs after a full day on their floating classroom along the river. Monday – July 15, 2013

Near Gladstone
Nelson County, VA

Most students spend their days in a stuffy classroom. Not this group! The Expedition began on June 22 with students from Hopewell High School, Jamestown High School (Williamsburg) and Hickory High School (Chesapeake). Focusing on the Upper James, they’ll traveled from Iron Gate and finished their trip in Snowden on June 29. The Lower James, the last segment of the trip spanning from Richmond to Hampton, will include students from Woodside High School (Newport News), James River High School (Buchanan) and Highland Springs High School (Henrico) on July 27-August 3. This past Monday a group from two Chesterfield County schools, Clover Hill and Monacan high schools have been traveling the Middle James from Lynchburg to Cartersville between July 13-20, made an overnight camp at The James River State Park.

Supper is being prepared for students and teachers participating in the expedition along the middle portion of the James River this past Monday – July 15, 2013.

For the third year, students and teachers from across the Commonwealth are exploring the James River aboard canoes, bateaux, rafts and work boats. The three-part trip, separated into eight-day segments, gives participants the opportunity to learn about the importance of the James River’s health through hands-on experiences.

The Expedition is once again 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.
“The James River is a vital resource to Virginia’s communities and we’re proud to sponsor the trip for its third year,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of The Dominion Foundation. “Dominion Resources is committed to preserving and protecting our natural resources, and we believe this is an investment in the future of the Commonwealth.”

To follow the progress of the group along their James River trip, click on this link:


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