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Summer 2019 youth program sneak peak

November 19, 2018

Winter may be fast approaching, but we are already preparing for our summer camps!   VCU Rice Rivers Center, in partnership with VCU Rec Sports’ Outdoor Adventure Program, will be bringing back our popular day and overnight camps, as well as adding additional opportunities for a younger audience and those who wish to spend their Spring Break outdoors. 

As an introduction to VCU Rice Rivers Center and the Outdoor Adventure Program, please join us for our Spring Family Day on Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  The entire family can participate in some of the activities students will enjoy while at camp, and staff and researchers will be there to answer questions.   

Spring Break Camp (NEW!):

We are excited to offer a spring break camp for middle school students at the Rice Rivers Center! We will explore the natural world through science and spend plenty of time outdoors at VCU’s 350 research campus on the James River.

For grades 4-8
Dates: April 1-5, 2019

Nature Camp:

Our summer Nature Camp at the Rice Rivers Center returns! We will explore the natural world through hands on science at VCU’s river campus and spend plenty of time adventuring outdoors. Along with learning about the James River watershed, we will meet researchers from the prothonotary warbler team (Team Warbler) and the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program. Join us at our beautiful 350 acre campus on the James River.

For rising 6-8th grade students
Dates: June 17-21; July 15-19, 2019

Jr. Nature Camp (NEW!):

By popular demand, we are able to offer the same summer Nature Camp at the Rice Rivers Center to younger aspiring scientists!  We will learn about plants and trees in our watershed, check out bald eagle and osprey nests, and learn to explore by canoe.

For rising 4-5th grade students
Dates: June 24-28, 2019

LEAP on to the James:

Join the OAP for LEAP (Leadership Environment and Adventure Program) on the James River. This four-day overnight program is for adventurous high school students who are ready to push their leadership skills and develop their outdoor competence. We will paddle down the James from Richmond to the Rice Rivers Center, stopping at conservation areas along the way. Students will learn about river ecology, cultural history, and develop leadership and outdoor skills that will stay with participants beyond their time on the river. No prior paddling experience is necessary, and there will be an informational meeting before the start of the trip to introduce students and instructors.

For rising 9-11th grade students
Dates: July 8-11; July 22-25, 2019


Day camp information:

Camps are at Rice Rivers Center and begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

A courtesy shuttle will be available between the Monroe Park campus and Rice Rivers Center.  Students can be dropped off at Monroe Park at 8:00 a.m. to be transported to Rice Rivers Center, and will leave the center at 3:00 p.m. to return to the Monroe Park campus by 3:45 p.m.

Early drop off/late pick-up:
Arrangements are available to provide parents access to drop their camper off as early as 7 a.m. and pick them up as late as 5 p.m. 

Registration will begin early spring 2019.

For more information visit
or email Katie Schmidt at

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