Rice Rivers Center


Outdoor Adventure Program

Rice Rivers Center


Two canoes rest at the edge of the James River

Events, Camps, and Instructional Courses 

Click the titles in the chart below to view full descriptions, trip costs, and registration. 

The VCU Outdoor Adventure Program is partnering with the VCU Rice Rivers Center to offer environmental education and recreational programming at the 500-acre facility along the lower James.The Center supports academic instruction, applied research, and community outreach in disciplines that include conservation biology, environmental science, ecology, water resources, wetland restoration, and technology. With direct access to the James River, a new boat launch for canoes to access the tidal Kimages Creek, and the recent opening of the Inger Rice Lodge that can sleep up to 22 visiting researchers, students, or visitors, the Rice Rivers Center is a perfect location.

With the new partnership, we hope to increase the public knowledge and excitement about research programs currently taking place, and inspire future scientists through our educational summer camps. Check out the research being done on the Prothonotary Warblers and the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program.

Custom Programming

If you are interested in doing custom programming and hosting your own event at the Rice Rivers Center, we can help! The facility has a conference room with state of the art technology, community education labs, plenty of open spaces, canoes, and the lodge has a community space along with a kitchen equipped for large groups. We can also facilitate a variety of Team Building programs with the options ranging from a few hours to the whole weekend.

For more information, please contact Katie Schmidt at outdoors@vcu.edu

New Summer Day Camps for 2018

Our Junior Journey on the James is an overnight camp for middle school age students that will follow a portion of the VCU course Footprints on the James. During this camp we will be paddle from Osborne Park to Shirley Plantation, staying overnights at Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rice Rivers Center. We will learn about the James river ecology, cultural history, and get to explore tidal creeks along the way!

Learn about camp details in the Parent Information Packet

Our brand new Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp is a day camp for middle school age students at the VCU Rice Rivers Center. We will have a variety of activities each day including stream science activities and canoeing along the James River and the recently restored Kimages Creek. Throughout the week we will be joined by folks who are part of the VCU Prothonotary Warblers research team and folks from the Virginia Oyster Shell Recycling Program (VOSRP) This camp will be during the day only and a shuttle from the university will be available if needed.

Learn about camp details in the Parent Information Packet.

Summer 2018 Events and Camps
Date Trip Register by
5/12-20 Wilderness First Responder 5/10
6/25-29 Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp 6/10
7/9-13 Junior Journey on the James 6/20
7/16-20 Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp 6/20
7/23-26 Junior Journey on the James 6/20
7/30-8/3 Rice Rivers Center Nature Camp 6/20 

Register for these camps through the MyRecSports portal. Watch this video tutorial on how to use the MyRecSports portal to sign up for all programs.