If you’ve been holding out until warm weather and spring bursting out all over, this is your last chance for the guided tours to the Pipeline Rapids great blue heron rookery and the Richmond Slave Trail. Get out there and enjoy the scenery and the knowledge passed on from James River Park manager and naturalist Ralph White.
JRPS: Heron Rookery Tour
Come observe the courtship behavior of Great Blue Herons — some eerily similar to humans. Spotting scopes and interpretation provided. Bring cameras and binoculars. Dress warmly. Site on Pipeline (“Trestle”) Trail near 12th and Byrd St. has a short ladder. Special Parking at Whitewater Boater’s Lot at north end of 14th St Bridge. $5 adults/kids $1. Sponsors: Richmond Audubon Society and the James River Park System (Richmond Recreation, Parks & Community Facilities) – 646-8911 – www.RichmondGov.com
- When: Saturday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Where: Parking at North End of 14th Street Bridge (map)
JRPS and Friends: Walk on the Slave Trail
Commemorate Black History Month by walking the route trod by enslaved Americans in the first ½ of the 19th century. Look for the many signs of slave labor still visible in Richmond. Walk is 2 mile one way, but can be shortened if group prefers to drive parts. Meet at Ancarrow’s Landing Park (Manchester Docks) located at the end of Maury Street. $5/person. Sponsors: James River Park System (Richmond Recreation, Parks & Community Facilities) and the Friends of the James River Park System (FoJRP) – 646-8911 –www.RichmondGov.com and www.JamesRiverPark.org.
- When: Saturday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
- WhereMeet at Ancarrow’s Landing Park (Manchester Docks) (map)