Lynchburg, VA - The James River Association kicked off the Lynchburg portion of their annual canoe trip down the James today. JRA staff members along with local high school students will paddle more than 100 miles in eight days.
Students waved good-bye to their parents, Saturday morning, as they hopped in canoes to begin their trip down the James. JRA selected a total of thirty students from 17 area high schools to make up this year's expedition teams.
However, this eight day trip is not all fun and games, students will be learning about the environmental and social benefits of the James River as well as its history.
On this second leg of the trip, ten students will make a 104-mile trip down the Middle James from Lynchburg to Cartersville. The team will be stopping at different camp sites a long the way.
In the past, participating teachers would select the students. This year J-R-A staff members hand selected applicants.
The Association says the hands-on experience is a great way for kids to learn. "You can really learn, we feel, and have a meaningful experience when you are swimming in the river and actually testing water quality while you are out here on the water" said JRA Lead Educator Kyle Burnette.
The students are set to arrive in Cartersville on July 19th. The third leg of this expedition begins the following week. It will start in Richmond and end in the Chesapeake Bay.