About

Rice Rivers Center education building

The VCU Rice Rivers Center, part of VCU Life Sciences, is VCU’s River Campus, supporting scholarship and student instruction across diverse disciplines, including water resources, climate science, wildlife conservation, and wetlands restoration.

Located midway between Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia along the historic James River, our 360 acres of riparian marshes, tidal creeks, and mature forests represent a unique outdoor laboratory for important applied research and innovative, experiential classes.

The center’s modern facilities offer offices, classrooms, laboratories, and overnight lodging for students, faculty, visiting scholars, and community groups. State-of-the-art technologies are deployed onsite to collect information on air and water quality, fish and avian migrations, changing sea levels, and a host of other critical data sources. Our ongoing partnerships with state and federal natural resource and earth science agencies provide significant training opportunities for student scholars.