Life on the river

The center is uniquely located on America’s Founding River, between Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia.

One of the longest coastal rivers in the southeast, the James River connects upland forests and fields to tidewater Virginia and enters the Chesapeake Bay at Hampton Roads. This river corridor also integrates a broad diversity of human-dominated and natural habitats and provides unparalleled opportunities for important research in the ecological and environmental sciences.

In addition to the center’s 350 acres of forests, marshes, and tidal creeks, researchers and student scholars can also access over 5,000 acres of adjacent state and federal conservation lands.