Summer camps for K-12 students

In partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the VCU Rice Rivers Center offers summer field courses for middle and high school students. 

These full-day courses begin each day at 8:30 to 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Students must be dropped off and picked up each day from the VCU Monroe Park Campus in Richmond, Virginia. Students are required to bring lunch each day and dress appropriately for field activities. All other course materials and supplies are provided. Courses will include classroom activities on days when inclement weather prevents field outings.

The cost for each session is $300 per child. We advise registering early, as space is limited.  

To register, CLICK HERE.

Please contact David Hopler at for additional information. 

Go Fish! 

2018 camp dates will be released in spring

Students will learn about fishing, fish biology and aquatic ecosystems in this exciting, week-long day camp. Students will get a chance to cast lures for smallmouth and largemouth bass, stalk wily fish in clear, cool forested streams and angle for a chance at doing battle with a mighty James River catfish. All fishing tackle is provided.  Open to rising 6th grade through rising 9th grade students. 

2017 Camp Dates:

July 31 - August 4, 2017
August 7 - 11, 2017


Virginia Stream Team

2018 camp dates will be released in spring

Join our Virginia Stream Team as we investigate some of Virginia’s fascinating waters. You’ll canoe the James River, help to restore a damaged stream and learn how the search for “fool’s gold” during the Civil War turned a normal creek bright orange!

As an environmental scientist, you will collect water chemistry data, study fish, aquatic insects and underwater vegetation, and determine how healthy our freshwater ecosystems are. Don’t miss this fun week of investigating the wonderful world under water.  Open to rising 6th grade through rising 9th grade students. 

2017 Camp Date:

July 24 - 28, 2017


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