Events and Volunteer Opportunities

What: Emily Kimball at the Bryan Park Nature Center

When: Sunday January 10 at 3:00 pm.

Where: The Bryan Park Nature Center

Details: Emily Kimball will speak about her new book,

More: This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Emily, and hear of her insights on changing careers in midlife and rearranging ones life priorities.

Contact: No need to sign up.  Just show up! Please write info@friendsofbryanpark.org if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!


What: Audubon Bird Walks
Date: First Sunday of every month
Where: Meet at Shelter 1, 30 minutes after sunrise.
Details: This event is free.  Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them.  Beginning birders are welcome!

Project: Azalea Garden Bed Adoption
Date: On-going
What: Please help FoBP restore the eastern (pond) end of the famed Azalea Garden.  We are looking for at least two adopters (friends, families, groups) per bed.  Your focus will be on a small part of the Garden.  Working together, we can restore this special area of the park! Please contact: info@friendsofbryanpark.org
Remember, anyone can pick up trash anytime. You are always welcome to our trash pick up work parties (usually in winter), but you don’t have to wait till there is one! What a difference we all could make if each of us picked up a little litter every day, wherever we go!

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Please recognize our partners and volunteers who work with us to help care for the park. 

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  • What: Anthem Moonlight Ride Volunteer Opportunity
  • When: Saturday, August 22, 2015
  • Details: Once again, we provided drinks and snacks for those riding their bikes under the moonlight around Richmond.  Riders were seen glowing in the dark (really!) as they approached our station.  Thank you to all of our volunteers! As promised, we had a blast!
  • What: Watershed Cleanup
The team has made an incredible difference! The area is almost trash free!

The team has made an incredible difference! The area is almost trash free! See more pictures under the photo menu.

  • Where: 40 to 45 folks met at Shelter 1 to join forces to fight Bryan Park’s trash monster.
  • When: Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Details: The results? 52 bags of trash and one tire!!  And lots of cigarette butts were picked up near the shelter… Thanks go to all of our volunteers!
  • What: FoBP Watershed Cleanup in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • When: Saturday, January 17, 2015
  • What: 30 to 35 intrepid volunteers pulled a total of 49 bags trash, 9 tires and 2 large pieces of industrial junk from around our lakes, Jordan’s Branch and Upham Brook below the dam.  Thanks to the Parks’ Department all of this debris was hauled to the landfill and will never make its way downstream.  Thank you volunteers!  We DO make a difference!
  • FoBP volunteers support almost 10,000 runners taking part in the American Family Fitness Half Marathon

    FoBP volunteers support almost 10,000 runners taking part in the American Family Fitness Half Marathon

    What: American Family Fitness Half Marathon water station

  • When: November 15, 2014 7am till about 10am
  • Where: Bryan Park at the intersection of Bryan Park Lane and Rosina’s Lane near the Tourist Camphouse
  • Details: For the fifth consecutive year, we staffed water tables for the runners streaming through Bryan Park”s back roads. Twenty-five volunteers braved freezing temperatures to set up, hand off drinks to the racers, cheer them on and clean up our water station.  We always love being part of this RVA event.  Come join us next year!  You will leave with wonderful stories to tell and a free T-shirt!
  • What:  Watershed Cleanup
  • When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
  • Details: Nineteen volunteers picked up 33 bags of trash and other debris from our waterways!  Thank you! Remember that most of this is trash that continues to enter the park from the surrounding areas via our streams.  Please
    Plastic bags and other trash caught in roots in Bryan Park's Jordan's Branch

    Plastic bags and other trash caught in roots in Bryan Park’s Jordan’s Branch

    encourage people not to litter!

  • What: James River Advisory Council Regional Cleanup — Bryan Park site
  • When: Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • Details:  Volunteers worked at sites all over the James River Watershed picking up trash, tires and other debris from our waterways. Bryan Park volunteers combed the pond shorelines and other areas tocollect trash that had accumulated in the park.
  • What:  Anthem Moonlight Ride Rest/Water Stop
  • When: Saturday, August 16, 2014
  • Details: All supplies were provided by Sports Backers. The Ride went through Bryan Park where FoBP volunteers met the riders with drinks, snacks and good cheer!  Volunteers received a free event T-shirt and lots of “thank-you’s” from the Ride participants. We have sponsored this rest/water stop for several years now and always have a fantastic time.  This has always been a wonderful volunteer opportunity for families!
  • What: Bryan Park Watershed Cleanup
  • When: Saturday, March 1, 2014
  • Why:  Trash continues to continually flow into the park from the surrounding highways and suburbs. Hard working volunteers collected trash and kept it from moving downstream toward the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Details: We provided gloves and trash bags and pizza for an after work lunch celebration.
  • What: Martin Luther King Day Service Project–picking up trash along our park waterways
  • When: Monday January 20, 2014
  • Why: Trash continually flows into the park from the surrounding highways and suburbs.
  • Details: 42 volunteers worked together to haul 34 bags of trash and assorted debris from all along our waterways! Visit our Gallery to see what a difference they made!
  • What: Hott Shott Disc Golf Fund Raiser–all funds went toward improving the park’s course!
  • When: Saturday, December 14, 2013
  • Details: Visit the River City Disc Golf Club’s website at http://www.rvadiscgolf.yolasite.com/ to learn more about this Club.   They are on a mission to restore Bryan Park’s disc golf course.  You can support their efforts (and have fun doing it) by joining their club!

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Riparian Buffer Planting

Riparian Buffer Planting

 

Half Marathon near the end

Bryan Park water station for the American Family Half Marathon–near the end of the race

Donna shows off one pile of trash retrieved from our waterways

Donna shows off one pile of trash retrieved from our waterways

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • What: The Chesapeake Bay Foundation installed a riparian buffer in Bryan Park.
  • When:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013
  • Details: CBF volunteers planted native trees and shrubs along a stream in the park’s Upham Brook watershed, in order to reduce and abate the sediment runoff from Bryan Park’s soccer field parking lot.  All tools were provided and the holes were already dug for the trees!  All volunteers were instructed on correct planting technique, extremely important for the trees and shrubs’ long-term survival.
  • More: See CBF’s photos and report about the project on their Facebook page here.
  • What did we plant?:  99 trees and shrubs!
  • What: American Family Fitness Half Marathon Water Station
  • When: November 16, 2013
  • Details: For the fourth consecutive year, we staffed water tables for the runners streaming through Bryan Parks back roads.  Twenty- two volunteers signed up to help set up, hand off drinks to the racers and clean up our water station.  We love this event.  Come join us in the years to come!
  • What: FoBP Watershed Cleanup 
  • When: Saturday, November 9
  • What: We removed trash from around our lakes and along our streams
  • Details: Volunteers were provided with pickups, bags and gloves.  Hot pizza was waiting for them at the end of the event!
  • Why: Trash flows into the park from the surrounding areas.  What we remove not only improves the health of the park, but keeps what we collect from eventually entering the Chesapeake Bay. As always, staff from the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities picks up our piles.  We couldn’t have these cleanups without their help and support!
  • What: James River Regional Cleanup–Bryan ParkJRA poster
  • Date: September 14, 2013
  • Details: Three urban watersheds converge in north Richmond’s Bryan Park: Upham Brook, Jordans Branch and Princeton Creek. Volunteers cleaned around the Park’s ponds and the floodplain in the park’s wilderness area.  Almost 40 bags of trash, 13 tires and other debris was removed from the watershed!
  • What: Annual Ice Cream Social
  • Date: July 16, 2013
  • Details: Friends, neighbors and others who care for and enjoy the park joined us for our Annual Ice Cream Social.  Participants enjoyed free ice cream from the Ice Cream Connection Cart and the thrill of door prize drawings.  Meanwhile, we were honored to have Dr. Norman Merrifield, Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Deputy Director Larry Miller join us. Along with them was our recently retired friend Mary Lois Mitchum, who spent the last five years as the Richmond Parks’ manager.  Many of the improvements you’ve seen in the park are her doing! Also, our long time supporter Mr. Frank Thornton, Henrico County Supervisor representing the Fairfield District, was on hand.  If you missed this get-together, attend next year’s Social.  We’d love for you and your family come on out to celebrate Bryan Park!
  • What:Anthem Moonlight Ride support
  • When: August 17
  • Where: Azalea Garden Loop
  • Details: The Ride went through Bryan Park where FoBP volunteers met the riders with drinks, snacks and good cheer!  We thank our volunteers who came out to help.   Each received a free event T-shirt and lots of “thank-you’s” from the Ride participants! As always, everyone had a terrific time.
  • What: Invasive Plant Removal Work Party #2 with FoBP and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Volunteers Move Piles of honeysuckle and ivy to a central location for removal

    Volunteers Move Piles of honeysuckle and ivy to a central location for removal

  • Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013
  • Where: The future Environmental Education Center (aka Nature Center).
  • Details:  More and more our woods near the Center are being cleared of invasive vines.  This time we also moved our piles of vines, collected over the last several months, to a central spot for City pickup.  Our hope was to allow the vines to die and then return them to the woods to biodegrade.  But green still shows in the piles and we fear that some will re-root.
  • What: Cleaning the Trash Monster, i.e. the Large Debris Field way up Jordan’s Branch Creek (near I-64)
  • When: March 23, 2013
  • Details: 14 volunteers, most from Froehling & Robertson, Inc., (thank you!) came out to help defeat the Trash Monster.  A culvert was found under I-64 spewing trash into the creek!  Hopefully, VDOT and Henrico County will work to stem the tide.  We can’t defeat a monster that keeps growing!
  • What: Invasive Plant Removal Work Party #1 with FoBP and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Date: Sunday, March 3, 2013
  • Where: The future Environmental Education Center (aka Nature Center).
  • Details: We  continued to work to remove invasive honeysuckle and English Ivy.
  • Why: Non-native invasive plants are smothering much of our native habitat. Our ultimate goal is to return the area to its more natural, native state.

    FoBP President John Zeugner advises the volunteers about conquering the Trash Monster.

    FoBP President John Zeugner advises the volunteers about conquering the Trash Monster.

  • The reward? Through our continued work we are beginning to see what the woods are really supposed to look like!  We are helping to restore habitat that will support our native insects, birds and other wildlife.
  • You can read the Richmond Times-Dispatch report about this work party here!
  • What: Watershed Cleanup in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Date: January 19, 2013
  • Details: We cleaned trash and debris along the ponds and creeks in the park.  We had a wonderful turn out on a sunny, but coldish day! Volunteers who’d worked on cleaning the creeks in the park in the past noticed that there is clearly less trash than in the waterways.  Our efforts are paying off as years and years of debris has been removed! Thank you to all of the volunteers, including the Seal Team, for helping to continuously improve this special park.
  • Results: 27 bags of trash & 6 tires!

 

 

 

 

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