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Blue Sky Fund Students prepare chocolate pancakes during a camping trip in October at the Rice Rivers Center. Blue Sky Fund and Rice Rivers Center have collaborated to help Richmond's youth explore the outdoors and learn environmental science.  Contributed photos courtesy Blue Sky Fund

Students in Richmond Public Schools experience the outdoors through Rice Rivers Center partnership

February 1, 2018

By Leah Small, University Public Affairs

Many adolescents who have spent their lives in Richmond’s high-poverty areas are not able to explore the natural wonders this river city and surrounding areas have to offer. Lack of transportation, money and time are the main barriers of access to the natural world for low-income families.

VCU Rice Rivers Center aims to get more kids outside despite the obstacles through a collaboration with the Richmond-based nonprofit Blue Sky Fund.

Rice Rivers Center is one of multiple sites throughout the state used by Blue Sky Fund for weekend, school-day and after-school programs.

The center is a nearly 500-acre environmental research facility located in Charles City County along the James River, which makes it an invaluable resource for Blue Sky Fund youth programs. Blue Sky Fund takes Richmond Public Schools students to the center to receive real-world environmental science instruction and to experience activities such as camping, volunteering and canoeing on the river.

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