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JAMES RIVER Watershed Exploration CAMP


Photo of 7th and 8th Grade Students from Buckingham and Cumberland Middle School who
attended James River Headwaters Exploration Camp September 28‐30, 2018. Photo taken at
Humpback Bridge near Covington, Virginia. The Bridge is the last remaining covered humpback
bridge in the U.S. and the oldest covered bridge in Virginia. It spans a tributary of the Jackson
River known as Dunlap Creek. The Jackson and Cow Pasture Rivers converge to form the
headwaters of the James River.

The District teamed up with Buckingham and Cumberland Cooperative Extension to give 7th and 8th graders from Buckingham and Cumberland County Middle Schools an opportunity to attend James River Headwaters Exploration Camp – September 28-30, 2018.   Thirty-six students participated.  The group stayed in cabins at Camp Accovac in Millboro, VA, netted and identified critters from a vernal pool, explored the dam and hiked at Douthat State Park, viewed  the Jackson and Cow Pasture Rivers that meet to form the headwaters of the James, canoed at Camp Accovac, visited Humpback Bridge, viewed a waterfall at the Lower Jackson River, walked across the Cow Pasture River on a swinging bridge, and explored Natural Bridge (Caverns, Bridge and Monacan Village).  The camp was a great success.  Funds for this camp were provided through a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund which raises money through the sales of Chesapeake Bay license plates.  To purchase a plate, visit


Zip lining and Canoeing at Camp Accovac


Program on vernal pools at Douthat State Park


Dam program and hike at Douthat State Park


Waterfall - Jackson River and Swinging Bridge - Cow Pasture River          

Natural Bridge.jpg

Natural Bridge State Park - Caverns and Monacan Indian Village

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