Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities will continue offering its guided walks on the Slave Trail throughout March and has added a new walk to see the growing nesting colony of Great Blue Herons in the James River Park.
The guided walks along the Slave Trail will be offered on the remaining Saturdays in March at 2 p.m. These are emotional walks that originate at the docks at Ancarrow’s Landing in the James River Park and cross the river to conclude at the site of Lumpkin’s Jail and the Reconciliation Statue.
The guided walks to see the heron rookery on the James River are a new program being presented by the department in partnership with the Audubon Society. They will be offered every Saturday throughout March at 11 a.m.
More than 40 nests of Great Blue Herons have been counted in the James River Park’s growing rookery. It is a short hike to the viewing site, but you must be able to climb a ladder. Dress appropriately, and if possible bring binoculars or a spotting scope.
All walks are $5 per person and require advance registration by calling 646-8911.