Residents of Richmond’s Southside have a first-ever opportunity to take a free environmental leadership course for adults this spring, with sessions ranging from a boat trip on the James River to a discussion led by Virginia State Senator Jennifer McClellan. Over the course of six Tuesday evening classes, expert speakers from across Central Virginia will cover topics including urban agriculture and community gardens, how planting trees cools city hotspots, climate change and water quality work in Richmond, environmental justice, and state and local policy issues.

This is an amazing opportunity to gain experience working on the most pressing issues facing Richmond while networking with key leaders in our region.

The program will be based for the first time in South Richmond in a course held Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. from May 10 to June 14 at Second Baptist Church, 3300 Broad Rock Blvd.  Advance registration is required online at or by e-mailing Gabby Troutman at


This course is free thanks to funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Forest Service through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.