0/1 Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail

Mountain Bike Rules of the Trail
IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary in different locations, or with traffic conditions.

  1. Riding Wet Trails: We ask our trail users to observe the 24 hours / 1″ rain rule – meaning stay off of the trails for 24 hours for every inch of rain the falls. During freeze-thaw periods, ride while the trails are frozen or wait until they have melted and dried.
  2. Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
  3. Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
  4. Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
  5. Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
  6. Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
  7. Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.

Portions of the trails are designed to be technically challenging. DO NOT modify the trail or create alternate routes to bypass challenging features.

0/2 MTB Project

MTB Project:

The next generation of mountain bike trail maps and trail information. In a partnership with IMBA, the MTBProject offers an international listing of 60,282 miles in 17,224 trails. An interactive site that allows you to share your rides, trails and photos.

01/10 Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinic

Whitewater Kayak Rolling Clinics
Learn and practice kayak rolling during the off-season! Qualified instructors will teach and review rolls in a manner appropriate for beginner or experienced kayakers. Kayaks and equipment are available. Personal kayaks need to be cleaned before use in the pool. Minimum age is 13. Previous kayaking experience is required.
YMCA Midlothian, 737 Coalfield Road
Sundays, 8:30-11 a.m.       $40 ($45 w/rental)
Jan. 10                     Course 30213 
Feb·7                        Course 30745
March 6                    Course 30746
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

01/13 Archery Club Introduction

Archery Club Member Introduction
(required for all students new to archery that would like to participate in the Star Shooters School Archery Club that have
not taken the Introduction to archery course In the previous year). Participants must be enrolled in course 30610-30614 to take this course.
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Dr.
Tuesday, Jan. 12,   5:30-7 p.m.        $10              Course 30615
OUTDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesday, April 12,  5:30-7:30 p.m.    $10             Course 30616

01/13 Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD)

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club
This club is the next step for youth archers who are experienced shooters and are serious about taking their archery to the next level. The Golden Arrow Archers JOAD club is a developmental program that uses USA Archery curriculum and is open to youth, ages 8-20. To be eligible to Join the JOAD team, members must own their own bow, have completed at least two seasons of the Chesterfield Star Shooters After School Archery Club and be able to shoot a score of 55 points or higher in that club (exceptions can be made for those with substantial archery experience outside of the Star Shooters program, i.e. NASP, etc). JOAD club registration cost Includes star pins earned and a lanyard to hold them. Additional membership in USA Archery (www.usaarchery.org) is highly recommended and required to compete in most tournaments, but not required initially to particrpate in the JOAD program.
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Dr.
Wednesdays, Jan. 13-March 16,      5:30-7 p.m.   $100      Course 30617
OUTDOOR: Chesterfield Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Road
Wednesday, April 13-June 8,        1-2:30 p.m.      $100      Course 30618
5:30-7 p.m.   $100   Course 30619
For registration information, contact Rockwood Nature Center (804) 674-1629 or scottme@chesterfield.gov.

01/19 Star Shooters Youth Archery Club

Star Shooters Youth Archery Club
During each class, participants will learn techniques, form and rules for target archery, as well as try different types of bows (compound and recurves), shoot archery games and perform drills for becoming a better archer. Twice each season, kids have the opportunity to earn one the rank patches based on personal shooting scores. Bows and equipment are provided, or use your own with instructor approval. At the end of the season, archers compete in a members-only tournament where kids pit their skills against others in their age brackets. New students with no archery experience are welcome, but must register for the New Archery Club Member Introduction class below. Instructors are USA Archery certified. Cost includes equipment, patches, tournament medals and trophies. Three time slots are available but space is limited, so regrster early to be assured a spot!
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Dr.
Tuesdays, Jan. 19-March 15   $100 (not held March 1)
5:30-6:30 p.m.            Course 30610
6:45-7:45 p.m.            Course 30611

OUTDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, April 19-June 7        $100
1-2 p.m.                     Course 30612
4-5 p.m.                     Course 30613
5:30-6:30 p.m.           Course 30614
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

01/20 Nurtured by Nature

Nurtured By Nature
Is your one-year-old a little nature explorer? If so, this series of classes is just for you! We will have songs, movement, stories and lots of outdoor fun! Children need to have their first birthday by the first class and younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$20 per child for this series of five classes:    Course 30578
Jan. 19           A Winter’s Nap
Feb. 16           Shadows of Nature
March 15        Animal Safari
April 12          Signs of Spring
May 17           Touching Nature
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

 

01/21 Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers
Bring your little nature sprout, aged 3-5, to Rockwood Nature Center on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., for fun nature explorations, crafts, and stories. Both days cover the same theme. $12 per child for this 15 series of two classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30582
Thursdays                          Course 30583
Jan. 20, 21       Where Are All the Animals in Winter?
Jan. 27, 28       Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?

$24 per child for this series of four classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30584
Thursdays                          Course 30585
Feb. 3, 4           What Do Birds Eat?
Feb. 10,11         What is the Texture of Nature?
Feb. 17, 18        What’s Wild?
Feb. 24, 25        Who Lives in Rockwood Park?

$24 per child for this series of four classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30586
Thursdays                          Course 30587
March 2, 3          What is the Wind?
March 9, 10        Wildlife is Everywhere!
March 16, 17      Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt
March 23, 24      Who Hatches Frorn an Egg?

$18 per child for this series of four classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30588
Thursdays                          Course 30589
April 6, 7           What Do We See in Spring?
April 13, 14        What Do We Hear in Spring?
April 20, 21        Does Water Get Sick?
April 27, 28        What Are Butterflies?
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

01/23 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Bushwhacking the Brown & Williamson Conservation Area
Bushwhack and explore the 500 acre conservation area along the James River. Find the eagle nest, clues that reveal the story of the land, skunk cabbage and vernal pools. Have lunch in the hollow, then trek to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be an adventurous three-mile hike involving lots of bushwhacking and some stream crossings. Minimum age is 10.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Jan. 23,   10 a.m.-2 p.m.   $3    Course 30526
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/24 Archery

Introduction to Archery
Enjoy the fun of learning a new skill, from stance to follow through, focusing on beginning form, safety and proper use of equipment. Participants will learn the basics of archery on either simple compound bows or recurve bows. This class focuses on group style target archery and is taught by USA Archery certified Instructors. For ages 8 and older, adults and families welcome.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturdays,  10 a.m.-noon      $20
Jan 30                                  Course 30595
March 5                                Course 30596
April 23                                 Course 30597
May 14                                 Course 30598
Sundays,    2-4 p.m.             $20
Feb. 28                                Course 30599
March 20                              Course 30600
April 10                                Course 30601
May 22                                 Course 30602
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/01 Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?

Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?
Have you ever tried to find your shadow and couldn’t find it? Where did it go? Come find it at Rockwood Nature Center while also discovering interesting facts about groundhogs, listening to a fun story and making a groundhog craft! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, Jan. 31,     3-4, p.m.    $5    Course 30590
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/02 My First Nature Adventure!

My First Nature Adventure
Bring your little two-year-old nature tot to this series of nature explorations, stories and hands-on activities. Children need to have their second birthday by the first class and younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
$12 per child for the series of three classes:    Course 30579
Feb. 2          Shadows of Nature
Feb. 9          What Does Nature Feel Like?
Feb. 23        What Does Nature Taste Like?

$12 per child for the series of three classes:    Course 30580
March 1        Animal Safari
March 8        What Does Nature Sound Like?
March 22      What Does Spring Sound Like?

$16 per child for the series of four classes       Course 30581
April 5          What Does Nature Look Like?
April 19        What Does Spring Look Like?
May 3           What Does Nature Smell Like?
May 24         Exploring Nature with All Our Senses
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/05 Bird Brains

Bird Brains

Explore the world of birds with your school-aged child. During this four
week series of courses, students will learn about bird calls, life history
and bird adaptations. They’ll also spend time looking for birds in the
park and create their own bird-themed arts and crafts. For ages 5-9
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, noon-2 p.m.            $20           Course 29697
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/05 Introduction to Digital Nature Photography

Introduction to Digital Nature Photography

Do you want to learn how to get the most out of your new camera
while capturing stunning images of nature? This eight-week
workshop will start simply and progress through a variety of topics
including, brief history of photography, parts of the camera, focal
length and depth of field, aperture and f-stops, shutter speed, studio
lighting, framing, perspective, silhouettes and cropping.
Students are required to bring their own cameras for the class and
will be able to print copies of their own work from home.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, Feb. 5-March 26, 3-5 p.m.       $60       Course 29702
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/07 Evergreens in Winter

Evergreens in Winter  
What makes an evergreen tree different from other trees? What is a conifer and what shape is it? Let’s explore these special trees while painting with pine needles, making Cheerio garlands, having “Show-N- Tell” with sprigs of evergreens and pine cones brought from home, and learning “Big & Little” and “Prickly & Tickly.” For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, Feb. 7,      3-4 p.m.    $5    Course 30591
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/07 Nature Printmaking

Nature Printmaking

This four week long course will use a variety of print-making processes
to create nature-themed art prints. Students will have access to the
nature center’s animals for use as models as well as explore the forests
of Rockwood Park. For ages 5-9
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturdays, Feb. 7-28, 2-4 p.m.             $28                  Course 29699
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/07 Trekking through Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Trekking through the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Use a map and compass to navigate your way through the 500-acre
conservation area. Find the eagle nest, clues that reveal the story of
the land, skunk cabbage and vernal pools. Have lunch in the hollow,
then navigate to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be
an adventurous three-mile hike involving bushwhacking and stream crossings.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.          $3              Course 29403
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/11 Exploring Mary B. Stratton

Exploring Mary B. Stratton Park
Hike and bushwhack to explore a park not yet open to the public. Hike along old trails and bushwhack through forested uplands, meadows, floodplains and along Failing Creek. Discover an old road bed, a beaver dam and Trampling Run.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 11,  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  $10  Course 30565
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/13 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area
Bushwhack and explore the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area. Trek to the vernal pool along the southern border. Drop down into Big Hollow and follow the stream. Next, ascend to the bluff to view the James River and follow the bluff its entire length to the start. This hike will travel almost the entire boundary and will be approximately four miles.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Feb. 13,  10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   $12   Course 30556
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/19 Beginning Bow Maintenance, Tuning and Accessories

Beginning Bow Maintenance, Tuning and Accessories

Join our archery instructors for this new class aimed at helping you
become familiar with the equipment side of archery and how to keep
your set-up in good shooting shape. You will learn about the tools
and techniques of basic maintenance and small repairs, what to look
for in optimizing your bow and arrows for accuracy, and the types of
accessories you might need as your archery skills increase. Course
covers all types of bows – compound, recurve and traditional. Bring your
bow, arrows and accessories if you have them, or use our county bows
for hands-on learning. Class is held inside the classroom at Rockwood
Nature Center, no shooting will take place. Ages 14 and under must be
accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 19 , 6-8 p.m.              $15                 Course 29689
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/20 Learning Map and Compass

Learning Map and Compass
Learn how to use a map and compass from one of the best orienteering racers, Tim Gilbert. Join Tim and a county naturalist for an introductory program that includes some classroom time, field time and concludes with a short orienteering course through Rockwood Park. Minimum age is 8.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 20,   10 a.m.-1 p.m.    $3     Course 30394
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/05 Botany for the Very Young

Botany for the Very Young

Is your child interested in plants and flowers? Join one of our certified
master naturalists to learn about the world of plants through fun,
hands on activities. This eight-week series of classes will explore a
variety of botany topics. Examples of the types of activities the children
may take part in include painting with pine needles, printmaking, leaf
rubbings, leaf pressing, and planting seeds. For ages 5-8.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 16, 23, 30;
noon-2 p.m.                        $40                       Course 29696
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/06 Beyond the Basics: Level 1 – Archery Form and Development

Beyond the Basks: Level 1 – Archery Form Development
The first in a series of continuing archery classes, this class will focus on more details about form and body mechanics, and is designed for those who want to continue their development as beqinninq to intermediate archers. Students may choose from compound or recurve style bows as they work toward achieving correct body alignment and muscle memory. All classes take place on the group instructional range next to Rockwood Nature Center. The class is held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s classroom. For ages 8 and older, adults and families welcome. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed Chesterfield County’s “Introduction to Archery” course within the past year or participated in an archery club in order to be eligible for this program.
Sunday, March 6,     2-4 p.m.          $20  Course 30605
Saturday, April 16,   10 a.m.-noon   $20  Course 30606
Sunday, May 22,      2-4 p.m.          $20  Course 30607

03/07 Compost Pile for the Garden

Compost Pile for the Gardens
Do you have the opportunity to use one of Rockwood Park’s wonderful garden plots? If so, in this class learn how to provide better soil to the plots, learn about various composting styles, and then help on composting day to get the area up and running. Rich soil available to users of the gardens.
Mondays, March 7-21,   6-7 p.m.   $15     Course 30575
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/07 Explore the Appomattox River Valley

Explore the Appomattox River Valley
Begin your journey at the Radcliffe Conservation Area. Hike along the northern boundary to roam along the bluff, along small wetlands, rock outcropping and some stream crossings. Reunite with the River Trail and continue down river for lunch at the abutment dam. Return along the River Trail. This will be an adventurous 2.5-3 mile hike.
Radcliffe Conservation Area and Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Road
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.      $3    Course 30527
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/10 Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village
Enjoy winter while hiking the easy and rolling terrain in Beaverdam Park. The trail winds along the shoreline of Beaverdam Reservoir, around coves, through small wetlands and a mature forest. Afterwards, take a short stroll through historic Gloucester. This is an easy three-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $20      Course 30533
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/12 Adult Introduction to Archery

Adult Introduction to Archery
Learn rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournament style target archery with our adjustable compound bows that suit participants of all strengths and draw lengths. Discover a new sport that will give a lifetime of enjoyment! Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 12  10 a.m.-noon  $20  Course 30603
Friday, May 13  5:30-7:30 p.m.      $20  Course 30604
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/12 After Work Adult Archery Club

After Work Adult Archery Club

We are excited to offer an after work archery club. Class
participants will learn techniques, from and rules for target
archery, as well as get to explore using different types of bows and
accessories with different types of targets. Bows and equipment
are provided, or you may use your own with instructor approval.
New students with no archery experience are welcome. Instructor
will be USA Archery and Archery Trade Association certified.

Rockwood Nature Center
Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.      $60         Course 28053
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/13 Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt!

Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt!
Come make your own shamrock and listen to a leprechaun story before going on a shamrock hunt in the forest. Follow the Shamrock Trail to the leprechaun’s surprise pot where everyone Will get a special surprise I For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardran.
Sunday, March 13,    3-4, p.m.    $5    Course 30592
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

03/14 The Beginning Aquarist

The Beginning Aquarist

Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of freshwater aquarium/
pond care? Our experienced instructor will focus on providing basic
instruction on system set up, components, plant and fish selection,
maintenance and disease management.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 14, 2-4 p.m.               $7              Course 29701
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/17 Tobacco Heritage Trail

Tobacco Heritage Trail
Journey south to Lawrenceville to hike a 2.5-mile section of the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Start at the edge of the town and head west along Great Creek. Pass along rolling pastures and forests while learning about this rail-to-trail project. Total distance will be about 4.5-5 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 17,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.      $20   Course 30566
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/18 ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification

ACA Whitewater Kayak Instructor Certification
Enrollment in this course is for the highly experienced and skilled whitewater paddler (Instructor level) who is interested in gaining instructor credentials and improving their high-end skills. Minimum age 18.
March 18, 19, 20 and May 14-15        $425       Course 30751
Contact Greg Velzy for specifics, 804-748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

03/19 Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve

Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve
Located in the northwest corner of Albemarle County, and just a stone’s-throw away from Shenandoah National Park, is the new 600- acre forest preserve. Hoof up the mountain side through white pine, chestnut oak and mountain laurel. Take a rest by a mountain stream, view the weathered boulders or listen to the squawks of ravens. This is a moderate 1.3-mile hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gam.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 19,  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.   $30   Course 30555
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/24 Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me

Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me
This overnight backpackinq trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains is intended for mothers with children 5-10 years old. It provides beginners with a backpacking experience in a positive, natural environment. During this easy, three-mile hike to the overnight camping spot, special attention is given to the parent/child relationship. Fee includes guide, meals and all camping gear (except sleeping bag). Transportation to site not included.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Pre-trip meeting: Thurs., March 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.
$75 per adult, $50 per child           Course 30721
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

03/24 Merchant Millpond State Park

Merchants Millpond State Park 
Head south barely over the North Carolina line to explore the enchanting swamp and millpond at Merchants Millpond State Park. An easy 4-mile hike will travel along bottomland, swamps and rivers to view majestic cypress and tupelo gum trees and, maybe, an American alligator.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 24,  9 a.m.·-5 p.m.   $22   Course 30567
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/28 Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101

Interested in backpacking and learning more about long distance
hikes? Join our instructors for hands-on activities related to segment
hiking the Appalachian Trail and other destinations. Topics to be
covered include equipment, proper attire, nourishment, packing light,
orienteering and navigation, wildlife, emergencies. For ages 13 and
older.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 28, noon-4 p.m.                $15             Course 29700
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/28 Cumberland Forest and Willis River Hike

Cumberland Forest and Willis River Hike

Start at Winston Lake and ramble on the Cumberland Multi-Use Trail,
forest roads and a section of the Willis River Trail to complete a fivemile
loop through the 16,222-acre forest. The trail carves through
mixed hardwood forest and riparian habitats. This is an easy hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.              $30                   Course 29412
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/02 Wild Watercolors

Wild Watercolors 

This four-week course will use a variety of watercolor mediums to paint
wild animals and nature related scenes. Students will have access to
the nature center’s animals for use as models as well as explore the
forests of Rockwood Park. Ages 5-9.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, April 2, 16, 23, 30; 3-5 p.m.        $28          Course 29698
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/03 Kayak Sampler

Kayak Sampler – Indoor Pool
Here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Certified instructors will teach the basic safety techniques in the warmth and comfort of an indoor swimming pool. Sit-on-top, whitewater and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
YMCA Midlothian, 737 Coalfield Road
Sunday, April 3, 8:30-11 a.m.    $45     Course 30726
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/05 50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding

50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding
Geared toward the 50+ crowd, you can learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Course includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals and canter preparation. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 5, 7, 12, 14, 6-7 p.m.     $105        Course 30723
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/07 Container Gardening

Container Gardening
Do you have limited garden space, but still want to grow some of your own vegetables? Or maybe you want to fit fruits into a spare corner. Come learn about the basics of self-watering containers, soil blends and the wide variety of foods you can grow in small spaces.
Thursday, April 7,    5:30-7:30 p.m.      $7       Course 30577
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/09 Humpback Rock

Humpback Rock
Start from the Humpback Rock Picnic Area for a three-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to the majestic views of Humpback Rock. Enjoy lunch on rock ledges that overlook Wintergreen Resort, peer down into Rockfish Valley from another rock outcrop and see the remnants of hog walls. Return along the same trail. This is a moderate six-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 9,   9 a.m.- 6 p.m.  $32  Course 30554
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/10 Bursting Buds

Bursting Buds!
How do you feel when you see flowers suddenly open up in sprinq? What colors do you notice in spring that you haven’t seen all winter? We will answer these and other questions as we explore Spring’s arrival on the trails at Rockwood Park. We will paint with nature objects, discover what is inside a bud and plant some seeds to take home. For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, April 10,    3-4 p.m.    $5      Course 30593
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

04/11 Backyard Chicken

Backyard Chicken
Are you interested in keeping chickens in your backyard but don’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you are already acquired some new feathered friends but don’t know the best direction to head in? In this class, learn the basics about keeping chickens, the differences in breeds and a basic understanding of how to provide quality care at home.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Monday, April 11,      6-8 p.m.   $10     Course 30573
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/12 It’s a Snake!

It’s a Snake
Join the leader of Rockwood Nature Center’s animal care team, Jessi Sakiewicz, to learn about Virginia’s snakes. Find out how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous species, discover more about snake behavior, get tips about snakes as pets, and interact with Rockwood’s reptiles. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register at least one week in advance.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesday, April 12,    6:30-7:30 p.m.     $5         Course 30570
Tuesday, May 24,     6:30-7:30 p.m.     $5         Course 30571
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/13 Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club – Homeschool

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club for Homeschool
This club is the next step for youth archers who are experienced shooters and are serious about taking their archery to the next level. The Golden Arrow Archers JOAD club is a developmental program that uses USA Archery curriculum and is open to youth, ages 8-20. To be eligible to Join the JOAD team, members must own their own bow, have completed at least two seasons of the Chesterfield Star Shooters After School Archery Club and be able to shoot a score of 55 points or higher in that club (exceptions can be made for those with substantial archery experience outside of the Star Shooters program, i.e. NASP, etc). JOAD club registration cost Includes star pins earned and a lanyard to hold them. Additional membership in USA Archery (www.usaarchery.org) is highly recommended and required to compete in most tournaments, but not required initially to particrpate in the JOAD program.
Chesterfield Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Road
Wednesday, April 13-June 8,        1-2:30 p.m.   $100      Course 30618 
For registration information, contact Rockwood Nature Center (804) 674-1629 or scottme@chesterfield.gov.

04/14 Bald Eagle Tours

Bald Eagle Tours
Join Capt. Mike Ostrander, with Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, on his 24-foot pontoon boat for this unique and spectacular experience on the James River. After boarding the boat watch the sun rise while seeing our national symbol up close and personal. Minimum age is 15. Space is limited, register early. Private charters are also available.
Deep Bottom Boat Landing, 9525 Deep Bottom Road
Thursday,  9:30-11:30 a.m.     $45
April 14       Course 30718
May 19        Course 30719
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/14 Homeschool Archery Club

Homeschool Archery Club

The same format as the After-School Archery Club, but scheduled
at a convenient time for home schoolers and alternative-school
children. See the After School Archery Club description for more
details. Taught by certified USA Archery instructors, the cost
includes equipment, patches, tournament medals and trophies.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, April 14-June 2 (Tournament: Saturday, June 6)
11 a.m.-noon                   $95/person                      Course 29688
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/14 Rock Climbing: After-Work Climb Time

Rock Climbing: After-Work Climb Time

This course is for climbers who have previous climbing experience
and want to practice their technique. Equipment will be provided,
and ropes will be set. Instructors will be onsite to supervise, give
pointers and help belay, but there will be no formal instruction.
Minimum age is 13.

James River Park System, Manchester Wall             $15
Tuesday, April 14, 6-8:30 p.m.                                   Course 29481
Tuesday, May 20, 6-8:30 p.m.                                    Course 29482
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

04/14 The Great Dismal Swamp

The Great Dismal Swamp
Hike and van tour through one of Virginia’s most spectacular ecosystems, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Tour six miles by van to Lake Drummond, in the heart of the wildlife refuge. The swamp is a haven for black bears, bobcats and over 200 species of birds. It also supports unique plants such as Atlantic white cedar, dwarf trillium and silky camellia. Bring a packed lunch.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 14,  7 a.m.-4 p.m.  $32  Course 30538
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/16 Recreational Tree Climbing

Recreational Tree Climbing
Join the professional arborists from Riverside Outfitters as they take you to new heiqhts! For young and old alike, if you ever enjoyed climbing in trees, here’s your chance to really go up. Using specialized tree-climbing equipment, the staff of Riverside Outfitters will assist as you ascend into the canopies of trees. For ages 8 and older. Youth 8 – 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday, April 16, 1-3 p.m.  $19        Course 30736
Sunday, April 24, 1-3 p.m.    $19        Course 30737
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/17 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top Kayak Trip

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” Kayaking – River Trip
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids stretch of the James River, from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek in Richmond on “user friendly” sit-on-top kayaks. This is a great way to get a feeling for whitewater paddling without the rigors of being inside a true whitewater kayak. Swimming ability required. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Minimum age 11, Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations. It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 30728
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/19 Introduction to Horsebackriding

Introduction to Horseback Riding
Learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals and canter preparation. Minimum age is 8. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 19, 21, 26 and 28, 6-7 p.m.  $105       Course 30722
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/21 Adult Archery Practice

Adult Archery Practice
Join fellow adult archers on the larqe outdoor target archery range called The Pit, located behind the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, for weekly practice and archery camaraderie. Archers must bring all their own equipment and know how to use it, no formal lessons will be given during practice times, but informal tips and coaching from instructors will be given as needed. Distances can be shot from 15-70 meters, all targets and FITA style target faces will be provided.
Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road
Thursdays, April 21-June 9,        6-7:30 p.m.      $60        Course 30620
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/21 Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve

Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve
Find spring at Hickory Hollow located In the Northern Neck. Stroll along a patchwork of trails that lead through mature forests, down into Cabin Swamp and along streams. Observe spring wildflowers and returning birds.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 21, 9 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $30  Course 30535
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/21 Reptiles and Amphibians Merit Badge Workshop

Reptiles and Amphibians Merit Badge Workshop

Join a naturalist and BSA merit badge counselor to learn all about
the scaly and slimy world of reptiles and amphibians. Handle
snakes, toads, turtles and lizards, learn about venomous reptiles,
and go on a walk to listen to frog calls. Some requirements will
need to be done on the scout’s own for full completion. Counselor is
available for card sign-offs when requirements are met.
Rockwood Nature Center
Tuesdays, April 21 & May 19, 6-8 p.m.           $25             Course 29690

04/23 Belle Isle State Park

Belle Isle State Park 

Head to Lancaster County to stroll the forests, fields and wetlands of
Belle Island State Park. Journey along multiple trails hemmed in by the
Rappahannock River, Mulberry Creek and Deep Creek. This will be an
easy four-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 23, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.           $30               Course 29400
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/23 Frog Hunt

Frog Hunt
Enjoy Rockwood Park in the evening as we try and spot, or hear, as many of the local frogs and toads as we can. Learn a little bit about declining amphibian populations and enJoy listening to the early sounds of spring. Bring a headlamp and comfortable walking shoes to go on a frog hunt.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 23,    6-8:30 p.m.    $5     Course 30576
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/24 Beyond the Basics: Level 2 – Aiming and Scoring

Beyond the Basics: Level 2. — Aiming and Scoring
Take your new found archery skills to the next level with the second class in the intermediate series of archery courses. Participants will learn different aiming techniques for bare bow, as well as how to use a basic target sight and the importance of your sight picture. Play some aiminq games and end the session With a mini scoring round that will put newfound abilities to the test. All equipment is provided, or use your own with instructor permission. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed the Beyond the Basics’ Level 1 course within the past year or participated in an archery club in order to be eligible for this program.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, April 24,           2-4 p.m.           $20      Course 30608
Saturday, May 28,        10 a.m.-noon    $20      Course 30609
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/24 Girl Scout Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge Workshop

Girl Scout Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge Workshop
Are you Interested in bugs? Then come to the Bugs workshop at Rockwood Nature Center to complete the Bugs legacy badge! We will go on a bug hike, watch some live bugs, and do some art and craft projects. Scouts will receive certificates to take back to troop leaders for badges. For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, April 24,    3-5 p.m.   $7   Course 30594
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

04/24 Kayaking 101-Introduction to Calm Water Paddling

Kayaking 101 – Introduction to Calm Water Paddling
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! This class is designed for the person who wants to learn the basics of flatwater kayaking. The class covers entries, exits, strokes, safety and the equipment needed to start kayakinq. An optional tour of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is included. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, April 24,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 30734
Saturday, May 14,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)    Course 30735
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/25 Riprap Hollow Hike

Riprap Hollow Hike

Hike the southern section of Shenandoah National Park for
sweeping vistas from Chimney Rock and Calvary Rocks. Descend
into Cold Spring and Riprap Hollows and past the swimming hole.
Return along Wildcat Ridge and the Appalachian Trail. This is a long,
moderate 9.5-mile hike with 2,225 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.             $35                 Course 29401
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/28 50+ Kayak Sampler

50+ Kayak Sampler 
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Professional instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit-on-top and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Thursday, April 28,   6-8:30 p.m.      $35 ($40 with rental)      Course 30727
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/30 Merchant Mill Pond Paddle

Merchants Millpond State Park Paddle
Paddle and experience the wilderness-like primordial waters of Merchants Mill Pond and Lassiter Swamp. Cypress trees, tupelo gum, Spanish moss, mosquito fern and alligators thrive in this enchanted swamp. Fee includes transportation. For ages 12 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 12-16. Paddling time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, April 30,  9 a.m,-6 p.m.  $33  Course 30551
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/01 50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 50.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, May 1,  1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.  $76      Course 30740
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/02 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning white water! The excursion will beqin and end at the Riverside Outfitter’s shop in Stratford Hills .. they’ll take care of the shuttling. You will put in near the Boulevard Bridge. Paddle into the biggest rapids the James River has to offer, right through the heart of downtown with a break for provided refreshments at Belle Isle. This is easily one of Richmond’s best adventures! Minimum age is 12.
Riverside Outfitters, 6836 Old Westham Road
Saturday, May 7, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 30747
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/05 Maritime Forest Hike

Maritime Forest Hike
Traverse the southern landscape of First Landing State Park, formerly called Seashore State Park. Roam through maritime forests, old dunes, cypress ponds and the shoreline of Broad Bay. Walk through shrines of cypress trees cloaked In Spanish moss, observe fiddler crabs in the tidal creeks and marshes and enjoy a lunch under the spreading and welcoming branches of a live oak perched along Broad Bay. Hike is approximately 5.5 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 5,  8 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $32  Course 30536
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/08 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us for this new program paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use sit-on-top, touring kayaks, or canoes for this exploratory journey on the first commercial canal system in the country, that has been vacated for decades. The instructors cover all safety and history for this step back in time. Swimming ability is required. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 2351bs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sunday, May 8,   8 a.m. – noon.   $40 ($45 w/rental)   Course 30749
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/09 Hike, Pedal and Paddle the Dutch Gap Conservation Area

Hike, Pedal and Paddle the Dutch Gap Conservation Area

Explore the conservation area by foot, bike and kayak. Find the
enchanting cypress swamp, look for the golden warbler, see pawpaw
and paddle to the graveyard to find out how the Tidal Lagoon was
created. Have a light lunch on the Peninsula. This program involves
about 4.5 miles of easy biking, a short one-mile paddle and short
hikes. Participants must bring their own mountain/hybrid bike and
helmet, water, bathing suit and towel (for kayaking), and a light
lunch. Helmets are required.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.          $5/person         Course 29411
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/09 Twilight Paddle

Twilight Paddle

Embark on a paddle to explore the tidal lagoon from late evening into
the twilight. Find out how the lagoon was made, where the graveyard
is and what wildlife inhabits the barge islands. For ages 10 and older.
An adult must accompany children 10-14 years of age. Paddling time is
approximately two hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 9, 5-8 p.m.           $16                Course 29406
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/11 Whitewater Kayak Playdays

Whitewater Kayak Play Days
This after-work, informal instructional time is for newer whitewater kayakers (especially those without a boat) to get time on the water. Instructors will be present to answer questions and give pointers. Sessions will stay at Pony Pasture Rapids with no down-river runs. Completion of a previous Whitewater Kayak class is required. All equipment is provided. Minimum age is 13.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m       $25
May 11            Course 30732
May 25            Course 30733
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/12 Geology ROCKS!

Geology ROCKS!

You’ve heard of the water cycle, but did you know there is a rock
cycle too? Learn about how rocks and minerals are formed, handle
specimens of the three types of rocks, investigate ancient fossils,
then become a rock hound and go on a hunt in the park to start your
own rock collection. Make your own piece of geology to take home.
For ages 6-12. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a
participating adult.

Rockwood Nature Center
Tuesday, May 12, 5-7 p.m.                  $7                    Course 29693
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

05/12 Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail
Take a leisurely hike along this unique rails-to-trail that borders Amherst and Nelson Counties. Start at Rose Mill Trailhead, and then head down river with the Piney River at your side to the confluence of the Tye River. This is an easy out-and-back 5.5-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 12,  9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $30  Course 30539
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/12 Wilderness Survival – FIRE!

Wilderness Survival ~ Fire
This course will begin with a general discussion about the principles of wilderness survival including preparation, attitude, shelter, fire, water, food and being found. Then, participants will take part in flre-building exercises. Students will discuss fire construction and look at several methods of starting fires without matches or lighters. Dress appropriately for the forecast conditions and be ready to deal with hot or cold weather and insects. Enrollees should be prepared to get dirty, wet and spend an extended period of time outdoors. The minimum age for this course is 7. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 5,      5-6:30 p.m.    $7     Course 30574
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

05/18 50+ Kayak Sampler – Full Moon

50+ Kayak Sampler – FULL MOON!
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you, and get the bonus of FULL MOON paddling! Certified Instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit- on-top and tourinq kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 Ibs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Wednesday, May 18, 6-9 p.m.  $40 ($45 with rental)     Course 30750
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/19 Critters and Kids

Critters and Kids

Join our animal care team and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into
what goes into caring for the nature center’s animals. Children under
age 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.                   $7                       Course 29695
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

05/19 Mountain Meadow Hike

Mountain Meadow Hike
Begin this hike at Hog Camp Gap, then ramble along the Appalachian Trail to the mountain meadow of Cold Mountain. The 4,000-plus-foot high meadow provides a panoramic view of the George Washington National Forest, surrounding mountains and Shenandoah Valley. This IS one of the most spectacular- views in the George Washington Forest. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles and only 480 feet of elevation gain. Bring a packed lunch.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 19,  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  $32  Course 30543
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/19 Whitewater Full Moon Paddle

Whitewater Full Moon Paddle
Join us on this evening whitewater kayak trip down the James River, using either sit-on-top or whitewater kayaks, as the nearly full moon rises in front of us! Previous river paddling experience is required. Minimum age is 15. swimming ability is required. Completion of a two-day, Beginner Whitewater Kayak class is required if using a whitewater kayak.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Thursday, May 19, 6 – 10 p.m.    $40 ($45 w/rental)         Course 30753
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/21 Old Rag Mountain

Old Rag Mountain
Learn about, and see the results of, mountain building and erosion while hiking to the summit of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. This circuit hike will travel along the rocky ridge line that leads to the summit. Prepare to scramble over and through large granite boulders. This hike will be about eight miles with 2510 feet of elevation gain. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, May 21,  7 a.m.-9 p.m.  $38  Course 30544
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/21 Rising Moon Paddle

Rising Moon Paddle
Paddle and float during the evening hours at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Slip quietly through the waters to observe wildlife. Watch the sunset and behold the moonrise, Minimum age is 10. An adult must accompany children aged 10 -11. Paddling time is approximately three hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 21,   5:30-8:30 p.m.    $16     Course 30542
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/28 Sunset Paddle

Sunset Paddle
Paddle into the evening hours as the sun drifts below the horizon and the tide ebbs. Visit the graveyard islands and labyrinth. Minimum age is 10. An adult must accompany children 10-14 years of age. Paddling time is approximately two hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 28,   6-9 p.m.      $16  Course 30530
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/29 Day of Sailing

Day of Sailing
Bring a picnic lunch and board a cruising sailboat for a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. This is a great experience for people who would like to try sailing for the first time or for people who have had instruction and would like more practice. Transportation to the marina is on your own (directions provided). Minimum age is 18. Near Urbanna, Va.
Sunday, May 29,   9 a.m.- 4p.m.  $70     Course 30738
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

06/20 Archery Camp

Archery Camp
Has your child been bitten by the archery bug? Join our certified NASP and ATA archery instructors for an exciting week focusing on all things archery. We’ll start With an introductory session, so no previous experience is needed. Then progress through more advanced programs and use different types of equipment. We’ll also take some time to explore some of Virginia’s wild places. For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.            $140          Course 30637
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

06/20 Sail Camps

Sail Camps
The Greater Richmond Sailing Association on Swift Creek Reservoir offers the chance to enter the exciting sport of sailing. Future sailors age 8-17 can come out for the first time or come back to further enhance their skills. This one week camp is taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. The program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness and respect for others. Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailinq Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian. Bring your own lunch except for Pirate Day which includes a pizza lunch, pirate costumes, and other pirate activities. You can also earn high school PE credits In Chesterfield County. Prerequisites: Mandatory 1 hour introductory meeting and swim test Sunday prior to each session. Must be able to swim 150 feet unaided.
Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Woolridge Road
Monday-Friday       8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $350
Level I:
No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn to rig sailboats, Identify parts of a sailboat, trim sails, practice safety, read the wind, and steer the boat. Students will work together to rig, operate and stow Single-handed Optimist Dinghies and double-handed Collegiate 420 sailboats based on their age, weight and experience.
8-12 year olds: (single-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30664
July 11-15            Course 30665
13-17 year olds (double-handed boats)
June 20-24           Course 30669
July 11-15            Course 30666

Level II:
Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, learn intermediate/ advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. Build a device to measure the wind, make a boat, and experiment with simple machines on boats.
8-12 year olds: (Single-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30667
July 18-22            Course 30668
13-17 year olds: (double-handed boats)
June 27-July 1      Course 30670
July 18-22            Course 30671
Details: Frequently Asked Questions available at grsa.org or email the Sail Camp Director: sailcamp@grsa.org

06/20 Summer Sprouts

Summer Sprouts
Nurture your child’s fascination with the earth’s creatures. Summer Sprouts will spend the week discovenng and learning about the animals that hop, swim, fly, and crawl through the fields and forests of Rockwood Park. Both sessions cover the same curriculum. For ages 4-5.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
June 20-24             Course 30626
July 5-8                  Course 30627
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

06/27 Camp Red Tail Hawk

Camp Red Tail Hawk
Have fun this summer explorinq the outdoors and makinq new friends at Rockwood Park. During this adventure packed week we will climb trees with Riverside Outfitters, explore nature, learn target archery, and much more. For ages 7-9.
Rockwood Park Shelter 1, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday,    9 a.m.-1 p.m.    $85
June 27-1         Course 30631
July 5-8            Course 30632
July 11-15        Course 30633
July 18-22        Course 30634
July 25-29        Course 30635
Aug. 1-5           Course 30636
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

07/11 Nature Nuts

Nature Nuts
Check out the salamanders, snakes, squirrels, birds, and many other creatures that live In Rockwood Park. Discover how each is uniquely adapted for life In its own habitat. We’ll enjoy games, mini-hikes and hands-on activities each day. Both sessions cover the same curriculum. For ages 6-7.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
July 11-15              Course 30628
July 18-22              Course 30629
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

07/18 Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp

Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp
Spend the week exploring the forests and trails of Rockwood Park, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and other wild spaces. Participants will learn about the plants and wildlife of the region, tracking, awareness, and more. Campers will participate in hands-on activities involvinq shelter construction, fire building and methods of starting fire without matches, finding safe sources of water, wild foods, and other wilderness survival skills. Be prepared to get dirty, wet, and contend with insects and heat while spending an extended period of time outdoors. For ages 10-17
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m-4 p.m.             $140          Course 30630
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

1/2 RVA Ride Center

RVA Ride Center   

“Ride Center” is an official designation of the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) for a large-scale collection of mountain bike trails that offer recreational opportunities for all skill levels, from families to expert. Currently, there are less than 17 locations worldwide which have received this prestigious designation.
The Richmond Regional Ride Center (RRRC) is a collaborative effort to address the public demand for outdoor recreation areas and facilities in Central Virginia. The goal is to rehabilitate 15 miles of existing mountain bike trail at Pocahontas State Park, and construct an additional 20 miles. A combination of existing world-class trails in the James River Park System and the trails at Pocahontas State Park will provide over 70 miles of offroad cycling, making the Central Virginia area a destination-worthy resource.

Dutch Gap Conservation Area

Dutch Gap Conservation Area & Boat Landing
341 Henricus Park Road (Conservation Area)
441 Coxendale Road (Boat Landing)
Chester, VA 23836

The 810-acre Dutch Gap Conservation Area surrounds Henricus Historical Park and features diverse woodlands, wetlands, and the old meandering channel of the James River. “Dutch Gap” refers to Sir Thomas Dale’s attempt in 1611 to shorten river travel by cutting a new channel to bypass this meander. A 4.5-mile trail loop leads visitors around a tidal lagoon, where numerous species of birds and an abundance of other wildlife can be found. The area includes a blue heron rookery and a 2.5-mile Lagoon Water Trail, where paddlers can observe the “graveyard” of submerged barges and several islands. Dutch Gap also provides a boat landing on the James River.

 

Garden Plots

Community Garden Plots

Rent a garden plot at Rockwood Park. A single 20 x 20-foot
plot costs $38; a second plot costs an additional $25. Plots
are tilled, located near a water source, and are open from
approximately early March to the end of November. To rent a
plot, or for additional information, call Mark Battista at
318-8735.