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.

01/07 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.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sundays, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m      $50 ($55 w/rental)
Jan. 7                     Course 32891
Feb. 4                     Course 33339
Feb 25                    Course 33340
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

01/09 Adult Archery Practice

Adult Archery Practice
Join fellow adult archers 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.
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Drive
Tuesdays, Jan 9-March 13,  6-7:30 p.m.     $65    Course 33099

OUTDOOR: Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road
Fridays, April 13-June 8  6-7:30 p.m.          $60   Course 33006

Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/10 Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD)

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club for Homeschool
This is the next step for youth archers who are experienced shooters and serious about taking their archery to the next level. JOAD is a developmental program offered by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation that uses the USA Archery curriculum. This program is for ages 8-20. To be eligible to join the JOAD program, members must own their own bow, have completed at least two seasons of the Chesterfield Star Shooters Youth Archery program and be able to shoot a score of 55 points or higher in that class (Exceptions can be made those with substantial archery experience outside of the Star Shooters program, i.e. NASP, etc.) JOAD registration cost includes star pins earned and 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 to initially participate in the JOAD program. For registration information or information on the Golden Arrow Archers JOAD club, contact Rockwood Nature Center.

INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Drive
Wednesdays, Jan. 10-March 14
5:30-7:30 p.m.    $100       Course 33098

OUTDOOR: The Pit at the Chesterfield Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Road
Wednesdays, April 11-June 6
1-2:30 p.m.         $90          Course 33012
5:30-7 p.m.         $90          Course 33017

Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/16 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! We ask that each child be one-year-old by the first class and that younger siblings not attend.
Tuesdays, 10:3–11 a.m.
$20 per child for this series of five classes:    Course 33045
Jan. 16           A Winter’s Nap
Feb. 13           Shadows of Nature
March 13        Animal Safari
April 10          Signs of Spring
May 8           Touching Nature
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

 

01/18 Star Shooter Club New Archer Introduction

Star Shooter Club New Archer Introduction
Required for all students new to archery who would like to participate in the Star Shooters Youth Archery Club but did not take an Introduction to Archery course within the past year. Participants must be enrolled in courses 33449, 33450, 33013, 33014, 33015, or 33016 to take this class.
INDOOR: Thursday, Jan. 18,   5:30-7 p.m.            $10             Course 33018 
OUTDOOR: Tuesday, March 27,  5:30-7:30 p.m.    $10             Course 33019

Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/19 Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers
Bring your little nature sprout aged 3-5 to Rockwood Nature Center each week for fun nature explorations, crafts, and stories.
Fridays, 10-11 a.m.                $6 per child for each class
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Jan. 19      Where Are All the Animals in Winter?       Course 33037
Jan. 26      What Do Birds Eat?                                Course 33038
Feb. 2        Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?              Course 33039
Feb. 9        What is the Texture of Nature?                Course 33040
Feb. 16      What’s Wild?                                          Course 33041
Feb. 23      Who Lives in Rockwood Park?                  Course 33042
March 2     What is the Wind?                                  Course 33043
March 9     Wildlife is Everywhere!                            Course 33044
March 16    Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt                  Course 33056
March 23    What Do We Hear in Spring?                   Course 33057
April 13      Who Hatches From an Egg?                    Course 33058
April 20      Does Water Get Sick?                             Course 33059
April 27      What Are Butterflies?                              Course 33060
May 4        Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!                                   Course 33061
May 11      What’s Buzzing?                                      Course 33062
May 18      How Does A Plant Grow?                          Course 33063
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

01/20 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 3-mile hike involving lots of bushwhacking and some stream crossings. Minimum age is 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Jan. 20,   10 a.m.-1 p.m.   $4    Course 33367
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/21 Introduction to Archery

Introduction to Archery
Enjoy the fun of learning a new sport, from stance to follow through, focusing on beginning form, safety, and proper use of equipment. Participants will learn the basics of archery on their choice of simple compound bows or recurve bows. This class focuses on group-style target archery and is taught by USA Archery certified instructors. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, but in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting take place inside the nature center’s classroom. For ages 8 and older, adults and families welcome.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturdays,  10 a.m.-noon      $20/person
Feb 10                                 Course 33024
March 24                             Course 33025
April 14                               Course 33026
May 26                                Course 33027
Sundays,    2-4 p.m.             $20/person
Jan 21                                Course 33028
March 4                              Course 33029
April 29                               Course 33030
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

01/25 Star Shooters Youth Archery Club

Star Shooters Youth Archery Club
Join the Star Shooters Archery Club for an entire shooting season! This program, for kids ages 8-16, meets weekly for eight weeks. This is a great way for kids to receive more in-depth archery instruction in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. 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 to become a better archer. Twice per season, kids have the opportunity to earn one of a series of rank patches based on their 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 can pit their skills against others in their age brackets to take home a trophy! New students with no archery experience are encouraged, but also must register for the New Archery Club Member Introduction class. Instructors are USA Archery certified. Cost includes equipment, patches, tournament medals, and trophies. Three time-slots are available but space is limited, so register early to be assured a spot! 100$/person

INDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15
11 a.m.-noon               Course 33449
4-5 p.m.                     Course 33450
5:30-6:30 p.m.           Course 30614
Tournament March ?? at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building

OUTDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, April 10-May 29
1-2 p.m.                     Course 30612
4-5 p.m.                     Course 30613
5:30-6:30 p.m.           Course 30614
Tournament June 2 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building

Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

02/06 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. We ask that each child be age 2 and that younger siblings not attend.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.      $5 per child for each class
Feb. 6        Shadows of Nature                                 Course 33033
Feb. 20    What Does Nature Feel Like?                     Course 33034
Feb. 27      What Does Nature Taste Like?                 Course 33035
March 6    What Does Nature Smell Like?                  Course 33036
March 20 What Does Spring Sound Like?                  Course 33050
March 27 What Does Nature Sound Like?                  Course 33051
April 17    What Does Spring Look Like?                    Course 33052
April 24    What Does Nature Look Like?                    Course 33053
May 15    Animal Safari                                            Course 33054
May 22    Exploring Nature with All Our Senses          Course 33055
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/10 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.  $4  Course 33368
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/17 Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course
Learn how to save life and limb when and where professional help is not immediately available. Very few first aid programs address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where emergency services are overwhelmed or EMS assistance is more than an hour. The SOLO WFA 2-year certification, approved by the American Camping Association, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts-USA and more, offers classroom instruction with Q&A that are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience during scenarios comprise approximately 50% of class helping you come away with do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. No prerequisites. Minimum age is 13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (both days)    $195     Course 33400
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

03/01 50+ Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

50+ Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

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.

Peak Experiences, 11421 Polo Cir, Midlothian, VA 23113
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 9-11:00a.m.       $80                Course 33386
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

 

 

03/10 Explore the Appomattox River Valley

Explore the Appomattox River Valley
Start your journey at the Radcliffe Conservation Area. Bushwack 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 involving some bushwhacking and stream crossings. Minimum age is 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Radcliffe Conservation Area and Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Road
Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.      $4    Course 33417
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/11 Adult Introduction to Archery

Adult Introduction to Archery
For those interested in archery but who didn’t know how to get started, the USA Archery-certified instructors teach an adult only version of our popular Introduction to Archery course. Learn the basics of this fun and rewarding sport, including the rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournament-style target archery with adjustable compound bows for individuals of all strengths and draw lengths. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s classroom. Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, March 11  2-4p.m.           $20  Course 33007
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-noon      $20  Course 33008
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

03/14 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 6-11 years old. It provides beginners with a backpacking experience in a positive, natural environment. The 3-mile hike to the overnight camping spot in the woods creates a great opportunity for a special time between the parent and child, as does the hike out. Fee includes guide, meals and all camping gear (except sleeping bag). Transportation to site not included.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Rd.
Pre-trip meeting: Wed., March 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m.
$75 per adult, $50 per child           Course 33317
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

 

03/15 Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Return to Beaverdam Park to hike along the western cove that winds near the shoreline, around small coves and tributaries and through wetlands and mature forests. Afterwards, take a short stroll through historic Gloucester. This is an easy 4-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $20      Course 33376
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/20 Raging Reptiles

Raging Reptiles
Join Metro Richmond Zookeeper, Jessi Sakiewicz, to learn about all of the nature center’s reptile friends. Enjoy hands-on interactions with turtle, lizards, and snakes to see what makes reptiles so cool. 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, March 20,    6:30-7:30 p.m.   $5     Course 33047
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/25 Beyond the Basics: Level 1 – Archery Form and Development

Beyond the Basks: Level 1 – Archery Form Development
For those who have learned the basics of archery and are ready for more, this class will focus on more details of form and body mechanics for those who want to continue their development as a beginning-intermediate archer. Students may choose from compound- or recurve style bows. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. 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 within the past year or participated in an archery club to be eligible for this program.
Sunday, March 25,     2-4 p.m.         $20  Course 33009
Saturday, April 21,   10 a.m.-noon    $20  Course 33010
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

03/25 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 techniques and safety 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.
Manchester YMCA, 7540 Hull Street Rd.
Sunday, March 25, 6:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.    $55     Course 33323
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

03/27 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, March 27, 29 & April 3, 5. 6-7p.m. $110       Course 33319
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/09 High School Archery – CCPS online PE Credits eligible

High School Archery – CCPS online PE Credits eligible

Students will learn the skills needed to gain a firm foundation in archery. This is designed as a beginner archery development program for high school age students. This class focuses on group-style target archery and is taught by USA Archery-certified instructors. All equipment is provided and this course meets 20 hours for CCPS online PE requirements per season. For ages 15 – 18. $65/student for this series of 10 classes.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Mondays and Tuesdays, April 9-May 10 4-6 p.m.     Course 33046
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

04/10 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 10, 12, 17, 19, 6-7 p.m.  $110       Course 33318
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/12 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.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 12,  7 a.m.-4 p.m.  $32  Course 33381
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/19 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.     $50
April 19       Course 33311
May 10        Course 33312
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/19 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 19, 9 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33378
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/21 Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir

Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir    

The Greater Richmond Sail Association will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2018! No experience needed! This two-day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road. The weekend is hands-on with more time spent on the water learning and practicing the skills, then in the classroom. Classes are filled based on a first served basis and each course is limited to 12 students. Boats (19′ Flying Scots) will be provided. Requirements include the ability to swim, a well-fitting Type III PFD (life jacket) and closed-toed shoes. Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors.

Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle, and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA marina with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water.

Fee includes a personal copy of US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course t-shirt, use of GRSA-owned boats, and two full days of instruction! Minimum age is 18.

Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $175
April 21-22.      Course 33148
May 5-6            Course 33149                                                                                                      June 2-3           Course 33150
Details: sailcamp@grsa.org or visit our website at www.grsa.org

 

04/21 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use Sit-on-Top or Recreational kayaks 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. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sat., April 21,   8:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m.   $35 ($40 w/rental)   Course 33322
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/22 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 flat-water 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 and youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Sunday, April 22,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 33329
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/22 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
Sunday, April 22, 1-3 p.m       $19        Course 33334
Saturday, May 12, 1-3 p.m.    $19        Course 33335
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/26 50+ Kayak Sampler – Outside

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, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Thursday, April 26, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)       Course 33324
Thursday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)        Course 33325                                                                                                         

Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/8 Bursting Buds

Bursting Buds!
How do you feel when you see flowers suddenly open up in spring? What colors do you notice in spring that you haven’t seen all winter? We will answer these and other questions as we explore the arrival of spring on the trails of 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.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, April 8, 3-4 p.m.                  $5                  Course 33020
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

045/06 Beyond the Basics: Level 2 – Aiming and Scoring

Beyond the Basics: Level 2. — Aiming and Scoring
Take your archery skills to the next level with the intermediate series of archery courses. Now it’s time to work on aim and learning how to score a regulation target face. 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 aiming games and end the sessions with a mini-scoring round. Class is held on the instructional archery range directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. 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, May 6,           2-4 p.m.           $20      Course 33011
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

05/05 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning whitewater! The excursion will begin 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 5, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 33341
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

 

05/06 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top River Kayaking

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” River Kayaking
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids 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, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 33331
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/09 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       $29
May 9            Course 33327
May 23          Course 33328
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

 

05/15 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, May 15,     6:30-8:30 p.m.     $5         Course 33032
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

05/17 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 17,  9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $30  Course 33382
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/24 Mountain Meadow Hike

Mountain Meadow Hike
Start your 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.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 24,  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  $32  Course 33379
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/02 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 2 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, June 2,   5:30-8:30 p.m.      $16  Course 33383
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/18 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. These one-week camps are taught by U.S. Sailing certified instructors. This adventure-based program promotes leadership, self-confidence, sportsmanship, safety awareness, and respect for others. Students must be able to pass a swim test of swimming 50 feet unaided, provide their own lifejacket, and lunch for day, and have an adventuresome spirit! High school students can earn PE credits in Chesterfield County for this course (please ask your school’s PE department for details if interested).

Drop off and pick-up at Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.        $365

Details: GRSA Sail Camp Director, Kate Gomes: saiicamp@grsa.org or check out our website at www.grsa.org

Level I:

No experience required! Make new friends, spend the week on the lake, and learn how to sail. Sailors will learn how to rig sailboats, parts of a sailboat, sail trim, safety, how to read the wind, and steering. 8-12 year olds will have the opportunity to be the captain of their own boat while sailing Optimist dinghies, while 13-16 year olds will be paired up to jointly operate our Collegiate 420 sailboats.

8-12 year olds:
June 18-22          Course 33128
June 25-29          Course 33129
July 16-20           Course 33130
July 23-27           Course 33131

13-17 year olds:
June 18-22           Course 33132
July 16-20            Course 33133
July 30- Aug. 3     Course 33140

Level II:

Build on your experiences from Level I Camp! Learn intermediate/advanced sailing techniques, and experiment with the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math components of sailing. In the 8-12 year old class, students will continue to expand their knowledge on sailing Opti’s and learn more advanced sailing techniques. They will also experience a long distance sail across Swift Creek Reservoir. In the 13-17 year old class students will be introduced to flying a spinnakers and the basic of racing. This class will still utilize our Collegiate 420’s.

8-12 year olds:
July 9-13              Course 33134
July 30-Aug. 3      Course 33135
13-17 year olds:
June 25-29           Course 33136

Level III:

Only offered for 13-16 year olds – must have completed at least two GRSA Sail Camps within the last three years. This class will take all the fundamentals learned over Level l and Level II and put them to work learning the ropes of sailing a Flying Scot. Students will be moved from our Collegiate 420’s which are 13’9″ into the larger Flying Scot, 19′! This class will challenge the adventurer in all of our students by exploring a larger boat and learning more race tactics!

13-16 year old:
July 9-13           Course 33116
July 23-27         Course 33117

06/18 Summer Sprouts

Summer Sprouts
Nurture your child’s fascination with the earth’s creatures. Summer Sprouts will spend the week discovering 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, so register for only one. For ages 4-5.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
June 18-22              Course 33096
June 25-29              Course 33097
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

 

 

 

06/19 Archery Camp

Archery Camp
Has your child been bitten by the Archery bug? Join our USA Archery certified 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 and have summer fun! Campers should bring a snack and lunch and wear close-toed shoes. For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.            $140          Course 33087
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

06/25 Camp Red Tail Hawk

Camp Red Tail Hawk
Have fun this summer exploring the outdoors and making 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.    $90
June 25–29       Course 33090
July 2–6            Course 33091
July 9–13          Course 33092
July 16–20        Course 33093
July 23–27        Course 33094
July 30–3          Course 33095

Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

07/09 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, so register for only one. For ages 6-7.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
July 9-13                Course 33088
July 16-20              Course 33089
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

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.

Community Garden Plots

Community Garden Plots

Rent a garden plot at Rockwood Park. A single 20 x 20-foot
plot costs $45; 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.

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.

 

Government Center Complex

Government Center Complex
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23832
The Government Center Trail System is a mixed-use network of trails with a combination of both hard and soft walking surfaces. The system is comprised of two main loop trails (1.4 and 1.2 miles) and several connector trails. The trail provides a great opportunity for employees, residents and visitors in the area to get out and enjoy the outdoors while building regular exercise into their daily routines.
The trail is an extension of the county’s trails system and part of the “greenways” effort to preserve open space. In addition to preservation, the goal of the greenways effort also is to connect residents with parks, rivers, natural areas, cultural attractions and historic sites. Some greenways serve recreational purposes, while others serve as protected corridors along rivers, streams and wildlife habitats.

Harry G. Daniel Park at Iron Bridge

Daniel Park at Iron Bridge 
6600 Whitepine Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23237

This 187-acre park is conveniently located in central Chesterfield across from the county airport off of Route 288. Numerous diamond and rectangular fields, game courts, shelters, and trails make this park a popular destination for a wide range of recreational activities. The park is also located next to The First Tee golf course.

Individual Archery Coaching

Individual Archery CoachingFor archers seeking to improve their shooting form, compete at a higher
level, shoot in their first tournament, or overcome a specific issue, there
is no better way to achieve your goals than working one-on-one with
a coach. Our USA Archery Level 3 National Training System coach will
work with individual archers or up to two friend-or-family archers to help
them become better, more consistent shooters. Sessions run one hour
and are by appointment only, subject to instructor availability.
Contact Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information.

John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch

John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and Appomattox Canoe Launch
21501 Chesdin Rd.
South Chesterfield, VA 23803

Located just below the Brasfield Dam and Appomattox River Water Authority, the Appomattox River Canoe Launch provides a parking area and boat slide for small non-powered craft. This location also serves as the trail head for the John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area, which consists of 94 acres of woodlands and swampland along the Appomattox River. Wildlife is in abundance in this diverse environment, and 2.75 miles of trail and over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk through the property provide visitors with a unique recreational experience.

Links

Outdoor News and Information:

Richmond Outside 

Blue Ridge Outdoors 

Outside Magazine

Backpacker Magazine 

Canoe and Kayak

Climbing Magazine 

Rock and Ice 

Dirt Rag

National Geographic

The Cleanest Line

 

Area Advocacy Groups:

James River Outdoor Coalition

James River Advisory Council

James River Association

Friends of the Lower Appomattox River

Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group 

The Nature Conservancy

 

Area Clubs and Organizations:

Coastal Canoeists 

rvaMORE   

Richmond Area Bicycling Association

Richmond Audubon Society

Old Dominion Trail Club

Potomac Appalacian Trail Club  

Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association  

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club 

     
Area Outfitters:

Black Dog Paddle – Paddleboard Instruction, Ecotours and Summer Camps

Riverside Outfitters – WhiteWater Raft Trips; WhiteWater Paddleboard Instruction and Rental; Kayak, Innertube
and MountainBike Rentals; Recreational Tree Climbing and Summer Camps.

Kayak Richmond – Paddleboard and Kayak Instruction and Rentals

East Coast Board Sports – Paddleboard Instruction and Rentals

Peak Experiences – Climbing Gym and Summer Camps

Virginia Outside  – Mountain Bike Instruction, Fishing Instruction and Summer Camps

Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, EcoTours and Fishing Guide

RVA PaddlesportsWhiteWater Raft Trips; WhiteWater Kayak Instruction and Rental; International Trips

 

Climbing, Adventure Parks & Challenge Courses:

Peak Experiences

Manchester Wall

Challenge Discovery

Metro Richmond Zoo

Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat 

Go Ape!

 

R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks

Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
201 Enon Church Road
Chester, VA 23836

This 176-acre park features several athletic facilities and a diverse natural area. Athletic and picnic areas are concentrated in the upper areas of the park, and access to the lower areas is provided by a system of trails including a floating boardwalk through a freshwater tidal marsh. This area also has historical significance, as the land was the southern end of the Union position during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. Remnants of Union earthworks can be seen along the park road and trails.

Robious Landing Park

Robious Landing Park
3800 James River Road
Midlothian, VA 23113

Robious Landing Park provides easy access to the James River for kayaking, canoeing, rowing and fishing. The 102-acre site also houses 3.4 miles of trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and sand volleyball. James River High School is located adjacent to the park and provides additional facility access.

Rockwood Park

Rockwood Park
3401 Courthouse Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236

The county’s oldest, this 161-acre site features a complex of ball fields and game courts, a nature center, an archery range, Ruff House Dog Park, garden plots and an extensive system of hard and soft surface nature trails. Other features include picnic shelters, play equipment, concessions and restrooms. These facilities, along with convenient location at Courthouse and Hull Street Roads, make Rockwood Park a popular choice for numerous recreational uses.

Trail Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Volunteer Opportunities

Do you love the outdoors? Take an opportunity to give back to the community and give others the chance to discover all of the wonders out there in the wild! The Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation is on the lookout for volunteers to help with trail building and trail maintenance. We have opportunities for group service projects as well as jobs more suited to individuals, Eagle Scout candidates, or small groups. Some of the projects our volunteers have enjoyed in the past include trimming vegetation and litter clean up along county trails, the construction of new sections of trail in unimproved forestland, erosion control, plant installation, and amenities construction. This is a great opportunity to interact with like-minded people and do something to support outdoor adventure in the region! For more information contact Robert Smet with Chesterfield County parks and Recreation at (804) 745-8360 or SmetR@chesterfield.gov.

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