01/01 Individual and Group Canoe or Kayak Tours

Individual and Group Canoe/Kayak Tours

Enlist the naturalist for a nature tour to discover and explore the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. All trips include sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, personal flotation device, basic paddling instructions, and guided tour. Tours can accommodate an individual, couples, or groups. For more information and to schedule a tour, call Mark Battista at 318-8735.

01/18 Wild Tour of Chesterfield County – Exploring the James

Wild Tour of Chesterfield County – Exploring the James

Hike and explore four sites along the James River. First, travel to the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area to bushwhack almost a mile of bluff overlooking the James River. Next, head to a secluded tract in River’s Bend and the historic Dantzler Battery. Finally, head north to the new James River Conservation Area.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Thursday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.      $15    Course 33426
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/25 Cumberland Marsh Preserve

Cumberland Marsh Preserve

NEW! Hike near the Pamunkey River to explore the 1,094-acre tidal marsh that serves as a home for wintering waterfowl, bald eagles and other diverse bird species. This property owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy protects the largest population of the rare sensitive join-vetch. Hike an easy 2.8-trail through wetlands and uplands with views of the Pamunkey River.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Jan. 25,   10 a.m.-4 p.m.   $18    Course 33427
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/27 Backyard Birding for Kids


Backyard Birding for Kids
What birds are only here in Winter? Where do they nest? What do they eat? Learn about and identify these cold weather visitors or our Nature Center Backyard bird feeders. Dress for the weather as we will be outside. For ages 12 and older.
Saturday, Jan. 27, 1-2 p.m.            $15            Course 33078
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/28 50+ Habitat Hike

50+ Habitat Hike
Explore Rockwood Park while the leaves are off the trees and the plants are dormant. This is the best time to find hidden animal homes like bird and squirrel nests, fox dens, insect homes and other secrets of the park. Bring binoculars if you have them.
Sunday, January 28, 1 – 2:30 p.m.             $7               Course 33023

02/03 Art Inspired by Nature

Art Inspired by Nature
Do you like art and nature? Would you like to improve your artistic abilities? Join an artist to learn about different ways to look at your everyday surroundings and be inspired by nature to enhance your artistic skills. This will be a combination lecture and hands-on course where you will try new techniques and create some drawings. For ages 13 and older.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb 3, 1-3 p.m.           $10          Course 33447
Saturday, May 26,  1-3 p.m.        $10           Course 33448
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

02/04 Paper Making

Paper Making
NEW! Have you ever thought about making your own paper? Join us at Rockwood Nature Center where we will learn how to make paper! We will talk a bit about the history of paper, and what Native Americans and early Colonists used to write on. We’ll take a walk in the park and gather items to decorate some of our paper creations.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
For ages 7 – 17, Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult:
Sunday, Feb 4,  1-2:30p.m.                        $10  Course 33065
Saturday, March 10, 1-2:30p.m.                  $10  Course 33067
For ages 18 +:
Sunday, Feb 4,  3-4:30p.m.                         $10  Course 33066
Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.-12:30p.m.       $10  Course 33068
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

02/08 Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

NEW! Hike an approximate 5-mile loop in the 4462-acre Powhatan Wildlife Management Area. The trail winds through diverse habitat including streams, wetlands, meadows and upland forests along with abandoned farms and a graveyard. This is a moderate hike with easy, rolling landscape.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 8,  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  $18  Course 33428
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/10 Candle Making

Candle Making
Learn about the process of candle making as you create your very own pour candle. Discuss different types of wax and various methods to melt it. Try your hand at the art of candle dipping and brushing while discussing how candles have changed throughout history.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb 10, 1-3 p.m.      $10  Course 33021
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

02/11 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! We will paint with pine needles, make Cheerio garlands, and learn “Big & Little” and “Prickly & Tickly” by playing a sorting game! Participants are welcome to bring sprigs of evergreens and pine cones brought from home for “Show-N- Tell”. For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, Feb. 11, 3-4 p.m.                  $5                  Course 33022

02/15 Hog Island

Hog Island

NEW! Hike and explore the 3908-acre Hog Island Wildlife Management Area, a peninsula that juts out into the James River. Laced with wetland and creeks and containing open fields and some forested areas, the area teems with winter waterfowl, bald eagles and other wildlife such as deer and foxes. This will be an easy, almost 4-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 15,  10 a.m.-5 p.m.  $20  Course 33249
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/18 Bicycle Maintenance

Bicycle Maintenance
This class is designed to introduce the basics of bicycle maintenance and repair. The class will offer hands-on instruction in troubleshooting, brake and gear adjustments, tire changing and roadside repairs. It will also cover proper bike fit, safety, and riding tips. There is no fee, but class size is limited so registration is required.
Carytown Bicycles in Westchester Commons, Midlothian
5:30p.m. – 6:45p.m.      Free
Thursday, Jan. 18     Course 32880
Thursday, Feb 22      Course 33313
Thursday, April 19     Course 33314
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

02/24 You have Great Photos, Now What?

You have Great Photos, Now What?
NEW! Taking photos shouldn’t be the end of your endeavors – they need to be shared and viewed! This class will go over some editing tricks and tips to get your images popping. Next, we will explore various ways of sharing your work, including some easy and inexpensive book makers, printed photo albums, website sharing ideas, and how to get your feet wet in the commercial world if desired. For Ages 13+.
Rockwood Nature Center
Saturday Feb. 24, 9 a.m.- noon            $20           Course 33085

03/01 Ivy Creek Natural Area

Ivy Creek Natural Area
Stroll an easy 4-mile loop in the Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville. Traipse along the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, through upland forests, fields and streams. The 215-acre natural area provides gently rolling hills and diverse habitats.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 01,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33430
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/16 Storytelling at the Nature Center

Storytelling at the Nature Center
NEW! Join us for a relaxing and fun storytelling time at the nature center! Bring a cozy quilt or pillow and recline with your friends and family on our back deck as we entertain you with nature-inspired stories and poems! Dress for the weather as we will be outside, if you bring along a mug we will provide hot water and your choice of cocoa, tea, or cider! Children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult. In the case of inclement weather the program will be held in the classroom.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Fridays, 5-6p.m.     $5
March 16               Course 33074
April 20                 Course 33075
May 4                    Course 33076
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

03/17 You Have Some Great Footage, Now What?

You Have Some Great Footage, Now What?
NEW! It’s one thing to shoot lots of video, a whole different beast to get down to editing and creating a visual story. We will go over tips and tricks for editing & organizing your footage, developing your story behind the footage, and ways to share that new creation with the world at large! This class will focus largely on iMovie and Premiere Pro. Feel free to bring a laptop and some of your own work.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 17,  9 a.m. – noon         $20           Course 33086

03/18 What Do We See in Spring?

What Do We See in Spring?
Come with us on a springtime adventure as we take a nature walk to find signs of spring. We will make a lovely spring craft, listen to fun springtime stories, and maybe sing a song or two! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, March 18, 3-4 p.m.                 $5                Course 33064

03/18 Yoga: All Hands on Deck

Yoga: All Hands on Deck
NEW! Immerse yourself with the sights and sounds of nature while enjoying gentle yoga on the deck at Rockwood Nature Center. This class is designed for every “body.” We move mindfully and with compassion offering modifications and props to fit your needs. Please bring a mat, water bottle, and a small towel. Bolsters, straps, and blocks will be provided. We meet rain or shine. Limited to 10 students per class. For ages 18+.
Sundays, 8-9 a.m. $12
March 18                          Course 33081
April 15                            Course 33082
May 6                               Course 33083

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

03/22 Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

NEW! Take a leisurely 3.3-mile hike along the Rappahannock Canal Walk and the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail that showcases nature and river views in a city environment. Hike along the old canal and along the fall zone of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. This is an easy hike along a paved trail. Have lunch at Old Mill Park nestled along the Rappahannock River. Stop at landmark Carl’s after the hike for a deserved frozen treat.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 22,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33431
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/23 Sky Watch

Sky Watch
Join the Richmond Astronomical Society to roam the night sky in search of star clusters, planets, and other sky objects. View the cosmos with various telescopes. Programs last about one hour and meet at the Woodlake Athletic Complex located behind Clover Hill Elementary School.
Program 1: Friday, March 23, 8-9p.m.                    Course 33374
Program 2: Friday, April 27, 8:30-9:30p.m.            Course 33375 

Free but register online at www.chesterfield.gov/parks

03/24 Spring Campfire at Rockwood Nature Center

Spring Campfire at Rockwood Nature Center
Join Nature Center staff for a fun hour by the fire. Enjoy being outside by the fire while listening to a performance. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 24, 6-7 p.m.    $5     Course 33049
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

03/29 Biking: Family Ride Series – Dutch Gap – Rising Moon Ride

Biking: Family Ride Series – Dutch Gap – Rising Moon Ride                                                              With an emphasis on family fun and riding safety, join us for an evening ride around the 4-mile Dutch Gap Conservation Area loop. We will finish on the bluff overlooking the James River as the full moon rises. The route is relatively flat and suitable for all levels of riders. Minimum age is 10, but children should be comfortable riding on dirt roads for at least 4 miles. Participants must provide helmet and bikes with tires suitable for fire roads.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park. Rd
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.      $5
Thurs., March 29       Course 33316
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

03/29 Chippokes Plantation State Park

Chippokes Plantation State Park
Stroll an easy five miles where natural history and cultural history converge along the banks of the James River. Roam along a cypress swamp, agricultural fields, historical building, including the Chippokes Mansion, tidal creeks and the banks of the James River where fossils reveal an ancient ocean.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 29,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33377
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/31 Biking the Dismal Swamp State Park

Biking the Dismal Swamp State Park 

NEW! Bike through the Great Dismal Swamp, one of the most expansive wetlands in the east. Pedal deep into the swamp along old logging roads to find Atlantic white cedar, inkberry, fetterbush and other unique plants of the swamp. Look for wood ducks and prothonotary warblers as well as signs of black bear, foxes and bobcats. This will be an easy and flat 14-18 mile bike trek. Mountain bikes and/or beach cruisers will be provided.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.      $50    Course 33422
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/31 Roslyn Landing

Roslyn Landing
Start your hike at Roslyn Landing in Colonial Heights then walk along the paved Appomattox River Trail System that shadows the Appomattox River. Enjoy the riparian habitat and discover the old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the diversion channel. Continue across the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge, and then walk into downtown Petersburg for lunch. After lunch, return along the same route. This is a very easy 4-mile hike. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 31,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  $18  Course 33385
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/12 Biking: Family Ride Series – Government Center – Evening Ride and History

Biking: Family Ride Series – Government Center – Evening Ride and History                                    With an emphasis on family fun and riding safety, join us for an evening ride around the Chesterfield County Government Center. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Gov’t Complex area after the traffic is gone. There is also the option of riding the gravel path that wind through the woods around the complex. Additionally, our Historical Site Specialist will give a brief tour and discussion of the original Courthouse and County Jail. All participants will need to provide their own bike and helmet, and comfortable riding on smooth gravel.
Parks Administration Building, 6801 Mimms Loop
6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.      $5
Thurs., April 12     Course 33315
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/13 Create a Flying Decoration!

Create a Flying Decoration!
NEW! Come to the nature center and make a flying piece of art! Choose from butterflies or birds to make a spinning mobile and hanging ornament. We will use an assortment of materials, from paper to cloth. Various levels of detail can be made, depending on your choice of project! For ages 7+.
Friday, April 13, 5:30- 6:30 p.m.      $10        Course 33069

04/14 Photographs as Shapes, Angles, & Content

Photographs as Shapes, Angles, & Content
NEW! This class is a continuation of the Taking Better Pictures class offered in 2017 but all photographers looking to learn more all welcome. There’ll be a refresher of how to train your eye for photography, then we will spend most of the class going forth into nature, back into the classroom to review work, forth into the great outdoors to take new images, back to the classroom to get more feedback from fellow students and photography instructor Elli Morris, learning and practicing as we go. For ages 13+.
Location TBD
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.          $15                    Course 33084

04/14 Survival in a Bag Hike

Survival in a Bag Hike
NEW! Begin your adventure at the edge of civilization before stepping into the unknown. Learn basic hiker safety and what 10 everyday items you should carry in your bag for basic survival. Hike into the forest of Rockwood Park learning how to read the landscape. You will learn how to leave markers for others to find and learn what to do if you find yourself lost. Finally, learn how to make a basic shelter and make your way back to civilization. Bring food, water, a light backpack, a trash bag, wear long pants and sturdy boots. This hike will be about 3-4 miles in length around various sites in Rockwood Park with light off-trail instruction. Minimum age is 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 14,   10a.m.-1p.m.      $6  Course 33419
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/15 Ink Making and Feather Quills

Ink Making and Feather Quills
NEW! How do you imagine colonists and native Americans made ink and dye? Have you ever tried writing with a quill pen? Join us for a colorful day to learn about and try out your own ink-making, quills, and other tools of nature that we can draw/ write with. *Please wear old clothing that can be stained.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Ages 13 – 17:
Sunday, April 15,  1-2:30p.m.                  $15  Course 33072
Saturday, May 12, 1-2:30p.m.                  $15  Course 33070
Ages 18 +:
Sunday, April 15, 3-4:30p.m.                    $15  Course 33073
Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.-12:30p.m.       $15  Course 33071
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

04/21 Hotel Trail Hike

Hotel Trail Hike

Journey along the Hotel Trail and the Appalachian Trail for unsurpassed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, meadows, hollows, and the Shenandoah Valley. This 5.8-mile hike in George Washington Forest will take us to the 4000-plus foot high Cold Mountain and an inspiring mountain meadow. This will be a moderate-difficult hike with almost 1500 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 21, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.      $35    Course 33423
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/21 Public Day on the Challenge Course

Public Day on the Challenge Course                                                                                   Welcome spring by spending the day in the trees! Our Public Day is designed for individuals and families who want to have fun completing high ropes elements while building personal confidence. The high elements challenge participants physically and emotionally by safely motivating them out of their comfort zones at different heights. Participants will be 20 to 40 feet off the ground and helmets, harnesses, and ropes are utilized. Traverse the bridges, walk the beam, ride the Giant Swing and jump for the trapeze at the Pamper Pole, totaling 11 to 12 high elements for the day. All participants are belayed by our trained staff who are committed to a safe and meaningful experience. Participants must be at least 12 years old and minors 14 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes.
Stratton Park
Saturday, April 21    $30
Session I – 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.        Course 33151                                                                                                         Session II – 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.     Course 33152
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/26 Rapidan and Staunton Rivers Hike

Rapidan and Staunton Rivers Hike
Stroll along the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers to imbibe in the mountain streams and reap the beauty of spring wildflowers. See plunging pools, check water quality by observing stream organisms and enjoy the colorful wildflowers such as showy orchids, golden ragwort, Solomon’s seal, trillium and lady’s slippers. This will be a slow, easy hike along the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers. Hike will be about three miles.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 26,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33380
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/28 50+ Intro to Archery

50+ Intro to Archery

For those 50 years and up interested in archery but who don’t know how to get started, the USA Archery-certified instructors are teaching a senior’s 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 50.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. – noon                  $20                   Course 33031

04/28 Kayaking 201- Beginner Whitewater

Kayaking 201 – Beginner Whitewater
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle whitewater the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! Spend Day 1 on flat water learning technique, safety, and control in true whitewater kayaks. Day 2 is a whitewater river trip to introduce river reading and running, and refine skills. Swimming ability required. Minimum age is 13. All equipment provided. Max weight 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday and Sunday,    9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $140
April 28-29          Course 33332
May 12-13           Course 33333
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

04/28 Leaf Hike and Craft


Leaf Hike and Craft
Taking a walk through the woods is a great way to find your artistic muse! We will wander through the trails of Rockwood Park observing, identifying, and perceiving differences in the leaves of the trees as inspiration before heading back to the classroom to create a leaf-inspired pinch pot. For ages 12 and older.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 28,  1-3:30 p.m.           $10          Course 33077
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

04/28 Moonlight Ride and Campfire

Moonlight Ride and Campfire
NEW! Explore the Dutch Gap Conservation Area by bike – at night! Start your bike trek before sunset and pedal an easy two miles to the Peninsula. Enjoy a light dinner, some activities and a campfire with S’mores. Turn on your headlights and ride back 2.5 miles to the parking lot. This is an easy bike ride with minimal elevation gain. Trail is suitable for bikes hauling trailers. Mountain bikes and hybrid bikes are necessary. Helmets and bike lights are required. Bring a light dinner and drink. We will provide the S’mores.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, April 28,   7:30-9:30 p.m.      $5  Course 33369
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/03 Montpelier

Montpelier
NEW! Roam the rolling terrain and discover the range of landscapes at James Madison’s Montpelier. Hike through the Landmark Forest to see venerable white oaks and tulip poplar trees while learning about the history of the land. Hike beautiful meadows and forested lands, enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and visit the Slave Cemetery and the Madison Family Cemetery. Purchase lunch at the visitor center or bring your own lunch. Hiking distance is about 2-3 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 3,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33432
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/05 50+ Spring Flowers Hike

50+ Spring Flowers Hike
Discover the first plants to wake up after a long dormant winter. We’ll explore Rockwood Park and be on the search for Pink Lady Slipper, Coastal Fetterbush and more.
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 – 2 p.m.              $7             Course 33048

05/05 Floating the Nottoway River

Floating the Nottoway River
Float and paddle the Nottoway River from Courtland to Cypress Bridge where “Big Mama“ reigns amidst a grove of towering cypress trees. Relax with the gentle and somber coastal river while admiring stream banks lined with tupelos, cypress and water and overcup oaks. This will be a five-mile float. For ages 12 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 12-16.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 5,   9:00-6:00 p.m.      $35  Course 33372
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/05 Log Rollin’ Rockwood Style!

Log Rollin’ Rockwood Style!
It looks like a rotten log to you, but it’s a whole wide world to critters. We will turn over some of these logs to discover and identify what is living underneath. Dress for the weather as we will be outside. Ages 6 and older; Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday May 5, 10-11:30 a.m.          $7            Course 33079

05/05 Whitewater Kayaking: Intermediate Skills Trip

Whitewater Kayaking: Intermediate Skills Trip
Chesterfield County’s professional whitewater instructors will teach higher level techniques and practice drills during this downriver trip/clinic. This is geared towards the strong intermediate level paddler. Completion of a previous whitewater kayak class is required. Minimum age 13.
James River Park System, Reedy Creek
Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.       $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 33326
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

05/10 Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park
NEW! Head across the Bay Bridge Tunnel for an excursion through Kiptopeke State Park. Check out returning migrants as we stroll along shorelines, meadows, dunes, ponds, and forests. This will be an easy four-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 10,  8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  $32  Course 33433
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/12 Seldom Seen Island

Seldom Seen Island
See the Tidal Lagoon in the Dutch Gap Conservation Area like you have never seen it before. Paddle at low tide to see exposed barges and Seldom Seen Island. See what’s revealed after the water drops almost four feet. Minimum age is 8. An adult must accompany children aged 8 -14. Paddling time is approximately 2 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 12,   9:00a.m.-noon.      $16  Course 33373
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/19 Biking False Cape State Park

Biking False Cape State Park

NEW Explore and bike one of Virginia’s most wild park which is accessible only by foot, bike or boat. This bike tour will travel through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park and explain the mission of these two agencies while learning about the unique ecology of a barrier spit. Take a short hike to walk a remote beach and to visit the wash woods cemetery. This will be an easy and flat 16-20 mile bike trek. Mountain bike and/or beach cruisers will be provided.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, May 19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.      $50    Course 33424
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/19 Evening Paddle at the Heron Rookery

Evening Paddle at the Heron Rookery
Embark on an evening paddle at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Slip quietly through the waters to observe wildlife and observe the heron rookery, Watch the changing colors as the sun sets below the horizon. For ages 10 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 10-14. Paddling time is approximately 2 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 19,   5-8 p.m.    $16      Course 33371
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/09 Swift Creek Conservation Area

Swift Creek Conservation Area
Paddle and explore the county’s newest conservation area along the lower Swift Creek. Venture into three aquatic environments, including river, swamp, and tidal marsh in this 459-acre conservation area. For ages 10 and older, an adult must accompany children 10-14 years of age. Paddling time is approximately 3 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, June 09,   11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.    $21  Course 33384
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/19 Eco-Adventure Camp – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Paddle

Eco-Adventure Camp – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Paddle

Explore the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake Bay. On day one, paddle to New Point Comfort Lighthouse, the fourth oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, situated in Mobjack Bay. On the second day, paddle the open waters of York River to Goodwin Islands, part of the York River Estuary Preserve. Lastly, paddle the Great Wicomico to see and learn about live oyster beds, tour the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and relax at the local ice cream shop. Sit-on-top kayaks will be used, or paddle the mouth of the bay at Eastern Shore NWR. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21    $200    Course 33439
Tuesday, 9am-8pm.
Wednesday 9am-6:30pm.
Thursday: 9am-6:30pm.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/25 Horseback Riding Camps

Horseback Riding Camp
These camps are designed for beginners and beyond. They are for those who want to learn the fundamentals or improve on the skills they already have. This camp includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, riding, dismounting, and maintenance. Each camp culminates with a horse show on the final day. Actual riding times may vary on the last day due to the show. For ages 8 and older.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Monday to Friday  8:30 a.m.-noon      $215
June 25-29          Course 33320
July 23-27           Course 33321
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

06/25 Middle School Rowing Camps

Middle School Rowing Camps

River City Crew, a non-profit youth rowing program, will be holding sculling camps for younger children this summer in conjunction with our HS Learn-to-Row camps. These one-week camps are designed for beginners and will be held at Robious Landing Park, Monday thru Friday. New MS rowers will learn sculling technique in small, one person boats. Campers will both row and participate in on-land activities. Each session will have a maximum of 16 campers with no more than 8 rowers on the water at any one time. An additional session may be added if required. There will be both on-water and land supervision. All rowers will wear a USCG approved PFD while on the water but swimming ability is required. Rowers should wear casual clothing that can get wet, running-type shoes with socks, caps, sun glasses, bring a water bottle, and wear sunscreen. Snacks and drinks will be provided for participants for breaks. Camps are for rising 6th- and 7th-grade students.

Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  $225
June 25-29      Course 33342
July 23-27       Course 33343
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

06/30 Mount Pleasant Hike

Mount Pleasant Hike

Head to George Washington National Forest for one of the quintessential hikes, the 5-mile circuit hike to the top of Mount Pleasant at 4,021 feet. Enjoy sweeping views from the east and west overlooks. This is a moderate hike with 1,350 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.      $35    Course 33425
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/02 Robious River Camps

Robious River Camp
Join us for this exciting outdoor camp along the James River in Northern Chesterfield County. Activities include hikes, kayaking, rock climbing at Peak Experiences Gym, nature exploration, and awareness.
Robious Landing Park, 3700 James River Road
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Explorers (ages 7-9): $105
July 2-6               Course 33123
July 9-13             Course 33124
July 16-20           Course 33125
July 30- Aug. 3    Course 33126
Aug. 6-10            Course 33127
Adventurers (ages 10-12): $110
July 2-6               Course 33118
July 9-13             Course 33119
July 16-20           Course 33120
July 30- Aug. 3    Course 33121
Aug. 6-10            Course 33122
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

07/10 Eco Adventure Camp – From Ocean to Mountains

Eco-Adventure Camp – From Ocean to Mountains

Hike, paddle, and pedal through the rich and diverse environments of Virginia. Paddle the Blackwater River, where cypress trees and resurrection ferns grow and marine fossils reveal an ancient ocean. Pedal through the remote False Cape State Park, a barrier spit in southern Virginia Beach. Finally, hike along and explore the Riprap Hollow in Shenandoah National Park and plunge in the crystal-blue swimming hole. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, July 10-12      $200     Course 33366
Tuesday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Mountain Film Festival World Tour
Experience adventure on the big screen! Explore the world’s last great wild places. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will exhilarate and inspire as you journey to exotic locations, paddle the wildest waters, and climb the highest peaks. Different films each night.

DETAILS:   
James River High School, 3700 James River Road
7-9:30 p.m. each night

Tickets on sale January 4th.
Thursday, March 3        $ 6 per person         Course 30640
Friday, March 4             $ 6 per person         Course 30641
Saturday, March 5         $ 6 per person         Course 30643
3 Nights                       $15 per person        Course 30647

For more information email losenn@chesterfield.gov
For tickets call 804-748-1623

Online Ticket Sales: www.chesterfield.gov/parks and click REGISTER NOW
(There will be a convenience fee charged based on the total transaction that will not exceed $3)

Our Chesterfield shows will be chosen from this menu:


55 Hours in Mexico – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Blue Hue – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Builder – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Climbing Ice: The Iceland Trifecta – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Curiosity – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Darklight – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Denali – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Eclipse – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Kroger's Canteen – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Living Rivers – Surf – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Nature RX – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Operation Moffat – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Paddle for the North – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Paradise Waits – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Pretty Faces – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Project Mina – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Redemption: The James Pearson Story – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Reel Rock 10: A Line Across The Sky – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Salween Spring – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Sounds of Paragliding – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Important Places – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Last Dragons – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Rocky Mountains Traverse – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Search For Freedom – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

The Warmth of Winter – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Unbranded – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

unReal – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Voyagers Without Trace – Tour Edit – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Women's Speed Ascent – Clip from Banff Mountain Film Festival on Vimeo.

Challenge Course

CIMG4270The Challenge Course is an outdoor facility designed to promote initiative and confidence, as well as strengthen group dynamics, communication and willingness to work together. The Challenge Course has various low (near ground) and high (20-50 feet high) elements that engage the individual and the team.

Bring your group, organization, company, class, co-workers or Scout troop to the Chesterfield Challenge Course. Contact Jan Olson with Chesterfield Outdoor Programs to sign up or for more information, 751-4133 or

Contact Jan Olson with Chesterfield Outdoor Programs to sign up or for more information, 751-4133 or email her at OlsonJ@chesterfield.gov

 

James River Levels

James River level at Richmond Westham Forecast

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Flow Rate – cubic feet per second at Cartersville:

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