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

 

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 canoe and/or sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, personal flotation device, basic paddling instructions and guided tour. Tours can accommodate an individual, couples or groups up to 14 participants. For more information and to schedule a tour, call Mark Battista at 318-8735.

01/21 Atkins Acres

Atkins Acres
Hike through the county’s newest park, hear stories about the Atkins and discover the land they called home. Roam along uplands and descend along the streams that feed small wetlands along the southern border. This will be an easy 2.5-mile bushwhack.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Jan. 21,  10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  $10  Course 30564
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 trouble shooting, brake and gear adjustments, tire changing and roadside/trailside 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.
Conte’s Bike Shop, 1212 Alverser Dr.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.       Free
Thursday, Feb. 18     Course 30720
Thursday, April 21     Course 30748
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

02/25 Powhatan State Park

Powhatan State Park
Hike and explore our newest state park, Powhatan State Park. Join the state park and county naturalists for a guided hike along Cabin, Big Woods, Pine and the new cabin connector trail. These connecting trails will lead through forested wetlands, upland mixed forests and loblolly pine stands. These trails range from easy to moderate. Most areas of these trails are earthen paths, but there are some gravel areas too. This will be an easy 3.5-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 25,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  $18  Course 30537
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/12 Walnut Creek Park

Walnut Creek Park 

Trek along a two-mile and a one-mile loop to explore the southeast
corner of Walnut Creek Park. The trail treads along the lake shoreline,
the South Fork of the Hardware River and along Walnut Creek. This
will be an easy to moderate three-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.              $20           Course 29558
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/19 Chubb Sandhill

Chubb Sandhill 

Stroll an easy three-mile hike to explore part of the Chubb Sandhill
State Natural Area Preserve. Head to the banks of the Nottoway
River to admire the bald cypress and tupelo swamp, then head
inland into a pine-scrub oak forest where rare plants grow. Also, see
reintroduced long leaf pines and the remnants of sand mining. This is
an easy three-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 19, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.          $17          Course 29559
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/18 Dragon Run

Dragon Run

Paddle and experience the wilderness-like and primordial waters of the Dragon Run Swamp. Observe towering cypress trees, royal fern, beaver dams and a bald eagle nest. This trip will be led by the Friends of the Dragon Run. Fee includes transportation, boats and paddling gear.
Parks Maintenance Center, 9201 Public Works Road
Saturday, TBD by Friends of Dragon Run-possible dates: April 18, 25 or May 2, 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.
$12                                                                                                                                        Course 29404
(plus $35, cash or check, for Friends of the Dragon Run on day of trip)
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/18 Webelos Outdoorsman Workshop

Webelos Outdoorsman Workshop

This workshop for Webelos aged Cub Scouts will focus on the
many fun and useful requirements of the Outdoorsman badge.
Tie some knots, learn about the outdoor code, build and start a
fire, become an outdoor chef and discover what it takes to be safe
and successful in all your outdoor endeavors.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 18, 3-6 p.m.               $15              Course 29691
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/30 Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S U P)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S.U.P): Instruction and Tours
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 11. A participating adult must accompany youth age 11-13.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Saturday, April 30, 1:30-5 p.m.  $76    Course 30741
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/30 Whitewater 201 Beginner Whitewater Kayaking

Whitewater 201 – Beginner Whitewater Kayaking
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, 513 Coxendale Road
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday and Sunday,    9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $140
April 30-May 1          Course 30729
June 4-5                  Course 30730
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/02 Sit-on-Top Kayaking: River Trip

“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. The instructors will teach all the skills required to navigate this stretch safely and in control while showing you the best routes and play spots!  Swimming ability is required. All equipment is provided. 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.   It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Saturday, May 2,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.     $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 29472
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124

05/07 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 2.5 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 7,   4-7 p.m.    $16      Course 30529
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/07 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 downrrver 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 7, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.       $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 30731
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/16 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 three hours. Includes transportation.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 14,   9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.    $21  Course 30531
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/31 Learning to Sail

Learning to Sail
This course provides an evening of classroom instruction, then a full day piloting a sloop on the Chesapeake Bay. Topics covered include: boat rigging, basic knot tying, maneuvering under sail and power, and basic piloting. You will not just be told how to do these, you will get to do them! The purpose of this class is to raise your skill and confidence level so that, if you wish, you can one day pilot your own boat. No previous experience is needed. Swimming ability is required. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the marina (directions provided). Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Classroom session: Tuesday, May 31,   7-9:00 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. near Urbanna      $90       Course 30739
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

06/17 Adventure Sampler

Adventure Sampler
Begin your summer with an Introduction to adventure! This three-day camp will sample a variety of adventure activities including rockclimbing/rappelling, white water paddling/rafting and mountainbiking. For ages 13-15. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Wednesday – Friday, June 22-24,   8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.        $180             Course 30653
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

 

06/27 Horseback Riding Camps

Horseback Riding Camp
These camps are desiqned 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 27- July 1    Course 30724
July 25-29           Course 30725
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

06/28 Eco Adventure Camp – Three Rivers

Eco-Adventure Camp – Three Rivers
Paddle and explore the natural and cultural history of three rivers in Virqinia. Paddle a five-mile section of the Nottoway River,
part of the Chowan watershed, to experience a premier, coastal black water river with towering cypress and tupelo gum trees, resurrection ferns and banks of marine fossils. Next, head to the Piedmont to paddle a six-mile stretch of the James River near James River State Park. Part of the James River watershed, this section features riffles and small rapids along with clear pools to explore for macroinvertebrates. On the third day, paddle eight miles on the South Fork Shenandoah River, part of the Potomac River watershed. Kayak the meandering river, bordered by the Massanutten and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
For ages 12-14
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 28-30      $225     Course 30553
Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

07/05 Robious River Camps

Robious River Camp
Join us for this exciting outdoor camp along the James River in Northern Chesterfield County. Activities include fishing, 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): $100 (except week of July 4th – $80)
July 5-8          Course 30659
July 11-15      Course 30660
July 18-22      Course 30661
Aug. 1-5         Course 30662
Aug. 8-12       Course 30663
Adventurers (ages 10-12): $105 (except week of July 4th – $85)
July 5-8          Course 30654
July 11-15      Course 30655
July 18-22      Course 30656
Aug 1-5          Course 30657
Aug. 8-12       Course 30658
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

07/05 Stand up Paddleboarding Kids Paddle Camp

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Kids Paddle Camp
Black Dog Paddle is extremely excited about expanding its Kid’s Stand Up Paddleboarding Day Camp to three days! This camp is designed for beginners and beyond. Learn the fundamental skills, improve on existing skills and grow advanced skills. Proper technique, advanced moves and endurance will be focused on while swimming and having a blast on the water! Campers should pack a lunch, bring water and sunscreen. All participants will be required to wear footwear and a provided PFD. Ages 12 and older.
Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  $249
July 5-7  (Tues. – Thurs.)      Course 30742
July 11-13 (Mon. – Wed.)      Course 30743
July 18-20 (Mon. – Wed.)      Course 30744
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

07/12 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 Vrrginia 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 12-14    $200    Course 30525
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

07/26 Youth Adventure Camp

Youth Adventure Camp
Spend three adventure-filled days exploring Virginia’s wild places. Try stand up paddle boarding with Black Dog Paddling on the James River experience the challenge course then raft the James River with Riverside Outfitters, kayak a local river and hike in the Shenandoah mountains. For ages 10-12. Drop off and pickup will be at Rockwood Park.
Tuesday – Thursday, July 26-28,  8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.    $180   Course 30672  
Details: Noel Losen, losenn@chesterfield.gov or 804-748-1129

08/03 Nature Art Camp

Nature Art Camp

Join our art instructor and master naturalist to play nature games, create art inspired by plants and animals, hike out to sketch plein air, learn about and discover the plants and animals of central Virginia through hands-on art projects using a variety of mediums. For ages 7-10.
Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.         $85
Aug. 3-7                                              Course 29733
Aug. 10-14                                          Course 29734
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

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.

Calling All Girl Scouts!

Calling All Girl Scouts!
Rockwood Nature Center is now offering nature-themed badge workshops for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Some of the topics include, Clover petal, Rosie petal, Painting, Bugs, Hiker, Pets and Animal Habitats. Other nature topics and archery for older girls also are available. Cost of workshop includes badges. For more information and to schedule a workshop, please contact Denise Flora at 745-7020 or florad@chesterfleld.gov