01/23 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

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

02/20 Learning Map and Compass

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

03/07 Explore the Appomattox River Valley

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

03/24 Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me

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

04/23 Frog Hunt

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