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

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

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

03/16 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

03/23 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

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

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

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

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

04/12 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.

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.