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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

 

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.

James River Levels

James River level at Richmond Westham Forecast

USGS Current James River Level:

Flow Rate – cubic feet per second at Cartersville:

Water Temperature at Cartersville: