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

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

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

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

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

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

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

02/10 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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

 

04/10 Introduction to Horsebackriding

Introduction to Horseback Riding
Learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals and canter preparation. Minimum age is 8. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 10, 12, 17, 19, 6-7 p.m.  $110       Course 33318
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

03/27 50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding

50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding
Geared toward the 50+ crowd, you can learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Course includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals, and canter preparation. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27, 29 & April 3, 5. 6-7p.m. $110       Course 33319
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

 

02/17 Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course
Learn how to save life and limb when and where professional help is not immediately available. Very few first aid programs address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where emergency services are overwhelmed or EMS assistance is more than an hour. The SOLO WFA 2-year certification, approved by the American Camping Association, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts-USA and more, offers classroom instruction with Q&A that are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience during scenarios comprise approximately 50% of class helping you come away with do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. No prerequisites. Minimum age is 13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (both days)    $195     Course 33400
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

03/01 50+ Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

50+ Introduction to Indoor Rock Climbing

This course is for climbers who have previous climbing experience
and want to practice their technique. Equipment will be provided,
and ropes will be set. Instructors will be onsite to supervise, give
pointers and help belay, but there will be no formal instruction.
Minimum age is 13.

Peak Experiences, 11421 Polo Cir, Midlothian, VA 23113
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 9-11:00a.m.       $80                Course 33386
Details: Greg Velzy, velzyg@chesterfield.gov or 748-1124