03/07 Compost Pile for the Garden

Compost Pile for the Gardens
Do you have the opportunity to use one of Rockwood Park’s wonderful garden plots? If so, in this class learn how to provide better soil to the plots, learn about various composting styles, and then help on composting day to get the area up and running. Rich soil available to users of the gardens.
Mondays, March 7-21,   6-7 p.m.   $15     Course 30575
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/07 Container Gardening

Container Gardening
Do you have limited garden space, but still want to grow some of your own vegetables? Or maybe you want to fit fruits into a spare corner. Come learn about the basics of self-watering containers, soil blends and the wide variety of foods you can grow in small spaces.
Thursday, April 7,    5:30-7:30 p.m.      $7       Course 30577
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/11 Backyard Chicken

Backyard Chicken
Are you interested in keeping chickens in your backyard but don’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you are already acquired some new feathered friends but don’t know the best direction to head in? In this class, learn the basics about keeping chickens, the differences in breeds and a basic understanding of how to provide quality care at home.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Monday, April 11,      6-8 p.m.   $10     Course 30573
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/12 It’s a Snake!

It’s a Snake
Join the leader of Rockwood Nature Center’s animal care team, Jessi Sakiewicz, to learn about Virginia’s snakes. Find out how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous species, discover more about snake behavior, get tips about snakes as pets, and interact with Rockwood’s reptiles. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register at least one week in advance.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesday, April 12,    6:30-7:30 p.m.     $5         Course 30570
Tuesday, May 24,     6:30-7:30 p.m.     $5         Course 30571
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

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

05/12 Wilderness Survival – FIRE!

Wilderness Survival ~ Fire
This course will begin with a general discussion about the principles of wilderness survival including preparation, attitude, shelter, fire, water, food and being found. Then, participants will take part in flre-building exercises. Students will discuss fire construction and look at several methods of starting fires without matches or lighters. Dress appropriately for the forecast conditions and be ready to deal with hot or cold weather and insects. Enrollees should be prepared to get dirty, wet and spend an extended period of time outdoors. The minimum age for this course is 7. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 5,      5-6:30 p.m.    $7     Course 30574
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360