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

03/20 Raging Reptiles

Raging Reptiles
Join Metro Richmond Zookeeper, Jessi Sakiewicz, to learn about all of the nature center’s reptile friends. Enjoy hands-on interactions with turtle, lizards, and snakes to see what makes reptiles so cool. 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, March 20,    6:30-7:30 p.m.   $5     Course 33047
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 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

04/15 Ink Making and Feather Quills

Ink Making and Feather Quills
NEW! How do you imagine colonists and native Americans made ink and dye? Have you ever tried writing with a quill pen? Join us for a colorful day to learn about and try out your own ink-making, quills, and other tools of nature that we can draw/ write with. *Please wear old clothing that can be stained.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Ages 13 – 17:
Sunday, April 15,  1-2:30p.m.                  $15  Course 33072
Saturday, May 12, 1-2:30p.m.                  $15  Course 33070
Ages 18 +:
Sunday, April 15, 3-4:30p.m.                    $15  Course 33073
Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.-12:30p.m.       $15  Course 33071
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

05/15 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, May 15,     6:30-8:30 p.m.     $5         Course 33032
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

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.