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

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

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

04/09 High School Archery – CCPS online PE Credits eligible

High School Archery – CCPS online PE Credits eligible

Students will learn the skills needed to gain a firm foundation in archery. This is designed as a beginner archery development program for high school age students. This class focuses on group-style target archery and is taught by USA Archery-certified instructors. All equipment is provided and this course meets 20 hours for CCPS online PE requirements per season. For ages 15 – 18. $65/student for this series of 10 classes.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Mondays and Tuesdays, April 9-May 10 4-6 p.m.     Course 33046
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/10 Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD)

Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Club for Homeschool
This is the next step for youth archers who are experienced shooters and serious about taking their archery to the next level. JOAD is a developmental program offered by Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation that uses the USA Archery curriculum. This program is for ages 8-20. To be eligible to join the JOAD program, members must own their own bow, have completed at least two seasons of the Chesterfield Star Shooters Youth Archery program and be able to shoot a score of 55 points or higher in that class (Exceptions can be made those with substantial archery experience outside of the Star Shooters program, i.e. NASP, etc.) JOAD registration cost includes star pins earned and lanyard to hold them. Additional membership in USA Archery (www.usaarchery.org) is highly recommended and required to compete in most tournaments, but not required to initially participate in the JOAD program. For registration information or information on the Golden Arrow Archers JOAD club, contact Rockwood Nature Center.

INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Drive
Wednesdays, Jan. 10-March 14
5:30-7:30 p.m.    $100       Course 33098

OUTDOOR: The Pit at the Chesterfield Technical Center, 13900 Hull Street Road
Wednesdays, April 11-June 6
1-2:30 p.m.         $90          Course 33012
5:30-7 p.m.         $90          Course 33017

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.