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

04/28 50+ Intro to Archery

50+ Intro to Archery

For those 50 years and up interested in archery but who don’t know how to get started, the USA Archery-certified instructors are teaching a senior’s only version of our popular Introduction to Archery course. Learn the basics of this fun and rewarding sport, including the rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournament-style target archery with adjustable compound bows for individuals of all strengths and draw lengths. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s classroom. Minimum age is 50.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. – noon                  $20                   Course 33031

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

01/09 Adult Archery Practice

Adult Archery Practice
Join fellow adult archers for weekly practice and archery camaraderie. Archers must bring all their own equipment and know how to use it, no formal lessons will be given during practice times, but informal tips and coaching from instructors will be given as needed. Distances can be shot from 15 – 70 meters, all targets and FITA style target faces will be provided.
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Drive
Tuesdays, Jan 9-March 13,  6-7:30 p.m.     $65    Course 33099

OUTDOOR: Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road
Fridays, April 13-June 8  6-7:30 p.m.          $60   Course 33006

Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

06/02 Sunset Paddle

Sunset Paddle
Paddle into the evening hours as the sun drifts below the horizon and the tide ebbs. Visit the graveyard, islands, and labyrinth. Minimum age is 10. An adult must accompany children 10-14 years of age. Paddling time is approximately 2 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, June 2,   5:30-8:30 p.m.      $16  Course 33383
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

05/06 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top River Kayaking

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” River Kayaking
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids of the James River, from Pony Pasture to Reedy Creek in Richmond on user-friendly “sit-on-top kayaks.” This is a great way to get a feeling for whitewater paddling without the rigors of being inside a true whitewater kayak. Swimming ability required. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Minimum age 11, Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations. It is strongly suggested that you have some previous paddling experience.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 33331
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov


04/21 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use Sit-on-Top or Recreational kayaks for this exploratory journey on the first commercial canal system in the country that has been vacated for decades. The instructors cover all safety and history for this step back in time. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 235 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sat., April 21,   8:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m.   $35 ($40 w/rental)   Course 33322
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/21 Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir

Adult Sail on Swift Creek Reservoir    

The Greater Richmond Sail Association will host Adult Learn to Sail weekends throughout 2018! No experience needed! This two-day course will teach the foundation of sailing skills: parts of the boat, points of sail, tacking/jibing, sail trim, knots, helmsmanship, and rules of the road. The weekend is hands-on with more time spent on the water learning and practicing the skills, then in the classroom. Classes are filled based on a first served basis and each course is limited to 12 students. Boats (19′ Flying Scots) will be provided. Requirements include the ability to swim, a well-fitting Type III PFD (life jacket) and closed-toed shoes. Instruction will be provided by US Sailing certified instructors.

Please bring an adventurous spirit, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, towel, a water bottle, and sailing attire for 2 full days of fun on and in the water. The course will be conducted at GRSA marina with classroom instruction in the main pavilion and on the water.

Fee includes a personal copy of US Sailing’s Learn Sailing Right, a completed Certification Record Book through US Sailing, course t-shirt, use of GRSA-owned boats, and two full days of instruction! Minimum age is 18.

Greater Richmond Sailing Association, 4301 Wooldridge Road on Swift Creek Reservoir in Midlothian.
Each session is Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.                        $175
April 21-22.      Course 33148
May 5-6            Course 33149                                                                                                      June 2-3           Course 33150
Details: sailcamp@grsa.org or visit our website at www.grsa.org