02/13 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area
Bushwhack and explore the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area. Trek to the vernal pool along the southern border. Drop down into Big Hollow and follow the stream. Next, ascend to the bluff to view the James River and follow the bluff its entire length to the start. This hike will travel almost the entire boundary and will be approximately four miles.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Feb. 13,  10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.   $12   Course 30556
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

03/19 Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve

Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve
Located in the northwest corner of Albemarle County, and just a stone’s-throw away from Shenandoah National Park, is the new 600- acre forest preserve. Hoof up the mountain side through white pine, chestnut oak and mountain laurel. Take a rest by a mountain stream, view the weathered boulders or listen to the squawks of ravens. This is a moderate 1.3-mile hike with about 1200 feet of elevation gam.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 19,  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.   $30   Course 30555
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

04/09 Humpback Rock

Humpback Rock
Start from the Humpback Rock Picnic Area for a three-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to the majestic views of Humpback Rock. Enjoy lunch on rock ledges that overlook Wintergreen Resort, peer down into Rockfish Valley from another rock outcrop and see the remnants of hog walls. Return along the same trail. This is a moderate six-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 9,   9 a.m.- 6 p.m.  $32  Course 30554
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

04/17 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top Kayak Trip

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” Kayaking – River Trip
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids stretch 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, April 17, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 30728
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

04/21 Adult Archery Practice

Adult Archery Practice
Join fellow adult archers on the larqe outdoor target archery range called The Pit, located behind the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, 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.
Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road
Thursdays, April 21-June 9,        6-7:30 p.m.      $60        Course 30620
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/30 Merchant Mill Pond Paddle

Merchants Millpond State Park Paddle
Paddle and experience the wilderness-like primordial waters of Merchants Mill Pond and Lassiter Swamp. Cypress trees, tupelo gum, Spanish moss, mosquito fern and alligators thrive in this enchanted swamp. Fee includes transportation. For ages 12 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 12-16. Paddling time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, April 30,  9 a.m,-6 p.m.  $33  Course 30551
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/08 Kanawha Canal Paddle

Kanawha Canal Paddle
Join us for this new program paddling on the Historic Kanawha Canal in Richmond! Use sit-on-top, touring kayaks, or canoes 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. Swimming ability is required. Renting provides all needed equipment. Minimum age is 11. Youth ages 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max weight of 2351bs. due to kayak limitations.
James River Park System, Pumphouse Park
Sunday, May 8,   8 a.m. – noon.   $40 ($45 w/rental)   Course 30749
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/19 Whitewater Full Moon Paddle

Whitewater Full Moon Paddle
Join us on this evening whitewater kayak trip down the James River, using either sit-on-top or whitewater kayaks, as the nearly full moon rises in front of us! Previous river paddling experience is required. Minimum age is 15. swimming ability is required. Completion of a two-day, Beginner Whitewater Kayak class is required if using a whitewater kayak.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Thursday, May 19, 6 – 10 p.m.    $40 ($45 w/rental)         Course 30753
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/21 Old Rag Mountain

Old Rag Mountain
Learn about, and see the results of, mountain building and erosion while hiking to the summit of Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park. This circuit hike will travel along the rocky ridge line that leads to the summit. Prepare to scramble over and through large granite boulders. This hike will be about eight miles with 2510 feet of elevation gain. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, May 21,  7 a.m.-9 p.m.  $38  Course 30544
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/21 Rising Moon Paddle

Rising Moon Paddle
Paddle and float during the evening hours at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Slip quietly through the waters to observe wildlife. Watch the sunset and behold the moonrise, Minimum age is 10. An adult must accompany children aged 10 -11. Paddling time is approximately three hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 21,   5:30-8:30 p.m.    $16     Course 30542
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/28 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 two hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 28,   6-9 p.m.      $16  Course 30530
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/29 Day of Sailing

Day of Sailing
Bring a picnic lunch and board a cruising sailboat for a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. This is a great experience for people who would like to try sailing for the first time or for people who have had instruction and would like more practice. Transportation to the marina is on your own (directions provided). Minimum age is 18. Near Urbanna, Va.
Sunday, May 29,   9 a.m.- 4p.m.  $70     Course 30738
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/31 Learning to Sail

Learning to Sail
This course provides an evening of classroom instruction, then a full day piloting a sloop on the Chesapeake Bay. Topics covered include: boat rigging, basic knot tying, maneuvering under sail and power, and basic piloting. You will not just be told how to do these, you will get to do them! The purpose of this class is to raise your skill and confidence level so that, if you wish, you can one day pilot your own boat. No previous experience is needed. Swimming ability is required. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to the marina (directions provided). Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Classroom session: Tuesday, May 31,   7-9:00 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. near Urbanna      $90       Course 30739
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov