01/01 Individual and Group Canoe or Kayak Tours

Individual and Group Canoe/Kayak Tours

Enlist the naturalist for a nature tour to discover and explore the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. All trips include canoe and/or sit-on-top kayaks, paddles, personal flotation device, basic paddling instructions and guided tour. Tours can accommodate an individual, couples or groups up to 14 participants. For more information and to schedule a tour, call Mark Battista at 318-8735.

04/24 Kayaking 101-Introduction to Calm Water Paddling

Kayaking 101 – Introduction to Calm Water Paddling
Join the regions’ most experienced staff and learn how to paddle the correct way with Chesterfield County’s professional instructors! This class is designed for the person who wants to learn the basics of flatwater kayaking. The class covers entries, exits, strokes, safety and the equipment needed to start kayakinq. An optional tour of the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is included. Rental includes kayak and all equipment. Swimming ability is required. Minimum age is 11. Youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, April 24,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 30734
Saturday, May 14,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)    Course 30735
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/28 50+ Kayak Sampler

50+ Kayak Sampler 
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Professional instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit-on-top and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Thursday, April 28,   6-8:30 p.m.      $35 ($40 with rental)      Course 30727
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/30 Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S U P)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (S.U.P): Instruction and Tours
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided: SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 11. A participating adult must accompany youth age 11-13.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Saturday, April 30, 1:30-5 p.m.  $76    Course 30741
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/01 50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

50+ S.U.P. (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)
Black Dog Paddle has the longest certified ACA SUP instructors in Central Virginia, so you are guaranteed to receive the best possible instruction! Lessons cover all the basics as well as safety, strokes, and balance, and include a short ECO-tour. All essential gear is provided, SUP board, paddle, PFD and leash. Maximum weight limit is 235 lbs. due to equipment stability. Minimum age is 50.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 513 Coxendale Road
Sunday, May 1,  1:30 p.m.-5 p.m.  $76      Course 30740
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/07 Evening Paddle at the Heron Rookery

Evening Paddle at the Heron Rookery
Embark on an evening paddle at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Slip quietly through the waters to observe wildlife and observe the heron rookery, Watch the changing colors as the sun sets below the horizon. For ages 10 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 10-14. Paddling time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 7,   4-7 p.m.    $16      Course 30529
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/09 Hike, Pedal and Paddle the Dutch Gap Conservation Area

Hike, Pedal and Paddle the Dutch Gap Conservation Area

Explore the conservation area by foot, bike and kayak. Find the
enchanting cypress swamp, look for the golden warbler, see pawpaw
and paddle to the graveyard to find out how the Tidal Lagoon was
created. Have a light lunch on the Peninsula. This program involves
about 4.5 miles of easy biking, a short one-mile paddle and short
hikes. Participants must bring their own mountain/hybrid bike and
helmet, water, bathing suit and towel (for kayaking), and a light
lunch. Helmets are required.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.          $5/person         Course 29411
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/09 Twilight Paddle

Twilight Paddle

Embark on a paddle to explore the tidal lagoon from late evening into
the twilight. Find out how the lagoon was made, where the graveyard
is and what wildlife inhabits the barge islands. For ages 10 and older.
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 9, 5-8 p.m.           $16                Course 29406
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

07/18 Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp

Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp
Spend the week exploring the forests and trails of Rockwood Park, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and other wild spaces. Participants will learn about the plants and wildlife of the region, tracking, awareness, and more. Campers will participate in hands-on activities involvinq shelter construction, fire building and methods of starting fire without matches, finding safe sources of water, wild foods, and other wilderness survival skills. Be prepared to get dirty, wet, and contend with insects and heat while spending an extended period of time outdoors. For ages 10-17
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m-4 p.m.             $140          Course 30630
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360