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.

04/22 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 flat-water 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 and youth 11-13 must be accompanied by an actively participating adult. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Sunday, April 22,   9 a.m.- 4 p.m.    $70 ($80 w/ rental)      Course 33329
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/26 50+ Kayak Sampler – Outside

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, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Thursday, April 26, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)       Course 33324
Thursday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)        Course 33325                                                                                                         

Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

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

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