01/23 Bushwhacking the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Bushwhacking the Brown & Williamson Conservation Area
Bushwhack and explore the 500 acre conservation area along the James River. Find the eagle nest, clues that reveal the story of the land, skunk cabbage and vernal pools. Have lunch in the hollow, then trek to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be an adventurous three-mile hike involving lots of bushwhacking and some stream crossings. Minimum age is 10.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Jan. 23,   10 a.m.-2 p.m.   $3    Course 30526
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/07 Evergreens in Winter

Evergreens in Winter  
What makes an evergreen tree different from other trees? What is a conifer and what shape is it? Let’s explore these special trees while painting with pine needles, making Cheerio garlands, having “Show-N- Tell” with sprigs of evergreens and pine cones brought from home, and learning “Big & Little” and “Prickly & Tickly.” For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, Feb. 7,      3-4 p.m.    $5    Course 30591
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/07 Trekking through Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Trekking through the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area

Use a map and compass to navigate your way through the 500-acre
conservation area. Find the eagle nest, clues that reveal the story of
the land, skunk cabbage and vernal pools. Have lunch in the hollow,
then navigate to the bluff that overlooks the James River. This will be
an adventurous three-mile hike involving bushwhacking and stream crossings.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.          $3              Course 29403
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

02/20 Learning Map and Compass

Learning Map and Compass
Learn how to use a map and compass from one of the best orienteering racers, Tim Gilbert. Join Tim and a county naturalist for an introductory program that includes some classroom time, field time and concludes with a short orienteering course through Rockwood Park. Minimum age is 8.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 20,   10 a.m.-1 p.m.    $3     Course 30394
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/07 Explore the Appomattox River Valley

Explore the Appomattox River Valley
Begin your journey at the Radcliffe Conservation Area. Hike along the northern boundary to roam along the bluff, along small wetlands, rock outcropping and some stream crossings. Reunite with the River Trail and continue down river for lunch at the abutment dam. Return along the River Trail. This will be an adventurous 2.5-3 mile hike.
Radcliffe Conservation Area and Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Road
Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.      $3    Course 30527
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/14 The Beginning Aquarist

The Beginning Aquarist

Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of freshwater aquarium/
pond care? Our experienced instructor will focus on providing basic
instruction on system set up, components, plant and fish selection,
maintenance and disease management.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 14, 2-4 p.m.               $7              Course 29701
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

03/24 Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me

Family Backpacking: Mommy and Me
This overnight backpackinq trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains is intended for mothers with children 5-10 years old. It provides beginners with a backpacking experience in a positive, natural environment. During this easy, three-mile hike to the overnight camping spot, special attention is given to the parent/child relationship. Fee includes guide, meals and all camping gear (except sleeping bag). Transportation to site not included.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Pre-trip meeting: Thurs., March 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.
$75 per adult, $50 per child           Course 30721
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

03/28 Backpacking 101

Backpacking 101

Interested in backpacking and learning more about long distance
hikes? Join our instructors for hands-on activities related to segment
hiking the Appalachian Trail and other destinations. Topics to be
covered include equipment, proper attire, nourishment, packing light,
orienteering and navigation, wildlife, emergencies. For ages 13 and
older.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 28, noon-4 p.m.                $15             Course 29700
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

04/10 Bursting Buds

Bursting Buds!
How do you feel when you see flowers suddenly open up in sprinq? What colors do you notice in spring that you haven’t seen all winter? We will answer these and other questions as we explore Spring’s arrival on the trails at Rockwood Park. We will paint with nature objects, discover what is inside a bud and plant some seeds to take home. For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, April 10,    3-4 p.m.    $5      Course 30593
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

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

04/23 Frog Hunt

Frog Hunt
Enjoy Rockwood Park in the evening as we try and spot, or hear, as many of the local frogs and toads as we can. Learn a little bit about declining amphibian populations and enJoy listening to the early sounds of spring. Bring a headlamp and comfortable walking shoes to go on a frog hunt.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 23,    6-8:30 p.m.    $5     Course 30576
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

05/07 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

05/21 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