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

05/03 Montpelier

Montpelier
NEW! Roam the rolling terrain and discover the range of landscapes at James Madison’s Montpelier. Hike through the Landmark Forest to see venerable white oaks and tulip poplar trees while learning about the history of the land. Hike beautiful meadows and forested lands, enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and visit the Slave Cemetery and the Madison Family Cemetery. Purchase lunch at the visitor center or bring your own lunch. Hiking distance is about 2-3 miles.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 3,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33432
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/10 Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park
NEW! Head across the Bay Bridge Tunnel for an excursion through Kiptopeke State Park. Check out returning migrants as we stroll along shorelines, meadows, dunes, ponds, and forests. This will be an easy four-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 10,  8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  $32  Course 33433
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/31 Roslyn Landing

Roslyn Landing
Start your hike at Roslyn Landing in Colonial Heights then walk along the paved Appomattox River Trail System that shadows the Appomattox River. Enjoy the riparian habitat and discover the old Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the diversion channel. Continue across the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge, and then walk into downtown Petersburg for lunch. After lunch, return along the same route. This is a very easy 4-mile hike. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 31,  9 a.m.-3 p.m.  $18  Course 33385
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/26 Rapidan and Staunton Rivers Hike

Rapidan and Staunton Rivers Hike
Stroll along the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers to imbibe in the mountain streams and reap the beauty of spring wildflowers. See plunging pools, check water quality by observing stream organisms and enjoy the colorful wildflowers such as showy orchids, golden ragwort, Solomon’s seal, trillium and lady’s slippers. This will be a slow, easy hike along the Rapidan and Staunton Rivers. Hike will be about three miles.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 26,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33380
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/29 Chippokes Plantation State Park

Chippokes Plantation State Park
Stroll an easy five miles where natural history and cultural history converge along the banks of the James River. Roam along a cypress swamp, agricultural fields, historical building, including the Chippokes Mansion, tidal creeks and the banks of the James River where fossils reveal an ancient ocean.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 29,  9 a.m.-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33377
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/22 Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

Rappahannock River Heritage Trail

NEW! Take a leisurely 3.3-mile hike along the Rappahannock Canal Walk and the Rappahannock River Heritage Trail that showcases nature and river views in a city environment. Hike along the old canal and along the fall zone of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg. This is an easy hike along a paved trail. Have lunch at Old Mill Park nestled along the Rappahannock River. Stop at landmark Carl’s after the hike for a deserved frozen treat.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 22,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33431
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/01 Ivy Creek Natural Area

Ivy Creek Natural Area
Stroll an easy 4-mile loop in the Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville. Traipse along the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, through upland forests, fields and streams. The 215-acre natural area provides gently rolling hills and diverse habitats.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 01,  9 a.m.-4 p.m.  $20  Course 33430
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/15 Hog Island

Hog Island

NEW! Hike and explore the 3908-acre Hog Island Wildlife Management Area, a peninsula that juts out into the James River. Laced with wetland and creeks and containing open fields and some forested areas, the area teems with winter waterfowl, bald eagles and other wildlife such as deer and foxes. This will be an easy, almost 4-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 15,  10 a.m.-5 p.m.  $20  Course 33249
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/25 Cumberland Marsh Preserve

Cumberland Marsh Preserve

NEW! Hike near the Pamunkey River to explore the 1,094-acre tidal marsh that serves as a home for wintering waterfowl, bald eagles and other diverse bird species. This property owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy protects the largest population of the rare sensitive join-vetch. Hike an easy 2.8-trail through wetlands and uplands with views of the Pamunkey River.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Jan. 25,   10 a.m.-4 p.m.   $18    Course 33427
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/18 Wild Tour of Chesterfield County – Exploring the James

Wild Tour of Chesterfield County – Exploring the James

Hike and explore four sites along the James River. First, travel to the Brown and Williamson Conservation Area to bushwhack almost a mile of bluff overlooking the James River. Next, head to a secluded tract in River’s Bend and the historic Dantzler Battery. Finally, head north to the new James River Conservation Area.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Thursday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.      $15    Course 33426
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/21 Hotel Trail Hike

Hotel Trail Hike

Journey along the Hotel Trail and the Appalachian Trail for unsurpassed views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, meadows, hollows, and the Shenandoah Valley. This 5.8-mile hike in George Washington Forest will take us to the 4000-plus foot high Cold Mountain and an inspiring mountain meadow. This will be a moderate-difficult hike with almost 1500 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 21, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.      $35    Course 33423
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/30 Mount Pleasant Hike

Mount Pleasant Hike

Head to George Washington National Forest for one of the quintessential hikes, the 5-mile circuit hike to the top of Mount Pleasant at 4,021 feet. Enjoy sweeping views from the east and west overlooks. This is a moderate hike with 1,350 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, June 30, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.      $35    Course 33425
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/10 Explore the Appomattox River Valley

Explore the Appomattox River Valley
Start your journey at the Radcliffe Conservation Area. Bushwack 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 involving some bushwhacking and stream crossings. Minimum age is 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Radcliffe Conservation Area and Canoe Launch, 21501 Chesdin Road
Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.      $4    Course 33417
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/15 Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Beaverdam Park and Gloucester Village

Return to Beaverdam Park to hike along the western cove that winds near the shoreline, around small coves and tributaries and through wetlands and mature forests. Afterwards, take a short stroll through historic Gloucester. This is an easy 4-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.    $20      Course 33376
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/12 The Great Dismal Swamp

The Great Dismal Swamp

Hike and van tour through one of Virginia’s most spectacular ecosystems, the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Tour six miles by van to Lake Drummond, in the heart of the wildlife refuge. The swamp is a haven for black bears, bobcats and over 200 species of birds. It also supports unique plants such as Atlantic white cedar, dwarf trillium and silky camellia.

Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 12,  7 a.m.-4 p.m.  $32  Course 33381
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/19 Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve

Hickory Hollow Nature Preserve
Find spring at Hickory Hollow located In the Northern Neck. Stroll along a patchwork of trails that lead through mature forests, down into Cabin Swamp and along streams. Observe spring wildflowers and returning birds.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, April 19, 9 a.m.·-5 p.m.  $30  Course 33378
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/08 Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

Powhatan Wildlife Management Area

NEW! Hike an approximate 5-mile loop in the 4462-acre Powhatan Wildlife Management Area. The trail winds through diverse habitat including streams, wetlands, meadows and upland forests along with abandoned farms and a graveyard. This is a moderate hike with easy, rolling landscape.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 8,  10 a.m.-4 p.m.  $18  Course 33428
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/17 Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail
Take a leisurely hike along this unique rails-to-trail that borders Amherst and Nelson Counties. Start at Rose Mill Trailhead, and then head down river with the Piney River at your side to the confluence of the Tye River. This is an easy out-and-back 5.5-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 17,  9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $30  Course 33382
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

01/20 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 3-mile hike involving lots of bushwhacking and some stream crossings. Minimum age is 10. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, Jan. 20,   10 a.m.-1 p.m.   $4    Course 33367
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

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

05/24 Mountain Meadow Hike

Mountain Meadow Hike
Start your hike at Hog Camp Gap, then ramble along the Appalachian Trail to the mountain meadow of Cold Mountain. The 4,000-plus-foot high meadow provides a panoramic view of the George Washington National Forest, surrounding mountains and Shenandoah Valley. This is one of the most spectacular views in the George Washington Forest. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles and only 480 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 24,  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  $32  Course 33379
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/10 Exploring Mary B. Stratton

Exploring Mary B. Stratton Park
Hike and bushwhack to explore a park not yet open to the public. Hike along old trails and bushwhack through forested uplands, meadows, floodplains and along Failing Creek. Discover an old road bed, a beaver dam, and Trampling Run.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 11,  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  $4  Course 33368
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/19 Eco-Adventure Camp – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Paddle

Eco-Adventure Camp – Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Paddle

Explore the natural and cultural history of the Chesapeake Bay. On day one, paddle to New Point Comfort Lighthouse, the fourth oldest lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, situated in Mobjack Bay. On the second day, paddle the open waters of York River to Goodwin Islands, part of the York River Estuary Preserve. Lastly, paddle the Great Wicomico to see and learn about live oyster beds, tour the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and relax at the local ice cream shop. Sit-on-top kayaks will be used, or paddle the mouth of the bay at Eastern Shore NWR. For ages 12-14.
Parks Maintenance Building, 9201 Public Works Road
Tuesday-Thursday, June 19-21    $200    Course 33439
Tuesday, 9am-8pm.
Wednesday 9am-6:30pm.
Thursday: 9am-6:30pm.
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

06/25 Camp Red Tail Hawk

Camp Red Tail Hawk
Have fun this summer exploring the outdoors and making new friends at Rockwood Park. During this adventure-packed week, we will climb trees with Riverside Outfitters, explore nature, learn target archery, and much more. For ages 7-9.
Rockwood Park Shelter 1, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday,    9 a.m.-1 p.m.    $90
June 25–29       Course 33090
July 2–6            Course 33091
July 9–13          Course 33092
July 16–20        Course 33093
July 23–27        Course 33094
July 30–3          Course 33095

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

06/18 Summer Sprouts

Summer Sprouts
Nurture your child’s fascination with the earth’s creatures. Summer Sprouts will spend the week discovering and learning about the animals that hop, swim, fly, and crawl through the fields and forests of Rockwood Park. Both sessions cover the same curriculum, so register for only one. For ages 4-5.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
June 18-22              Course 33096
June 25-29              Course 33097
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

 

 

 

03/14 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 6-11 years old. It provides beginners with a backpacking experience in a positive, natural environment. The 3-mile hike to the overnight camping spot in the woods creates a great opportunity for a special time between the parent and child, as does the hike out. Fee includes guide, meals and all camping gear (except sleeping bag). Transportation to site not included.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Rd.
Pre-trip meeting: Wed., March 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
Trip: Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. through Sunday, April 15, 5 p.m.
$75 per adult, $50 per child           Course 33317
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

 

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