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

06/25 Middle School Rowing Camps

Middle School Rowing Camps

River City Crew, a non-profit youth rowing program, will be holding sculling camps for younger children this summer in conjunction with our HS Learn-to-Row camps. These one-week camps are designed for beginners and will be held at Robious Landing Park, Monday thru Friday. New MS rowers will learn sculling technique in small, one person boats. Campers will both row and participate in on-land activities. Each session will have a maximum of 16 campers with no more than 8 rowers on the water at any one time. An additional session may be added if required. There will be both on-water and land supervision. All rowers will wear a USCG approved PFD while on the water but swimming ability is required. Rowers should wear casual clothing that can get wet, running-type shoes with socks, caps, sun glasses, bring a water bottle, and wear sunscreen. Snacks and drinks will be provided for participants for breaks. Camps are for rising 6th- and 7th-grade students.

Robious Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd.
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  $225
June 25-29      Course 33342
July 23-27       Course 33343
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

05/05 Whitewater Kayaking: Intermediate Skills Trip

Whitewater Kayaking: Intermediate Skills Trip
Chesterfield County’s professional whitewater instructors will teach higher level techniques and practice drills during this downriver trip/clinic. This is geared towards the strong intermediate level paddler. Completion of a previous whitewater kayak class is required. Minimum age 13.
James River Park System, Reedy Creek
Saturday, May 5, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.       $60 ($70 w/rental)            Course 33326
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov


05/06 Whitewater 101: Sit-on-Top River Kayaking

Whitewater 101 – “Sit-on-Top” River Kayaking
No previous whitewater experience is needed for this trip, which is designed for those wanting to explore the easier rapids 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, May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     $70 ($80 w/rental)     Course 33331
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov


04/19 Bald Eagle Tours

Bald Eagle Tours
Join Capt. Mike Ostrander, with Discover the James – Bald Eagle Tours, on his 24-foot pontoon boat for this unique and spectacular experience on the James River. After boarding the boat watch the sun rise while seeing our national symbol up close and personal. Minimum age is 15. Space is limited, register early. Private charters are also available.
Deep Bottom Boat Landing, 9525 Deep Bottom Road
Thursday,  9:30-11:30 a.m.     $50
April 19       Course 33311
May 10        Course 33312
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov


05/05 Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting
Experience Riverside Outfitter’s Lower James River Rafting trip on Richmond’s award-winning whitewater! The excursion will begin and end at the Riverside Outfitter’s shop in Stratford Hills… they’ll take care of the shuttling. You will put in near the Boulevard Bridge. Paddle into the biggest rapids the James River has to offer, right through the heart of downtown with a break for provided refreshments at Belle Isle. This is easily one of Richmond’s best adventures! Minimum age is 12.
Riverside Outfitters, 6836 Old Westham Road
Saturday, May 5, 1:30-4 p.m.     $60        Course 33341
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov



05/09 Whitewater Kayak Playdays

Whitewater Kayak Play Days
This after-work, informal instructional time is for newer whitewater kayakers (especially those without a boat) to get time on the water. Instructors will be present to answer questions and give pointers. Sessions will stay at Pony Pasture Rapids with no down-river runs. Completion of a previous Whitewater Kayak class is required. All equipment is provided. Minimum age is 13.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m       $29
May 9            Course 33327
May 23          Course 33328
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov



04/22 Recreational Tree Climbing

Recreational Tree Climbing
Join the professional arborists from Riverside Outfitters as they take you to new heiqhts! For young and old alike, if you ever enjoyed climbing in trees, here’s your chance to really go up. Using specialized tree-climbing equipment, the staff of Riverside Outfitters will assist as you ascend into the canopies of trees. For ages 8 and older. Youth 8 – 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
James River Park System, Pony Pasture
Sunday, April 22, 1-3 p.m       $19        Course 33334
Saturday, May 12, 1-3 p.m.    $19        Course 33335
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov