01/19 Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers
Bring your little nature sprout aged 3-5 to Rockwood Nature Center each week for fun nature explorations, crafts, and stories.
Fridays, 10-11 a.m.                $6 per child for each class
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Jan. 19      Where Are All the Animals in Winter?       Course 33037
Jan. 26      What Do Birds Eat?                                Course 33038
Feb. 2        Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?              Course 33039
Feb. 9        What is the Texture of Nature?                Course 33040
Feb. 16      What’s Wild?                                          Course 33041
Feb. 23      Who Lives in Rockwood Park?                  Course 33042
March 2     What is the Wind?                                  Course 33043
March 9     Wildlife is Everywhere!                            Course 33044
March 16    Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt                  Course 33056
March 23    What Do We Hear in Spring?                   Course 33057
April 13      Who Hatches From an Egg?                    Course 33058
April 20      Does Water Get Sick?                             Course 33059
April 27      What Are Butterflies?                              Course 33060
May 4        Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!                                   Course 33061
May 11      What’s Buzzing?                                      Course 33062
May 18      How Does A Plant Grow?                          Course 33063
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/11 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! We will paint with pine needles, make Cheerio garlands, and learn “Big & Little” and “Prickly & Tickly” by playing a sorting game! Participants are welcome to bring sprigs of evergreens and pine cones brought from home for “Show-N- Tell”. For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, Feb. 11, 3-4 p.m.                  $5                  Course 33022

03/18 What Do We See in Spring?

What Do We See in Spring?
Come with us on a springtime adventure as we take a nature walk to find signs of spring. We will make a lovely spring craft, listen to fun springtime stories, and maybe sing a song or two! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, March 18, 3-4 p.m.                 $5                Course 33064

04/12 Biking: Family Ride Series – Government Center – Evening Ride and History

Biking: Family Ride Series – Government Center – Evening Ride and History                                    With an emphasis on family fun and riding safety, join us for an evening ride around the Chesterfield County Government Center. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Gov’t Complex area after the traffic is gone. There is also the option of riding the gravel path that wind through the woods around the complex. Additionally, our Historical Site Specialist will give a brief tour and discussion of the original Courthouse and County Jail. All participants will need to provide their own bike and helmet, and comfortable riding on smooth gravel.
Parks Administration Building, 6801 Mimms Loop
6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.      $5
Thurs., April 12     Course 33315
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

 

04/21 Public Day on the Challenge Course

Public Day on the Challenge Course                                                                                   Welcome spring by spending the day in the trees! Our Public Day is designed for individuals and families who want to have fun completing high ropes elements while building personal confidence. The high elements challenge participants physically and emotionally by safely motivating them out of their comfort zones at different heights. Participants will be 20 to 40 feet off the ground and helmets, harnesses, and ropes are utilized. Traverse the bridges, walk the beam, ride the Giant Swing and jump for the trapeze at the Pamper Pole, totaling 11 to 12 high elements for the day. All participants are belayed by our trained staff who are committed to a safe and meaningful experience. Participants must be at least 12 years old and minors 14 years old and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. All participants must wear closed-toed shoes.
Stratton Park
Saturday, April 21    $30
Session I – 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.        Course 33151                                                                                                         Session II – 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.     Course 33152
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

05/05 Floating the Nottoway River

Floating the Nottoway River
Float and paddle the Nottoway River from Courtland to Cypress Bridge where “Big Mama“ reigns amidst a grove of towering cypress trees. Relax with the gentle and somber coastal river while admiring stream banks lined with tupelos, cypress and water and overcup oaks. This will be a five-mile float. For ages 12 and older. An adult must accompany children aged 12-16.
Henricus Park Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Road
Saturday, May 5,   9:00-6:00 p.m.      $35  Course 33372
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/05 Log Rollin’ Rockwood Style!

Log Rollin’ Rockwood Style!
It looks like a rotten log to you, but it’s a whole wide world to critters. We will turn over some of these logs to discover and identify what is living underneath. Dress for the weather as we will be outside. Ages 6 and older; Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday May 5, 10-11:30 a.m.          $7            Course 33079

05/15 It’s a Snake!

It’s a Snake
Join the leader of Rockwood Nature Center’s animal care team, Jessi Sakiewicz, to learn about Virginia’s snakes. Find out how to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous species, discover more about snake behavior, get tips about snakes as pets, and interact with Rockwood’s reptiles. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register at least one week in advance.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesday, May 15,     6:30-8:30 p.m.     $5         Course 33032
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

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

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

07/09 Nature Nuts

Nature Nuts
Check out the salamanders, snakes, squirrels, birds, and many other creatures that live in Rockwood Park. Discover how each is uniquely adapted for life in its own habitat. We’ll enjoy games, mini-hikes, and hands-on activities each day. Both sessions cover the same curriculum, so register for only one. For ages 6-7.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
July 9-13                Course 33088
July 16-20              Course 33089
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020