01/21 Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers
Bring your little nature sprout, aged 3-5, to Rockwood Nature Center on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., for fun nature explorations, crafts, and stories. Both days cover the same theme. $12 per child for this 15 series of two classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30582
Thursdays                          Course 30583
Jan. 20, 21       Where Are All the Animals in Winter?
Jan. 27, 28       Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?

$24 per child for this series of four classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30584
Thursdays                          Course 30585
Feb. 3, 4           What Do Birds Eat?
Feb. 10,11         What is the Texture of Nature?
Feb. 17, 18        What’s Wild?
Feb. 24, 25        Who Lives in Rockwood Park?

$24 per child for this series of four classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30586
Thursdays                          Course 30587
March 2, 3          What is the Wind?
March 9, 10        Wildlife is Everywhere!
March 16, 17      Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt
March 23, 24      Who Hatches Frorn an Egg?

$18 per child for this series of four classes:
Wednesdays                       Course 30588
Thursdays                          Course 30589
April 6, 7           What Do We See in Spring?
April 13, 14        What Do We Hear in Spring?
April 20, 21        Does Water Get Sick?
April 27, 28        What Are Butterflies?
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/05 Bird Brains

Bird Brains

Explore the world of birds with your school-aged child. During this four
week series of courses, students will learn about bird calls, life history
and bird adaptations. They’ll also spend time looking for birds in the
park and create their own bird-themed arts and crafts. For ages 5-9
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, noon-2 p.m.            $20           Course 29697
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/05 Botany for the Very Young

Botany for the Very Young

Is your child interested in plants and flowers? Join one of our certified
master naturalists to learn about the world of plants through fun,
hands on activities. This eight-week series of classes will explore a
variety of botany topics. Examples of the types of activities the children
may take part in include painting with pine needles, printmaking, leaf
rubbings, leaf pressing, and planting seeds. For ages 5-8.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 16, 23, 30;
noon-2 p.m.                        $40                       Course 29696
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

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

04/12 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, April 12,    6:30-7:30 p.m.     $5         Course 30570
Tuesday, May 24,     6:30-7:30 p.m.     $5         Course 30571
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/14 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.     $45
April 14       Course 30718
May 19        Course 30719
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

04/24 Girl Scout Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge Workshop

Girl Scout Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge Workshop
Are you Interested in bugs? Then come to the Bugs workshop at Rockwood Nature Center to complete the Bugs legacy badge! We will go on a bug hike, watch some live bugs, and do some art and craft projects. Scouts will receive certificates to take back to troop leaders for badges. For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, April 24,    3-5 p.m.   $7   Course 30594
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

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

05/21 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

06/27 Camp Red Tail Hawk

Camp Red Tail Hawk
Have fun this summer explorinq the outdoors and makinq 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.    $85
June 27-1         Course 30631
July 5-8            Course 30632
July 11-15        Course 30633
July 18-22        Course 30634
July 25-29        Course 30635
Aug. 1-5           Course 30636
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

07/11 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. For ages 6-7.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday        9 a.m.-1 p.m.     $85
July 11-15              Course 30628
July 18-22              Course 30629
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

08/03 Nature Art Camp

Nature Art Camp

Join our art instructor and master naturalist to play nature games, create art inspired by plants and animals, hike out to sketch plein air, learn about and discover the plants and animals of central Virginia through hands-on art projects using a variety of mediums. For ages 7-10.
Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m.         $85
Aug. 3-7                                              Course 29733
Aug. 10-14                                          Course 29734
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360