04/28 50+ Intro to Archery

50+ Intro to Archery

For those 50 years and up interested in archery but who don’t know how to get started, the USA Archery-certified instructors are teaching a senior’s only version of our popular Introduction to Archery course. Learn the basics of this fun and rewarding sport, including the rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournament-style target archery with adjustable compound bows for individuals of all strengths and draw lengths. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s classroom. Minimum age is 50.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. – noon                  $20                   Course 33031

04/14 Photographs as Shapes, Angles, & Content

Photographs as Shapes, Angles, & Content
NEW! This class is a continuation of the Taking Better Pictures class offered in 2017 but all photographers looking to learn more all welcome. There’ll be a refresher of how to train your eye for photography, then we will spend most of the class going forth into nature, back into the classroom to review work, forth into the great outdoors to take new images, back to the classroom to get more feedback from fellow students and photography instructor Elli Morris, learning and practicing as we go. For ages 13+.
Location TBD
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.          $15                    Course 33084

03/18 Yoga: All Hands on Deck

Yoga: All Hands on Deck
NEW! Immerse yourself with the sights and sounds of nature while enjoying gentle yoga on the deck at Rockwood Nature Center. This class is designed for every “body.” We move mindfully and with compassion offering modifications and props to fit your needs. Please bring a mat, water bottle, and a small towel. Bolsters, straps, and blocks will be provided. We meet rain or shine. Limited to 10 students per class. For ages 18+.
Sundays, 8-9 a.m. $12
March 18                          Course 33081
April 15                            Course 33082
May 6                               Course 33083

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

04/14 Survival in a Bag Hike

Survival in a Bag Hike
NEW! Begin your adventure at the edge of civilization before stepping into the unknown. Learn basic hiker safety and what 10 everyday items you should carry in your bag for basic survival. Hike into the forest of Rockwood Park learning how to read the landscape. You will learn how to leave markers for others to find and learn what to do if you find yourself lost. Finally, learn how to make a basic shelter and make your way back to civilization. Bring food, water, a light backpack, a trash bag, wear long pants and sturdy boots. This hike will be about 3-4 miles in length around various sites in Rockwood Park with light off-trail instruction. Minimum age is 8. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 14,   10a.m.-1p.m.      $6  Course 33419
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/06 My First Nature Adventure!

My First Nature Adventure
Bring your little two-year-old nature tot to this series of nature explorations, stories, and hands-on activities. We ask that each child be age 2 and that younger siblings not attend.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.      $5 per child for each class
Feb. 6        Shadows of Nature                                 Course 33033
Feb. 20    What Does Nature Feel Like?                     Course 33034
Feb. 27      What Does Nature Taste Like?                 Course 33035
March 6    What Does Nature Smell Like?                  Course 33036
March 20 What Does Spring Sound Like?                  Course 33050
March 27 What Does Nature Sound Like?                  Course 33051
April 17    What Does Spring Look Like?                    Course 33052
April 24    What Does Nature Look Like?                    Course 33053
May 15    Animal Safari                                            Course 33054
May 22    Exploring Nature with All Our Senses          Course 33055
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

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

01/25 Star Shooters Youth Archery Club

Star Shooters Youth Archery Club
Join the Star Shooters Archery Club for an entire shooting season! This program, for kids ages 8-16, meets weekly for eight weeks. This is a great way for kids to receive more in-depth archery instruction in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. During each class, participants will learn techniques, form, and rules for target archery, as well as try different types of bows (compound and recurves), shoot archery games and perform drills to become a better archer. Twice per season, kids have the opportunity to earn one of a series of rank patches based on their personal shooting scores. Bows and equipment are provided, or use your own with instructor approval. At the end of the season, archers compete in a members-only tournament where kids can pit their skills against others in their age brackets to take home a trophy! New students with no archery experience are encouraged, but also must register for the New Archery Club Member Introduction class. Instructors are USA Archery certified. Cost includes equipment, patches, tournament medals, and trophies. Three time-slots are available but space is limited, so register early to be assured a spot! 100$/person

INDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, Jan. 25-March 15
11 a.m.-noon               Course 33449
4-5 p.m.                     Course 33450
5:30-6:30 p.m.           Course 30614
Tournament March ?? at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building

OUTDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, April 10-May 29
1-2 p.m.                     Course 30612
4-5 p.m.                     Course 30613
5:30-6:30 p.m.           Course 30614
Tournament June 2 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building

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

03/25 Beyond the Basics: Level 1 – Archery Form and Development

Beyond the Basks: Level 1 – Archery Form Development
For those who have learned the basics of archery and are ready for more, this class will focus on more details of form and body mechanics for those who want to continue their development as a beginning-intermediate archer. Students may choose from compound- or recurve style bows. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s classroom. For ages 8 and older, adults and families welcome. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed Chesterfield County’s Introduction to Archery within the past year or participated in an archery club to be eligible for this program.
Sunday, March 25,     2-4 p.m.         $20  Course 33009
Saturday, April 21,   10 a.m.-noon    $20  Course 33010
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

03/11 Adult Introduction to Archery

Adult Introduction to Archery
For those interested in archery but who didn’t know how to get started, the USA Archery-certified instructors teach an adult only version of our popular Introduction to Archery course. Learn the basics of this fun and rewarding sport, including the rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournament-style target archery with adjustable compound bows for individuals of all strengths and draw lengths. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting will take place inside the nature center’s classroom. Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, March 11  2-4p.m.           $20  Course 33007
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-noon      $20  Course 33008
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/21 Introduction to Archery

Introduction to Archery
Enjoy the fun of learning a new sport, from stance to follow through, focusing on beginning form, safety, and proper use of equipment. Participants will learn the basics of archery on their choice of simple compound bows or recurve bows. This class focuses on group-style target archery and is taught by USA Archery certified instructors. All classes take place on the group instructional range located directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. Class is held rain or shine, but in the event of inclement weather, instruction and shooting take place inside the nature center’s classroom. For ages 8 and older, adults and families welcome.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturdays,  10 a.m.-noon      $20/person
Feb 10                                 Course 33024
March 24                             Course 33025
April 14                               Course 33026
May 26                                Course 33027
Sundays,    2-4 p.m.             $20/person
Jan 21                                Course 33028
March 4                              Course 33029
April 29                               Course 33030
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

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

01/18 Star Shooter Club New Archer Introduction

Star Shooter Club New Archer Introduction
Required for all students new to archery who would like to participate in the Star Shooters Youth Archery Club but did not take an Introduction to Archery course within the past year. Participants must be enrolled in courses 33449, 33450, 33013, 33014, 33015, or 33016 to take this class.
INDOOR: Thursday, Jan. 18,   5:30-7 p.m.            $10             Course 33018 
OUTDOOR: Tuesday, March 27,  5:30-7:30 p.m.    $10             Course 33019

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

045/06 Beyond the Basics: Level 2 – Aiming and Scoring

Beyond the Basics: Level 2. — Aiming and Scoring
Take your archery skills to the next level with the intermediate series of archery courses. Now it’s time to work on aim and learning how to score a regulation target face. Participants will learn different aiming techniques for bare-bow as well as how to use a basic target sight and the importance of your sight picture. Play some aiming games and end the sessions with a mini-scoring round. Class is held on the instructional archery range directly next to Rockwood Nature Center. All equipment is provided, or use your own with instructor permission. PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed the Beyond the Basics: Level 1 course within the past year or participated in an archery club in order to be eligible for this program.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, May 6,           2-4 p.m.           $20      Course 33011
Details: Lisa Trapp, trappl@chesterfield.gov or 804-745-8360

01/09 Adult Archery Practice

Adult Archery Practice
Join fellow adult archers for weekly practice and archery camaraderie. Archers must bring all their own equipment and know how to use it, no formal lessons will be given during practice times, but informal tips and coaching from instructors will be given as needed. Distances can be shot from 15 – 70 meters, all targets and FITA style target faces will be provided.
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Drive
Tuesdays, Jan 9-March 13,  6-7:30 p.m.     $65    Course 33099

OUTDOOR: Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road
Fridays, April 13-June 8  6-7:30 p.m.          $60   Course 33006

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

06/19 Archery Camp

Archery Camp
Has your child been bitten by the Archery bug? Join our USA Archery certified instructors for an exciting week focusing on all things archery. We’ll start with an introductory session, so no previous experience is needed. Then progress through more advanced programs and use different types of equipment. We’ll also take some time to explore some of Virginia’s wild places and have summer fun! Campers should bring a snack and lunch and wear close-toed shoes. For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, June 19-23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.            $140          Course 33087
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

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

 

 

 

02/17 Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

Disaster – Travel – Wilderness First Aid Certification Course
Learn how to save life and limb when and where professional help is not immediately available. Very few first aid programs address the issues of providing emergency care in a setting where emergency services are overwhelmed or EMS assistance is more than an hour. The SOLO WFA 2-year certification, approved by the American Camping Association, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts-USA and more, offers classroom instruction with Q&A that are interwoven with practical work and problem-solving exercises. Hands-on experience during scenarios comprise approximately 50% of class helping you come away with do-it-yourself care-giving confidence. No prerequisites. Minimum age is 13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 17 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. (both days)    $195     Course 33400
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov.

 

04/8 Bursting Buds

Bursting Buds!
How do you feel when you see flowers suddenly open up in spring? What colors do you notice in spring that you haven’t seen all winter? We will answer these and other questions as we explore the arrival of spring on the trails of 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.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Sunday, April 8, 3-4 p.m.                  $5                  Course 33020
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

Individual Archery Coaching

Individual Archery CoachingFor archers seeking to improve their shooting form, compete at a higher
level, shoot in their first tournament, or overcome a specific issue, there
is no better way to achieve your goals than working one-on-one with
a coach. Our USA Archery Level 3 National Training System coach will
work with individual archers or up to two friend-or-family archers to help
them become better, more consistent shooters. Sessions run one hour
and are by appointment only, subject to instructor availability.
Contact Rockwood Nature Center at (804) 674-1629 for additional information.

01/16 Nurtured by Nature

Nurtured By Nature
Is your one-year-old a little nature explorer? If so, this series of classes is just for you! We will have songs, movement, stories and lots of outdoor fun! We ask that each child be one-year-old by the first class and that younger siblings not attend.
Tuesdays, 10:3–11 a.m.
$20 per child for this series of five classes:    Course 33045
Jan. 16           A Winter’s Nap
Feb. 13           Shadows of Nature
March 13        Animal Safari
April 10          Signs of Spring
May 8           Touching Nature
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020