01/19 Star Shooters Youth Archery Club

Star Shooters Youth Archery Club
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 for becoming a better archer. Twice each season, kids have the opportunity to earn one the rank patches based on 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 pit their skills against others in their age brackets. New students with no archery experience are welcome, but must register for the New Archery Club Member Introduction class below. Instructors are USA Archery certified. Cost includes equipment, patches, tournament medals and trophies. Three time slots are available but space is limited, so regrster early to be assured a spot!
INDOOR: Crestwood Elementary, 7600 Whittington Dr.
Tuesdays, Jan. 19-March 15   $100 (not held March 1)
5:30-6:30 p.m.            Course 30610
6:45-7:45 p.m.            Course 30611

OUTDOOR: Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesdays, April 19-June 7        $100
1-2 p.m.                     Course 30612
4-5 p.m.                     Course 30613
5:30-6:30 p.m.           Course 30614
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

01/20 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! Children need to have their first birthday by the first class and younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$20 per child for this series of five classes:    Course 30578
Jan. 19           A Winter’s Nap
Feb. 16           Shadows of Nature
March 15        Animal Safari
April 12          Signs of Spring
May 17           Touching Nature
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

 

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

01/24 Archery

Introduction to Archery
Enjoy the fun of learning a new skill, from stance to follow through, focusing on beginning form, safety and proper use of equipment. Participants will learn the basics of archery on either simple compound bows or recurve bows. This class focuses on group style target archery and is taught by USA Archery certified Instructors. For ages 8 and older, adults and families welcome.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturdays,  10 a.m.-noon      $20
Jan 30                                  Course 30595
March 5                                Course 30596
April 23                                 Course 30597
May 14                                 Course 30598
Sundays,    2-4 p.m.             $20
Feb. 28                                Course 30599
March 20                              Course 30600
April 10                                Course 30601
May 22                                 Course 30602
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/01 Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?

Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?
Have you ever tried to find your shadow and couldn’t find it? Where did it go? Come find it at Rockwood Nature Center while also discovering interesting facts about groundhogs, listening to a fun story and making a groundhog craft! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, Jan. 31,     3-4, p.m.    $5    Course 30590
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/02 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. Children need to have their second birthday by the first class and younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
$12 per child for the series of three classes:    Course 30579
Feb. 2          Shadows of Nature
Feb. 9          What Does Nature Feel Like?
Feb. 23        What Does Nature Taste Like?

$12 per child for the series of three classes:    Course 30580
March 1        Animal Safari
March 8        What Does Nature Sound Like?
March 22      What Does Spring Sound Like?

$16 per child for the series of four classes       Course 30581
April 5          What Does Nature Look Like?
April 19        What Does Spring Look Like?
May 3           What Does Nature Smell Like?
May 24         Exploring Nature with All Our Senses
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

02/05 Introduction to Digital Nature Photography

Introduction to Digital Nature Photography

Do you want to learn how to get the most out of your new camera
while capturing stunning images of nature? This eight-week
workshop will start simply and progress through a variety of topics
including, brief history of photography, parts of the camera, focal
length and depth of field, aperture and f-stops, shutter speed, studio
lighting, framing, perspective, silhouettes and cropping.
Students are required to bring their own cameras for the class and
will be able to print copies of their own work from home.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Thursdays, Feb. 5-March 26, 3-5 p.m.       $60       Course 29702
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/07 Nature Printmaking

Nature Printmaking

This four week long course will use a variety of print-making processes
to create nature-themed art prints. Students will have access to the
nature center’s animals for use as models as well as explore the forests
of Rockwood Park. For ages 5-9
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturdays, Feb. 7-28, 2-4 p.m.             $28                  Course 29699
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

02/20 Learning Map and Compass

Learning Map and Compass
Learn how to use a map and compass from one of the best orienteering racers, Tim Gilbert. Join Tim and a county naturalist for an introductory program that includes some classroom time, field time and concludes with a short orienteering course through Rockwood Park. Minimum age is 8.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Feb. 20,   10 a.m.-1 p.m.    $3     Course 30394
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

03/06 Beyond the Basics: Level 1 – Archery Form and Development

Beyond the Basks: Level 1 – Archery Form Development
The first in a series of continuing archery classes, this class will focus on more details about form and body mechanics, and is designed for those who want to continue their development as beqinninq to intermediate archers. Students may choose from compound or recurve style bows as they work toward achieving correct body alignment and muscle memory. All classes take place on the group instructional range next to Rockwood Nature Center. The 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” course within the past year or participated in an archery club in order to be eligible for this program.
Sunday, March 6,     2-4 p.m.          $20  Course 30605
Saturday, April 16,   10 a.m.-noon   $20  Course 30606
Sunday, May 22,      2-4 p.m.          $20  Course 30607

03/07 Compost Pile for the Garden

Compost Pile for the Gardens
Do you have the opportunity to use one of Rockwood Park’s wonderful garden plots? If so, in this class learn how to provide better soil to the plots, learn about various composting styles, and then help on composting day to get the area up and running. Rich soil available to users of the gardens.
Mondays, March 7-21,   6-7 p.m.   $15     Course 30575
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/12 Adult Introduction to Archery

Adult Introduction to Archery
Learn rules, safety and step-by-step shooting form for tournament style target archery with our adjustable compound bows that suit participants of all strengths and draw lengths. Discover a new sport that will give a lifetime of enjoyment! Minimum age is 18.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, March 12  10 a.m.-noon  $20  Course 30603
Friday, May 13  5:30-7:30 p.m.      $20  Course 30604
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/12 After Work Adult Archery Club

After Work Adult Archery Club

We are excited to offer an after work archery club. Class
participants will learn techniques, from and rules for target
archery, as well as get to explore using different types of bows and
accessories with different types of targets. Bows and equipment
are provided, or you may use your own with instructor approval.
New students with no archery experience are welcome. Instructor
will be USA Archery and Archery Trade Association certified.

Rockwood Nature Center
Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.      $60         Course 28053
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

03/13 Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt!

Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt!
Come make your own shamrock and listen to a leprechaun story before going on a shamrock hunt in the forest. Follow the Shamrock Trail to the leprechaun’s surprise pot where everyone Will get a special surprise I For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardran.
Sunday, March 13,    3-4, p.m.    $5    Course 30592
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

04/07 Container Gardening

Container Gardening
Do you have limited garden space, but still want to grow some of your own vegetables? Or maybe you want to fit fruits into a spare corner. Come learn about the basics of self-watering containers, soil blends and the wide variety of foods you can grow in small spaces.
Thursday, April 7,    5:30-7:30 p.m.      $7       Course 30577
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/10 Bursting Buds

Bursting Buds!
How do you feel when you see flowers suddenly open up in sprinq? What colors do you notice in spring that you haven’t seen all winter? We will answer these and other questions as we explore Spring’s arrival on the trails at 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.
Sunday, April 10,    3-4 p.m.    $5      Course 30593
Details: Denise Flora, florad@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-7020

04/11 Backyard Chicken

Backyard Chicken
Are you interested in keeping chickens in your backyard but don’t know where to begin? Or perhaps you are already acquired some new feathered friends but don’t know the best direction to head in? In this class, learn the basics about keeping chickens, the differences in breeds and a basic understanding of how to provide quality care at home.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Monday, April 11,      6-8 p.m.   $10     Course 30573
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

04/21 Adult Archery Practice

Adult Archery Practice
Join fellow adult archers on the larqe outdoor target archery range called The Pit, located behind the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, 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.
Chesterfield Career and Technical Center at Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road
Thursdays, April 21-June 9,        6-7:30 p.m.      $60        Course 30620
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

04/21 Reptiles and Amphibians Merit Badge Workshop

Reptiles and Amphibians Merit Badge Workshop

Join a naturalist and BSA merit badge counselor to learn all about
the scaly and slimy world of reptiles and amphibians. Handle
snakes, toads, turtles and lizards, learn about venomous reptiles,
and go on a walk to listen to frog calls. Some requirements will
need to be done on the scout’s own for full completion. Counselor is
available for card sign-offs when requirements are met.
Rockwood Nature Center
Tuesdays, April 21 & May 19, 6-8 p.m.           $25             Course 29690

04/23 Frog Hunt

Frog Hunt
Enjoy Rockwood Park in the evening as we try and spot, or hear, as many of the local frogs and toads as we can. Learn a little bit about declining amphibian populations and enJoy listening to the early sounds of spring. Bring a headlamp and comfortable walking shoes to go on a frog hunt.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, April 23,    6-8:30 p.m.    $5     Course 30576
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

05/12 Geology ROCKS!

Geology ROCKS!

You’ve heard of the water cycle, but did you know there is a rock
cycle too? Learn about how rocks and minerals are formed, handle
specimens of the three types of rocks, investigate ancient fossils,
then become a rock hound and go on a hunt in the park to start your
own rock collection. Make your own piece of geology to take home.
For ages 6-12. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a
participating adult.

Rockwood Nature Center
Tuesday, May 12, 5-7 p.m.                  $7                    Course 29693
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

05/12 Wilderness Survival – FIRE!

Wilderness Survival ~ Fire
This course will begin with a general discussion about the principles of wilderness survival including preparation, attitude, shelter, fire, water, food and being found. Then, participants will take part in flre-building exercises. Students will discuss fire construction and look at several methods of starting fires without matches or lighters. Dress appropriately for the forecast conditions and be ready to deal with hot or cold weather and insects. Enrollees should be prepared to get dirty, wet and spend an extended period of time outdoors. The minimum age for this course is 7. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 5,      5-6:30 p.m.    $7     Course 30574
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

05/19 Critters and Kids

Critters and Kids

Join our animal care team and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into
what goes into caring for the nature center’s animals. Children under
age 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Rockwood Nature Center
Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.                   $7                       Course 29695
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360

06/20 Archery Camp

Archery Camp
Has your child been bitten by the archery bug? Join our certified NASP and ATA archery 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. For ages 10-13.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, June 20-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.            $140          Course 30637
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360

07/18 Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp

Wilderness Survival/Awareness Camp
Spend the week exploring the forests and trails of Rockwood Park, the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, and other wild spaces. Participants will learn about the plants and wildlife of the region, tracking, awareness, and more. Campers will participate in hands-on activities involvinq shelter construction, fire building and methods of starting fire without matches, finding safe sources of water, wild foods, and other wilderness survival skills. Be prepared to get dirty, wet, and contend with insects and heat while spending an extended period of time outdoors. For ages 10-17
Rockwood Nature Center, 3410 Courthouse Road
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9 a.m-4 p.m.             $140          Course 30630
Details: Bob Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov, or 804-745-8360