05/17 Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail
Take a leisurely hike along this unique rails-to-trail that borders Amherst and Nelson Counties. Start at Rose Mill Trailhead, and then head down river with the Piney River at your side to the confluence of the Tye River. This is an easy out-and-back 5.5-mile hike.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 17,  9 a.m.-6 p.m.  $30  Course 33382
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

05/24 Mountain Meadow Hike

Mountain Meadow Hike
Start your hike at Hog Camp Gap, then ramble along the Appalachian Trail to the mountain meadow of Cold Mountain. The 4,000-plus-foot high meadow provides a panoramic view of the George Washington National Forest, surrounding mountains and Shenandoah Valley. This is one of the most spectacular views in the George Washington Forest. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles and only 480 feet of elevation gain.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, May 24,  8 a.m.-6 p.m.  $32  Course 33379
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

02/10 Exploring Mary B. Stratton

Exploring Mary B. Stratton Park
Hike and bushwhack to explore a park not yet open to the public. Hike along old trails and bushwhack through forested uplands, meadows, floodplains and along Failing Creek. Discover an old road bed, a beaver dam, and Trampling Run.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Thursday, Feb. 11,  10 a.m.-1 p.m.  $4  Course 33368
Details: Mark Battista, battistam@chesterfield.gov or 804-318-8735

04/26 50+ Kayak Sampler – Outside

50+ Kayak Sampler 
Geared towards the never too mature to have fun crowd (50+), here is your opportunity to see if the growing sport of kayaking is for you. Professional instructors will teach the basic safety and paddling techniques needed to get out for an evening paddle on calm water. Sit-on-top and touring kayaks will be available for sampling. Swimming ability is required. Max. weight 250 lbs. due to kayak limitations.
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, 251 Henricus Park Rd.
Thursday, April 26, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)       Course 33324
Thursday, May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. $35 ($40 with rental)        Course 33325                                                                                                         

Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov

03/27 50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding

50+ Introduction to Horseback Riding
Geared toward the 50+ crowd, you can learn horseback riding fundamentals in four classes. Course includes proper techniques in handling, mounting, dismounting, posting to trot, diagonals, and canter preparation. Wear long pants and shoes with a heel.
Hunter Lane Stables, 3578 Hunter Lane
Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 27, 29 & April 3, 5. 6-7p.m. $110       Course 33319
Details: Greg Velzy at 748-1124 or velzyg@chesterfield.gov