To register for any of following programs please call (804) 748-1623 or visit www.chesterfield.gov/parks!
Junior Naturalist Program Is your child interested in all things wild? In this series of programs, students will discover the secrets of Virginia’s natural world. Children,
ages 10-18, are invited to join our staff to see what it means to be
a professional naturalist, and will learn how to identify local trees,
birds, frogs, tracks, rocks and more. If your student is considering
a career in the environmental sciences or they always want to be
outdoors, this program is for them! Come along for a venture into
the wild world of the woods! Please register early, space is extremely
limited. All classes will be based out of the Rockwood Nature Center.
Thursdays, Aug. 4-25, 4-6 p.m.
$40/person for this series of 4 classes Course 31078
The Bee’s Knees Interested in honey bees and all of their fantastic adaptations?
This program will give a general overview of honey bee life cycles,
habits, communication and the challenges wild bees face. Students
will have the opportunity to observe the hive at Rockwood
Nature Center as part of the program. For those interested in
learning to keep their own hives, check out the Rockwood Park
Backyard Beekeepers Association at https://www.facebook.com/
RockwoodParkBackyardBeekeepers. Children under 10 must be
accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, July 1, 6-7 p.m. $5 Course 31079
It’s a Snake
Join the head 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,
learn about snake behavior, get tips on snakes as pets and interact
with Rockwood’s reptiles. Children under the age of 12 must be
accompanied by a participating adult. Register at least one week in
Tuesday, Aug. 23, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5/person Course 31015
Join the head of Rockwood Nature Center’s animal care team, Jessi
Sakiewicz, to learn about lizards, turtles, snakes and other reptiles.
Find out how to tell the difference between venomous and nonvenomous
snake species, learn about reptile behavior, get tips on
reptiles as pets and interact with Rockwood’s animals. Children
under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Register at least one week in advance.
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $7/person Course 31016
What tree is that? Would you like to know what species of trees
are in your yard? Join a Rockwood Nature Center naturalist for a
fun-filled hike through the trails of the park to identify many of the
park’s trees. Come and find out which tree is the meanest in the
forest! Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating
Saturday, July 19, 10 a.m.-noon $5/person Course 31082
Learn about and touch examples of the three major types of rocks,
and discover how rocks and minerals are important to everything on
earth. Check out some real Virginia fossils and learn what they tell us
about the prehistoric record of the area we live in. Then go on a rock
hunt in the park to start your own amateur rock collection. Kids will
get to make your own piece of geology to take home too! For ages
Thursday, June 30, 3-5 p.m. $7/person Course 31081
The Art of Being Wild Join us at the Rockwood Nature Center for a unique blend of
discovery, creativity and environmental education. Children will
take part in a fun art adventure while connecting to the natural
world. Students will have the opportunity to draw and paint wildlife,
including some of the real animals here at the nature center! While
class is underway, the children also will learn about the animal’s
preferred habitat, foods and other traits. The instructor will pass
on the skills needed to allow participants to create their own
masterpieces. Please register early for this intersection of the arts and
nature, since space is extremely limited. For ages 7 and older. $15/
person (All materials are included in the registration fee).
Friday, July 15, 5-7 p.m. Course 31025
Saturday, Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. Course 31026
For details about any of our toddler and preschool programs, contact
Denise Flora, 745-7020 email@example.com.
Nurtured by Nature
Is your one-year-old a little nature lover? If so, this series of classes
is just for you! We will have songs, movement, stories and lots of
outdoor fun! Children must be at least one by the first class and
younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$16/per child for this series of four classes Course 31017
June 14 Hopping Frogs
June 28 Teddy Bears Picnic (bring your teddy bear!)
Aug. 9 Water Creatures
Aug. 23 Animal Sounds
My First Nature Adventure
Bring your little two-year-old nature nut to this series of nature
explorations, stories and hands-on activities. We ask that each child be
two by the first class and younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
$16/per child for this series of four classes Course 31018
June 7 I Live at the Pond
Aug. 2 Who Lives in a Shell?
Aug. 16 Splish-Splash Beavers
Aug. 30 Frog in the Pond
Bring your little nature explorer, ages 3-5, to Rockwood Nature
Center on either Wednesday or Thursday, 10-11 a.m., each week for
fun nature explorations, crafts and stories. Both days cover the same
$24/per child for this series of four classes.
Wednesdays Course 31019
Thursdays Course 31020
May 4 & 5 Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
May 11 & 12 What’s That Buzzing?
May 18 & 19 How Does A Plant Grow?
May 25 & 26 Who Lives in Our Pond?
$12/per child for this series of two classes
Wednesdays Course 31021
Thursdays Course 31022
June 1 & 2 Busy Beavers
June 8 & 9 Let’s Go Camping!
$24/per child for this series of four classes
Wednesdays Course 31023
Thursdays Course 31024
Aug. 3 & 4 Ants On Parade
Aug. 10 & 11 Deep Blue Sea
Aug. 17 & 18 Grow As We Go
Aug. 24 & 25 Aqua Charades
Trees as Habitats A habitat is where a plant or animal finds everything it needs to
survive, including food, water, shelter, and space for living and
raising young. Come explore the forests of Rockwood Park and
discover who uses the trees as their entire habitat or just a part of the
habitat. For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, May 22, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 31083
Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMMING
Calling All Girl Scouts!
Rockwood Nature Center is now offering nature-themed badge
workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and older scouts. Some
of the topics include Clover petal, Rosie petal, Painting, Bugs,
Hiker, Pets, and Animal Habitats. Other nature topics, and archery
for older girls, also are available. The cost of workshop includes
badges. For more information and to schedule a workshop,
contact Denise Flora at 745-7020 or email@example.com.
Girl Scout Brownie Painting Badge Workshop
Do you like to paint? Then come enjoy painting a landscape, a
mood and a mural at the Rockwood Nature Center while earning
your Painting Badge. We will even make tie-dye paper while
painting with something from nature! Scouts will receive a
certificate to take back to their troop leader for their badge.
For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, August 7, 3-5 p.m. $7 Course 31027
Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.