To REGISTER for these programs please call 804-748-1623
Rockwood Nature Center's 'wildly' popular pre-school Programs fill up fast! Call (804) 748-1623 to register now!
Toddler Time in 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.
To register, call the Parks and Recreation office at 804-748-1623.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$16/per child for this series of four classes Course 27126
June 18 Hopping Frogs
July 2 Teddy Bears Picnic
Aug. 6 Water Creatures
Aug. 20 Animal Sounds
Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Tots Nature Club
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 two and that younger siblings not attend.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
$8/per child for this series of two classes Course 27128
June 4 I Live at the Pond
June 11 Who Lives in a Shell?
$8/per child for this series of two classes Course 27129
Aug. 13 Splish-Splash Beavers
Aug. 27 Frog in the Pond
Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or email@example.com
Little Sprouts Nature Club
Bring your little nature sprout aged 3-5 to Rockwood Nature Center
either Wednesday or Thursday, 10-11 a.m., each week for fun nature
explorations, crafts, and stories. Both days cover the same theme.
$24/per child for this series of five classes
Wednesday Course 27131
Thursday Course 27132
May 1 & 2 What Are Butterflies?
May 8 & 9 Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
May 15 & 16 What’s That Buzzing?
May 22 & 23 How Does A Plant Grow?
May 29 & 30 Who Lives in Our Pond?
$12/per child for this series of two classes
Wednesday Course 27133
Thursday Course 27134
June 5 & 6 Busy Beavers
June 12 & 13 Let’s Go Camping!
$24/per child for this series of four classes
Wednesday Course 27135
Thursday Course 27136
Aug. 7 & 8 Ants On Parade
Aug. 14 & 15 Deep Blue Sea
Aug. 21 & 22 Grow As We Go
Aug. 28 & 29 Aqua Charades
Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have plenty of activities and programs for older children, teens, and adults! Please call (804) 748-1623 to register for these programs!
Children’s Nature Art Class
Our art instructor/certified master naturalist will help your child learn about the natural world and create works of art with a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, collage, and print-making. All of the little artists’ creations will focus on and be inspired by plants and animals native to Virginia. All materials are included in the course fee. For ages 6-7. Please register at least one week in advance. $40 per child for this series of 5 classes. Mondays July 1-29, 3-4:30 p.m.Course 27101
Learn about and touch examples of the three major types of rocksand 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 7-12. Thursday, July 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $7 Course 27122
In this second in a series of courses on wilderness survival, participants will review the basics of what to do if lost in the wilderness or placed in a survival situation. This course will begin with a general discussion of the principles of wilderness survival, including preparation, attitude, shelter, fire, water, food and being found. In this session, participants will then take part in hands-on fire-building exercises. Students will discuss fire construction and look at several methods of starting fires. Please dress appropriately for the forecast conditions and be ready to deal with heat/cold and insects. For ages 7 and older. Ages under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Thursday, June 20, 5-7 p.m. $10 Course 27124
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,
discover more 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. Please register
at least one week in advance. $5/ person Fridays, 6-8 p.m.
June 14 Course 27113
Aug. 16 Course 27114
Introduction to Geocaching
Participants will learn the basics of using hand-held GPS units to locate hidden caches within the forests of Rockwood Park. Geocaching etiquette, equipment and tips will also be discussed. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions in closed toe shoes (no flip flops) and be prepared to spend an extended period of time outdoors. GPS units will be provided. Register at least one week in advance. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m.-noon $7 Course 27118
Firefly Hike and Campfire
Who doesn’t love seeing fireflies on warm summer evenings? Our
naturalists will discuss interesting facts about fireflies such as
bioluminescence and their varying light patterns. After our night
time foray we’ll head back to the nature center for s’mores and
campfire. Kids will be able to make their own glowing firefly, then
we’ll hike through Rockwood Park to look for fireflies. Children under
14 years of age must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Friday, June 7, 7-9 p.m. $7 Course 27120
We offer a number of opportunities for scouts as well!
Nature Merit Badge Workshop
Join a naturalist and certified BSA merit badge counselor for a two day
Nature Merit Badge workshop. The workshop will be split into
two sessions, with the first held at Rockwood Nature Center and
the second held at the Dutch Gap Conservation Area. Some badge
requirements will need to be done at home before or after the
workshop for full completion.
$18 Course 27116
Rockwood Nature Center, Thursday, June 6, 6-8:30 p.m.;
Dutch Gap Conservation Area, Saturday, June 22, 9 a.m.-noon
Schedule your own Merit Badge Workshop!
Are you interested in earning more merit badges over the summer? Arrange a private scout badge workshop with your friends or for your patrol or troop with our certified BSA merit badge counselors! Each workshop starts at only $75 for a two hour session (some badges require longer or multiple workshops to complete, please contact us for details on your desired merit badge) and includes instruction for up to 12 scouts. The following badges are currently being offered at Rockwood Nature Center:
Archery, Environmental Science, Soil and Water Conservation, Bird Study, Insect Study, Reptile and Amphibian Study, Weather, Nature, Forestry.
Details: (804) 674-1623
We host field trips and can also come to your school to present environmental education programs. Teachers! We have a wealth of SOL related science and outdoor programs developed for grades K-12 (gifted, LD/MD and after-school programs also available). Your students will enjoy a hands-on, minds-on field trip to Rockwood Nature Center or we can bring our fun and educational the programs to your school. Call (804)745-8360 or email email@example.com for topics, prices and details.
Wild Birthday Celebrations!! Share your child’s love of animals with all of his friends with a Wild Birthday Celebration at the Nature Center. Lots of topics available for lots of ages. Weekdays and weekend time slots available. Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.