To register for any of following programs please call (804) 748-1623 or visit!

Attention all Wilderness Women (or those that want to be)! Are you
a female and interested in learning more about the outdoors, nature,
hiking and camping? Or do you want to connect with other women
who are interested in the outdoors? If so, join one of our new series of
programs aimed specifically at women in the outdoors! No prior outdoor
experience necessary. All of the courses will start at the Rockwood
Nature Center
and may utilize the Rockwood Park trails. Call 674-1629
for more information.
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon $7 Per person

How to Plan a Hiking Trip
June 20 Course 29956
Only Footprints and Photos
July 11 Course 29957
Master Wilderness Chef
Aug. 8 Course 29958
Staying Healthy on the Trail
Aug. 22 Course 29959

Join us at Robious Landing Park to take advantage of this new series of
courses bringing Rockwood Nature Center programming closer to you!
All programs will meet at Shelter 2 within Robious Landing Park, 3800
James River Road. Register two weeks in advance.
James River Hike
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2-4 p.m. $5 Course 29960
Birding for Beginners
Saturday, July 25, 9-10 a.m. $30 Course 29961
The Powhatan Indians
Saturday, Aug. 1, 10-11:30 a.m. $7 Course 29962

Calling All Girl Scouts!
The Rockwood Nature Center is now offering nature-themed badge
workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and older. 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. Cost of workshop includes badges. For more information and
to schedule a workshop, contact Denise Flora, 745-7020 or
Girl Scout Junior Flowers Badge Workshop
For Junior scouts.
Sunday, May 3, 3-5 p.m. $7 Course 29963
Girl Scout Brownie Hiker Badge Workshop
For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, May 31, 3-5 p.m. $7 Course 29964
Girl Scout Brownie Painting Badge
For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian.

Learn the basics to keeping your own chickens, differences in
breeds and a basic understanding of how to provide quality care
right from your home. Participants under 18 years of age must be
accompanied by a participating adult.
Thursday, June 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10 Course 29969

Blue Bird/ Bat Box Building
Bring your favorite hammer and learn how to build your own bird
and bat boxes. While constructing, learn about the importance
of these animals to the ecosystem. Leave with a completed new
home for our flighted friends, all materials included. Families are
welcome and the group should include someone able to hold and
safely use a hammer. Children under age 13 must be accompanied
by a participating adult.
Participants must register two weeks in
$5/person plus $20/per bird house or bat box.
Saturday, June 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Course 29978

Geology ROCKS!
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 their own piece of geology to take
home too! For ages 7-14. Children under 10 must have an adult
present during the course.

Thursday, July 2, 3-5 p.m. $7 Course 29970

Go Take A Hike!
Get the kids out of the house and learn how to hike smart using
the basic Leave No Trace principles through engaging activities
geared for families and kids. Learn how to plan and prepare, how
to hike, about dangers like poison ivy and weather, and more.
Dress for the weather and bring a packed lunch in a backpack
along with a water bottle and any hiking essentials you might
want. For ages 8-12. Adults may stay with their child if they desire
but are not required.
Thursday, July 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5 Course 29972

Nature Journaling NEW!  Nature Journaling gives us opportunities to deepen our relationship with the earth through writing and art. It is a means
to record thoughts, feelings, and observations of the natural world
around us. Join our staff art instructor and master naturalist for an
introduction to this exercise in becoming more in tune with your
own connection to our environment. This four-week series will
meet at the Rockwood Nature Center. Bring a sketch pad or blank
journal to use in class. Participants must register two weeks in
advance. Ages 18 and older.
Fridays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, 6-8 p.m. $30 (for series)
Course 29973

Paint and Pop NEW!
This program is based on the wildly popular Wine and Canvas® series
of classes, but consistent with county policy, it is a dry event. Come to
the Rockwood Nature Center for a fun evening of painting with friends
as a talented local artist guides participants through the step-by-step
creation of a featured piece of artwork. All necessary materials will be
provided as part of the class. Bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage
to enjoy while you paint. For ages 18 and older.
Saturday, July 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $20 Course 29974

What a Tangled Web You Weave! Nature/Garden Loom NEW!
Come on out and enjoy a beautiful day outdoors keeping your fingers
busy. Learn how to weave and make a small handheld garden loom or
spider web loom while contributing to a large community loom.
skills home and continue to make more works of art to display in the
garden or around your home. Class will take place on the front deck at
the Rockwood Nature Center. For ages 7-12.
Saturday, Aug. 22, 1-2 p.m. $7 Course 29976

Tree Identification
Learn to recognize common trees of Chesterfield County using a field
guide and a key to sleuth out a tree’s identity. Find out about sinuses,
veins, branching patterns and leaf scars while wandering the trails at
Rockwood Park with a master naturalist, learning some simple visual
cues and memory tricks along the way. Each participant will receive a
copy of the Department of Forestry’s book,
Common Native Trees of
Virginia, to take home. For ages 9 and up, ages 12 and under must be
accompanied by a participating adult.
Sunday, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $10 Course 29977


Hiking with Your Best (Dog) Friend
Please be sure to bring your dog on a leash. Dogs must be current on
vaccinations in order to participate.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, July 11, 1-3 p.m. $7 Course 29980

Sunrise Hike
Begin your day by taking a relaxing hike through centrally located
Rockwood Park while watching the beautiful sunrise. We will begin our
hike shortly before the sunrise.
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Friday, July 3, 5-6:30 a.m. $5 Course 29981
Saturday, Aug. 15, 5:30-7 a.m. $5 Course 29982

Sunset Hike
Wrap up your day with a hike to watch the sun setting. The group will
meet in the parking lot adjacent to the playground. We will begin the
hike shortly before the sunset.
R. Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks, 201 Enon Church Rd.
Friday, June 26, 8-9:30 p.m. $5 Course 29984
Sunday, July 12, 8-9:30 p.m. $5 Course 29985
Saturday, Aug. 22, 7-8:30 p.m. $5 Course 29986

Full Moon Hike
Join us for a night hike under the full moon to explore the parks after
dark. Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Tuesday, June 2, 9-10:30 p.m. $5 Course 29987
Huguenot Park, 10901 Robious Road, Playground
Wednesday, July 1, 9-10:30 p.m. $5 Course 29989
Rockwood Nature Center, 3401 Courthouse Road
Saturday, Aug. 29, 8-9:30 p.m. $5 Course 29990

Summer Solstice Hike
Take advantage of the longest day of the year by joining us for an
evening hike through the forests of Rockwood Park. The group will
meet at the Rockwood Nature Center and will wrap up the hike with
a campfire.
Sunday, June 21, 7-10 p.m. $7 Course 29991


For details on any of our toddler/preschool nature programs, contact
Denise Flora, 745-7020 or

Nurtured by Nature
Is your one-year-old a little nature lover? If so, this series of classes
is just for you! There will have songs, movement, stories and lots of
outdoor fun! Each child should be at least one year of age by the first
class and that younger siblings not attend.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$16/per child for this series of four classes Course 29993
June 16 Hopping Frogs
June 30 Teddy Bears Picnic (bring your teddy bear!)
Aug. 4 Water Creatures
Aug. 18 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 age two by the first class and that younger siblings not attend.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
$8/per child for this series of two classes Course 29994
June 2 I Live at the Pond
June 9 Who Lives in a Shell?
$8/per child for this series of two classes Course 29995
Aug. 11 Splish-Splash Beavers
Aug. 25 Frog in the Pond

Nature Explorers
Bring your little nature explorer 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.
$30/per child for this series of five classes.
Wednesdays Course 29996
Thursdays Course 29997
April 29 & 30 What Are Butterflies?
May 6 & 7 Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
May 13 & 14 What’s That Buzzing?
May 20 & 21 How Does A Plant Grow?
May 27 & 28 Who Lives in Our Pond?

$12/per child for this series of two classes
Wednesdays Course 29998
Thursdays Course 29999
June 3 & 4 Busy Beavers
June 10 & 11 Let’s Go Camping!

$24/per child for this series of four classes.
Wednesdays Course 30000
Thursdays Course 30001
Aug. 5 & 6 Ants On Parade
Aug. 12 & 13 Deep Blue Sea
Aug. 19 & 20 Grow As We Go
Aug. 26 & 27 Aqua Charades

How Does A Plant Grow?
Does a plant have feet? Come sing songs, listen to a fun story,
pretend to be seeds and then grow into a plant! We also will create
a fun craft and plant some flower seeds to take home. For ages 3-5
years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, May 17, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 30002

Who Lives in Our Pond?
Have you ever wondered who lives in and around a pond? Come to
Rockwood Nature Center to discover who lives in the Gotwald’s Pond
and then, after learning some interesting facts about pond life, take
a discovery walk to Gregory’s Pond to look for wildlife living in or near
the pond. There also will be fun songs, a fun story and a craft to take
home. Wear comfortable shoes for walking on the trails. For ages 3-5
years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, June 7, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 30003