To REGISTER for these programs please call 804-748-1623               

Boy Scout Reptile and Amphibian Merit Badge Workshop Join a Master Naturalist and merit badge counselor for a two-part workshop covering all things scaly and slimy for this Boy Scout merit badge. Observe and handle different species of snakes and lizards, identify frogs, and learn in depth information about these often misunderstood creatures and their role in the environment. Bring a blue card to class, counselor will sign off on finished requirements, others can be completed on the scout’s own before or after workshop dates for full completion. Tuesdays, April 21 and May 19, 6-8 p.m. $25 Course 29690

Webelos Outdoorsman Workshop This workshop for Webelos aged Cub Scouts will focus on the many fun and useful requirements of the Outdoorsman badge. Tie some knots, learn about the outdoor code, build and start a fire, become an outdoor chef and discover what it takes to be safe and successful in all your outdoor endeavors. Saturday, April 18, 3-6 p.m. $15 Course 29691

Wilderness Survival – FIRE! 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 without matches or lighters. Please dress appropriately for the forecast conditions and be ready to deal with heat/cold 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. Tuesday, May 12, 5-7 p.m. $10 Course 29692

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! For ages 7-14. Children under 10 must have an adult present during the course. Tuesday, May 12, 5-7 p.m. $7 Course 29693

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 anadult. Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5 Course 29694

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. Participants will have an opportunity to meet all of the nature center’s animals and see how they are fed and cared for. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. $7 Course 29695

Introduction to Digital Nature Photography - NEW!
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. Thursdays, 3-5 p.m. $60 Feb. 5-March 26 Course 29702

Pre-School Programming
Nurtured by Nature
Is your 12 month-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! We ask that each child be at least one year old by the first class and that younger siblings not attend.

Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m. $20 per child for this series of five classes

Course 29703

Jan. 20 A Winter’s Nap Feb. 17 Shadows of Nature March 17 Animal Safari April 28 Signs of Spring May 26 Touching Nature

Details: Denise Flora, or 745-7020

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 at least two by the first class and that younger siblings not attend.

Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. $12 per child for the series of three classes

Course 29704

Jan. 27 What Does Nature Feel Like? Feb. 3 Shadows of Nature Feb. 10 What Does Nature Taste Like? $12 per child for the series of three classes Course 29705 March 3 Animal Safari March 10 What Does Nature Sound Like? March 24 What Does Spring Sound Like? $16 per child for the series of four classes Course 29706 April 14 What Does Nature Look Like? April 21 What Does Spring Look Like? May 5 What Does Nature Smell Like? May 19 Exploring Nature with All Our Senses

Nature Explorers
Bring your little nature explorer, ages 3-5, to Rockwood Nature Center either Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., each week for fun nature explorations, crafts and stories. Both days cover the same theme.
Wednesdays Course 29707
Thursdays Course 29708
Jan. 21, 22 Where Are All the Animals in Winter?
Jan. 28, 29 Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?
$12 per child for this series of two classes

Wednesdays Course 29709
Thursdays Course 29710
Feb. 4, 5 What Do Birds Eat?
Feb. 11, 12 What is the Texture of Nature?
Feb. 18, 19 What’s Wild?
Feb. 25, 26 What is the Wind?
$24 per child for this series of four classes

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, Feb. 1, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 29715 Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or

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. We will follow the Shamrock Trail to the leprechaun’s surprise pot from which everyone will get a special surprise! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian. Sunday, March 15, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 29716 Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or

Calling All Girl Scouts! NEW!
Rockwood Nature Center is now offering nature-themed badge workshops for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. 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 does not include badges. For more information and to schedule a workshop, please contact Denise Flora at 745-7020 or

Girl Scout Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge Workshop NEW!

Are you interested in bugs? Then come to the bugs workshop at Rockwood Nature Center where you can complete the bugs legacy badge! We will go on a bug hike, watch some live bugs, and do some art and craft projects. For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian. Sunday, April 26, 3-5 p.m. $7 Course 29736

Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or

Botany for the Very Young - NEW! Is your child interested in plants and flowers? Join one of our certified master naturalists to learn about the world of plants through fun, hands on activities. This eight-week series of classes will explore a variety of botany topics. Examples of the types of activities the children may take part in include painting with pine needles, printmaking, leaf rubbings, leaf pressing, and planting seeds. For ages 5-8. Thursdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 16, 23, 30; noon-2 p.m. $40 Course 29696

Bird Brains - NEW! Explore the world of birds with your school-aged child. During this four week series of courses, students will learn about bird calls, life history and bird adaptations. They’ll also spend time looking for birds in the park and create their own bird-themed arts and crafts. For ages 5-9 Thursdays, Feb. 5-26, noon-2 p.m. $20 Course 29697

Wild Watercolors - NEW! This four-week course will use a variety of watercolor mediums to paint wild animals and nature related scenes. Students will have access to the nature center’s animals for use as models as well as explore the forests of Rockwood Park. Ages 5-9, 3-5pm. $28/person Thursdays, April 2, 16, 23, 30; 3-5 p.m. $28 Course 29698

Nature Printmaking - NEW! 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 Saturdays, Feb. 7-28, 2-4 p.m. $28 Course 29699

Backpacking 101 Interested in backpacking and learning more about long distance hikes? Join our instructors for hands-on activities related to segment hiking the Appalachian Trail and other destinations. Topics to be covered include equipment, proper attire, nourishment, packing light, orienteering and navigation, wildlife, emergencies. For ages 13 and older. Saturday, March 28, noon-4 p.m. $15 Course 29700

The Beginning Aquarist - NEW! Are you interested in learning the ins and outs of freshwater aquarium/ pond care? Our experienced instructor will focus on providing basic instruction on system set up, components, plant and fish selection, maintenance and disease management. Saturday, March 14, 2-4 p.m. $7 Course 29701

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 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 many ages. Weekdays and weekend time slots available. Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or email