To register for any of following programs please call (804) 748-1623 or visit www.chesterfield.gov/parks!
It’s a Snake
Join the leader of Rockwood Nature Center’s animal care team, Jessi
Sakiewicz, to learn about Virginia’s snakes. Find out how to tell the
diff erence between venomous and non-venomous species, discover
more about snake behavior, get tips about 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.
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 Course 30570
Tuesday, May 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 Course 30571
Join Richmond Metro Zoo Keeper, Jessi Sakiewicz, to learn about all
of the Nature Center’s reptile friends. Enjoy hands-on interactions
with turtle, lizards and snakes to see what makes reptiles so cool.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a participating
adult. Please register at least one week in advance.
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 Course 30572
Are you interested in keeping chickens in your backyard but don’t
know where to begin? Or perhaps you are already acquired some
new feathered friends but don’t know the best direction to head in.
In this class, learn the basics about keeping chickens, the diff erences
in breeds and a basic understanding of how to provide quality care at
Monday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. $10 Course 30573
Wilderness Survival – Fire
This course will begin with a general discussion about the principles
of wilderness survival including preparation, attitude, shelter, fi re,
water, food and being found. Then, participants will take part in
fi re-building exercises. Students will discuss fi re construction and
look at several methods of starting fi res without matches or lighters.
Dress appropriately for the forecast conditions and be ready to deal
with hot or cold weather 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.
Thursday, May 5, 5-6:30 p.m. $7 Course 30574
Compost Pile for the Gardens
Do you have the opportunity to use one of Rockwood Park’s
wonderful garden plots? If so, in this class learn how to provide
better soil to the plots, learn about various composting styles, and
then help on composting day to get the area up and running. Rich
soil available to users of the gardens.
Mondays, March 7-21, 6-7 p.m. $15 Course 30575
Enjoy Rockwood Park in the evening as we try and spot, or hear, as
many of the local frogs and toads as we can! Learn a little bit about
declining amphibian populations and enjoy listening to the early
sounds of spring. Bring a head lamp and comfortable walking shoes
on a frog hunt.
Saturday April 23, 6-8:30 p.m. $5 Course 30576
Do you have limited garden space, but still want to grow some of
your own vegetables? Or maybe you want to fi t fruits into a spare
corner. Come learn about the basics of self-watering containers,
soil blends and the wide variety of foods you can grow in small
Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $7 Course 30577
For details on any of our toddler/preschool nature programs,
contact Denise Flora, 745-7020 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurtured By 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! Children need to have their first birthday by
the first class and younger siblings may not attend.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$20 per child for this series of five classes Course 30578
Jan. 19 A Winter’s Nap
Feb. 16 Shadows of Nature
March 15 Animal Safari
April 12 Signs of Spring
May 17 Touching Nature
My First Nature Adventure
Bring your little two-year-old nature tot to this series of nature
explorations, stories and hands-on activities. Children need to
have their second birthday by the fi rst class and younger siblings
may not attend.
Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m.
$12 per child for the series of three classes Course 30579
Feb. 2 Shadows of Nature
Feb. 9 What Does Nature Feel Like?
Feb. 23 What Does Nature Taste Like?
$12 per child for the series of three classes Course 30580
March 1 Animal Safari
March 8 What Does Nature Sound Like?
March 22 What Does Spring Sound Like?
$16 per child for the series of four classes Course 30581
April 5 What Does Nature Look Like?
April 19 What Does Spring Look Like?
May 3 What Does Nature Smell Like?
May 24 Exploring Nature with All Our Senses
Bring your little nature sprout, aged 3-5, to Rockwood Nature
Center on Wednesdays or Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., for fun nature
explorations, crafts, and stories. Both days cover the same theme.
$12 per child for this series of two classes
Wednesdays Course 30582
Thursdays Course 30583
Jan. 20, 21 Where Are All the Animals in Winter?
Jan. 27, 28 Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?
$24 per child for this series of two classes
Wednesdays Course 30584
Thursdays Course 30585
Feb. 3, 4 What Do Birds Eat?
Feb. 10, 11 What is the Texture of Nature?
Feb. 17, 18 What’s Wild?
Feb. 24, 25 Who Lives in Rockwood Park?
$24 per child for this series of four classes
Wednesdays Course 30586
Thursdays Course 30587
March 2, 3 What is the Wind?
March 9, 10 Wildlife is Everywhere!
March 16, 17 Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt
March 23, 24 Who Hatches From an Egg?
$24 per child for this series of four classes
Wednesdays Course 30588
Thursdays Course 30589
April 6, 7 What Do We See in Spring?
April 13, 14 What Do We Hear in Spring?
April 20, 21 Does Water Get Sick?
April 27, 28 What Are Butterflies?
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
Sunday, Jan. 31, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 30590
Evergreens in Winter NEW What makes an evergreen tree different from other trees? What is a Conifer and what shape is it? Let’s explore these special trees
while painting with pine needles, making Cheerio garlands, having
“Show-N- Tell” with sprigs of evergreens and pine cones brought from
home, and learning “Big & Little” and “Prickly & Tickly.” For ages 3-5
years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, Feb. 7, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 30591
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. Follow the Shamrock
Trail to the leprechaun’s surprise pot where everyone will get a special
surprise! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, March 13, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 30592
Bursting Buds! NEW How do you feel when you see flowers suddenly open up in spring? What colors do you notice in spring that you haven’t seen all winter?
We will answer these and other questions as we explore Spring’s
arrival on the trails at Rockwood Park. We will paint with nature
objects, discover what is inside a bud and plant some seeds to take
home! For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, April 10, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 30593
GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMMING
Calling All Girl Scouts!
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 includes
badges. For more information and to
schedule a workshop, please contact
Denise Flora at 745-7020 or
Girl Scout Brownie Bugs Legacy Badge Workshop
Are you interested in bugs? Then come to the Bugs workshop at
Rockwood Nature Center to complete the Bugs legacy badge! We
will go on a bug hike, watch some live bugs, and do some art and
craft projects. Scouts will receive certifi cates to take back to troop
leaders for badges. For Brownie scouts and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, April 24, 3-5 p.m. $7 Course 30594