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

Rockwood Nature Center's 'wildly' popular pre-school Programs fill up fast!  Registration for summer programming begins April 21st, 2014 at 8:30am. Call (804) 748-1623 or visit and click the REGISTER NOW link to register for summer programs.  

Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or

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.
Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
$16/per child for this series of four classes Course 28604
June 17 Hopping Frogs
July 1 Teddy Bears Picnic
Aug. 5 Water Creatures
Aug. 19 Animal Sounds

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 28605
June 3 I Live at the Pond
June 10 Who Lives in a Shell?
$8/per child for this series of two classes Course 28606
Aug. 12 Splish-Splash Beavers
Aug. 26 Frog in the Pond

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
$30/per child for this series of five classes
Wednesday Course 28607
Thursday Course 28608
Apr. 30 & May 1 What Are Butterflies?
May 7 & 8 Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
May 14 & 15 What’s That Buzzing?
May 21 & 22 How Does A Plant Grow?
May 28 & 29 Who Lives in Our Pond?

$12/per child for this series of two classes
Wednesday Course 28609
Thursday Course 28610
June 4 & 5 Busy Beavers
June 11 & 12 Let’s Go Camping!

$24/per child for this series of four classes
Wednesday Course 28611
Aug. 6 & 7 Ants On Parade
Aug. 13 & 14 Deep Blue Sea
Aug. 20 & 21 Grow As We Go
Aug. 27 & 28 Aqua Charades

How Does A Plant Grow?
Does a plant have feet? Come find out as we sing songs, listen to a
fun story, pretend to be seeds and then grow into a plant! We will
also create a fun craft and plant some flower seeds to take home.
For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, May 18, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 28613

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 Gotwals
Pond. After learning some interesting facts about pond life, we will
take a discovery walk to Gregory’s Pond to look for wildlife living
in or near the pond. There will also be fun songs, a fun story, and a
craft to take home. Please wear comfortable shoes for walking on
the trails. For ages 3-5 years and a parent or guardian.
Sunday, June 8, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 28614

We also have plenty of activities and programs for older children, teens, and adults!  Please call (804) 748-1623 to register for these programs!

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. Please dress appropriately for the forecast
conditions and be ready to deal with heat/cold and insects. For ages 7 and
older. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Monday, June 16, 6-8 p.m. $10 Course 28622

Fishing the James River by Kayak
Join the expert guides from Virginia Fishing Adventures to learn the ins
and outs of fishing the James River from a kayak. Participants will take
part in a four-hour float trip through the city. Kayaks and all gear will be
provided. Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to
the Pony Pasture parking lot, 7200 Riverside Drive. For ages 12 and older.
Space is limited; register at least one week in advance. $65/person
Saturday, June 21, 1-5 p.m. Course 28623
Sunday, June 29, 1-5 p.m. Course 28624

Raging Reptiles!
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, discover more about reptile behavior, get
tips on reptiles as pets, and interact with Rockwood’s animals. Ages 12
and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Tuesday, July 22, 6-8 p.m. $7 Course 28602

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. Ages 12 and under must be
accompanied by a participating adult.
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. $10 Course 28603

Sporting Clays, Skeet and Trap Shooting Instruction
Join a National Sporting Clays Association certified instructor for
individual clay target shooting instruction to learn or improve your
sporting clays, skeet, trap or wingshooting shotgun skills. Fees
include one 2-hour lesson. Lesson fees do not include ammunition,
target fees, gun rental or safety equipment. For ages 12 and older.
Transportation not provided to course locations. Dates, time, and
location of instruction will be determined upon consultation with the
instructor. $90 per course
Conservation Park of Virginia, 5100 Charles City Rd, Charles City, VA
23030; Old Forge Sporting Clays, 7945 Long Reach Rd, Providence
Forge, VA 23140. Details and to register: 745-8360

We offer a number of opportunities for scouts as well!

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 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