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

Updated for 2014! Rockwood Nature Center's 'wildly' popular pre-school Programs fill up fast!  Registration begins January 2nd, 2014 at 8:30am. Call (804) 748-1623 or visit www.chesterfield.gov/parks and click the REGISTER NOW link to register for winter and spring programs.  

Little Nature Sprouts 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.
$12 per child for this series of two classes
Wednesdays Course 28297
Thursdays Course 28298
Jan. 22, 23 Where Are All the Animals in Winter?
Jan. 29, 30 Where is Groundhog’s Shadow?

$24 per child for this series of four classes
Wednesdays Course 28299
Thursdays Course 28300
Feb. 5, 6 What Do Birds Eat?
Feb. 12, 13 What is the Texture of Nature?
Feb. 19, 20 What’s Wild?
Feb. 26, 27 What is the Wind?

$24 per child for this series of four classes
Wednesdays Course 28301
Thursdays Course 28302
March 5, 6 Who Lives in Rockwood Park?
March 12, 13 Let’s Go on a Shamrock Hunt
March 19, 20 What Do We See in Spring?
March 26, 27 What Do We Hear in Spring?

$18 per child for this series of three classes
Wednesdays Course 28303
Thursdays Course 28304
April 2, 3 Who Hatches From an Egg?
April 9, 10 Wildlife is Everywhere!
April 23, 24 Does Water Get Sick?

Toddle 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.
$20 per child for this series of five classes Course 28310
Jan. 21 A Winter’s Nap
Feb. 18 Shadows of Nature
March 18 Animal Safari
April 29 Signs of Spring
May 27 Touching Nature

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.
$12 per child for the series of three classes Course 28306
Jan. 28 What Does Nature Feel Like?
Feb. 4 Shadows of Nature
Feb. 11 What Does Nature Taste Like?

$12 per child for the series of three classes Course 28307
March 4 Animal Safari
March 11 What Does Nature Sound Like?
March 25 What Does Spring Sound Like?

$16 per child for the series of four classes Course 28308
April 8 What Does Nature Look Like?
April 22 What Does Spring Look Like?
May 6 What Does Nature Smell Like?
May 20 Exploring Nature with All Our Senses

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.2, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 28313
Details: Denise Flora, 745-7020 or florad@chesterfield.gov

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 16, 3-4 p.m. $5 Course 28315

Homeschooling Curriculum

HOME-SCHOOLING PROGRAMS
The Rockwood Nature Center is partnering with Science Through
the Eyes of a Child to increase the number of programs being
offered for home-schooling families. Course content will be tailored
to grade-level and follows local, state and national standards
for science education. Topics include: 1) an introduction to life
science through general biology, zoology and botany; and 2)
an introduction to physical science through the study of basic
chemistry and physics. For a complete listing and details: Bob
Smet, smetr@chesterfield.gov or 745-8360.

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

Star Gazing Campfire
Winter nights bring clear skies and a dazzling array of stars. Bundle
up and join us to learn some of the major winter constellations. Hear
stories behind them before gathering around a roaring campfire
to roast some s’mores and take the chill off. Kids will make a
constellation craft to bring home. Bring a blanket for the family to lay
on while we star gaze in the field.
Friday, Feb. 21, 7-9 p.m. $7 Course 28055

Introduction to Bee Keeping
The program instructors will teach you how the honey bee lives,
discuss different hive designs, seasonal hive management, pests and
diseases, and tell you how to get started with your own hive.
The program includes all educational materials.
Saturday-Sunday, March 1-2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$150/person or $180/per couple Course 28353

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 nonvenomous species and
interact with Rockwood’s reptiles. Children ages 12 and under must
be accompanied by a participating adult. Please register one week
in advance.
Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. $5
March 11 Course 28057
May 20 Course 28058

Reptiles and Amphibians Merit Badge Workshop
Join a naturalist and BSA merit badge counselor to learn all about
the scaly and slimy world of reptiles and amphibians. Handle
snakes, toads, turtles and lizards, learn about venomous reptiles,
and go on a walk to listen to frog calls. Some requirements will
need to be done on the scout’s own for full completion. Counselor is
available for card sign-offs when requirements are met.
Tuesdays, April 1 & 29, 5-8 p.m. $18 Course 28070

Introduction to Geocaching
Participants will learn the basics of using hand-held GPS units to
locate hidden caches within the forests of Rockwood Park. Please
dress appropriately for the forecast weather conditions in closedtoed
shoes (no flip flops) and be prepared to spend an extended
period of time outdoors. GPS units will be provided. Children under
age 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Saturday May 3, 10 a.m.-noon $7 Course 28068

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.
Children under age 16 must be accompanied by a participating
adult.
For ages 7 and older.
Tuesday, May 13, 5-8 p.m. $10 Course 28064

Nature Art Class
Students will practice their artistic skills (cutting, gluing, painting,
stamping, stenciling, scraping, drawing, rubbing) to create longlasting
pieces based on nature, including hands-on experiences with
plants and animals before the art begins. For ages 7-10.
Thursdays, Jan. 9-Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m. $64 Course 28066

Geology ROCKS!
You’ve heard of the water cycle, but did you know there is a rock
cycle too? Learn about how rocks and minerals are formed, handle
specimens of the three types of rocks, investigate ancient fossils,
then become a rock hound and go on a hunt in the park to start your
own rock collection. Make your own piece of geology to take home.
For ages 6-12. Children age 8 and under must be accompanied by a
participating adult.
Tuesday, March 25, 4-6 p.m. $7 Course 28060

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. Children under
age 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Tuesday April 22, 6-8 p.m. $5 Course 28062

Clay Target 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-hour lesson. Lesson fees do not include ammunition,
target fees, gun rental, or safety equipment. For ages 12 and older.
Transportation not provided to 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 smetr@chesterfield.gov 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 florad@chesterfield.gov.