Rockwood Nature Center
3401 Courthouse Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Rockwood Nature Center is the only county-operated nature center in Chesterfield County. The log cabin-style facility is nestled by the forest in Rockwood Park.
Hours: Friday-Sunday; noon – 5 p.m.
What you can do at Rockwood Park:
Wildlife up close: Rockwood Nature Center houses live snakes, turtles, frogs and occasionally other wildlife species. Kids and parents can look eye-to-eye with a kingsnake, watch honeybees stir in their hive and watch a slider bask on a log.
Programs Galore: The nature center offers nature and outdoor programs for all ages. Preschoolers can have their first encounter with wildlife and explore the forest. Adults and families can learn about the snakes of Virginia or hear tales around a campfire. Boy and Girl Scouts can earn badges, and teachers and home-school parents can enlist a naturalist for their nature studies. Archery, orienteering and letterboxing are some of the programs conducted for groups.
Volunteer for Nature: Enjoy the outdoors and people? Then consider becoming a volunteer at Rockwood Nature Center. Volunteers can staff the center and answer questions, help with the live exhibits, assist with programs and help at special events. Assist the Friends of Rockwood Nature Center as they support the programs and animals at the Nature Center.
Hit the Trail: Rockwood has over five miles of trails that ramble through forest, pond, wetlands and Falling Creek. Trails are suitable for young and old hikers. Some trails are accessible for wheelchairs. A 1.3-mile fitness trail winds through the forest and includes six exercise stations.
Hoot and Howl
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6-9 p.m.
A family-friendly Halloween bash, the Hoot and Howl at Rockwood Nature Center is always a hit! Come for a not-so-scary good time with games, crafts and live music around a campfire. Hop on the tractor driven hay ride through Rockwood Park, try your hand at Halloween themed archery, or take a spooky night hike through the woods. Prepare yourself for close encounters with creepy creatures! Children’s costumes welcome! Free.
Programs at Rockwood Nature Center
Map of Rockwood Park
Map of Trails
Bob Smet, Director, Rockwood Nature Center
Denise Flora, Naturalist