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.
Earth Day Celebration Celebrate Earth Day at the Rockwood Nature Center on Tuesday, April 22 at 6 p.m. Chesterfield County’s Rockwood Nature Center is partnering with nationally recognized artist Robert Louis Caldwell to highlight the beauty of the natural world that exists all around us. View Robert’s work and learn about his “Thirty-Three” conservation project, an effort to raise funds and awareness for the African Wildlife Trust to help in preserving the African elephant. Naturalists at the Rockwood Nature Center will hand out tree seedlings to the first 100 visitors, show the Center’s snakes, turtles, and other animals, and answer questions about regional wildlife. Chesterfield County’s Environmental Division will provide information on the county’s anti-litter campaign. ‘The Old Time Jam’, Rockwood’s monthly gathering of bluegrass musicians, will play to keep everyone’s toes tapping. Admission to the event is free. The Earth Day Celebration will run from 6-9 p.m. Call the Rockwood Nature Center at 804-674-1629 for more information. You may read the Southwest Art article about Robert Caldwell and his art at http://www.rlcaldwell.com/SWA_Call_of_the_Wild_Feb-2014.html.
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 forgroups.
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 Centeras 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.
Fun Programs for Preschoolers!
Call the Nature Center at 804-674-1629
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.
Wednesdays and Thursdays, January - April
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., January - May
Programs at Rockwood Nature Center
Map of Rockwood Park
Map of Trails
Bob Smet, Director, Rockwood Nature Center
Denise Flora, Naturalist