Attention Moms and/or Dads: Bring your kids (minimum age is 7) to the Dutch Gap Conservation Area to experience kayaking. Single and tandem sit-on-top kayaks are available. This program will review basic paddling skills and give you a chance to paddle and explore the tidal lagoon. An adult must accompany and participate with child. Paddling time is approximately two hours. Register at least one week before program. All kayak programs start at the Henricus Visitor Center, 251 Henricus Park Rd. The cost is $13 per person. For more information call Chesterfield County Parks & Recs at (804) 748-1623 or www.chesterfield.gov/parks
The Great Blue Heron Paddle
Search for great blue herons and visit the heron rookery. Find out what they like to eat, how tall they are and where they nest.
Friday, June 22, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Explore the tidal lagoon by kayak. Find out how the lagoon was created and discover patches of delicious blackberries. Get ready to paddle and eat.
Friday, June 29, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Paddle during the evening to observe wildlife and watch the setting sun.
Friday, July 6, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Explore and learn how the tidal lagoon was formed by padding to the old sunken tugboat and the “skeletons” of wooden barges.
Friday, July 20, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. & Friday, Aug. 31, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Paddle to the shallow wetlands to examine the vibrant plants and diverse wildlife that thrive there. Which plant was used to make bread? Why are dragonflies and butterflies attracted to wetlands?
Friday, Aug. 3, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Which island is home to the herons? Which one is a haven for deer? Which island is home to osprey? Paddle the tidal lagoon to explore the various islands.
Friday, Aug. 17, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.