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Read Me - CHEC's Coronavirus Response

May 2021 : (May 03, 2021 - May 24, 2021)
May 3,10,17 & 24. NO Make-up Dates
Register before 2021-04-27 to avoid the late registration fee of $5.00 per class.
Scholarship applications are due by 2021-04-26.
Class Cost Ages Instructor Enrolled Room Site Status
Monday - 11:00-12:20
Build a Fairy House
Do you believe in fairies? What about trolls? In this class, we’ll build tiny houses and furniture from twigs you gather around the park. Make a house that a fairy could live in, or one that looks like your own miniature fantasy house. Gather and build with moss, acorns, small pine cones, and bark. Once the house is built, we’ll decorate it with ribbon, leaves, flowers - whatever we can find. We will also explore making troll bridges, ladders, and more!
Notes: We will use hot glue guns in this class.
Prerequisites:
Sculpture - Make tiny twig houses
$62.00 5-8 Janet Beals 8/8 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
Photography for Kids: Up, Down, and All Around!
We'll learn how to use our cellphones and cameras to capture photographs of nature along the Rivanna River. We'll experiment with how small movements can change a picture, and we'll search for colors within the landscape. Plants and animals will be featured. We will also teach underwater photography taken from on shore, using cameras provided by the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center. For the last class, we'll put together a map of Darden Towe Park using the photographs we've taken. Instructor Alexandria Searls is the Executive Director of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center and is the author of "21 Days of Mindful Photography," a workbook for adults.
Notes: Bring your camera or cellphone!
Prerequisites:
We'll hike and learn photography.
$55.00 8-11 Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center 6/6 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
My Three Chambered Heart (9-12)
What are the differences between a legless lizard and a snake? My Three Chambered Heart continues with yet more reptiles to meet and learn about. We will discuss reptile evolution in depth and see some of the oldest and youngest living species. We will cover the importance and impact of phylogenetic taxonomy on the science. Animals coming out of brumation in the spring will make an appearance. The unique eating habits of each species will be explained, with opportunities to watch various feedings (not required). Venomous snake species will be explored, and we will learn about hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms through experiments. Crocodilians will also be covered. Students will be given field journals to document their journey and findings as well as specimen jars to keep for their own collections. New students are welcome to join us!
Notes: Students will have the opportunity to see various snakes being fed, but they are not required to watch. All mammal prey offered will not be live (they are frozen, thawed). Prey animals may include chicks,, rats, or mice. Insect prey would be offered live.
Prerequisites:
Herpetology with live specimens
$70.00 9-12 Jacob Pugh 9/8 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
Creative Filmmaking at Light House Studio
Lights, Camera, Action! Put your creativity and storytelling skills to the ultimate test as you learn how to write a Hollywood script, direct a scene, rig a camera, and edit a film from start to finish. Comedy? Sci-fi? Superhero!? With so many genres to choose from and techniques to learn, you’ll be one step closer to being the next superstar filmmaker.
Notes: This course will be held at Darden Towe Park
Prerequisites: None
Learn how to create your own film
$55.00 12-15 Will Goss 0/8 TBA Outdoors Closed
Dungeons and Dragons: Candlekeep Mysteries
What could be better than a library? A library full of books that have mystical powers, wicked curses, and esoteric magical items. Join fellow adventures in visiting Candlekeep, a legendary library in the Forgotten Realms, and see what treasures you can bring home from the library. Note that we will not be creating characters in class--participants should have level 5 characters prepared prior to the start of class. New players are welcome, but will need to attend an online (Zoom) orientation prior to the beginning of class if they need help with character creation.
Notes: Please inform instructor of any dietary restrictions. Sometimes I bring snacks.
Prerequisites:
Role playing game - Level 5 campaign
$60.00 13-16 Teela James 6/5 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
Monday - 13:00-14:20
The Rivanna River - Spring Edition
Come learn about the Rivanna River. Are you good at catching frogs or salamanders? What sorts of insects and amphibians will we find near the river during the spring? Like to dig in the dirt? Let's look at the differences between river soil and forest soil. This class is for kids who aren't afraid of getting wet or dirty. We will spend each class learning through hands on exploration. We will be covering different aspects from the Fall session.
Notes: Please have your child wear rainboots / water shoes or old tennis shoes that can get wet. Also you may want to pack a towel or change of clothes.
Prerequisites: Child needs to be able to stay with class during walks as well as listen when exploring near the water.
Science, nature study
$60.00 6-8 Kim Lohan 8/6 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
My Three Chambered Heart (7-9)
What are the differences between a legless lizard and a snake? My Three Chambered Heart returns with yet more reptiles to meet and learn about. We will learn how to go “herping” and will practice safe reptile handling skills. Students will develop a deeper understanding of our ectothermic friends through various games and activities. The unique eating habits of each species will be explained, with opportunities to watch various feedings (not required). Venomous snake species will be explored, and we will learn about hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms through experiments. We will even see a real (preserved, not live) rattlesnake up close! Crocodilians will also be covered. Students will have field journals to document their journey and findings through notes and photos. New students are welcome to join us!
Notes: Students will have the opportunity to see a snake being fed, but they are not required to watch. All mammal prey offered will not be live (they are frozen, thawed). Prey animals may include rats, chicks, or mice. Insects (for lizards) would be offered live.
Prerequisites:
Hands-on with snakes and other reptiles!
$70.00 7-9 Jacob Pugh 8/8 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
Bug Wars: Praying Mantis vs the Giant Hornet
As we read “Battle of the Powerful Predators” from the Virginia Science Museum’s “Giant Insects” exhibit, we'll assemble big bugs from our easy sculpture method, tinfoil and tape. The giant hornet is one of the fiercest insects in Asia, while the Chinese mantis makes meals of bugs, lizards, and even hummingbirds! We will sculpt, paint, and pose a praying mantis and/or a giant hornet in the midst of a fierce battle. We will explore the size, speed, defenses, weapons, and weaknesses of both bugs. You can pick a bug or make both if you have time!
Notes:
Prerequisites:
Make big bugs with tinfoil & tape
$62.00 8-11 Janet Beals 3/8 TBA Outdoors Open
Dungeons and Dragons: Candlekeep Mysteries
What could be better than a library? A library full of books that have mystical powers, wicked curses, and esoteric magical items. Join fellow adventures in visiting Candlekeep, a legendary library in the Forgotten Realms, and see what treasures you can bring home from the library. Note that we will not be creating characters in class--participants should have level 4 characters prepared prior to the start of class. New players are welcome, but will need to attend an online (Zoom) orientation prior to the beginning of class if they need help creating a character.
Notes: Please inform instructor of any dietary restrictions as I sometimes bring snacks.
Prerequisites:
Role playing game - Level 4 campaign
$60.00 10-12 Teela James 7/5 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
Leatherwork 101
In this class we'll learn how to safely use leatherworking tools and discuss the basics of leather (where it comes from, how it's used, etc). We'll learn how to install hardware (think rivets, snaps, and such) and we'll make a variety of projects that use the skills we learn, including cord keepers, wrist wraps, and dice trays. This class will be noisy at times and may leave you with tired arms. But you'll also learn new skills and have some cool projects at the end!
Notes: Materials fee covers all leather, hardware, and tools that will be used.
Prerequisites: An ability to respect sharp tools is a must.
Learn the basics of working with leather
$73.00 12-18 Jenifer Smith 4/6 TBA Outdoors Open
Monday - 14:30-15:50
Gross Motor
Like messy games? Want to run the Slobstacle course? Face off against friends in a low stakes game of Capture the Goo. Learn the soon-to-be-sensational Duck, Duck, Ooze. Each class students will mix up something gross (slime, mud) to use in our custom playground games. In this class, we'll practice measuring and following recipes, cooperating with other students on game design, and a variety of motor skills that will be a little grosser than usual. Dress for a mess.
Notes: We'll be using both our built "gross" props, like slime, and other props, like pool noodles, to design distanced games to play. While the games will be designed to be low contact and distanced, there may be times when students get within 6' of each other.
Prerequisites:
Slime making, physical education
$65.00 5-8 Teela James 10/8 TBA Outdoors Waitlist
Read, Write, Draw: Graphic Novel discussion and creation
Half of our class time will be a discussion of our graphic novel: what we liked, didn't like on levels of art, plot, dialogue and theme. Then the other half of the class we be devoted to creating our own pieces. They will include some how to draw lessons (if needed), brainstorming techniques and ideas for plot and character development. This will be a workshop type of class given our short time frame. We may end up with a short novella or just some sketches and scenes. Goal is to have fun, create and collaborate. Book list: Fish Girl by David Wiesner and Donna Jo Napoli, Compass South by Hope Larson, Time Museum by Matthew Loux. (3 books)
Notes: Bring the week's book to discuss, a sketchbook and your favorite drawing pencil. All other paper and art supplies will be provided.
Prerequisites:
Fun with graphic novels
$60.00 9-13 Monica Farrell 7/8 TBA Outdoors Open
My Three Chambered Heart (13-18)
What are the differences between a legless lizard and a snake? My Three Chambered Heart continues with yet more reptiles to meet and learn about. We will discuss reptile evolution in depth and see some of the oldest and youngest living species. We will cover the importance and impact of phylogenetic taxonomy on the science. Animals coming out of brumation in the spring will make an appearance. The unique eating habits of each species will be explained, with opportunities to watch various feedings (not required). Venomous snake species will be explored, and we will learn about hemotoxic and neurotoxic venoms through experiments. Crocodilians will also be covered. Students will be given field journals to document their journey and findings as well as specimen jars to keep for their own collections. New students are welcome to join us!
Notes: Students will have the opportunity to see various snakes being fed, but they are not required to watch. All mammal prey offered will not be live (they are frozen, thawed). Prey animals may include chicks,, rats, or mice. Insect prey would be offered live.
Prerequisites:
Herpetology with live specimens
$70.00 13-18 Jacob Pugh 10/8 TBA Outdoors Waitlist