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Fall 2022 : (September 12, 2022 - November 07, 2022)
Bowerbird Bakery
Bowerbird Bakery creates fine handmade pastries that are interesting to the foodie, yet accessible to everyone. Pastry Chef Earl Vallery, founder of Bowerbird, has 15+ years experience in the food world, both in and out of the kitchen: from managing the crew at Tecolote Farm and teaching at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin, TX, to working in cave-like, fluorescent-lit corporate bakeries and mom-and-pop pastry shops alike.

Registration closes: 2022-09-01
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 120 Tenth St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Bakery Tour and Demo
Bowerbird founder Earl Vallery will lead a tour of the bakery and a discussion of laminated dough. We'll learn about rolling, cutting out, and shaping croissant dough. The tour will conclude with tasting some laminated dough products.

02:00PM - 03:00PM Ages: 11-18 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling: $2.00
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Clifton Institute
The Clifton Institute is a non-profit that strives to inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation of nature, to study the ecology of the piedmont region, to restore habitat, and to conserve native biodiversity. We provide environmental education, conduct ecological research, and restore habitat for native plants and animals. Our 900-acre field station, which includes forests, grasslands, shrub fields, and wetlands, provides a beautiful and easily accessible location for all of our programs and is permanently protected under a conservation easement.

Registration closes: 2022-09-01
Friday, Sep 23, 2022 6712 Blantyre Rd, Warrenton, VA 20187
Insect Focused Guided Hike
The Clifton Institute will provide an insect-themed guided hike, which will kick off with a short lesson. Our hike will explore parts of the 900-acre field station, which includes forests, grasslands, shrub fields, and wetlands. Please plan for a 2 HOUR HIKE where we will be moving the majority of the time. While our focus will be the insects and caterpillars that are active in the early fall, we’ll learn about whatever we discover along the way!
Notes: The Clifton Institute operates rain or shine. This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside port-o-potty will be available). Please dress appropriately for the weather -- our guide strongly encourages boots in addition to long pants. Other items you may want to bring: backpack, camera, binoculars, something dry to sit on like a trash bag, water bottle, trash bag (for collecting your trash), masks (in the event that participants need to go inside for inclement weather or first aid) and snacks.

10:00AM - 12:00PM Ages: 8+ Participant: $10.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 8 $10.00
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Messick's Farm Market
Messick’s Farm Market offers local food and gifts as well as a deli for freshly prepared breakfast and lunch items. They provide seasonal pick-your-own produce and a seasonal petting zoo. Their outdoor play area includes a jump pillow, climbing tire tower, underground slide, and a pea gravel digging pit.

Registration closes: 2022-09-01
Friday, Sep 23, 2022 6025 Catlett Rd, Bealeton, VA, 22712
Open Play at Messick Farm
Messick Farm has a free playground with a climbing tower and underground slide. Participants may choose to purchase a $5 arm band to enjoy the gigantic outdoor jump pillow. The market also has a deli and bakery where you can purchase lunch and custard or you can bring your own lunch to enjoy in their picnic area. Please park in the woods on the left side of the Market.
Notes: We will not be handling payment for this field trips--families can pay the venue directly for items they wish to purchase. You only need to enroll to be included on any emails we send out to do with coordination (rain date, etc).

01:00PM - 03:00PM Ages: All ages Participant: $0.00
Adult: $0.00
Sibling: $0.00
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Wenger Grapes
Wenger Grapes is a small family farm growing Concord and Niagara grapes in the Shenandoah Valley.

Registration closes: 2022-09-01
Friday, Sep 30, 2022 4094 Stuarts Draft Hwy, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Farm Tour
Visit the Wenger farm and learn about Concord grapes history, the different aspects of growing and marketing grapes, taste test of different varieties, and visit the walk-in cooler. Families may picnic on grounds after the tour and can pick their own grapes after the tour (additional cost, subject to availability).

10:00AM - 11:30AM Ages: 5-16 Participant: $5.00
Adult: $5.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Lewis And Clark Exploratory Center
The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is a hands-on center focusing on the historic expedition as a gateway for learning about history, exploration, transportation, the arts, science, the natural environment, and native cultures.

Registration closes: 2022-10-01
Friday, Oct 07, 2022 Darden Towe Park, Charlottesville, VA
What trees did Lewis & Clark use during their expedition
Come learn what trees were used in Lewis and Clark's expedition to map America. We'll learn about what trees were used in making their boats andexplore the boats on site as well as do a tree themed craft.
Notes: Masking requirements to be determined close to the field trip date.

10:00AM - 12:00PM Ages: 5-8 Participant: $12.00
Adult: $0.00
Sibling: $12.00
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James River State Park
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park features rolling grasslands, quiet forests and beautiful views, as well as 3 miles of shoreline along the James River. Visitors can hike, bike, canoe, kayak, fish or tent camp on the banks of the historic river or at Branch Pond. Facilities include cabins, a visitor center, a gift shop, a camp store, a natural playground, picnic shelters, multi-use trails, boat launches, water/electric campgrounds and equestrian camping.

Registration closes: 2022-10-01
Monday, Oct 10, 2022 - Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022 104 Green Hill Drive, Gladstone, VA 24553
Group Camping - James River
There group site has no hookups and is tent only. It's near a restroom and features a fire-ring with a flip grill, picnic tables and a pedestal grill.

Mon, Oct 10, 04:00PM - Wed, Oct 12, 01:00PM Ages: All ages Participant 5-16 $10.00
Chaperone 16+ $10.00
Sibling Under 5 free $0.00
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Owl Prowl
Have you ever seen or heard an actual owl call in the night? James River is home to a number of unique species of owls. Join us for a short hike as we call our feathered friends. Wear some comfortable shoes.

Mon, Oct 10, 09:00PM - Mon, Oct 10, 10:00PM Ages: 5-18 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Build a Bee Hotel
Not all bees live in hives. Our native mason bees are some of our most effective pollinators, and they love to make their homes in bee hotels. This fun workshop will use recycled materials to build habitats for these docile, "stingless" insects that will help your garden at home.

Tue, Oct 11, 10:00AM - Tue, Oct 11, 10:30AM Ages: 5-18 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Ring The Banjo
James River State Park would like to welcome you to a wonderful, educational concert behind the Visitor Center. Did you know the five-string banjo was invented in this area? Join us for a fun program telling the life of the banjo, complete with live music from original, 19th-century instruments. Bring chairs and/or blankets and watch the sunset.

Tue, Oct 11, 06:00PM - Tue, Oct 11, 07:00PM Ages: 10-18 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 10 $2.00
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Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
The Appomattox Court House National Historical Park is a preserved 19th-century village in Appomattox County, Virginia. The village is famous for the site of the Battle of Appomattox Court House, and contains the house of Wilmer McLean, where the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee to Union commander Ulysses S. Grant took place on April 9, 1865, effectively ending the American Civil War. The McLean House was the site of the surrender conference, but the village itself is named for the presence nearby of what is now preserved as the Old Appomattox Court House.

Registration closes: 2022-10-01
Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022 111 National Park Dr., Appomattox, VA, 24522
Parole Pass
Students learn what a parole pass is and how it aided the returning Confederate soldiers on their journey home. The program also includes a “hands on” portion using a reproduction Civil War era printing press.

01:00PM - 01:30PM Ages: 9-13 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 9, Over 13 $2.00
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McLean House
Students learn about the events that took place in the McLean house when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to Union Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, beginning the end of our Civil War.

01:00PM - 01:30PM Ages: 12-18 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 12 $2.00
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Stacking of the Arms
During this program, the students stand in as Civil War soldiers from both sides and learn some basic drills. It concludes with a reenactment of the April 12th surrender ceremony of the Confederate infantry. The students use flags, drums and wooden muskets.

01:45PM - 02:30PM Ages: 9-18 Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 9 $2.00
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Lewis And Clark Exploratory Center
The Come learn what trees were used in Lewis and Clark's expedition to map America. We'll learn about what trees were used in making their boats and explore the boats on site as well as do a tree themed craft.

Registration closes: 2022-10-01
Thursday, Oct 20, 2022 Darden Towe Park, Charlottesville, VA
Make a Viking Masthead
The Vikings are famous for using longboats for exploring and raiding. They even visited North America in the year 1,000! These vessels were often embellished with decorative head pieces. On this field trip we will learn about the animal figureheads most commonly used on Viking ships and make our own. We will then get an opportunity to try it out on a boat ourselves.
Notes: Masking requirement to be determined closer to the event date. Parents may drop students off for this field trip.

09:00AM - 12:00PM Ages: 9-15 Participant: $15.00
Adult: $0.00
Sibling: $15.00
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Hogs & Kisses
Hogs & Kisses is a local micro animal sanctuary for pigs and bunnies.

Registration closes: 2022-10-01
Friday, Oct 21, 2022 3265 Rabbit Valley Rd, North Garden, VA 22959
Animal Sanctuary Visit
Learn about what a sanctuary is and visit the animals.
Notes: Participants are welcome to pack a lunch and hang out at the farm after the tour. Since the sanctuary is vegan, they respectfully ask that any foods brought to be enjoyed be free of animal products.

11:00AM - 12:00PM Ages: 10-18 Participant: $10.00
Adult: $10.00
Sibling No one under 10 please $0.00
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Monroe Park
The Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park, the official gold mining interpretive center for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the only museum in Virginia solely dedicated to the history of gold and gold mining. The three museum buildings interpret structures found at a 1930's mine with exhibits, displays, and signage inside the buildings and on the grounds.

Registration closes: 2022-11-01
Thursday, Nov 03, 2022 14421 Gold Dust Parkway, Goldvein, VA 22720
Elementary Gold Mining Museum Tour and Gem Panning
The Goldvein area is a unique section of Northern Virginia in that from the 1820s to the 1930s gold mining was widespread. Southern Fauquier County is the northern edge of the Eastern “Gold Belt” which runs along the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains down to Alabama, covering a total area of some 4000 square miles. Learn about the history of gold mining in Virginia and the east coast at the Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park. Learn the techniques of today's prospectors and try your hand at panning for the mother lode! Each student will receive one bag of gems for panning. After the museum tour and panning demonstration, plan to stay and play on the playground and enjoy your packed lunch in the park.
Notes: When you arrive, please sign in with your guide in the parking lot. Each family will be asked to sign the park's liability waiver.

10:00AM - 11:00AM Ages: 5-12 Participant: $13.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 5 or over 12 $2.00
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Middle/High Gold Mining Museum Tour and Gem Panning
The Goldvein area is a unique section of Northern Virginia in that from the 1820s to the 1930s gold mining was widespread. Southern Fauquier County is the northern edge of the Eastern “Gold Belt” which runs along the eastern edge of the Appalachian Mountains down to Alabama, covering a total area of some 4000 square miles. Learn about the history of gold mining in Virginia and the east coast at the Gold Mining Camp Museum at Monroe Park. Learn the techniques of today's prospectors and try your hand at panning for the mother lode! Each student will receive one bag of gems for panning. After the museum tour and panning demonstration, plan to stay and play on the playground and enjoy your packed lunch in the park.
Notes: When you arrive, please sign in with your guide in the parking lot. Each family will be asked to sign the park's liability waiver.

11:30AM - 12:30PM Ages: 11-18 Participant: $13.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 11 $13.00
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Decades Arcade
Join CHEC friends for fun and games at Decades.

Registration closes: 2022-11-01
Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 221 Carlton Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Arcade Party
Come and play at Central Virginia's largest arcade. Enjoy pinball machines from the 50s through to now, popular arcade games of the 80s and 90s, and other games like air hockey and Skeeball. From Crazy Taxi, to Donkey Kong, to Dance Dance Revolution, there is something for everyone.

03:30PM - 05:30PM Ages: 5+ Participant: $12.00
Adult: $12.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse Theater is good food and good film, all at the same place!

Registration closes: 2022-12-01
Monday, Dec 05, 2022 375 Merchant Walk Square
TBA - Movie
Come watch a movie in a dedicated screening with CHEC friends. Popcorn and a drink (Coke, Sprite or Ginger-ale) are included. You have the option to purchase additional food and drinks items at your own expense.
Notes: Movie will be determined 6 weeks prior to the field trip. It may be a new release or a classic (we are considering 'Elf', but are open to suggestions).

11:00AM - 02:00PM Ages: 5+ Participant: $22.00
Adult: $22.00
Sibling: $22.00
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Are field trips drop off?

No, not unless explicitly stated. Parents should plan to attend field trips with their student(s) or to send them with another parent/caregiver. CHEC will have a field trip coordinator attending the field trip to answer parent questions and coordinate with staff at the location, but the coordinator is not responsible for monitoring students.
Do my students need to take classes at CHEC to enroll in field trips?

You do not need to be enrolled in classes at CHEC to take field trips. They are open to everyone. You will need an account on the CHEC website and payment will be managed through that account.

My family can't make the field trip anymore. Can we get a refund?

Sorry, no refunds. This creates a lot of work and we are all volunteers. We would appreciate it if you notify us at fieldtrips@cvillechec.org if you can't make it or if someone else is taking your place.
I want to enroll my student in a field trip that they aren't the correct age group for. What should I do?

Our age recommendations are generally guidelines for what group the field trip is aimed at. This is to assist parents in figuring out if a field trip is appropriate for their student. We understand that parents often want to shift siblings for convenience or register an out of age range student who is especially interested in the field trip. This is usually fine. Go ahead and enroll and if there is a problem, we'll let you know. Occasionally field trips will have strict age guidelines (when requested by the venue). We will try to note those cases in the field trip description.
There are several programs for different age groups associated with a field trip. I want to enroll my children in different programs, but they are at the same time and I can't chaperone both. How is this handled?

You do not need to register as a chaperone twice. You should only pay one fee. Typically, you would register to accompany your younger child(ren). Upon arrival, make sure the coordinator realizes that you are accompanying your younger student.
Will people be masked?

Masking requirements will be based on venue requirements. As we list field trips months in advance, venue requirements may change between when we post the listing and when the event occurs. Please only register for field trips if you are comfortable masking if needed and comfortable with unmasked conditions if the venue allows. We anticipate that most field trips will be mask optional, but will state in the listing if there are different requirements.