Winter 2024 : (January 08, 2024 - March 11, 2024)
Spring 2024 : (March 18, 2024 - May 21, 2024)
Ivy Creek Natural Area
Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 219-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir is a mix of upland woods, pine stands, open fields, streams, and two miles of shoreline. Its rolling hills and diverse habitats make the Ivy Creek Natural Area an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia and has made Ivy Creek a favorite destination for visitors and community alike looking for a peaceful walk in the woods.
Registration closes: 2024-04-01
|Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024||1780 Earlysville Road Charlottesville, VA 22901|
Hike and Nature Program
Students will hike and take part in a nature program focusing on the changing of seasons. We'll have time after the 1 hour program to visit the historic 1930s barn built by Conly Greer, the first African American agricultural extension agent in Albemarle County. Scenically shadowed by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 219-acre preserve bordering the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir is a mix of upland woods, pine stands, open fields, streams, and two miles of shoreline. Its rolling hills and diverse habitats make the Ivy Creek Natural Area an ideal site to learn about the rich natural history characteristic of Central Virginia and has made Ivy Creek a favorite destination for visitors and community alike looking for a peaceful walk in the woods.
Notes: Attendees will likely be split into smaller groups by age (depending on our numbers). Bring a lunch if you would like to stay for a picnic in the field next to the barn after our program. All trash must be taken off the property when you leave.
|10:00AM - 11:30AM||Ages: All ages||
Chaperone ages 18+ $4.00
Sibling under age 6 $0.00
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End of Year 2024 CHEC Trip
CHEC's end of the year trip to the Smoky Mountains will include a book your own stay at the Roamstead and multiple optional excursions including: a hike to Clingmans Dome, the highest point on the Appalachian Trail with breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a trip to Dollywood, and a pizza party.
Notes: Participants are welcome to work with the trip organizer to plan additional programs for the group.
Registration closes: 2024-05-01
|Saturday, Jun 01, 2024 - Sunday, Jun 09, 2024||Smoky Mountains, TN|
Camping (Book Your Own Reservation)
CHEC is reserving accommodations at Roamstead Smoky Mountains campground, Roamstead.com. To book your room, first go to roamstead.com Determine which type of cabin you want to stay in. CHEC has a block of rooms on hold through December 31st, after which the rooms will be released and available on a first come, first serve basis. The rooms in our block are as follows: Maple - 3 units Spruce - 4 units Oak - 3 units Pine - 4 units Yurts - 4 units Lodge rooms - 3 units Once you have selected your cabin type, call the Roamstead at 423-487-5534. Let them know you are with the Charlottesville homeschool Co-op and ask to speak with Carol or Gavin and confirm the 10% group discount on your room. Their cancellation policy is full 10 days out, minus a 5% processing fee. They would appreciate more notice on cancellations if possible.
Notes: Tent sites are not in the block, but if you are interested in camping, firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look into adding them to the block. Contact email@example.com to be added to the Discord group for discussions about this end of the year trip.
|Sat, Jun 1, 12:00PM - Sun, Jun 9, 12:00PM||Ages: All ages||
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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.
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, however some field trip venues have strict age guidelines. Please enroll based on the age ranges noted. If you have an older or younger child you would like to enroll, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know if there is wiggle room for that particular trip and how to proceed with enrollment.
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.
My family can't make the field trip anymore. Can we get a refund?
CHEC field trips are generally non-refundable. CHEC is run by volunteers and refund requests create additional work for multiple people. In addition, many field trips and/or group rates require us to meet certain minimums and we often have to notify our host of our headcount commitment well in advance of trips. Occasionally we are able to make exceptions to our refund policy for field trip totals over $50. If you would like to see if a refund is possible for a trip where your total was more than $50 or if you would like refund consideration for financial hardship, please contact email@example.com. Consideration will depend on variables such as how far in advance we receive the request and our payment and headcount commitments for the particular venue.