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Spring 2022 : (March 07, 2022 - April 25, 2022)
Amazement Square
Amazement Square is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary, hands-on museum that offers four floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits designed to facilitate learning and creative play. Guests of all ages can paint on the walls, explore life on the farm, create a rainstorm over downtown Lynchburg, float a boat down the James River, and even rock out on stage in a band of your own! Right in the center of the historic building is the Amazement Tower, this indoor play structure extends through all four floors of the museum offering an endless maze of slides, ladders, tunnels, and a zip-line!

Registration closes: 2022-03-01
Friday, Mar 11, 2022 27 Ninth Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Mad Scientist
Bubble, fizz, pop! Students will use science process skills while experimenting with polymers, chemical and physical change reactions in this hands-on program. Students will explore physical and chemical changes using the classic "elephant toothpaste" activity.

11:00AM - 03:00PM Ages: 5-14 Participant 5-14 $12.00
Chaperone 15+ $10.00
Sibling Under 5 $9.00
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Decades Arcade
Join CHEC friends for fun and games at Decades.

Registration closes: 2022-03-02
Thursday, Mar 17, 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: All ages Participant 5-16 $10.00
Chaperone 17+ $10.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Agecroft Hall
Agecroft Hall is a Tudor manor house that was built in the late 15th century in the historic county of Lancashire, England. It was disassembled and broght to Richmond in the late 1920s and reconstructed along the banks of the James River. The surrounding grounds were designed by noted Virginia landscape architect Charles Gillette and reflect the order and opulence of English gardens.
Notes: The venue currently requires masking inside, but not outside. This requirement may be updated prior to the April 1st tour date.
Registration closes: 2022-03-04
Friday, Apr 01, 2022 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, VA 23221
Life on the Manor
Running a large manor house like Agecroft Hall in seventeenth-century England required many helping hands. Students are introduced to the lifestyles of the servants and gentry through several activities including: the slide presentation “A Day at Agecroft,” which depicts costumed interpreters engaged in daily and seasonal seventeenth-century activities; a guided tour of the museum; handling reproduction sixteenth- and seventeenth-century objects; and playing outdoor seventeenth-century lawn games. In inclement weather, students remain indoors for hands-on activities such as creating an herbal sachet or playing a popular board game of the time called merels.

01:00PM - 03:00PM Ages: 8-16 Participant: $8.00
Adult: $8.00
Sibling Under 6 $0.00
26/30
Shakespeare at Agecroft
How would Shakespeare have staged his works? How might the audience have responded to his plays in Elizabethan England? Agecroft Hall offers students the rare opportunity to study Shakespeare in a setting contemporary with his life. This program “sets the scene” by beginning with a tour of the museum, followed by a discussion of Elizabethan entertainment, theaters, actors, and audiences. Thematic and historical issues important to the selected scene are also discussed. Then it’s “show-time,” as students become the actors, technicians and audience members for the staging of a Shakespearean scene.

01:00PM - 03:00PM Ages: 11-16 Participant: $8.00
Adult: $8.00
Sibling Under 6 $0.00
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Nature Tour


Registration closes: 2022-04-05
Thursday, Apr 07, 2022 - Friday, Apr 08, 2022 1612 Columbia Road
Nature Tour - Elementary
Explore fields, mixed woods, and a managed pine plantation with Will Shaw. Nature is full of wonders. Learn about the squeaking giant bessbug up to your ear, the smell of sweetgum, and the mysteries of a beaver dam. Participants are guaranteed to see something they've never seen before.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Pants and closed toe shoes are recommended. Bring water and a snack.

Thu, Apr 7, 01:00PM - Thu, Apr 7, 04:00PM Ages: 5-9 Participant: $5.00
Adult: $5.00
Sibling Under 5 free $0.00
11/15
Nature Tour - Middle/High
Explore fields, mixed woods, and a managed pine plantation with Will Shaw. Nature is full of wonders. Learn about the squeaking giant bessbug up to your ear, the smell of sweetgum, or the mysteries of a beaver dam. Participants are guaranteed to see something they've never seen before.This advanced nature tour will include an introduction to field guides and species identification.
Notes: Dress for the weather. Pants and closed toed shoes recommended. Bring water and a snack.

Fri, Apr 8, 01:00PM - Fri, Apr 8, 04:00PM Ages: 10-18 Participant: $5.00
Adult: $5.00
Sibling Under 5 free $0.00
8/15
Booker T Washington National Monument
This is the birthplace of Booker T Washington. Born into slavery in 1856, Washington went on to become the first principal of Tuskegee and an influential author and orator.
Notes: There is picnic area at the site for those who want to have lunch before the tour. There is also a mile long hiking trail.
Registration closes: 2022-04-01
Thursday, Apr 21, 2022 12130 Booker T Washington Hwy, Hardy, VA
Middle School Tour - Booker T Washington
The tour includes an orientation film and a guided tour of birthplace of Booker T Washington. The tour will discuss what slavery was like, Washington's moment of emancipation, and a summary of what he went on to do. In addition to covering life on the farm during Washington's early years, the tour will highlight history that comes after slavery, including the 13th, 14th, 15th amendments, temporary gains, and push back.

01:00PM - 02:00PM Ages: 9-13 Participant 9-13 $5.00
Chaperone 18+ $5.00
Sibling Under 9 $0.00
20/20
Waitlist: 2
High School Tour - Booker T Washington
The tour includes an orientation film and a guided tour of birthplace of Booker T Washington. The tour will discuss what slavery was like, Washington's moment of emancipation, and a summary of what he went on to do. In addition to covering life on the farm during Washington's early years, the tour will highlight history that comes after slavery, including the 13th, 14th, 15th amendments, temporary gains, and push back.

01:00PM - 02:00PM Ages: 13-18 Participant 13-18 $5.00
Chaperone 18+ $5.00
Sibling Under 9 $0.00
12/24
Fairy Stone State Park
Fairy Stone State Park, the largest of Virginia’s six original state parks (4,741 acres), is home to its namesake “fairy stones.” These rare mineral crosses and the park’s scenic beauty, rich history, and ample recreational opportunities make it a local and regional favorite. Our spring camping trip is planned so that participants can join the Booker T Washington field trip on the drive to the park, camp in the group site, enjoy park programming, then visit Pacabella farm on the trip home. These field trips are mix and match, so pick those that interest you. Note that the camping sign up is for those who wish to camp at the group site with other CHEC families. There are other facilities (yurts,cabins, RV sites) that you may book directly with the park if that is your preference. We have not yet booked park programming as they will not open up booking for that until March, but we hope to book a Fairy Stone Hunt (find a Staurolite crystal or "fairy stone") program and the Fayerdale: The Missing Town program.

Registration closes: 2022-04-02
Thursday, Apr 21, 2022 - Sunday, Apr 24, 2022 967 Fairystone Lake Drive, Stuart, VA
Group Camping - Fairy Stone
Would you like to camp near other CHEC families? The Fairy Stone group site consists of 6 individual sites (16'x16' tent pad, picnic table, and grill) that are close together and share a common campfire/eating area.
Notes: For this program, select one chaperone to cover your entire family (you should be charged $90 for the site for the full trip). Each chaperone registration will have one site allotted to them. Do not add other family members as participants or siblings, just specify their names in the notes section. This is because this group site is divided into 6 separate sites, so we need to count families, not participants.

Thu, Apr 21, 04:00PM - Sun, Apr 24, 01:00PM Ages: All ages Participant: $0.00
Chaperone Registering 1 chaperone spot reserves a site for your whole family. $90.00
Sibling: $0.00
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Waitlist: 3
Iron Mine Trail
Learn about the old town which once stood where the lake is now, the mining industry, and various environmental features about about local animals and trees. The hike is about 1 1/2 miles and has some steep portions.

Fri, Apr 22, 10:00AM - Fri, Apr 22, 12:00PM Ages: All ages Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
31/30
Fairy Stone Hunt
Learn the legend behind the naturally occurring stone cross formations, and travel to the special location in the park to search for your own Staurolite crystal or "fairy stone." After a short presentation on what you will be looking for and the telling of the legend, we will travel to the site. Paritcipants will need to drive their own vehicles to the hunt site.

Fri, Apr 22, 02:00PM - Fri, Apr 22, 04:00PM Ages: All ages Participant: $2.00
Adult: $2.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Pacabella Alpaca Farm
Pacabella Farms is a working alpaca farm. It has a shop that sells everything from spa goods to fiber products to alpaca manure.

Bring: Closed toed shoes
Registration closes: 2022-04-01
Sunday, Apr 24, 2022 1799 Jubal Early Highway, Wirtz, VA 24184
Farm Tour
Tour the farm. Meet, pet, and feed the alpacas and learn about the care of the farm animals. Learn the story of their business and the production of farm products like alpaca socks and felted soap. Make your own alpaca product, a gable box, a craft bird nesting box made using alpaca fiber.
Notes: Please wear closed toed shoes on the farm.

11:00AM - 01:00PM Ages: All ages Participant All ages, tour and craft activity $10.00
Chaperone 16+, tour only $2.00
Sibling Under 16, tour only $2.00
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Reptile Natural History Museum
My Three Chambered Heart promotes herpetological education and highlights the biodiversity and biological relevance of reptiles. We help dispel myths and misunderstanding commonly associated with cold-blooded creatures (especially snakes!).

Registration closes: 2022-04-26
Saturday, Apr 30, 2022 837 Cross County Road, Gum Spring
Snake Anatomy and Dissection Workshop
Learn about amazing squamate adaptations through a snake dissection workshop. Participants will be given preserved snake specimens to dissect while learning about reptilian gross anatomy (the anatomy you can see). My Three Chambered Heart will walk students through the major organ systems while touching on what makes reptiles, and snakes specifically, unique and different from humans. Preserved specimens are a species of Nerodia water snake that are invasive in California: the snakes were collected to save native ecosystems and were not killed for this workshop. Specimens are preserved with a proprietary formula, and may be kept in 70% alcohol as a display, or discarded safely in the trash when no longer wanted. We will also cover interested snake facts, see snake legs, and learn the anatomical reasoning behind a snakes ability to eat prey larger than its head (and see a demonstration!).
Notes: Workshop will be indoors, if the weather is favorable the exterior doors and windows will be open for airflow. Masks are optional. Age range: Best suited for ages 10+, but younger students may participate with a parent. Students will be using scalpels, so younger students must have a parent present to help with tool safety so instructors can focus on the anatomy lesson. Note that the cost is per specimen, so a pair (or trio) of students can share one if they wanted. So either families or a set of students can work together. Register one participant for $65, which covers the participants. Register others in the same group as an accompanying adult or a sibling (even if the person is just another participant and not actually a sibling).

01:00PM - 03:00PM Ages: 10+ Participant Covers the cost of the specimen $65.00
Chaperone Additional participant who does not need their own specimen $0.00
Sibling Additional participant who does not need their own specimen. $0.00
11/30
Medoc Mountain State Park
Serenity seems to pervade Medoc Mountain State Park, enhanced by gentle Fishing Creek and a scenic open meadow that spreads from the picnic grounds. Fishing Creek flows for about 2.5 miles through the park. This camping trip is planned to complement other field trips and can combined with visits to the Sylvan Bird Park and the Roanake Rapids Canal Museum. These field trips are mix and match, so pick those that interest you.

Registration closes: 2022-05-18
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1541 Medoc State Park Road Hollister, NC 27844
Group Camping - Medoc Mountain
Want to camp with other CHEC families? The group site at Medoc Mountain fits 35 people and has a picnic tables, grills, and fire circles. Individual tent, trailer, and RV sites can be booked directly through Reserve America if that is your preference.
Notes: There is a short walk from the parking area to the group site. Cost is $5/person and includes both nights of camping.

Sun, May 22, 04:00PM - Tue, May 24, 03:00PM Ages: All ages Participant Please register each member of your group as a participant. $5.00
Adult: $5.00
Sibling: $5.00
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Rockin On The Ridge (Elementary)
Explore the geology of Medoc Mountain park with NC State Park education specialist, Randy Bechtel. We will find out about how Medoc Mountain formed and what types of rocks are found in the park with hands-on activities and a visit to the mountain itself. The program will discuss types of rocks and minerals and the formation of mountains and ridges.

Mon, May 23, 10:00AM - Mon, May 23, 10:30AM Ages: 5-11 Participant: $5.00
Adult: $0.00
Sibling: $0.00
14/24
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Rockin On The Ridge (Middle/High)
Explore the geology of Medoc Mountain park with NC State Park education specialist, Randy Bechtel. We will find out about how Medoc Mountain formed and what types of rocks are found in the park with hands-on activities and a visit to the mountain itself. The program will discuss the chemical and mechanical forces on rocks and minerals, formation of landforms, geology field equipment, and the uses of rocks and minerals.

Mon, May 23, 11:15AM - Mon, May 23, 12:00PM Ages: 11+ Participant: $5.00
Adult: $0.00
Sibling: $0.00
10/24
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Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Sylvan Heights Bird Park is designed to give visitors an unforgettable up-close experience with over 2,000 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos, and other exotic birds from around the world. Open to the public since October 2006, the 18-acre facility features spacious, walk- through aviaries displaying birds from South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The aviaries are surrounded by tranquil gardens and lush natural areas, which enhance the beauty of the birds on exhibit and immerse visitors in native North Carolina wildlife habitat.
Notes: Given the substantial drive to get to this park, we will be planning other events in the area and they will be added to the field trip listings soon. We hope to add a geology field trip (May 23rd) at the state park and a tour at the Roanoke Rapids Canal Museum (May 24th).
Registration closes: 2022-05-01
Sunday, May 22, 2022 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874
The World of Birds
With about 10,000 different species inhabiting ecosystems across the globe, birds are one of the most diverse classes of animals on earth. Interact with interesting birds and study their anatomy to identify specific traits that differ from species to species. From beaks to feather patterns, investigate the advantages and obstacles of flight and other evolutionary characteristics of birds.
Notes: Actual program run time is 45 minutes (1:15-2). We all need to enter the park at the same time (12:00) before and after the program time. Accompanying siblings 2 and under are free and do not need to be registered, but we appreciate it if you mention them in your registration notes.

12:00PM - 05:00PM Ages: 11-18 Participant: $11.00
Adult: $12.00
Sibling Under 5 $9.00
24/30
Feathered Friends
Discover the world of birds using a hands-on interactive approach. Examine a variety of feathers to determine their purpose and benefits. Explore how eggs vary in size, shape and texture as well as length of incubation. Meet some of Sylvan’s special feathered friends and consider similarities and differences between different types of birds.
Notes: Actual program run time is 45 minutes (12:30-1:15). We all need to enter the park at the same time (12:00) and can explore the independently park after the program . Accompanying siblings 2 and under are free and do not need to be registered, but we appreciate it if you mention them in your registration notes. Accompanying siblings 2 and under are free and do not need to be registered, but we appreciate it if you mention them in your registration notes.

12:00PM - 05:00PM Ages: 5-11 Participant: $11.00
Adult: $12.00
Sibling 3 to 12, not participating in programming $9.00
24/30
Roanoke Rapids Canal Museum
This site, on the National Register of Historic Places, includes a museum, a day-use park, and a 7.2 mile recreational trail. The museum holds many exhibits about the history of the Roanoke River Valley, the engineering feats of the canal, and its later use as a source of hydroelectric power.

Registration closes: 2022-05-18
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 15 Jackson St Extension, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Canal Museum Tour
This tour explains how the original canal – with its locks, culverts, and massive aqueduct – was built and turned the Roanoke River into a superhighway of commerce during the early 19th century. The story continues by explaining how the canal was transformed from a trade route into a hydroelectric power resource just over a century ago before becoming the greenway and historic site of today. This canal has been designated as a part of the underground railroad.
Notes: The coordinator for this program, Teela James, can chaperone students if parents and younger siblings are participating in the Canal Trail Exploration. If you'd like the coordinator to chaperone your student, please register your student as a participant, do not register yourself as a chaperone, and mention in the notes field that Teela will chaperone your student.

11:00AM - 11:45AM Ages: 9+ Participant 9+ $4.00
Adult: $4.00
Sibling 8 and under $0.00
15/20
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Canal Trail Exploration
Join other CHEC families to explore the Roanoke Canal Trail. This is a social get together and has no cost or planned educational component. It is helpful if you register your family so the coordinator knows to wait for you and can include you in emails about the event.
Notes: Kim Lohan, the coordinator for this program, can chaperone students if parents and older siblings are participating in the Canal Museum Tour. If you'd like Kim to chaperone your student, please register your student as a participant, do not register yourself as a chaperone, and mention in the notes field that Kim will chaperone your student.

11:00AM - 11:45AM Ages: All ages Participant: $0.00
Adult: $0.00
Sibling: $0.00
10/30
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Quarry Garden
The Quary Gardens in Schuyler are a landscape carved by industry and renewed by nature. Trails around two quarry pools meander among prairie plantings, butterfly and pollinator gardens, wetlands, vernal pools, a fern gully, and a waterside talus—all afforded by the site’s extraordinary diversity of geology, elevation, and soil chemistry.

Registration closes: 2022-05-17
Friday, May 27, 2022 - Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1643 Salem Road, Schuyler, VA
Garden Tour - AM
Enjoy lunch (BYO) at the picnic pavilion, followed by a quarry tour. The tour includes an orientation at the Visitor Center (which has exhibits on native plants, the local ecosystem, and the history of the soapstone industry in Virginia) and a tour of the quarry gardens. The gardens opened in the spring of 2017 with 600 acres, about two miles of walking trails, more than 30 galleries of native plant communities
Notes: Picnic at 12. Tour starts at 1. Children under 5 are free, but please note that trails include steep drops with no railings and are not appropriate for all children.

Fri, May 27, 10:00AM - Fri, May 27, 01:00PM Ages: 5+ Participant 5-16 $7.00
Chaperone 16+ $7.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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Garden Tour - PM
Enjoy a quarry tour, followed by lunch (BYO) at the picnic pavilion. The tour includes an orientation at the Visitor Center (which has exhibits on native plants, the local ecosystem, and the history of the soapstone industry in Virginia) and a tour of the quarry gardens. The gardens opened in the spring of 2017 with 600 acres, about two miles of walking trails, more than 30 galleries of native plant communities.
Notes: Tour starts at 10. Picnic at 12. Children under 5 are free, but please note that trails include steep drops with no railings and are not appropriate for all children.

Tue, May 31, 12:00PM - Tue, May 31, 03:00PM Ages: 5+ Participant 5-16 $7.00
Chaperone 16+ $7.00
Sibling Under 5 $0.00
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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. Someone else can take your place though (and you can offer up your spots on the Cvillechec mobilize group). 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. We understand that parents often want to shift siblings for convenience. 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/distanced?

We will require everyone to mask indoors. We will not require masks outdoors. Distancing is encouraged, but may not be possible in all locations. Refer to descriptions of individual field trips to determine special requirements.