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Spring 2024 : (March 18, 2024 - June 18, 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 Participant ages 6-18 $4.00
Chaperone ages 18+ $4.00
Sibling under age 6 $0.00
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Botanical Garden of the Piedmont
The mission of the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is to welcome all community members and visitors to engage in nature, to inspire learning through the beauty and importance of plants, to advance sustainability, and to promote human and environmental well-being.

Registration closes: 2024-04-10
Wednesday, Apr 24, 2024 950 Melbourne Road Charlottesville, VA 22902
Create with Nature
Do you like art and music? Create with Nature gives children from K through 6th grade the opportunity to engage with new nature topics in a hands-on way through art and music. Students begin with a story time in the Garden featuring a book on nature. Following the reading, kids join a local artist to complete an art or performing arts project that features some aspect of the book they read. Create with Nature strives to enhance nature literacy by encouraging children to engage with new nature topics through hands-on opportunities. Through this creative outlet, our goal is to improve nature literacy and promote greater interest in the environment. If time allows, groups are invited to attend a nature walk around the Garden following the reading and project.

10:00AM - 11:00AM Ages: 5-11 Participant ages 5-11 $2.00
Chaperone non-participating parent $0.00
22/25
Stream Restoration Program
Take part in an informational question and answer session about stream restoration and why stream restoration happens. While stream access is currently limited due to a protective fence for new plantings, students will be able to walk down to the upstream end where they can look down almost the entire length of the stream and visually compare restored sections with the section that wasn't restored because of the railroad right of way. Our guide will talk with attendees about the process of how a stream is restored and what they expect to see in the future.

11:00AM - 12:15PM Ages: 11-18 Participant ages 11-18 $2.00
Chaperone non-participating parent $0.00
10/25
Happy Meadow Farm
Happy Meadow Farm is a place to experience hands-on agricultural education for all ages. We provide a fun and safe environment to learn about sustainable farming and animal husbandry. We strive to create a healthy and low-stress environment for our animals. After all, happy animals make happy guests! We love our animals, and we know you will love them too!
Notes: full parental supervision is a must since the children will be handling small/baby animals.
Bring: Optional Picnic Lunch
Registration closes: 2024-05-11
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 - Wednesday, May 15, 2024 13035 Marquis Rd Unionville, VA 22567
Educational Farm Tour and Animal Snuggle Session
An immersive 1 hour tour of the farm. Get up close and personal with farm animals and learn about them hands on! Goats, pigs, sheep, mini horses, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, cows, pigeons, ducks and more. Pack a lunch and stay on the farm for a picnic and play time. 10:30-11:30 educational tour and snuggle session 11:30-12:30 picnic on the farm
Notes: full parental supervision is a must since the children will be handling small/baby animals.

Tue, May 14, 10:30AM - Tue, May 14, 12:30PM Ages: 4-18 Participant ages 4-18 $17.00
Chaperone adult chaperone $12.00
17/23
Educational Farm Tour and Animal Snuggle Session - Preview
An immersive 1 hour tour of the farm. Get up close and personal with farm animals and learn about them hands on! Goats, pigs, sheep, mini horses, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, cows, pigeons, ducks and more. Pack a lunch and stay on the farm for a picnic and play time. 10:30-11:30 educational tour and snuggle session 11:30-12:30 picnic on the farm
Notes: full parental supervision is a must since the children will be handling small/baby animals.

Wed, May 15, 10:30AM - Wed, May 15, 12:30PM Ages: 4-18 Participant ages 4-18 $17.00
Chaperone adult chaperone $12.00
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Science Fair
Join us for a homeschool science fair! There will be projects and demonstrations galore. The science fair is open to all homeschool kids and all project types: experiments, presentations, models, etc. Truly anything science-y goes!
Notes: Participants will set up their projects between 1-2 PM. Attendees: Please come anytime between 2:00 and 4:00.
Registration closes: 2024-05-10
Friday, May 17, 2024 Meeting Room at Northside Library
Science Fair (Participants)
Join us for a homeschool science fair! There will be projects and demonstrations galore. The science fair is open to all homeschool kids and all project types: experiments, presentations, models, etc. Truly anything science-y goes! Participants Set Up > 1-2 PM Science Fair > 2-4 PM

01:00PM - 04:00PM Ages: 5-18 Participant participant ages 5-18 $0.00
15/20
Science Fair (Attendees)
Attendees may come anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 PM to view science fair exhibits. There will be projects and demonstrations galore. The science fair is open to all homeschool kids and all project types: experiments, presentations, models, etc. Truly anything science-y goes!

02:00PM - 04:00PM Ages: 0-99 Participant attendee ages 5-18 $0.00
Chaperone adult attendee $0.00
Sibling attendee ages 0-4 $0.00
12/50
Fry's Springs Beach Club - Pool
Fry’s Spring Beach Club is a welcoming community committed to providing year-round recreational and social pursuits for its members and guests in a natural, historic setting.

Registration closes: 2024-05-28
Wednesday, May 29, 2024 Fry’s Springs Beach Club
Say Hello To Summer Pool Party
Please help us celebrate another awesome year of learning in this amazing community that we call CHEC! Our “Say Hello To Summer Pool Party” will take place on Wednesday, May 29th from 10:30-2:30 at Fry’s Springs Beach Club. CHEC will provide some snacks and icees, but feel free to bring along your own lunches. The club’s snack bar will also be open, and their fries are super yummy. Hope to see all of your sunshiny faces there!!! All are welcome!! Past, present, and future CHEC families are invited to attend!

10:30AM - 02:30PM Ages: 0-99 Participant (18 and under) $10.00
Chaperone (over 18) $10.00
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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: 2024-06-01
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, emailfieldtrips@cvillechec.org and we can look into adding them to the block. Contact fieldtrips@cvillechec.org 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 Participant: $0.00
Chaperone: $0.00
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Reptile Natural History Museum
My Three Chambered Heart is an educational nonprofit that promotes reptile education through classes, presentations, and community outreach. We strive to spread knowledge and acceptance of this often misunderstood class of creatures, hoping to help improve captive husbandry and wildlife conservation in the process.

Registration closes: 2024-06-01
Monday, Jun 10, 2024 837 Cross County Road, Gum Spring, VA
Self-Guided Tour and Field Herping Activity (ages 4-9)
Adults and children will have a guided tour of the museum with feeding demonstrations and animal meet and greet! Children will also participate in a fun field herping experience of species discovery! Age range of 4-9 is a suggestion only. Families with kids in multiple age ranges can opt for either morning or afternoon sessions.

10:00AM - 01:00PM Ages: 0-100 Participant participating student (suggested ages 4-9) $22.00
Chaperone participating adult $17.00
Sibling participating sibling under age 4 $5.00
15/25
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Self-Guided Tour and Field Herping Activity (ages 10-18)
Adults and children will have a guided tour of the museum with feeding demonstrations and animal meet and greet! Children will also participate in a fun field herping experience of species discovery! Age range of 10-18 is a suggestion only. Families with kids in multiple age ranges can opt for either morning or afternoon sessions.

02:00PM - 05:00PM Ages: 0-100 Participant participating student (suggested ages 10-18) $22.00
Chaperone participating adult $17.00
Sibling participating sibling under age 4 $5.00
18/25
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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 fieldtrips@cvillechec.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 fieldtrips@cvillechec.org. 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.