April

To make reservations for any of the programs below, please call the Welcome Center at 368-5404.

Land Steward Project Day – 9:00 am
Saturday, April 5
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Help preserve the natural ecosystem within the Natural Areas park system.  Activities may include clipping invasive plants, weeding native gardens, mulching, or brush removal.  Closed-toe shoes required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Location varies.  Please contact our Volunteer Office for information.

Archery
Saturday, April 5, 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon
Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow within minutes. This program is for all physical ability levels. All equipment is provided. Children 8 and over are welcome and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
Pre-Registration required. Fee: $10/person

River Canoeing Class
Saturday, April 12, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Love canoeing? Love rivers? So does Jefferson Memorial Forest! That’s why we’re offering a basic 4 hour class in river canoeing! Course will cover basics of boat control and paddle strokes for moving water, and how to prepare for a safe day on the river. Participants must be age 12 and up, able to swim confidently, and comfortably sit in and paddle a canoe in slow moving water. (Parent or legal guardian must accompany any participant under age 18.) All equipment is provided. Dress to get wet and wear shoes that will stay on your feet (NO FLIP FLOPS!) All participants must pre-register and pre-pay before day of course through the Welcome Center (no registrations day of course.) No cancellations less than 72 hours before course start. 10 participants max.  Canoe programs are subject to change of date or venue due to water conditions and weather.  
Pre-registration required. Fee:  $15/person

Trail Team Project Day at the Forest – Saturday, April 12, 9:00 am
Trail volunteers perform vital services to maintain the safety of our wonderful trail system.  Activities vary but may include using hand tools to address erosion issues, clip overhanging limbs or encroaching shrubs, or trail structure repair.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Meet at the Welcome Center.

FOX (Families Outside X-ploring)
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
SPRING in WAVERLY PARK
Features: pond, hiking trails, Nature Explore Classroom, nature center, and picnic areas. Get your Family Outside X-ploring a different Metro Park each season. Throughout the year, a Naturalist will guide your family on an exploration in forests, fields, lakes and ponds. Hike, search for tracks, build forts, catch pond critters, get muddy, play in leaves, and take a break from technology. This is a great opportunity to experience nature with your children.
Bring water bottles and a snack, and dress for the weather. We will be outside the whole time. Warning: You will get dirt on your shirt! Meets at the playground parking lot.  Pre-Registration required.  Fee: $8/Family

Trail Team Park Project Day at Waverly Park – Saturday, April 19, 9:00 am
Trail Team and KYMBA volunteers come together to improve and maintain the combined hiking and biking trails at Waverly.  Activities vary, but may include use of hand tools to cut overhanging limbs and encroaching shrubs, trail structure repair or addressing erosion issues.  Closed-toe shoes are required.  Activities are suitable for ages 14 and up, with parental supervision required until age 18.  Meet at the playground parking lot in Waverly Park.

Free Guided Hike – Saturday, April 26, 9:00 am
Scott’s Gap, 3.3 miles (moderate to strenuous)
Hike the lovely Scott’s Gap with our Volunteer Naturalists.  Meet in the Scott’s Gap parking area.