Estuaries Day this Saturday at York River State Park in Williamsburg VA

York River State Park will host the annual Estuaries Day Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. York River State Park will host the annual Estuaries Day Saturday, Aug. 23 , 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Estuaries Day draws attention to the park’s Taskinas Creek area with a day of estuary and water-based activities including canoeing, kayaking, fossil hikes, fishing programs and more. York River State Park is part of a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
“This year’s Estuaries Day event is a fun way to get kids immersed in the outdoors, environmental science and history before the school year begins,” said Jon Tustin, York River State Park Manager.
There is no charge for the kayak and canoe trips, but registration on the day of the event is first come – first served.
Estuaries Day is free and parking is $4 per car.
There will be special displays and activities from partner organizations such as the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Mattaponi-Pamunkey Rivers Association and Master Naturalists.
A 5K run sponsored by the Colonial Road Runners will benefit the Lafayette High School Cross Country Team and Friends of York River State Park.
York River State Park is 2,500 acres of coastal forest and wetlands along the York River. The park offers mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trails as well as the Croaker Landing fishing pier and boat launch area.
Click Here for a location map of York River State Park.

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Obstacles, endurance and fun are all part of Williamsburg’s Iron-Bound Gym Games set for July 26 at Eco Discovery Park

Giving the course a go or hanging out to cheer on others are both encouraged at the Iron-Bound Gym Games planned for July 26 at Eco Discovery Park at Jamestown.

The Williamsburg gym held the event in its parking lot last year, but owner Scott Grafton decided to amp up the venue this time around.

“People had a blast last year,” Grafton said.

Participants will be timed on an obstacle-style course, competing in male and female open and masters age 45–plus divisions, as well as a co-ed division with teams consisting of one woman and one man.

The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs throughout the day. There will be food and drinks, as well as a DJ playing music.

Read more here

Fly thru the air at Jamestown Beach….

Welcome to AquaFlight Adventures, home of the highest flying watersports experience! Our certified flight crew is dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment, ensuring a memorable flight.

The Team

Safety is our highest priority! Feel confident in knowing that our instructors have extensive experience in piloting and instructing flyers.

Our flight crew consists of highly trained and professional team members who are certified pilots and flight instructors. We pride ourselves on our high service standards and dedication to safety protocols.

The Experience

AquaFlight Adventures williamsburg vaAquaFlight Adventures provides an adrenaline-packed airborne experience. The Flyboard and X Jetpack, our water sports machines, use the power of water to propel you into the air for an exhilarating flight. Using tested methods and protocols, we are certain that our new aquaflyers will achieve free flight and fulfill any latent dreams of possessing super powers (at least for an afternoon!)

To ensure that you have ample time to shake any pre-flight jitters, plan on arriving to our Williamsburg, VA flight center at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled flight departure time. Upon arrival, you will meet your flight instructor (your co-pilot for the day!), who will introduce you to the equipment and review the safety instructions. You will then don your provided safety gear– a life vest and helmet and get strapped into the Flyboard or Jetpack. Once strapped in, you will learn how to control your flight and get the most out of your AquaFlight experience.

After all the safety protocols are taken care of, it’s time to jump into the water and FLY! Now you just have to remember to smile at the camera and choose an Instagram filter to make you look extra dare-devilish.

How does it work:

The PWC (Jetski) provides all of the propulsion for the Flyboard® and Jetpack. The thrust from the PWC is routed through a long hose up to the Flyboard® and Jetpack where a rider can control that thrust to create the type of movement he/she desires. All of the thrust developed from the PWC is routed through the hose, so the PWC does not pull the pilot, rather it just follows behind, the pilot pulls the PWC, giving you the freedom to go anywhere.

The Flyboard® and Jetpack has its own buoyancy and therefore floats on the water allowing the rider more safety and easier time in the water prior to start. Be sure to watch our videos to see how this really work.

Location

Jamestown Beach Park
2205 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185

More info here

Phone
(757) 707-0692

Email
Aquaflightadventures@gmail.com

Website
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New disc golf course at Waller Mill Park in Williamsburg VA to open mid-to-late July

disc golf williamsburg vaLocal disc golf enthusiasts wanted another course so much they were willing to help design and build it.

That’s how the new course shaping up at Waller Mill Park came to be, said park manager Michael Van Audenhove.

The first nine holes are expected to open later this month, with the final nine projected for completion in spring 2015. Disc golf, also known as Frisbee golf, is similar to traditional golf but players throw a disc into a basket or at a target.

Van Audenhove worked closely with Williamsburg resident John Roy, president of the Colonial Disc Golf Club that recently changed its name from Newport News Disc Golf Club, on the project.

More of the story here

Colonial Williamsburg Recreation Open House to be held June 18 2014

Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Inn lawn bowling club and tennis courts will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. 

Guests can register at all four locations to win a $50 Colonial Williamsburg gift card and can renew or purchase their Good Neighbor passes at the Golden Horseshoe clubhouse. Guests who visit the retail shops at the Spa, tennis courts or golf course will receive 25 percent off their purchase on the day of the open house. Members of the Williamsburg Inn lawn bowling club will be at the bowling green to demonstrate the game that dates to 13th-century England. The Spa will offer tours of the fitness facilities as well as information on services offered. The tennis pro will offer information on lessons and membership in the tennis club. Golf cart tours of portions of the Gold Course will be offered throughout the day. 

The Spa, Golden Horseshoe and Williamsburg Inn tennis club will also offer specials that will be renewable through Sept. 5. 

Guests may begin their open house experience at any of the four recreation locations and may choose to enjoy lunch at the Gold Course Grille, open daily from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club is located at 401 S. England St. The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg is next door to the golf course at 307 S. England St. The Williamsburg Inn tennis club is located adjacent to the Inn and the lawn bowling green is located behind the Inn, at 136 E. Francis St. 

Petanque anyone ?

Petanque/bocce courts are now available at Mid County Park in James City County. JCC Parks and Recreation provided court space and construction materials and the Mid County Park Petanque Group members built the courts and will maintain them.

Petanque can be played by two teams of one to four players. Metal balls, known as boules, are thrown with the goal of placing them closest to the target.

The courts are open during park hours and players should bring their own boules and equipment. If you prefer to play with the Group, games are held every Thursday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For those wanting to try out the game, there will be instruction and extra boules available.

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Find out more about outdoor activities on Williamsburg Outside.com

Virginia Derby @ Colonial Downs in New Kent this weekend

The $500,000 Virginia Derby  is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders’ Cup winners in just the last five years!
Parties start at 3 PM — Post time is 5 PM

The top three finishers from the June 1st Penn Mile will square off again and clash with seven other three year olds in Saturday’s $500,000 Virginia Derby  at Colonial Downs.

The $500,000 Virginia Derby  is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders' Cup winners in just the last five years!

The first race on Saturday, July 13, 2013 is scheduled for 5:00 PM. The Derby has been carded as the seventh, and will go off at 8:12 PM.

Cost: See website for tickets and Party Zone options
Phone: (804) 966-7223
www.colonialdowns.com/grandslam/vaderby

Colonial Downs Racetrack

10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy, New Kent, VA (map)

Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on April 6

Donna Ware, curator emeritus of the College of William and Mary herbarium and Flora of Virginia Project member, will lead a Flora Foray at New Quarter Park on Saturday, April 6, from
10 a.m. to 12 noon. The Flora Foray will celebrate the publication of Flora of Virginia, a landmark botanical reference book which describes 3,164 plant species and natural variants growing wild in the diverse habitats of the Old Dominion. After discussing the Flora of Virginia, Ware will lead a foray through New Quarter Park’s forests and ravines to find living specimens of some native Virginia plants described in the Flora. 
More than 10 years in the making, the Flora is the first comprehensive catalog of Virginia plants since Flora Virginia, published in 1762, when the Commonwealth was still a colony and the Virginia landscape was dominated by the American Chestnut tree.
The Flora Foray is part of New Quarter Park’s 2013 Saturdays in the Park education and recreation program series. The 545-acre park includes diverse mature forest, ravine, and wetland habitats.
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).

Geocaching at New Quarter Park April 13

Join Ann Walters, volunteer and avid geocacher, at New Quarter Park to learn more about the outdoor treasure hunting game called Geocaching on Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All you need to play is a handheld GPS or a GPS-enabled Smartphone and access to the official Geocaching website on the Internet at www.geocaching.com.
Geocachers navigate to specific sets of GPS coordinates and attempt to find the Geocache container hidden at a location. There are about a dozen caches hidden at New Quarter Park and about 60 others located within 5 miles. But that’s not all: geocaches are hidden in nearly 2 million locations worldwide.  Geocaching is a great way to see places you wouldn’t normally find.  It’s a great activity for families, Individuals, or couples. Kids of all ages love a good treasure hunt!
New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood.  For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation (Monday to Friday, 757-890-3513) or New Quarter Park (Friday to Sunday, 757-890-5840).

Go Ape in Williamsburg to open kids course

Go Ape, the treetop adventure course in Freedom Park is planning to add a separate course designed for younger children, ages 5 and up, in addition to its regular course, designed for adults and children 10 and up..Go Ape, the treetop adventure course in James City County’s Freedom Park is planning to add a separate course designed for younger children, ages 5 and up, in addition to its regular course, designed for adults and children 10 and up..

Construction on the Jr. Course will start this winter or early spring, with a projected opening date this summer.

What is Go Ape Tree Top Junior?

A fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll negotiate crossings and finish on a high (literally) with one awesome zip wire!

Who will enjoy Tree Top Junior?

The Tree Top junior course is aimed at adventurers aged 5-10 years. The safety systems are designed so that participants stay attached the whole time they are in the trees and there is no need for them to move any safety lines. Participants only become unattached when back on the ground. We don’t require adults to accompany over 6′s on the course but you are more than welcome to book yourself on. The course is quite physical and high in the trees, you know your child best so please do accompany them if you think they’ll need the moral or physical support.

Can I go on as an Adult?

If you want to join your mini Tarzans then just book yourself on. Bear in mind the course is designed for children so the safety cable won’t be quite where you would like it.

More info here

Holiday skating at New Town rink

Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg’s first outdoor Skating Rink opens in  New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.

Presented by Iron-Bound Gym in partnership with James City County and New Town the synthetic rink will be open seven days a week until  January 13th, 2013.

Skating is $7/person including skate rental or $5/person with your own skates. All participants must wear ice skates. Season passes are also available for $50/person and include skates. Children under age 12 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg's first outdoor Skating Rink opens in  New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.

See below for more specifics….

So “Does it look like real ice?”  from a distance it looks like the real thing, Up close, the plastic panels appear snapped together like puzzle pieces.

So what’s it like to skate on synthetic ice ? While I am not a skater bit it felt  hard to move your feet. It didn’t feel as slippery as real ice so you can’t go as fast. which is probably a good thing. When you stop moving your feet you stop moving, so you don’t have that overwhelming slipping feeling.

No one claims it exactly replicates ice. There’s a resistance. You’re actually pushing off and stroking harder. I am told the surface is good for training because beginners become “stronger at a faster rate.

The rink uses a plastic polymer injected with oils that are released “when the blade heats up and melts the top layer of the polymer. It should become slipperier as more people skate it.

. “You really need a large amount of people on there to get the oils worked around,” she said. “It’s not ice, obviously.”

Well,. its no Rockefeller Center but Williamsburg's first outdoor Skating Rink opens in  New Town, this Friday Nov 23rd at noon.

Dogwood Classic to be held April 2013 @ Colonial Downs

imageSteeplechase horses will compete at Colonial Downs in New Kent and tailgaters will party on the country’s second largest dirt oval as Central Virginia’s new spring racing event will kick off with an early April date.

The first ever “Dogwood Classic” will be held the afternoon of Saturday April 6th, 2013. Colonial Downs will produce the new event and oversee all operational aspects. A number of National Steeplechase Association (NSA) races are expected to take place on the Secretariat turf course and tailgating will be available on the track’s 1 ¼ mile dirt track.

The name “Dogwood Classic” was obtained thru a contest and promoted by Cox Radio stations in Richmond. Of all potential names submitted, five were chosen by a panel and posted for on line voting. Dogwood Classic received 33% of the votes while Commonwealth Spring Classic was second with 20%. The next three in order were Colonial Downs Spring Fling, Kentland Races and Brick House Races.

“We want to kick off the inaugural Dogwood Classic with an immediate vibrancy,” said Colonial Downs President Ian Stewart. “We’re excited to offer this event at the beginning of the spring festival season when nice weather has arrived and everyone is ready to shake off winter and enjoy terrific racing in a great party atmosphere.”

More event details and tailgating information will be available in the coming days at dogwoodclassic.com and via facebook.

A  “launch party” is being planned for November 15th. For more information, call 804-966-7223.

Bill Williams to lead 4th Saturday Bird Walks at New Quarter Park

imageLearn more about birds during Bird Walks led by Bill Williams on fourth Saturdays from August through December, from 7 to 9 a.m. at New Quarter Park.

     Williams is a well-known birder and former educator with the Williamsburg-James City County School system who is currently director of education with the Center for Conservation Biology of the College of William and Mary.

     Williams has inspired many area residents to get excited about birds and to learn to identify them by field marks and calls. During walks he will point out osprey, heron, ducks, eagles, and hawks on Queens Creek and will help participants learn to listen for and spot songbirds in the park’s woodlands and meadows. The free walks along the park trails will intrigue young and old as they enjoy the area’s natural environment.

   New Quarter Park is located in upper York County at 1000 Lakeshead Drive, next to the Queens Lake neighborhood. For more information, call York County Parks and Recreation at 757-890-3500 or New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840

Virginia Derby–July 21 @ Colonial Downs in New Kent

The $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders' Cup winners in just the last five years! The $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs in New Kent is the richest and most important race on the Virginia racing calendar. In addition to being one of the largest social events in Virginia it also annually attracts the best 3-year-old turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation, including two champions and three Breeders’ Cup winners in just the last five years!

Like last year, there will be two party zones—the Xfinity Home Party Zone and Hoot on the Hill. In the Xfinity Home Party Zone, there are three levels of tickets ranging from the Trackside Party Zone ticket for $30 in advance ($40 at the gate) to the Trackside Party Zone Reserved Table for $200 (for four people

New this year for the Hoot on the Hill party zone are tailgating spots for $100. You and your friends can enjoy a true tailgating experience with this new option at Hoot on the Hill. Regular admission to Hoot on the Hill is $10 per person if you walk in from the parking lot. And as before, the Hoot on the Hill area is a BYOB area, so bring your coolers and all the refreshments you will need for the evening, as well as portable chairs and pop-up tents. There will also be betting stations, and two jumbotrons for better viewing of the races.

The 2012 Virginia Derby is on July 21 this year. Gates open at 4 p.m., and post time is 5 p.m.!

No Limits Skydiving West Point"

1001 Airport Road Mattaponi. VA 23110

Web site www.skydivinginwestpointva.com

Skydiving school in Virginia with locations in Victoria and West Point, VA. Come enjoy the thrill of a lifetime by making your first Tandem Skydive with a United States Parachute Association certified instructor. There is no better feeling then taking that first step out of a perfectly good airplane. The view in freefall over West Point is amazing, we jump right over the Mattaponi, Pamunkey, and Yorktown River.  Both of our locations are open 7 days a week, call anytime for questions or to make your reservation.

We hope to see you in the sky soon with "No Limits Skydiving"

Lawn bowling open house this Sunday

Lawn bowling open house this Sunday The Williamsburg Inn Lawn Bowling Club will hold its annual Open House at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 22, on the bowling green located behind the Williamsburg Inn. There will be games, prizes, refreshments and free lessons. The club’s season runs April-October. During that time a member is present every day 3-6 p.m. to provide free lessons to anyone interested. The club has intra-club tournaments, matches with other clubs, and a variety of social events. Some members compete in regional and national tournaments. For more information, call 757 645-0954 or e-mail james_halter@msn.com  or visit www.williamsburglawnbowling.org

Go Ape’s Williamsburg Treetop Adventure Course opens to public on April 7, 2012

imageGo Ape, a highly interactive treetop adventure course, swings into action with the grand opening of its newest location on April 7th at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA.  Go Ape offers Williamsburg area residents and visitors a unique outdoor experience that allows them to live life adventurously and experience the park like never before, from 40 feet up in the trees, hanging by a wire.

The eco-educational outdoor experience will provide visitors with 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate more than 37 obstacles situated in the treetops of Freedom Park.  The course spans seven acres and features five ziplines, one of which is 600 feet long, two Tarzan swings, and a series of rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes.

At Go Ape, participants are equipped with harnesses, pulleys and carabineers and receive a 30-minute training session before they are turned loose into the forest canopy.  Catering to all skill levels, Go Ape is ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, school groups, scout events, and church groups – basically anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting activity that gets them into nature.

Founded in the U.K. in 2002, Go Ape has developed 30 courses and more than 2.7 million people have taken part in the experience.  Go Ape launched its first U.S. course in May 2010 in Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, MD.  Since then, more than 30,000 people have visited the course to monkey around in the trees. Go Ape brings the same thrill and adventure to its second U.S. location in Williamsburg, VA.

WHEN and where

Grand Opening on Saturday, April 7th, 2012

For directions, visit: http://goape.com/sites/freedom-park

Freedom Park

5537 Centerville Road

Williamsburg, Virginia

23188

Book Reservations

To book treetime for opening weekend and beyond, go to www.goape.com or call 888-520-7322

The cost is $35 (10-17 yrs old) $55 (adults)

James City County Residents will receive a 10% discount.  To receive discount, use one of

these codes: JCCTEN or JCC010

Williamsburg Bird Club

The Williamsburg Bird Club has over 200 members in and around the Williamsburg, Virginia area. Meetings are held once a month (except in the summer) in Room 150, Millington Hall at The College of William and Mary. Bird walks are held twice a month at New Quarter Park, and we have a monthly field trip to different locations throughout the year.

Become a Member

The purpose of the Williamsburg Bird Club is to:

  • Promote interest in the study of wild birds
  • Protect birds and their habitat
  • Share the joy of birding with others.

If you support these same goals, JOIN US. Here’s how:

Annual membership dues are:

Patron membership: $35
Family membership: $25
Individual membership: $15
Student membership: $5

New members joining in May through August pay 1/2 dues initially; those who join September through December pay no dues initially.

To join and receive all the benefits of the Club, click here (pdf). Print out the page, circle your preferred membership level, print your name and address, and mail with your check payable to:

Williamsburg Bird Club
PO Box 1085
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Williamsburg area local birding hotspots

Local Birding Hotspots

Greensprings Nature Trail

A 4.7-mile soft surface hiking trail which consists of three interconnecting loops through rural land. The trail has a boardwalk over a beaver pond, is located 1/2 mile from Jamestown Island, and adjacent to Mainland Farm, the oldest continually operated farm in America. The trail is being developed through a coordinated effort utilizing volunteers from the community, various state and national grants, and local resources. Green Springs Trail is located on John Tyler Highway behind Jamestown High School. Look for nesting osprey, warblers, woodpeckers, swallows, and more.

Directions: If approaching from Newport News, follow Interstate 64 W to Exit 242A. If approaching from Richmond, follow Interstate 64E to Exit 234. Both of these exits access Route 199. Follow Route 199 to Route 5 (John Tyler Highway). Turn left and follow Route 5 to Jamestown High School at the intersection of Legacy Drive. The trailhead begins behind Jamestown High School at the tennis courts.

Colonial Parkway

A 20 mile road that runs from Jamestown to Yorktown, mostly along the James and York rivers, with many parking pull-offs; expect almost anything in the varied habitats.

Jamestown Island

A 3-mile and 5-mile, one way loop road through viney woods and marshes, with parking pull-offs; excellent for woodland species and waterfowl.

Directions: When traveling east or west on I-64 take exit 242A (Route 199 West). At the second stoplight, S. Henry Street, turn right. Make another immediate second right, about 50 feet from the first right. This will take you to the Colonial Parkway. Turn right onto the Parkway and follow it to its end and the Jamestown Entrance Station.

Hog Island

A wildlife management area on the shore of the James River, just south of Williamsburg, in Surry County. Most easily reached by the Jamestown Ferry, with observation platforms and walking trails; great for shorebirds and waterfowl.

Access to the area is through the Surry Nuclear Power Station from state Route 10, between the towns of Surry and Smithfield, north via Routes 650 or 617.

York River State Park

York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. This park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a habitat rich in marine and plant life. The main focus of the park is to preserve a portion of York River frontage and its related marshes while providing an area for passive day-use recreation for visitors. York River State Park served as a role model for all of Virginia’s state parks in developing resource management plans. Expect just about any kind of birds except shore birds.

Directions: The entrance is off Route 606. From I-64, take the Croaker Exit 231B. Go north on Route 607 (Croaker Rd.) for one mile, then right on Route 606 (Riverview Rd.) about one and a half miles to the park entrance. Take a left turn into the park.

New Quarter Park

A 545 acre preserve that includes mature woodlands and open meadows, habitat that supports a diverse population of plants and animals. The park sits on a bluff of fossil shells and is surrounded by tidal creeks and marshes. Located at the end of Lakeshead Drive near the Queens Lake neighborhood.

Download a brochure of birds to look for at New Quarter Park (.pdf)

From East: Take I-64 West. Take exit 242A (Route 199 West/Jamestown Exit.) Take the Route 143 exit off of Route 199 (the first exit) , turn right onto Route 143 and follow it until you come to the first stoplight, which is the Penniman Road intersection. Turn right onto Penniman Road (Magruder Elementary School is on the left) and take the first left turn onto Hubbard Lane. Stay on Hubbard Land for about a mile an until you go under an overpass just past Cobble Creek subdivision. After the overpass, make an immediate right turn onto Lakeshead Drive. Follow this road until you reach the park.

From West: From West: Take I-64 East. Take EXIT 238 toward US-60/ CAMP PEARY / COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG. (0.1 miles). Merge onto VA-143 E toward WILLIAMSBURG / JAMESTOWN / YORKTOWN. (1.1 miles). Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CAPITOL LANDING RD / VA-5 S. (0.3 miles) Turn LEFT onto PARKWAY DR / VA-163. (0.4 miles) Take the ramp on right toward YORKTOWN (0.1 miles). Turn RIGHT onto COLONIAL PKWY / COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PKWY. (0.8 miles). Take the ramp toward QUEENS LAKE. (0.1 miles). Turn RIGHT onto HUBBARD LN / W QUEENS DR. (0.1 miles). Take first RIGHT onto LAKESHEAD DR. and follow this road until you reach the park.

Jolly Pond

Located on Route 633 off Centerville Road. Only 2 small pull-offs, but a great location for waterfowl and for swampy forest dwellers such as warblers and flycatchers.

College Woods

On the campus of the College of William and Mary, adjacent to Lake Matoaka; enter from Compton Drive off Monticello Avenue. Area supports waterfowl on the lake and species that like mature oak and beech forest.

Waller Mill Park

The entrance is on Airport Road between the intersection of Route 645 and Rochambeau Road. Picnic areas and trails through mature woods are excellent for thrushes, vireos. Warblers, flycatchers, tanagers, and more.

Governor’s Land

Two islands on the shore of the James River off Route 5 near the intersection with the Chickahominy River. Protected by a conservation easement held by the Williamsburg Land Conservancy; boardwalk across marsh and trails through the woods are good for warblers, wrens, and ducks.

Bassett Hall Woods

Off Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg, behind Basset Hall; stream, woods and a freshwater pond: look for wrens, thrushes, woodland birds.

Bird Walk at New Quarter Park York County

Dear Friends of New Quarter Park: 

The Williamsburg Bird Club and New Quarter Park co-sponsor bird walks at New Quarter Park, 1000 Lakeshead Dr., Williamsburg, twice a month — the second and fourth Saturdays. The second Saturdays we meet at 8 a.m; the fourth Saturdays we meet at 7 a.m. Meet in the parking lot near the park office. Participants can stay as long as they’d like. Generally, the leader will walk about two hours or so, but participants can peel off as they like. Walks are free and open to the public. You need not be a member to join us. Just show up! Google map.

Schedule of upcoming events | More information about bi-weekly bird walks

It’s going to be windy with a high in the 50s — a great day for a walk in the woods with your favorite birding friends. Environmental educator Hugh Beard, science teacher and member of the Williamsburg Bird Club, will be our leader.
See our latest Calendar of Events for other upcoming activities.  

See you at the Park!

Sara

Got Questions?

Call New Quarter Park at 757-890-5840 or York County Parks & Recreation at 757-890-3500

Archery

James City 4-H Archery Club

James City County 4-H Archery Club

The James City County  4-H Archery Club promotes youth interest in natural resources and related natural sciences programs through archery target shooting.  Students learn safe and responsible use of archery equipment to develop decision making, self-discipline, and concentration.  Participants learn about range and equipment safety, eye dominance, parts of the bow, parts of an arrow, basic archery form, and development of technique.  The 4-H Archery Club holds two monthly meetings throughout the year and provides the opportunity for youth to prepare for and to compete in the State 4-H Archery Shoot. The 4-H Archery Club provides all equipment necessary for participation. In order to maintain and purchase future equipment, a fee of $30 per season will be charged. There are scholarships available for those that qualify.  The club is also looking for responsible adult volunteers to become trained as 4-H archery instructors.  Fees will be waived for adults that commit to volunteering for two seasons as an instructor.

Click here for the 2011 – 2012 4-H Archery Schedule!

Click here to email the 4-H Archery Club Leader!

Master Gardeners

The purpose of the James City County/ Williamsburg Master Gardeners is to learn, educate and communicate environmentally sound horticultural practices to the community. Trained by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Master Gardener volunteers are committed to offering information to the public through sustainable landscape management educational programs.

Meetings

We meet each month on the first Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, for a business meeting and a lecture on a topic of general interest–usually continuing education on a garden-related subject.

The Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program was created to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information. This increase is primarily derived from the urban and transient nature of modern American life.
Thirty years ago, an Extension agent dealt with the questions of a few hundred farm families. In many regions, however, land that once constituted a single farm now encompasses several subdivisions, increasing by the hundreds the number of families an Extension Office must serve.
In addition, many of these new families are recent arrivals, and are unfamiliar with the grasses, shrubs, trees and diseases which comprise the micro-environment of their new urban or suburban home. They often call their local Extension Office for advice on what to plant and how to care for it.
Consequently, the Master Gardener Program was created in 1972 in the state of Washington. Since then it has spread to all 50 states and four Canadian provinces.
Master Gardeners have become a vital part of the Extension’s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date, reliable knowledge so they can enjoy and protect the value of horticulture around their homes. Master Gardening has also become a fun and useful volunteer activity.

Play Tarzan on five ziplines, two Tarzan swings, and a series of rope ladders, bridges, and trapezes @ Freedom Park in Williamsburg

imageCourse Swings into Action in May 2012, Features a 600 Ft. Long Zipline —

As previously reported in Jan 2012 , Go Ape, a treetop adventure company, is breaking ground on its second U.S. location.  The new course will be located at Freedom Park in Williamsburg, VA, a convenient location for the area’s millions of tourists.

Go Ape launched its first U.S. course in May 2010 in Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, MD.  Since then, more than 30,000 people have monkeyed around in the trees.

The eco-educational outdoor experience will provide visitors with 2-3 hours of outdoor fun and exercise while they navigate through the treetops.  The course will span seven acres and feature five ziplines, two Tarzan swings, and a series of rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes, all situated in the treetops of Freedom Park.  In addition, Go Ape is excited to reveal new obstacles that will be the first-of-their-kind in the U.S., including a 600 foot long zipline.

Catering to all skill levels, Go Ape is ideal for friend and family outings, corporate team building, birthday parties, date nights, bachelor/bachelorette parties, school groups, scout events, and church groups – basically anyone who is looking for a fun and exciting activity that gets them into nature.

“Given the great success of our first course, we are thrilled to have been awarded the opportunity to expand Go Ape’s U.S. presence with the new site.  We are thankful to all of our supporters for helping to make this happen and are excited to offer a second location that will provide Virginia residents and area visitors with a unique opportunity to live life adventurously,” commented Dan D’Agostino, managing director of Go Ape USA.  “Williamsburg is an ideal location for us and we are happy to provide a family-friendly and healthy activity for residents of the community and tourists.”

“Tourism is a huge business in Williamsburg and family-friendly outdoor adventure activities are in high demand.  There is nothing like Go Ape in the area and we anticipate a lot of interest in the course,” commented John Carnifax, James City County Parks and Recreation Director.  “Go Ape is a great way to attract more visitors to Freedom Park and James City County and to help generate revenue during these tough economic times.”

To learn more about Go Ape or to book your visit to the course, please visit www.goape.com.  To see images, join the fan page of Go Ape USA on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/GoApeUSA or receive updates via Go Ape USA on Twitter