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Natural Awakenings Richmond

Conservation Hike in the Woods

Mar 01, 2024 12:05AM ● By Catherine Atienza

The Capital Region Land Conservancy (CRLC) will conduct a two-to-three-mile Spring Guided Hike at the 109-acre Atkins Acres Community Park conserved area from 1 to 4 p.m., March 19, led by Chesterfield County naturalist Mark Battista and CRLC Land Stewardship Manager Ashley Moulton.

The land is primarily a mix of pine and hardwood forest, with two sandy-bottomed streams which flow through the property. Participants will hear excerpts from the journal of the former owner, Anna Atkins, about her love of the land and history with the 100 acres of woodlands. They will follow a stream through the property to discover a vernal pool, observe a cut bank that reveals an interesting geologic history and observe changes heading to the uplands.

Participants should wear comfortable, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, be prepared to cross a slow-moving steam and bring water and a light snack if desired.

Cost is $5 for members (donors to CRLC in 2023), and $15  for non-member. Register (required) at and meet at the Southwest Church of Christ, 5340 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield.