Fall Early Bird Walk
Oct
8
8:00 am08:00

Fall Early Bird Walk

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve Foundation

Join us for our first Early Bird Walk of the Fall to see who is staying, who is leaving, and who is just passing through during migration season!

Volunteer Work Day
Oct
8
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you join us for grounds and trail maintenance during this monthly event!

Beginner Kayaking Class
Oct
8
1:00 pm13:00

Beginner Kayaking Class

Learn basic paddle strokes, the use of paddle floats, simple rescues, kayak re-entry & wet exits. We recommend you bring your own kayak to use, and pfd’s and light for inspection. This class is taught by Certified kayak instructor Mike Reiss. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. To register, call 757-686-8684 . Admission: $40/person non-members, $25/person HCWF Members. Add $5 to the price of this class for kayak usage if unable to bring your own boat. Early arrival will be necessary to transport personal kayaks to launch site.

Bats of the World
Oct
15
10:30 am10:30

Bats of the World

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve is proud to host Denise Tomlinson of Bat World Hampton Roads to experience "Bats of the World", an educational and entertaining program featuring live bats!

 Register HERE. Advanced registration is recommended. 

"Bats are clean, gentle and intelligent, they are vital to the ecosystem, and they enhance our lives in many ways. Fruit and nectar bats bring us approximately 450 commercial products and over 80 different medicines through seed dispersal and pollination. Up to 98% of all rainforest regrowth comes from seeds that have been spread by fruit bats. Insect-eating bats are literal vacuum cleaners of the night skies, eating millions upon millions of harmful bugs. They protect us by eating insect-pests that destroy crops as well as insects that cause human disease." (batworld.org)

Today, bats need our help more than ever. Bats are disappearing at alarming rates. Believe it or not, almost 40% of all bats in the world are threatened or endangered.

Bat World Hampton Roads is a 501(c) 3 non-profit conservation organization providing rescue for bats worldwide and is dedicated to the conservation of bats.

Come experience these fascinating creatures at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve!

Cost is $12/Adult, $6/child (HCWF members get 50% off).

Sunset Kayak Paddle
Oct
15
4:45 pm16:45

Sunset Kayak Paddle

Take a guided paddle down Hoffler Creek as the sun goes down. Space is limited. To register, call 757-686-8684 . Admission: $35/person non-members, $20/person HCWF Members.

 

Full Moon Paddle (last one for the 2016 season)
Oct
15
7:00 pm19:00

Full Moon Paddle (last one for the 2016 season)

Join us for this last Full Moon Paddle of the season. Kayak Lake Ballard after the sun goes down. Explore the lake with a guide by the light of a full moon. Afterward, enjoy snacks and drinks by a fire. Advanced registration required. Call 757-686-8684. $35/person non-members, $20/person HCWF Members.

Owl Adventures
Oct
21
7:00 pm19:00

Owl Adventures

Register HERE to join in Hoffler Creek's Owl Adventures.

Join us for an evening about owls! Meet a live owl, dissect an owl pellet to see what our feathered friends have been eating, call owls after dark. This program is recommended for ages 7 and up. Admission is $10 for nonmembers, $6 for members. Space is very limited. Advanced registration is required for this after-hours event.

Afternoon Kayak Paddle
Oct
23
1:00 pm13:00

Afternoon Kayak Paddle

Come enjoy this fall paddle down the creek as we say good-bye to the 2016 Kayak Season. Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Call 757-686-8684 . $35/person non-members, $20/person HCWF Members.

Fall Festival: a Safe Trick-or-Treat event
Oct
30
1:00 pm13:00

Fall Festival: a Safe Trick-or-Treat event

Come enjoy a day of family fun at Hoffler Creek's annual Fall Festival, a fun, family-oriented safe trick-or-treat event. These free, family festivities will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30th. Through crafts and games, learn about the creepy crawlies and spooky animals that live at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. Take a walk though the spooky Kid's Trail and explore a hay bale maze. Festival participants are encouraged to wear animal or Halloween costumes (no masks, please).

Take a hayride around Lake Ballard, enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn, s'mores and other treats for a small donation. 

Fall Early Bird Walk
Nov
12
8:00 am08:00

Fall Early Bird Walk

Join us for this fall bird walk to see who is staying, who is leaving and who is just passing through. Stroll around Lake Ballard and beyond with local birding experts to identify birds in the area by sight and sound. Bring binoculars or spotting scope for best viewing. Enjoy this quite time at Hoffler Creek before the gates open to daily guests. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and check-in will occur at Hoffler Creek's Headquarters before the walk. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Gates close at 8:10 a.m.

This walk is free but a small donation is encouraged to help us continue providing similar programming

Volunteer Work Day
Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you join us for grounds and trail maintenance during this monthly event!

Fall Early Bird Walk
Dec
10
8:00 am08:00

Fall Early Bird Walk

Join us for this last bird walk of fall to see who is staying over for the winter, who is leaving and who is just passing through. Stroll around Lake Ballard and beyond with local birding experts to identify birds in the area by sight and sound. Bring binoculars or spotting scope for best viewing. Enjoy this quite time at Hoffler Creek before the gates open to daily guests. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and check-in will occur at Hoffler Creek's Headquarters before the walk. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Gates close at 8:10 a.m. 

This walk is free but a small donation is encouraged to help us continue providing similar programming.

Volunteer Work Day
Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you join us for grounds and trail maintenance during this monthly event!

Winter Bird Walk
Jan
14
8:00 am08:00

Winter Bird Walk

Join us for the first bird walk of winter to see which waterfowl are making Lake Ballard their winter resting area. Stroll around the preserve with local birding experts to identify birds in the area by sight and sound. Bring binoculars or spotting scope for best viewing. Enjoy this quite time at Hoffler Creek before the gates open to daily guests. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and check-in will occur at Hoffler Creek's Headquarters before the walk. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Gates close at 8:10 a.m.

This walk is free but a small donation is encouraged to help us continue providing similar programming.

Volunteer Work Day
Jan
14
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you join us for grounds and trail maintenance during this monthly event!

Winter Bird Walk
Feb
11
8:00 am08:00

Winter Bird Walk

Join us for our winter bird walk to see which waterfowl are making Lake Ballard their winter resting area. Stroll around the preserve with local birding experts to identify birds in the area by sight and sound. Bring binoculars or spotting scope for best viewing. Enjoy this quite time at Hoffler Creek before the gates open to daily guests. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. and check-in will occur at Hoffler Creek's Headquarters before the walk. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Gates close at 8:10 a.m.

 

This walk is free but a small donation is encouraged to help us continue providing similar programming.

Volunteer Work Day
Feb
11
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you join us for grounds and trail maintenance during this monthly event!


Creek Critters
Sep
24
11:00 am11:00

Creek Critters

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Drop-in on Dr. Thompson, Biology Professor at CNU, at our oyster pier on Saturday to learn about some of the creek's most elusive residents!

Volunteer Orientation
Sep
21
10:30 am10:30

Volunteer Orientation

Join us on September 25th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. for Volunteer Orientation! Find out about volunteer jobs at Hoffler Creek that help keep the Preserve operating smoothly and treating guests to a wonderful experience. 

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve Foundation is looking for the following volunteers for the following positions:

• Headquarters Support
• Outreach & Program Volunteer
• Grounds Volunteer
• Kayak Volunteers & Paddle Guides (seasonal positions)

Volunteers are the life's blood of Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. In 2015 alone, Hoffler Creek was cleaned, mowed, clipped and painted with over 2100 man-hours given by generous, community-minded people.

We are excited to announce NEW volunteer opportunities to help at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. 

Regularly scheduled volunteers are needed to help with staffing the Preserve Headquarters, to take a leadership role in the control of invasive plant species and grounds care, to help at outreach events and with checking in guests at programs.

Learn about these new volunteer opportunities and sign up to help out. Please R.S.V.P. for Volunteer Orientation by emailing Executive Director Helen Kuhns at helen@hofflercreek.org.

Sunset Paddle
Sep
17
5:15 pm17:15

Sunset Paddle

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Our last paddle on Hoffler Creek before fall officially begins! Come enjoy a sunset over the Monitor-Merrimac from sea-level!

Volunteer Work Day
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Every bit goes a long way when you help us maintain the grounds and trails of the preserve each month!

Summer Early Bird Walk
Sep
10
8:00 am08:00

Summer Early Bird Walk

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Tag along with local birding experts for some great birding before the preserve opens to the public!

Sunset Paddle
Aug
20
6:00 pm18:00

Sunset Paddle

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for a guided paddle along Hoffler Creek before catching the sunset over the Monitor-Merimac from the James River.

Volunteer Work Day
Aug
13
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlire Preserve

Every bit of help goes a long way when you join us to maintain the preserve's trails and remove invasive plants. 

Perseid Meteor Paddle
Aug
12
Aug 13

Perseid Meteor Paddle

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Catch the best meteor shower of the year from the water of Lake Ballard!

Early Bird Paddle
Aug
6
8:00 am08:00

Early Bird Paddle

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for a leisurely paddle as the sun rises through the trees of the preserve!

A Hopping Night with Frogs
Jul
20
7:00 pm19:00

A Hopping Night with Frogs

FrogWatchUSA will present training to become a citizen scientist volunteer while teaching about the importance of and threats to the amphibian species of the world.  The evening will end with a rare, night-time walk around the preserve as the weather allows. $5/person.

Online registration is no longer available but you can still come! Register at the door.

 

Full Moon Paddle
Jul
16
9:00 pm21:00

Full Moon Paddle

Kayak around Lake Ballard after the sun goes down. Explore the lake with a guide by the light of a full moon. Afterward, enjoy snacks and drinks by a fire. Advanced registration required. Call 757-686-8684. $35/person non-members, $20/person HCWF Members.

 

Sunset Paddle
Jul
16
6:45 pm18:45

Sunset Paddle

Take a guided paddle down Hoffler Creek as the sun goes down. Space is limited. Advanced registration required. Call 757-686-8684 . $35/person non-members, $20/person HCWF Members.

 

Summer Tree Walk
Jul
16
10:30 am10:30

Summer Tree Walk

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join local forester, Mike Aherron, for a fun and informative hike around the Preserve. 

Volunteer Work Day
Jul
9
10:00 am10:00

Volunteer Work Day

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

A little help can go a long way when you pitch in to give us a hand around the Preserve. 

Summer Early Bird Walk
Jul
9
8:00 am08:00

Summer Early Bird Walk

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Get into the preserve before the general public for some early morning birding. This month's walk corresponds with the day's low tide and should reveal some great wading birds and other waterfowl!

Early Bird Paddle
Jul
3
8:00 am08:00

Early Bird Paddle

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Join us for our first Early Bird Paddle of 2016 before your July 4th cook out!

Sunset Paddle
Jul
2
6:45 pm18:45

Sunset Paddle

  • Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve

Tag along with our experienced paddle leaders for a kayak tour of Hoffler Creek before catching the sunset over the Monitor-Merrimac bridge-tunnel from the water of the James River.