Programs & Events

Nature Photography Workshop

Learn the basics of nature photography and practice your picture taking skills in DeJarnette Park! Join the Ashland Museum and the Ashland Parks and Recreation Department to learn the basics of photo composition and the five main elements of photography: lines, shapes, framing, depth, and point of view. Hone your photography skills on your own phone or camera, or practice on one of our instructors. Then, have your photos displayed at the Museum and other Town venues in special galleries! 

Rising 4th graders through rising 8th graders are invited to drop in at Dejarnette Park in Ashland on Tuesday July 19th from 9:00 to 11:00am. Presentations on photography basics, tips, and tricks will be on every half hour. Bring a cell phone or camera, or practice on one of our instructor’s cameras. 

DeJarnette Park is located at 400 Race Course Street.

Let us know you’re coming! RSVP by emailing or calling (804) 368-7314.

Water Exercise Classes at Carter Park Pool

Move your way to a healthier you with our weekly Water Exercise class at Carter Park Pool! No swimming or equipment is required and the class is open to all fitness levels. Using water resistance, this fun, low-impact, and knee friendly workout will help you burn calories and tone muscles. Participants will meet in the shallow wend of the pool. Classes are every Tuesday night from 6pm-6:45pm at Carter Park Pool. Classes are available to all pool members or via purchase of a day pass. 

Explore Ashland with the Parks Scavenger Hunt

Take an adventure through Ashland's parks with this fun, family-friendly scavenger hunt. Using the SCAVR app, follow the clues to complete challenges in each of the parks and trails. Complete all the challenges and receive a certificate of participation at Town Hall. 

How to Play

1. Access the hunt by downloading the SCAVR app on your smartphone.

2. Open the app and follow the prompts to register, entering your name and creating a “Team Name.” Multiple people can join your team by entering the same team name on their phones or play as an individual by entering your name for the desired username.

3. Follow the clues to complete challenges in each of our parks and trails.

4. Complete the task by either entering a secret code, scanning the QR code, using GPS to "check-in" at the location, taking a photo, or filming a video at the location. Photos and videos will be approved by the challenge administer. Finished challenges will display a checkmark. Unlimited attempts are available for each task.

5. View the leaderboard to see how your team stacks up against others!

6. Challenges do not need to be done in order or all at one time. Complete all 10 challenges and you'll receive an official Certificate of Participation, available for pickup at Town Hall, Monday - Thursday from 7:30am-6:00pm, for your certificate.

Event Information

The Town of Ashland is an active participant in town-wide special events. We have a long history of involving the private sector in supporting these events through public and private partnerships.

Some of our events include:
  • Ashland Street Parties
  • July 4th Non-Motorized Parade
  • The Ashland Strawberry Faire
  • Train Day
  • Holiday Parade

View all upcoming events on the events calendar.