Nature & Science
4-H: Making the Best Better [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 26 minutes) — What do kids, animals and agriculture have in common? HCTV goes rural in this look at how 4-H projects engage today’s young people.
Angels of Agriculture: The Plight of Henrico’s Honeybees (Running Time: 20 minutes) — From pollinating crops to producing honey and bee’s wax, the honeybee is essential to our agriculture and modern life. HCTV takes you inside the beehive as we shed light on these often misunderstood, fascinating creatures.
Birds of the James (Running Time: 26 minutes) — We’ve all marveled at the majesty of Bald Eagles, Ospreys, Double-Crested Cormorants, and Great Blue Herons — truly a natural resource to behold. What most people don’t realize is that these beautiful river birds reside right here at home along the James. Join HCTV as we get up close to the birds of the James River, and learn how they are part of the wonderful natural environment that surrounds us.
Caring for the Animals: Livestock to Lizards in Henrico Recreation (Running Time: 34 minutes) — Henrico’s Meadow Farm Museum and Three Lakes Nature Center and Aquarium both offer unique opportunities for residents and visitors to learn about many different animal species. Recreation and Parks’ experienced staff takes great pride in caring for these animals daily, from cleaning and feeding to shelter and health care. Join HCTV as we explore how keeping these animals happy and healthy is a priority in Caring for the Animals: Livestock to Lizards in Henrico Recreation.
Crystal Clear: Henrico County Water Reclamation Facility (Running Time: 21 minutes) — Each time we do a load of laundry, take a shower, flush the toilet or wash our hands, we produce wastewater that seems to magically disappear through unseen pipes. In fact, in Henrico County, we produce more than 42 million gallons of wastewater every day. This wastewater must be cleaned, treated and prepared before reentering our environment through the James River. Join HCTV as we tour the high tech (if sometimes smelly) Water Reclamation Facility where this fascinating process takes place. From the natural use of nutrient eating organisms to the multi-step treatment process, Henrico’s Water Reclamation Facility makes sure the water returned to the James is crystal clear.
Deep in the Night: REM Sleep and Dreams (Running time: 21 minutes) — Everyone dreams. Dreams are a normal part of our sleep cycle, and are beneficial to our health, memory retention, learning and self-awareness. While dreams may be recurring, prophetic, scary, sad, funny or downright weird, psychiatrists believe we can find meaning in these subconscious creations of our brains. Join HCTV as we explore Rapid Eye Movement sleep and the significance of dreams in Deep in the Night: REM Sleep and Dreams.
Digging the Truth: Archaeology In and Around Henrico (Running time: 21 minutes) — Documenting our history can be fascinating, but written historical records don’t always tell the whole story. HCTV takes you on a journey into the dirt of Henrico as archaeologists uncover the truth about the past right here in our own backyard.
Extending Knowledge: Virginia Cooperative Extension in Henrico County (Running time: 21 minutes) — Virginia Cooperative Extension has been providing scientifically based knowledge for our community for more than 80 years. With programs covering Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth activities, and Family and Consumer Sciences, residents of Henrico County are becoming smarter consumers and are more involved in their family’s lives than ever before. Join HCTV as we explore the many offerings of Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Four Centuries of Conflict and Confusion: The History of Dutch Gap (Running time: 22 minutes) — The history of Dutch Gap and the people who lived there spans four centuries of conflict and confusion. The Dutch Gap canal, located on the James River near the 17th-century Citie of Henricus, was originally constructed during the Civil War to shortcut the seven-mile loop around Farrar’s Island. Join HCTV as we learn about Dutch Gap, how it got its name, and the many wars and battles fought throughout its history.
From the Garbage to the Grid: A Powerful By-Product of Henrico’s Trash (Running time: 22 minutes) — We all generate household waste, we all use electricity. Those two undeniable facts of life have come to an enterprising intersection at the Springfield Road Landfill. Henrico based INGENCO Distributed Energy has partnered with the county to use the methane produced from decomposing garbage to fuel a four-megawatt power plant. Take an electrifying trip to the landfill with HCTV’s Ryan Eubank, and learn all about this ultimate form of recycling in From The Garbage to The Grid: A Powerful By-Product of Henrico’s Trash.
Garden Retreats: Stopping to Smell the Roses (Running time: 31 minutes) — Join HCTV on a captivating journey through local gardens to discover the wonderful colors, sounds, and people that create these beautiful retreats. You’ll see gardens that are formal, traditional, and whimsical, and learn why they enrich the lives of the people who so passionately call them home.
H2O Henrico: From the River to Your Home (Running time: 20 minutes) — Quality drinking water doesn’t just happen; it involves science, time, and the dedication of Henrico’s Water Treatment Facility staff. After years of planning and debating through the so-called “water wars” with the city of Richmond, Henrico County opened its own water treatment plant in 2004. Take a tour with HCTV and see how this fascinating facility uses sophisticated techniques and technology to treat and distribute your drinking water from the James River to your home.
Henrico Wildlife: Sharing The Habitat (Running time: 26 minutes) — From deer and raccoons to snakes and beavers, Henrico County and the surrounding area has a rich population of wildlife that residents can enjoy and learn to understand. Peacefully coexisting with these animals includes respecting the fact that they are wild. Encountering wildlife in Henrico can be a positive, enriching experience. Join HCTV as we explore how to share the habitat with these wonderful creatures.
Hidden Beauty: The Wildflowers of Virginia (Running time: 29 minutes) — From coastal wetlands to the western mountains, Virginia is one of the most naturally diverse states in the country. Native wildflowers are part of our heritage and add to the beauty of our surroundings. To fully appreciate their wonder, stop and look carefully to find the hidden beauty in these natural works of art.
Home Grown in Henrico: Vegetable Gardening Made Easy (Running time: 25 minutes) — Growing your own vegetables is a fun and educational way to put fresh, nutritious foods on your table. Whether you’re starting a full garden for the first time, or you simply want to grow a tomato plant in a container, HCTV will give you the information you need to have a successful crop in Home Grown in Henrico: Vegetable Gardening Made Easy.
Keeping it Green: Quality Development in Henrico County (Running Time: 15 minutes) – Green spaces and landscaping are critical to quality development in Henrico County. HCTV’s Keeping It Green explores how tree preservation, new plantings, parks and open spaces add to the quality of life in Henrico.
Living Among Us: A Closer Look at the Bugs to Beware (Running Time: 25 minutes) – There are likely more arthropods in your backyard than there are people in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia — many more, in fact! Fortunately, there are only a handful of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans that may be harmful to humans. Join HCTV for a revealing journey into the weird, wonderful, and sometimes dangerous world of bugs.
Missing Pieces: Henrico Police Forensics Unit (Running time: 26 minutes) – The lives of the Henrico Forensics Unit team are far from the glamour of Hollywood. These investigators live in the reality of forensic science and they’ll do whatever it takes to solve the mysteries criminals leave behind. From 30-year-old murders to today’s criminal activities, HCTV takes you on a journey inside the minds of the investigators who spend their lives searching for the Missing Pieces.
Moving Water Nature’s Way: Stream Restorations in Henrico (Running time: 23 minutes) — Across the country, suburban waterways are under pressure. Henrico County, with 400 miles of streams and 300,000 people, is no different. But new techniques learned from an old teacher — Mother Nature — are helping Henrico repair and restore its waterways naturally.
Native Fish Species of the James River (Running Time: 39 minutes) — During the 17th century the James River was silver with the Shad, Herring & Sturgeon populations. Over time, residential and commercial development, overfishing and habitat changes decimated these native species, but innovative repopulation and rehabilitation programs are now underway to replenish the river. Join HCTV as we explore how our actions and the environment have affected the fish quality, and learn whether it is, indeed, safe to eat fish from the James, in Native Fish Species of the James River.
Planet Henrico [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 32 minutes) — HCTV’s Planet Henrico looks at efforts underway in our community to protect our natural resources and environment. Learn about stream restoration, green roof projects, environmental reclamation, green building methods, and hybrid vehicles. Get tips on home energy savings.
Planting Zone, The: First Time Gardening [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 26 minutes) — Beginning gardeners learn the basic steps of choosing and planting for the first time. Local experts demonstrate how amateur gardeners can create healthy plants and gardens.
Smart Lawns [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 25 minutes) — How can Henrico homeowners keep up with daily activities and still have beautiful yards? Smart Lawns joins the Master Gardeners of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office in Henrico. HCTV learns about the types of services and knowledge these master gardeners have to offer. From when to fertilize and add lime to dealing with pests.
Soaring Free: Bird Watching in Henrico (Running time: 24 minutes) — Bird watching in Henrico can be fascinating for people of all ages. Hundreds of different species can be found in the county alone, and their beauty, quirky behavior and mysterious habits make them a wonder to behold. Soar through the county as HCTV shows you how and where to go “birding” in Henrico.
Spruce It Up! Landscape Gardening Made Easy (Running Time: 31 minutes) — Sprucing up your landscape can be as simple as knowing what you want and getting the right advice to make it happen. This do-it-yourself program will help you choose the right plants, know when, where, and how to plant them, and how to keep them healthy for many years to come. So get your green thumbs ready and Spruce It Up!
Standing Tall: Native Trees of Henrico (Running Time: 25 minutes) — From majestic oaks to loblolly pines, the native trees of Henrico not only enhance the natural beauty of the county and provide a habitat for animals, they play a vital part in the ecology of our environment. Join HCTV as we learn about the variety of native trees in our area and the role they play in the cycle of life.
Taking Flight: Stories of Early Virginia Aviation (Running time: 53 minutes) — Join us as we visit with pilots of the open-cockpit biplanes and explore aviation from 1864-1940 in this living history documentary.
Taking Flight: Stories of Modern Virginia Aviation (Running Time: 51 minutes) — Evolution of flight has taken more than a century. Throughout the years, many of the discoveries made that have shaped the industry have come from one small corner of the world. From streamlining the early warbirds of World War II, to improving the capabilities of today’s supersonic stealth fighters, the story of modern aviation cannot be told without the pilots, researchers and enthusiasts right here in Virginia. Join HCTV as we lead you through aircraft innovation in Taking Flight: Stories of Modern Virginia Aviation.
Until the Cows Come Home: A History of Dairy Farming in Henrico County, Virginia (Running time: 51 minutes) — Henrico County once supplied milk for much of the Richmond Area, and dairy farms were a way of life. The HCTV team shares stories of joys and days-gone-by in this fascinating tale of cows and family owned farms.