We are grateful to have the support of several partner organizations who help us accomplish our mission.
The Bull Run Mountains Conservancy (BRMC) promotes the preservation and the improvement of natural resources on the Bull Run Mountains through educational, charitable, and scientific means for the benefit of the general public. Clifton partners with BRMC to provide environmental education to our community.
The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) is driven to inspire and facilitate the preservation and celebration of plants, gardens, and landscapes. OSGF and Virginia Working Landscapes are our partners in a major grassland restoration project: all three properties will be using the same experimental treatments in order to determine the best methods for grassland restoration and the effects on native plants and animals. The inclusion of the three properties in the same experiment will dramatically improve the statistical significance and applicability of our findings.
The Virginia Master Naturalists are volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources and public lands. The Old Rag Master Naturalists (ORMN) chapter serves the counties of Culpeper, Rappahannock, Madison, Greene, Orange and Fauquier. We are proud to be a partner for the Old Rag Master Naturalists and grateful for the ORMN volunteers who help us restore habitat for native plants and animals and study the ecology of our field station.
The Piedmont Environmental Council was founded in 1972 to promote and protect the Virginia Piedmont’s rural economy, natural resources, history and beauty. PEC has generously provided greenhouse space for our native plant propagation project and information about best practices for land management and has co-hosted events with our organization.
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) is a partnership between the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University that offers a range of hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation for undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and high school students. The Clifton Institute partners with SMSC by mentoring SMSC interns doing research on our field station.
The Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS) is dedicated to the protection and preservation of the native plants of Virginia and their habitats, in order to sustain for generations to come the integrity of the Commonwealth’s rich natural heritage of ecosystems and biodiversity for purposes of enjoyment, enlightenment, sustainable use, and our own very survival. VNPS is partnering with Clifton to study the effects of restoration practices on native and exotic plants.
Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL) is a program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute that promotes the conservation of native biodiversity and sustainable land-use through research, education and community engagement. We are a VWL research site and we work closely with VWL staff and volunteers to monitor Clifton’s biodiversity, with an emphasis on early successional habitats. VWL and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation are our partners in a major grassland restoration project: all three properties will be using the same experimental treatments in order to determine the best methods for grassland restoration and the effects on native plants and animals. The inclusion of the three properties in the same experiment will dramatically improve the statistical significance and applicability of our findings.
The mission of the Garden Club of Virginia is to celebrate the beauty of the land, to conserve the gifts of nature and to challenge future generations to build on this heritage. We are grateful for the support of the Warrenton Garden Club, who have funded the native plant garden at our headquarters and our Young Explorers summer camp and whose members are valuable volunteers on the field station.