Research Talk: American Kestrel Nesting Habitat

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

This program will be exclusively on Zoom; the link will be sent to registered participants. The American Kestrel, North America's smallest falcon, is declining across the Northeast. While there are many possible causes, habitat degradation is likely an important factor. Unfortunately, little is know about how manage land in a way that will best support […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case […]

Currently full Free

Volunteer Day: Invasive Species Removal

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Invasive plant species crowd out native plants and provide little to no food for native animals. Every winter we work to remove invasive Autumn Olive and other invasive plants from around our property and over the last few years we have made a lot of progress, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers! Age: Adults […]

Winter Tree Identification for Beginners

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Winter is a great time of year to learn how to identify trees and to practice looking at bark and twigs. In this program, we will take you on a short walk in the woods and talk about the tips and tricks to identify the most common trees in our forests. This program is meant […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Volunteer Day: Trail Sign Installation

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Over the last two years we have been working to put up trail signs all around the property so that people can navigate on open-access days. We need your help installing sign posts! Age: Adults only and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent […]

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Don't forget to bring your binoculars! Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather […]

Piedmont Polliwogs

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Piedmont Polliwogs is a monthly pre-K program that includes an outdoor story time and short nature walk. Cost: Free! Age: Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case of extreme weather (e.g. thunderstorm or significant snow fall). Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. […]

Currently full Free

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Volunteer Day: Trail Sign Installation

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Over the last two years we have been working to put up trail signs all around the property so that people can navigate on open-access days. We need your help installing sign posts! Age: Adults only and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent […]

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. This month, we'll be looking for otters! These playful creatures are often seen on our ponds in early winter. Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case of extreme weather (e.g. thunderstorm […]

Family Nature Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Families with children in grades K-8 are invited to come along as we explore the field station and experience autumn in Virginia. We’ll explore the woods to look for changes in the landscape and migrating birds. This program is a wonderful opportunity for families to explore nature together. We pick a different trail to explore […]

Spotted Salamander Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Once a year, salamanders leave their homes in the woods and head toward vernal pools, temporary ponds created by spring rains and melting winter snow. The conditions must be just right, a warm night with rainy conditions. The males arrive first and lay sperm sacks around the pond. The females come later and absorb these […]

Patterns in Nature Classes and Crafts

6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us for this exciting series of programs all about patterns in nature! Mathematical patterns are all around us, in plants, animals, and even fungi! Knowing where to find them and why they're there can make being outside in nature even more fun. On each of three consecutive Thursdays, co-director Eleanor Harris, Ph.D., will give […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Don't forget to bring your binoculars! Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Woodcock Watch

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

The American Woodcock is one of our stealthiest birds, but it’s also one of the most fun to watch when they do show themselves. On early spring evenings, the males perform their mating displays, flying high into the air and falling back to the ground, making calls and sounds with their wings as they do […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Don't forget to bring your binoculars! Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather […]

Piedmont Polliwogs

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Piedmont Polliwogs is a monthly pre-K program that includes an outdoor story time and short nature walk. Cost: Free! Age: Children ages 2-5, accompanied by a caregiver Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case of extreme weather (e.g. thunderstorm or significant snow fall). Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. […]

Woodcock Watch

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

The American Woodcock is one of our stealthiest birds, but it’s also one of the most fun to watch when they do show themselves. On early spring evenings, the males perform their mating displays, flying high into the air and falling back to the ground, making calls and sounds with their wings as they do […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Family Nature Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Families with children in grades K-8 are invited to come along as we explore the field station and experience autumn in Virginia. We’ll explore the woods to look for changes in the landscape and migrating birds. This program is a wonderful opportunity for families to explore nature together. We pick a different trail to explore […]

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. Usually, we don't look for anything in particular on these walks. This time, though, we'll be looking specifically for beaver. And, since they are more likely to be active in the afternoon, we've scheduled our walk for a bit later in the day […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike to look for the many species of birds that can be found on the field station. We will explore successional fields, meadows, lake edges, and forest. Don't forget to bring your binoculars! Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]

Open-access Day for Friends of the Clifton Institute

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We invite Friends of the Clifton Institute to come explore the field station on their own every Saturday from mid-January to mid-October. You can become a Friend of Clifton with a minimum annual donation of $40. Your support will help us reach our goals of expanding and improving our education, restoration, and research programs this […]