Piedmont Polliwogs

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Piedmont Polliwogs is a monthly pre-K program...

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Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike...

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists.

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Novice and experienced birders will enjoy this guided 1-2 mile hike...

Nature Camp for Grownups

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

This August we are offering our first ever weekend-long Nature Camp for Grownups.

Get Tickets $140 – $155

Nature Club

6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Come on out for our Nature Club! You’ll have the opportunity to explore the field station, learn about local plants and animals, and spend time with like-minded, nature-loving peers. Bring your friends! Cost: $10 ($8 for Friends of Clifton) Age: Youth grades 6-12; this program is drop off only Weather policy: Date and time subject to […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

Mushrooms with Mayor Nevill

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join mushroom expert Mayor Carter Nevill and Executive Director Bert Harris on a walk in the woods to find and identify as many species of mushrooms as we can.

Creatures of the Night

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join Clifton Institute Executive Director Bert Harris to look and listen for creatures of the night! We’ll start by listening to the evening chorus of cicadas and birds. Then we will take a gentle walk through fields and woods to look for nocturnal animals. Late summer is an ideal time to observe several species of […]

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 […]

Fall Nature School

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Back by popular demand...We’re offering another semester of Nature School this fall! Each class will include a structured learning activity on a particular topic and an exploratory nature walk...

Get Tickets $75 – $80

Night-time 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 AT NIGHT! We'll see how long we can walk without flashlights and then explore the woods to look for nocturnal animals and listen to the sounds of the night. We might hear owls screeching and flying squirrels calling […]

Raptor Migration Field Trip

Snickers Gap Blue Ridge

Come and witness the peak migration of Broad-winged Hawks. If we’re lucky we might see thousands!

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. Unlike most of our programs, we won’t be looking for anything in particular. Instead we’ll amble and explore and see what we can find! Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent […]

Party in the Pawpaw Patch

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us way down yonder for a Pawpaw party! We are excited to host this celebration of our only native tropical fruit tree! With many colorful nicknames such as the hillbilly mango, the pawpaw’s cultural flavor is as intriguing as its taste. We will give a brief talk on the ecology and cultural history of […]

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 […]

Native Plant Sale

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Native plants provide better food for insects, which in turn provide food for birds. You can make a huge difference for wildlife by planting native species on your property. Since fall 2019, we have been collecting seeds of native grassland plants from around the area, which means that in addition to being native they are […]

Nature Club

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Come on out for our Nature Club! You’ll have the opportunity to explore the field station, learn about local plants and animals, and spend time with like-minded, nature-loving peers. Bring your friends! Cost: $10 ($8 for Friends of Clifton) Age: Youth grades 6-12; this program is drop off only Weather policy: Date and time subject to […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

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 […]

Riverside Preserve Plant Walk

Riverside Preserve 8150 Leeds Manor Road, Marshall

Riverside Preserve is Fauquier County's newest park. It provides an interesting mix of habitats, from the river itself to the riparian habitat along the river’s edge to open fields. In early October we will see late wildflowers in the meadows and the last insects of summer, including butterflies, overflies, and katydids. We will also look […]