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 […]

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Project Feederwatch Giveaway

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Friends of the Rappahannock will be giving away free Project Feederwatch bird feeders at the Clifton Institute after our regular Wednesday morning bird walk! The feeders are first-come first-serve, and the limit is one per family. A Friends of the Rappahannock instructor will give you instructions on how participate in Project Feederwatch, which is a community […]

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. […]

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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 from around our property and over the last few years we have made a lot of progress, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers! Please bring your own work gloves, […]

Beginner Grass Identification

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

At first glance, it might seem like grasses all look the same and that they don't offer the same beauty that showy flowers do. But we think it's worth taking the time to learn to tell grasses apart and to appreciate their unique beauty. And winter is a great time to do it because the […]

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 […]

After-school Adventure

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

For the first time ever, we are offering after-school programs! Students in grades 3-8 are invited to join us for an adventure in nature. Activities will vary from month to month and will include science projects, art projects, and lessons in outdoor skills; but every month we will spend time outside making friends with each […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

Lichens for Beginners

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Lichens, part algae, part fungi, and all mystery! Lichens are some of the hardiest organisms on earth and can be found all around us, but they can be difficult to identify. In this program mycologist Thomas Roehl will teach us about lichen biology and then lead us on a walk around the field station to […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

Christmas Bird Count

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us for our annual Christmas Bird Count! We’ll spend the day surveying the birds in our 15-mile-diameter count circle, which includes a variety of habitats. We usually see a nice diversity of waterfowl and grassland birds. There’s always a chance for Short-eared Owl and American Tree Sparrow! Participating in the Christmas Bird Count is a great way to […]

Nature School: Spring Semester

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

This series, which takes place between January and May, is a chance for young students to dip their toes into 10 different topics as we watch the land around us become green again! Each session will include time spent journaling, learning about science, and going on a hike. The younger group will also be read […]

Sold Out $80 – $100

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 […]

Nature Club

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We are changing up Nature Club!  Over 5 sessions beginning in January and running through May, Nature Club will be focused on completing one, big project.  Participants will work together to create a map of an uncharted piece of Clifton and build a trail that runs through it.  The season will culminate in an unveiling […]

Get Tickets $40 – $50

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 […]

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. […]

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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 […]

After-school Adventure Series

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We are changing up After-school Adventure! Over 5 sessions beginning in January and running through May, After-school Adventure will be focused on completing one, big project. Participants will spend the first part of the season exploring different parts of Clifton, taking care to notice special places off the beaten track. Then they will work together […]

Get Tickets $40 – $50

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 […]

Waterfowl and Animal Behavior Class

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Winter is the perfect time to get good looks at ducks! In this program, students will hone their waterfowl identification, learn some of the principles of studying animal behavior, and get to perform their own study! No previous knowledge or skills required--just your curiosity! Cost: $10 ($8 for Friends of the Clifton Institute) Age: Children in […]

Get Tickets $8 – $10

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: Rain or shine except in case […]

Winter Book Club: The Forest Unseen

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We've selected David Haskell's The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature for our Winter book club. Haskell is a biologist who uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Visiting it almost daily for one year to trace nature’s path through the seasons, he brings the forest […]

Research Talk: American Kestrel Nesting Habitat

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

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 this species. In 2021 Clifton Institute staff and interns, along with Dr. Joe Kolowski (Smithsonian-Mason […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]