Walk with a Naturalist: Weather Watch

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. In August we will be focusing on the weather! Habitat Specialist and weather enthusiast Andrew Eberly will talk a bit about the Virginia's summer weather and then will narrate some of the afternoon's weather phenomena on the walk. We focus so much on […]

Free
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Nature Camp For Grownups

Event time: Jan 1 - Jan 1
The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Hey grownups! Have you ever wished you could come to one of our nature camps? Well, now you can! This August we are offering our second annual weekend-long Nature Camp for Grownups. Activities will start on the morning of August 27, go through a campfire that night, resume on the morning of August 28, and […]

$100.00 – $125.00

Mushrooms with Mayor Nevill CANCELED

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

NO MUSHROOMS APPEARED THIS YEAR :(   Late summer is a mushroom-y season and a great time to learn about this under-appreciated kingdom of life! 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. Cost: […]

Free

Late Summer Wildflower Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Come and see our fields at their best! The fields we call Lower and Upper Woodcock are unplanted and naturally dominated by native plants. We will look for Gray Goldenrod, Slender Lespedeza, Green Milkweed, Field Thistle, Upland Ironweed, Elliott's Bluestem and Little Bluestem in the drier areas, and Great Blue Lobelia, New York Ironweed, and […]

Free

Creatures of the Night

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

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 […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Both beginner 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 ages 12 and up, accompanied […]

Free

Raptor Migration Field Trip

Snickers Gap Bluemont, VA

Every fall raptors migrate south along the Appalachian Mountains. Several species of hawks, eagles, and falcons can be seen migrating, but the biggest spectacles are the days when huge numbers of Broad-winged Hawks fly by. If we’re lucky we might see thousands! One of the expert bird-watchers on our staff will lead the group and […]

Free

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case of extreme weather (e.g. thunderstorm or significant snow fall). COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside porta potty […]

Free

Party in the Pawpaw Patch

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

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 […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Both beginner 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 ages 12 and up, accompanied […]

Free

Native Plant Sale

6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

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 in addition to being native they are of […]

Native Seed Collection and Propagation Workshop

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Collecting and propagating native seeds is a great way to help spread native plant populations, add 100% native species to your gardens, and learn about the native plants in your backyard. Although it may seem daunting, learning a few simple guidelines will get you well on your way to collecting and sowing your own seeds.  […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Both beginner 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 ages 12 and up, accompanied […]

Free

Winter Sparrow Workshop

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

** This event will be held over Zoom ** Get ready for winter by brushing up on sparrow identification! Every season brings its own challenges for birdwatching. In winter, similar-looking sparrows can be hard to tell apart and birding by ear becomes more difficult as birds sing less and call more. Join expert birder Nick […]

$8.00 – $10.00

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Bring: Please bring binoculars. Weather policy: Rain or shine except in case of extreme weather (e.g. thunderstorm or significant snow fall). COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Both beginner 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 […]

Free

Riverside Plant Walk at Riverside Preserve

Riverside Preserve 8150 Leeds Manor Road, Marshall, VA

Join Dr. Bert Harris of The Clifton Institute to explore the special plants and animals of Fauquier County's Riverside Preserve!  This beautiful park protects a fascinating variety of habitats, from mature riparian forest to mesic upland forest, and native meadows. In mid-October we will see late wildflowers in the meadows and the last insects of […]

Nature Journaling Meetup and Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

From Co-Director Eleanor Harris: Nature journaling is my favorite hobby, a great way to spend time outside, and a powerful tool for learning about nature. I want to help develop the community of nature journalers in our area and to encourage more people to start their own nature journals. Whether you have been nature journaling […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside porta potty will be available). Please do not […]

Free

Walk With A Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Join us for a walk on our trails with one our naturalists. Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. COVID-19 Information: This program will be […]

Free

Starry Story Time and Bonfire

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

When was the last time you stargazed while someone told you a story? We’ll take advantage of the long nights to learn a few winter constellations and Education Associate Bridget Bradshaw will read you one of her favorite stories. We’ll start the night with a bonfire and s’mores and then get cozy on the lawn, […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Cost: Free! Age: All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside porta potty will be available). Please do not attend […]

Free

Beginner Grass Identification Workshop

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

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 […]

$8.00 – $10.00

Beginner Lichen Identification Workshop

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Lichens: part algae, part fungi, all mystery! Did you know that we have more than 400 species of lichens in our region and that many of them can be identified with a little practice and a hand lens? Lichens in our area are diverse in their appearance, in where they grow, and in how they […]

$8.00 – $10.00

Christmas Bird Count

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

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 […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside porta potty will be available). Please do not attend […]

Free

Walk With A Naturalist: Special All-day Hike

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

On this special Walk with a Naturalist, we will walk one of the longer trails on our property. We'll still go slow as we look for plants and animals, even in the dead of winter, and we expect to walk no more than 3 miles. Please bring a lunch and / or snacks to eat […]

Free

Research Talk: American Kestrel Nesting Habitat

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Link to Zoom webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87576436084 **This is a virtual event** Join Executive Director Bert Harris to hear the latest on our American Kestrel research. We have been studying these declining falcons for two years and we have learned so much about the habitats they use for hunting. Cattle pastures are preferred over all other kinds […]

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

Cost: Free! Age: Adults and children 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please check your email for updates on the morning of the event. COVID-19 Information: This program will be entirely outdoors (an outside porta potty will be available). Please do not attend […]

Free

Winter Tree Identification Workshop

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA

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 […]

$5.00 – $10.00