Summer Book Club: World of Wonders

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

This summer, we will read and discuss the essay collection World of Wonders...

Free

Piedmont Polliwogs

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

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

Free

Bird Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

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

Free

Walk with a Naturalist

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

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

Free

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.

$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 […]

Free

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.

Free

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

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...

Free

Piedmont Wildflower Walk

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Come and see our native Piedmont grassland at its best!

Free

Native Garden Tour

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Join us on a native garden tour to enjoy late summer blooms and pollinators, and to learn tips on how to establish and maintain your own garden. This program will be co-hosted by Audubon at Home and the Clifton Institute. We will start the tour at Clifton and then drive to two other properties. The […]

Free

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 […]

Free

Raptor Migration Field Trip

Snickers Gap Bluemont

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

Free

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 […]

Free

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 on the third Tuesday of every month 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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Free

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 […]

Volunteer day: Seed cleaning

The Clifton Institute 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

We have been collecting seeds from native plants in the area and we need your help separating the seeds from the other plant material and getting them ready to plant! Age: Adults only and children ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult. Weather policy: Date and time subject to change dependent on weather. Please […]

Free