Nature School: Spring Semester

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 a story.

Students are expected to bring their own snacks, water, and backpack but all other materials will be provided. We will divide into two groups split roughly by age for most of the time, to allow for students to engage in activities that are appropriately challenging. Therefore, we ask that students come prepared for the possibility of being in a different group from their siblings. We also ask that children who are not yet in kindergarten or who will be uncomfortable being away from a caregiver participate in our Piedmont Polliwogs programs. We are outside for the duration of every session, rain or shine, so dress for the weather!

We will meet every other Wednesday from 9:00AM to 12:00PM on the following dates:

January 5

January 19

February 2

February 16

March 2

March 16

March 30

April 13

April 27

May 11

Cost: $100 ($80 for Friends of the Clifton Institute)

Age: Children in grades K-5, drop-off only.

Bring: Water bottle, snack, and backpack. We also recommend a small towel, seat pad, or piece of tarp to sit on on the trail.

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 will be available). We require that everyone have a mask with them in case we need to go inside during inclement weather, to administer first aid, or for other reasons. Please do not attend if you are experiencing or have experienced in the last two weeks any symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.).

Registration is REQUIRED.

Cancellation policy: If you register and can no longer attend this event, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to someone else. No refunds will be given upon registrant cancellation.

Before attending this event, please read the information included on our liability release form (click here).

We look forward to seeing you at the Clifton Institute!



Fall Nature School

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. For example, in the past we studied vultures, bird eggs and nests, leaf identification, beaver dams, and more. In this series, we will learn about new and different topics as the seasons change, so we invite returning and new Nature School students alike to sign up!

Cost: $80 for the series (includes 8 sessions lasting 3 hours each); $75 for Friends of Clifton

Age: Students in grades K-5. This program is drop-off only.

When: 9am to 12pm, every other Wednesday. Dates for the fall semester include: Sep 8, Sep 22, Oct 6, Oct 20, Nov 3, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15. (Please note: No make-ups will be offered for missed classes.)

Where: The Clifton Institute (6712 Blantyre Rd. in Warrenton)

What to wear: Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes.

What to bring: Small backpack with the following items: Full water bottle, towel/sheet to sit on, and a mask (required to have, not required to wear unless inside for inclement weather).

Weather policy: Nature School will be held in light rain/snow, but may be postponed or canceled in the event of extreme weather. We will communicate updates with parents via email, the evening before the program date.

Registration REQUIRED: Registration is only available for the entire program series, not for individual sessions.

Cancellation policy: NO REFUNDS will be given upon registrant cancellation. No make-ups or refunds will be offered for individual, missed classes. Refunds will only be given in the event that The Clifton Institute cancels the program.