Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Events

December 15, 2019, December 15, 2019 08:00 am - 07:00 pm
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

Join The Clifton Institute for their annual Christmas Bird Count! Spend the day surveying the birds in their 15-mile-diameter count circle. This is a great way to meet other birders in the area and to see what birds have migrated here for the winter. The count circle includes a nice variety of habitats and we see a diversity of waterfowl and grassland birds. There’s always a chance for Short-eared Owl and American Tree Sparrow! Please contact Alison at azak@cliftoninstitute.org if you are interested in participating. She will assign you to a team and each team will decide when and where to meet for the day. We’ll wrap up the count with a compilation potluck dinner at 5:30 at our headquarters. Hope we’ll see you there!

All skill levels welcome. Dress in layers for chilly, wet weather. Rain or shine!


January 09, 2020, January 09, 2020 06:30 pm - 08:30 pm
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

In the middle of winter,  join The Clifton Institute to craft with natural fibers that keep us warm! This month, we’ll gather around the fireplace inside the cozy farmhouse and enjoy hot tea while creating simple yarn crafts that busy the hands and calm the mind. Our crafting will connect us to the earth through the use of natural fibers and tools. All materials will be provided for working on a simple knitting or crocheting project. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Alison is happy to teach the garter stitch and/or single crochet for beginners! Feel free to bring your own portable craft projects-in-progress. Please register here.


January 16, 2020, January 16, 2020 07:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Location: The Clifton Institute, 6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, Virginia

When we hear about scientific discoveries, conservation breakthroughs, or just what’s been seen in the area recently, the stories are usually about species. “New species discovered!” “Endangered species need our help!” “I saw 20 species last weekend!” We hear and talk about species all the time, but we don’t usually stop to think about what a species is. In this presentation, The Clifton Institute's Managing Director Eleanor Harris, Ph.D., will discuss what it means to be a species and why they’re so important. She will focus on local examples of interest, for example, why we distinguish Alder and Willow Flycatchers, but not red-spotted purples and white admirals.

This event is open to the public and free to attend.  Please click here to register.


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