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Connecting You with Nature

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Guided Eco Tours in the Coastal Virginia area   –   offering customizable nature experiences for private-groups & Saturday Escapes tours (on most weekends) that are open to everyone.    Say YES to NEW Adventures! Hop on board for memorable experiences with the natural world.

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Our Mission:

To be a vehicle for transformative, shared nature experiences.

To nurture peoples’ affinity for the natural world. 

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Our Tours

If you’re new to our site, the descriptions below will help you navigate this menu:

FOR PRIVATE GROUPS OF up to 16 PEOPLE

Available as half day, full day, and two day tours: You pick the date(s), and choose one of our private group packages listed in the next 3 tabs… or let us create a custom trip for your group! *Scheduled tours can be found in “Upcoming Events & Registration” tab.
We require a minimum of several weeks’ notice for planning purposes to secure our guides. Please contact us immediately (text 757-288-9595 or email info@thenaturebus.com) to start planning your memorable experience.

* We can accommodate larger groups (of up to 50 people) upon request. See our FAQs page for more info. 

FOR INDIVIDUALS: SATURDAY ESCAPES

These Saturday trips are open to everybody at an affordable price. We depart from REI most Saturdays. Check our registration portal and/or Facebook often. The seats fill up fast so stay connected with us! 

REGISTRATION PORTAL

Private tours that have been scheduled are listed here, along with Saturday Escapes. Selecting the “Upcoming Events & Registration” tab will take you to a new page with specific tour details and instructions, and a way to purchase your tickets. (Private tour pages are password protected)

This is the perfect gift for nature enthusiasts. Instead of getting your loved ones more STUFF, gift an experience instead!

These can be applied to any one of our Saturday Escape tours that we offer year-round, or to a private group tour.

For Private Groups of up to 16 People

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Bathe Your Senses

Unwind and re-connect on a peaceful forest walk, with guided Shinrin-yoku (‘forest bathing’) Forest Meditation. Brides-to-be LOVE our Bridal Forest Meditation!

Available Spring, Summer and Fall – Starting at $35.00 per person

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Painting in Nature

Tap into your creative side and bring nature onto a canvas. On this nature experience, a local artist will guide you step-by-step through the process.

All Seasons – Starting at $40.00 per person

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Tour of Virginia Beach

An intimate tour of sights to see in Virginia Beach, interpreted by a Historian. This experience also includes visits to natural areas.

All Seasons – Starting at $45 per person

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Green Places

Explore Virginia’s largest Botanical Garden with a naturalist as your guide and interpreter of the many sights to see.

Spring, Summer & Fall – Starting at $50.00 per person; includes admission fee to the garden

Yoga on the Beach

Yoga on the Beach

Salut to the Sun with the sand under your toes. We can take your group of up to 16 people to a peaceful beach for guided yoga either for the sunrise or sunset. These guided eco tours are a perfect way to reconnect with your peers and nature.

Available in the Spring, Summer and Fall, Starting at $30 per person

First Landing State Park

Naturalist-guided Forest Walk

Participants will enter a magically beautiful forest where Spanish moss hangs overhead. A naturalist will point out interesting nature facts, many sights to see, and the history of the location.

Spring & Fall – Starting at $35.00 per person

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Puppy Party with The Nature Bus

This one is for the PUPS! Bring your best friend on a special nature experience designed for you and your dog.

All Seasons – Starting at $35 for 1 person & 1 dog

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Early Birds

On these fascinating nature experiences, we’ll travel to a scenic location for birding with an inspiring ornithologist (bird expert) as your guide. Learn fascinating facts, how to observe and identify, and listen to their songs at a time when they are most active. Loaner binoculars included.

All Seasons – Starting at $40 per person

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Virginia’s Animal & Plant Life

Let us take you to a living museum of Virginia’s indigenous species. Explore and be inspired by the diversity of life on display in aquariums, aviary, botanical preserve, science center, planetarium and more!

All Seasons – Starting at $45 per person; includes admission fee to the museum

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The Night Sky

Visit “dark skies” away from the light pollution and look through a telescope at starry skies with a local astronomer. On board astronomy program by an astronomer as we travel to the location.

All Seasons – Starting at $35 per person

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Light Up Your Holiday

Enjoy a holiday make-and-take holiday craft (ie: painting ornaments, candle centerpiece, wreathe making) with your friends and co-workers. Then view holiday light displays from on-board The Nature Bus. Perfect for an office holiday party or a family reunion!

Available Nov 22nd – Dec 31st, Starting at $35 per person

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My Nature Birthday Party!

We create magical birthday parties for the birthday child. Select from the many nature-themed experiences we offer.

All Seasons – Starting at $35 per child   (Also, keep your eye out for NATURE QUEST SUMMER CAMP every summer!)

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling

Travel to a scenic location and under the direction of a guide, learn techniques in how to start your own nature journal.

Available in the Spring and Fall, Starting at $40 per person; includes a journal 

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Amazing Pollinators

Hop on board for a tour of wildflower gardens and pollinator meadows. This tour takes you to the Botanical Gardens!

Available in the Spring & Summer – Starting at $50 per person; includes admission to the garden

For Private Groups of up to 16 People

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Riding Rapids

Ride the bus to Richmond, VA and brave the white-water rapids with rafting on the James River. Then make a stop at a local brewery for food and beers. Different classes of rapids available to choose from: easy or difficult.

Summer and Fall – Starting at $85 per person

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Escape to the Eastern Shore

Travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel to the Eastern Shore. Exploration options include kayaking, guided nature walk, biking, winery/brewery stops, Chincoteague ponies, boat ride to barrier islands, and visits to quaint towns for food and drink.

Spring, Summer & Fall – Starting at $60 per person

Cape Henry Light House Virginia Beach

Tour of Virginia Beach

An intimate sightseeing tour of Virginia Beach, interpreted by a Historian. This experience also includes visits to natural areas.

All Seasons – Starting at $60 per person

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The Stars Have Aligned

Head to a planetarium for an astonishing cinematic experience, followed by dinner and drinks at a brewery. Then look through a telescope at starry skies with a local astronomer.

All Seasons – Starting at $60 per person

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The Williamsburg Experience

We let you choose from all Williamsburg has to offer. On this full day tour, your group can visit Colonial Williamsburg, wineries, gardens, spas and even stand up paddle boarding. Customizable for your group’s particular needs.

All Seasons – Starting at $70 per person

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Virginia’s Animal & Plant Life

Let us take you to a living museum of Virginia’s indigenous species. Explore and be inspired by the diversity of life on display in aquariums, aviary, botanical preserve, science center, planetarium and more!

All Seasons – Starting at $50 per person; includes admission to the museum

Portsmouth Virginia

Tour of Portsmouth

An intimate sightseeing tour of Portsmouth, Virginia. Includes guided tours of historic and natural areas.

Available in the Spring & Fall – Starting at $40 per person

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Chincoteague & Assateague

Take a peaceful getaway to the Chincoteague & Assateague islands with a naturalist as your guide.

Available in the Spring & Fall – Starting at $65 per person

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Paddle On The Eastern Shore

Travel across the Chesapeake Bay bridge-tunnel to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and spend the day exploring the bay waters, estuaries, and around ship ruins.

Available in the Summer – Starting at $70 per person

For Private Groups of  up to 16 People

Fall Colors

Autumn is in the Air

A two day scenic excursion that will take you apple picking, to explore downtown Charlottesville, hike in Shenandoah National Park, and visit three beautiful vineyards! If you fall for autumn, let us pick you up!

Available in the Fall, Starting at $200 per person

Japanese Garden

Gardener’s Tour

Private group tour, for two day excursion to Richmond and Charlottesville to visit several of Virginia’s most breathtaking gardens; including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Maymont Park, and more.

Available Spring, Summer & Fall, Starting at $200 per person

Costal Virginia Beach

Two-Day Beach Retreat

Do you live inland? Want a day at the beach? Let us pick you up in your hometown and customize your weekend beach package!

Available in the Summer & Fall, Starting at $200 per person

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Gal’s Getaway

Take a two-day trip with your friends to Charlottesville, VA, to visit wineries, the downtown area, have a guided painting lesson in the mountains, hike beautiful trails, and much more!

Available in the Summer, Spring & Fall, Starting at $200 per person

Say YES to new adventures!

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