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Connecting You with Nature

Our Mission:

To be a vehicle for transformative, shared nature experiences.

To nurture peoples’ affinity for the natural world. 

Group Packages


Unwind and re-connect on a peaceful forest walk, with guided Shinrin-yoku (‘forest bathing’) at First Landing State Park. This restorative nature-experience is all about deepening your connection with nature.

All Seasons

Starting at $30.00 per person

Bathe Your Senses

Unwind and re-connect on a peaceful forest walk, with guided Shinrin-yoku (‘forest bathing’) at First Landing State Park.

All Seasons – Starting at $30.00 per person

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Painting in Nature

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

Spring, Summer & Fall – Starting at $30.00 per person


Early Birds

Travel to a scenic location for birding with an inspiring ornithologist as your guide. Learn fascinating facts, how to observe and identify, and listen to their songs at a time when they are most active.

All Seasons – Starting at $30 per person


Green Places

Explore Virginia’s largest Botanical Garden with a naturalist as your guide.

Spring, Summer & Fall – Starting at $30.00 per person


Green Architecture

Visit and take a private tour of one of the greenest buildings in the world, and a guided nature walk with a naturalist at Pleasure House Point Natural Area.

All Seasons – 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 and the history of the location.

Spring, Summer & Fall – Starting at $30.00 per person


Puppy Party with The Nature Bus

This one is for the PUPS! Visit an outdoor agility course, and have a photo shoot with or of your dog!

All Seasons – Starting at $85 for 1 person & 1 dog


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. Explore the bay and unique ship ruins on kayaks, take a guided walk or bicycle on the trails at Kiptopeke State Park and get to know the town of Cape Charles.

All Seasons – Starting at $60 per person

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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 $50 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 $70 per person

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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!

Starting at $140 per person

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Open to the Public – October 19/20th

Autumn is in the Air,

A two-day tour of the Shenandoah Valley, with apple picking at an orchard, visits to two heralded wineries, dinner in downtown Charlottesville, and hike in the Blue Ridge mountains along a beautiful trail. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis and there are only 16 seats available. If you are interested, reserve your seat(s) now!

Starting at $140 per person

We can offer Nature Experiences to any type of group!

If you are interested in planning a special outing for your group, you can book one of the events listed, or we can custom-design your group’s adventure! We are dedicated to providing memorable experiences and can be very flexible when we work with your group.

Here’s how:

Visit Imagine the Possibilities for ideas,

then complete the  Communicate your wishes form,

or email us directly at info@thenaturebus.com.

“Nature is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”
Edward Abbey

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”
Mary Davis

“We need the tonic of wilderness. We can never have enough of nature.”
Henry David Thoreau

While The Nature Bus has its home in Virginia Beach, it travels to nature destinations both locally and across the state of Virginia!

The natural world is Yours to Explore and it is our passion to offer nature experiences in: forests, meadows, beaches, waterfalls, rivers, creeks, local and state parks, nature museums, mountains, farms, wineries and more!

We collaborate with nature guides and naturalists across the state who are eager to share their expertise and knowledge with you.

Your Next Nature Experience Awaits

The Nature Bus is your connection to all-things-nature across the state of Virginia. The possibilities are endless when it comes to your next nature experience. Sign up for one of our upcoming trips, or tell us what you are looking for, and we will custom-design an experience just for you or your group. Are you looking for an exhilarating adventure? Perhaps a personal challenge? Or are you in search of a deeper connection with nature? A stimulating educational opportunity or a pleasurable social outing? How about a creative nature experience led by an artist?  No matter what YOU are looking for, all of our Nature Experiences will help you… Unplug and re-energize! Refresh and get inspired! All ages enjoy the benefits of nature. Our team is committed to providing you with transformative experiences with nature.

Every moment of your adventure is thoughtfully planned out, from the moment you step on, until you disembark. We make it simple for you. Just arrive, relax, and enjoy your memorable nature experience.


  • Corporate outing/employee appreciation/team-building/retreat
  • Business staff meeting outdoors
  • Birthday party
  • Retirement celebration
  • School field trip
  • Graduation party
  • Senior group
  • College group
  • Singles group
  • Church/temple/mosque outing
  • Bachelor(ette) celebration
  • Baby shower
  • Club or organization
  • Homeschool group
  • Wedding
  • Group of friends
  • And more!


  • Adventure + Exploration
  • Personal Challenge
  • Educational
  • Mind & Body ~ a deeper connection to nature
  • Social
  • Stewardship
  • Creative
  • Singles Only
  • Pet Friendly (for Friendly Dogs)
  • Overnights (to distant parts of VA)
  • 21+
  • And so much more!

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