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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. 

We are preparing to rev up our engine and get the wheels rolling again! Very soon you will be able to hop-on-board for one of our tours! The bus is being outfitted with dividers between the seats. We will tour with all of the windows open, wear masks (and a shield if you’d like one), and assure you a safe tour. Stay tuned (this site/FB/IG) for an update of a reopening day! As you may know, The Nature Bus hasn’t been able to operate since March. During this downtime, we wanted to be a force for good, to make a difference, and make a positive contribution to peoples’ well-being. We did it. We created AMAZING, FREE virtual tours so you could get excited about our local nature destinations and experience the local natural world from the comfort of your couch. This is our gift to you!

To keep up to date on our tours, please do these 4 steps: 1. Sign up for our quarterly newsletter to keep up to date on our offerings (scroll to bottom of the page) 2. Follow us on Facebook 3. Follow us on Instagram; you will love our photos 4. Watch the virtual tours. Here are the helpful links: Facebook, Instagram, Virtual Tours, Photo Gallery, Superb Reviews

Our Tours

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

FOR PRIVATE-GROUPS OF 10-16 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 “Registration Portal” 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.

FOR INDIVIDUALS: SATURDAY ESCAPES

These Saturday trips are open to everybody at an affordable price. Check our registration portal on Thursdays (after 12pm) and follow us on Facebook: where our ‘impromptu’ nature tours are revealed (24-48 hours before departure from REI).

REGISTRATION PORTAL

Private tours that have been scheduled are listed here, along with Saturday Escapes. Selecting “Register” on the right 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)

For Private Groups of 10-16 People

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Bathe Your Senses

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

Available Spring, Summer and Fall – 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.

All Seasons – Starting at $30.00 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 $30 per person

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Green Places

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

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

Yoga on the Beach

Yoga on the Beach

Salut to the Sun with the sand under your toes. We can take your group of 10-16 to a peaceful beach for guided yoga either for the sunrise or sunset. This tour is 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 and the history of the location.

Spring & Fall – Starting at $30.00 per person

Dogs day out

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 $30 for 1 person & 1 dog

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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

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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 $30 per person

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The Night Sky

Visit Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and look through a telescope at starry skies with a local astronomer.

All Seasons – Starting at $25 per person

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Light Up Your Holiday

Enjoy sipping wine while painting ornaments with your friends and co-workers, then view over 20 blocks of holiday light displays from on-board The Nature Bus.

Available Nov 22nd – Dec 31st, Starting at $30 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 $15 per child

Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling

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

Available in the Spring and Fall, Starting at $40 per person

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Amazing Pollinators

Hop on board for a tour of wildflower gardens and pollinator meadows.

Available in the Spring & Summer – Starting at $20 per person

For Private Groups of 10-16 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. Explore the bay and unique ship ruins on kayaks, take a guided walk or bicycle through natural areas on the Eastern Shore, and get to know the town of Cape Charles.

Spring, Summer & Fall – Starting at $50 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 $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 $50 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

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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 $55 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 10-16 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 $140 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 $140 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 $140 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 $140 per person

Join us in being adventurous on your weekends!

Available to the public: Saturday Escapes – New ‘Impromptu’ Nature Tours

Revealed HERE on Thursdays. Grab your seat, they fill up fast.

Search:

Event Venue Date
Private Event: Dewberry Engineers, Dec. 19th
  • December 19, 2019 2:30 pm
Register
Private Event: Holiday Lights Tour, Dec. 22
  • December 22, 2019 3:00 pm
Register
Private Event for REI Co-op. with The Nature Bus
  • December 29, 2019 3:00 pm
Register
Saturday Escape #4
  • January 4, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Private Event: Gal's Getaway!
  • January 18, 2020 8:00 am
Register
Saturday Escape #5
  • February 1, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Saturday Escape #6 Explore Forest + Beach on Eastern Shore
  • February 8, 2020 10:15 am
Register
Saturday Escape #7 Paradise Creek
  • February 15, 2020 9:00 am
Register
Saturday Escape #8 Indoor Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • February 22, 2020 1:30 pm
Register
Virginia Beach History Bus Tour
  • February 29, 2020 9:00 am
Register
Saturday Escape - Guided Tour of The Great Dismal Swamp REI
  • March 7, 2020 9:30 am
Register
TEAM Roundtable We will depart from Hilton VB Oceanfront 3001 Atlantic Avenue, VB, 23451
  • March 13, 2020 11:15 am
Register
Saturday Escape - Winter Nature Walk REI
  • March 14, 2020 9:30 am
Register
DCR-Guided Tour
  • March 21, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Piney Grove REI
  • March 22, 2020 7:00 am
Register
Saturday Escape #10
  • March 28, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Event 2
  • March 28, 2020 9:30 am
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Event 3
  • March 28, 2020 9:30 am
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Event 4
  • March 28, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Saturday Escape #11
  • April 4, 2020 9:30 am
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Saturday Escape #12
  • April 11, 2020 9:30 am
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Saturday Escape #13
  • May 2, 2020 9:30 am
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Saturday Escape #14
  • May 9, 2020 9:30 am
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Saturday Escape #15
  • May 16, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Saturday Escape #16
  • May 23, 2020 9:30 am
Register
Saturday Escape #17
  • May 30, 2020 9:30 am
Register

We offer Nature Experiences to GROUPS! (minimum 10, maximum 16)

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:

View the current packages on the home page (these packages are all customizable to meet the needs and interests of people in your group). You can also visit our Imagine the Possibilities for even more options. Then complete the  Communicate your wishes form or contact us at 757-288-9595 (text preferred) or email us directly at info@thenaturebus.com. Just choose your date and time, where you’d like to go, and get your tickets to ride The Nature Bus and have a wonderful experience. 

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