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Your Next Nature Experience Awaits…

JOIN US IN BEING SPONTANEOUS ON MOST SATURDAYS!

So many people asked us, “if we don’t have a group in mind, can we still ride The Nature Bus and go on one of your nature experiences?” Our model is primarily for GROUPS of 10-16. But we heard you! So we put together “Saturday Escapes!”

When we don’t have a private group tour scheduled, then it your lucky opportunity to hop-on-board! So grab your seat before they are all taken.

Our tours depart from REI in Town Center, Virginia Beach.

KEEP an eye on our calendar; we add new Saturday Escape tours often.

SCROLL down to see upcoming tours. CLICK month-to-month to see tours in later months.


  • August 7, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

TOUR NAME: Farm-to-Table Tasting Tour

DATE: Saturday, August 7, 2021  

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 10:30 – 2:30 Please arrive at 10:00 at REI to board the bus.

PRICE: $30 per person; lunch included (tickets available at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: Let’s “taste the greenhouse!” It doesn’t get any fresher than this! This farm-to-table experience allows you to tour the hydroponic green house, guided by an expert who will teach us the science behind the foods we eat. Ellie from The Neighborhood Harvest will educate us about the farm/greenhouse processes. The tour culminates with a delicious locally grown, pesticide free, seasonal lunch (included). Vegan, vegetarian, or meat lunches are available. Please specify your preference when you register. Yum!

COVID SAFETY MEASURES: We care about the health and safety of those participating in our nature experiences. The Nature Bus has been outfitted with dividers between rows of seats. The bus is sanitized between each tour. We ride with windows partially open, like an open-air tram. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever. 

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Venue:  

Address:
350 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462, United States


  • August 14, 2021
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

TOUR NAME: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Tour

DATE: Saturday, August 14, 2021  (rain-date is Sunday, August 15) 

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 10:00 – 3:00 Please arrive at 9:45 at REI to board the bus.

PRICE: $25 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: The Nature Bus will travel to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (BBNWR). Right in the “backyard of Coastal Virginia” is this unique habitat with stunning scenery of dunes and marshes. Join us to walk the scenic trails! We will have a knowledgeable guide with us on the tour. Pack your sack lunch for a picnic in the shade of a tree. BBNWR provides protection of habitat for wildlife species. The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants. On this tour you will learn how the refuge was established and about the plant and animal species in this unique habitat. Watch this virtual tour to get an idea where we will be heading: https://thenaturebus.com/virtual-walk-at-back-bay-national-wildlife-refuge/

https://thenaturebus.com/virtual-walk-at-back-bay-national-wildlife-refuge/

COVID SAFETY MEASURES: We care about the health and safety of those participating in our nature experiences. The Nature Bus has been outfitted with dividers between rows of seats. The bus is sanitized between each tour. We ride with windows partially open, like an open-air tram. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever. 

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Venue:  

Address:
350 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462, United States


  • August 21, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

TOUR NAME: Guided Visit to a Pollinator Habitat

DATE: Saturday, August 21, 2021  (rain-date is Sunday, August 22) 

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 10:30 – 2:30 Please arrive at 10:00 at REI to board the bus.

PRICE: $15 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: Imagine yourself standing in a flower meadow, with an entomologist (an insect scientist) as our guide! The Diamond Springs Meadow is a small-patch, citizen-maintained pollinator habitat that was created in 2016 in a section of a city-owned community park. A combination of resources, including the City Dept of Parks and Recreation, a local Civic League, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, local Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, were tapped in the design, construction, initial planting, vegetation editing and habitat monitoring, Early efforts included data collection, including plants and animals. Current efforts continue the data collection and are turning toward community use. Feel free to bring questions for the entomologist; You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the benefits of pollinators! Bring your sack lunch; We will have a picnic before heading back. 

COVID SAFETY MEASURES: We care about the health and safety of those participating in our nature experiences. The Nature Bus has been outfitted with dividers between rows of seats. The bus is sanitized between each tour. We ride with windows partially open, like an open-air tram. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever. 

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Venue:  

Address:
350 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462, United States


  • August 28, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

TOUR NAME: Watercolor in the Woods  

DATE: Saturday, August 28, 2021  (rain-date is Sunday, August 29) 

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 10:30 – 2:30 Please arrive at 10:00 at REI to board the bus.

PRICE: $35 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: Let nature inspire your creativity as we travel to Sandy Bottom Nature Park for a guided watercolor class.  We will travel aboard the Nature Bus to the park, where you will find all of the supplies you need to create a watercolor landscape of the world around you.  Your guide will lead you through the step-by-step process of observing and painting the beautiful wetlands of Sandy Bottom.  Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch together on picnic blankets (please bring your own lunch; picnic blanket provided).  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, we hope you will join us for this creative journey!

COVID SAFETY MEASURES: We care about the health and safety of those participating in our nature experiences. The Nature Bus has been outfitted with dividers between rows of seats. The bus is sanitized between each tour. We ride with windows partially open, like an open-air tram. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever. 

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Venue:  

Address:
350 Independence Boulevard, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23462, United States

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