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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.


  • October 30, 2021
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

TOUR NAME: Mind-Blowing Eastern Shore Nature Tour

DATE: Saturday, October 30, 2021  (rain-date is Sunday, October 31) 

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 9:00 – 4:00 Please arrive at 8:45 at REI to board the bus.

PRICE: $40 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: The Eastern Shore of Virginia with its untouched barrier islands and expansive wetlands is an amazing wildlife oasis. During the fall it is a crowned jewel of the Atlantic Flyway playing host to hundreds of thousands of birds including waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds and their bird of prey pursuers as they make their way south. The Eastern Shore acts like a natural funnel and concentrates these birds into mind-blowing numbers. Join The Nature Bus and naturalist/educator James Abbott on a guided birding trip to a number of locations across Northampton County to observe this amazing annual phenomenon. We will visit Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge as well as local “hotspots”. We will cap our trip to visit the beautiful town of Cape Charles.

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. On trains, planes, and buses it is Federal Law to wear your mask. 

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Venue:  

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


  • November 12, 2021
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

TOUR NAME: Friday Night Stargazing Tour with The Nature Bus 

DATE: Friday, November 12, 2021 (rain-date is Saturday, November 13)

Rain-date: Saturday, November 13 (be sure to clear BOTH dates on your calendar before purchasing a ticket; (Tickets are not refundable)

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 5:00 pm departure – 9:00 pm return (flexible return time) Please arrive at 5:00 pm sharp to board the bus. 

PRICE: $20 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: The stars have aligned to prove it is time to go on The Nature Bus’s night sky experience. Visit a country location, free of light pollution, and look through telescopes at starry skies with local astronomers. There will be an on-board guide with an astronomy presentation while we drive to the destination! We hope for a clear sky, but we cannot guarantee the weather. We have a rain-date set in the case of rain. 

Itinerary: 

5:00 pm – Board The Nature Bus at 7:00 pm at REI, 350 Independence Blvd, VB. It will take 15 min to 1/2 an hour to get everyone checked-in and waiver’s signed. There is no toilet on board the bus, so please head into REI or Fresh Market grocery store to use the RR before boarding the bus. We always board the bus in the order that you arrive at REI and get checked in. First come, first seat selection.

5:00 – 5:40 (traffic permitting) – Travel on board The Nature Bus to the Stargazing location in Chesapeake, VA. Enjoy the special time with the astronomer on board the bus. He will have an astronomy power point presentation; there is a small tv screen on board the bus. Sit in the front seats to see the screen better. We board the bus in the order people arrive at REI.

5:45/6 pm Meet the astronomers. Set up telescopes. Wait for the night sky to go through the three phases of twilight until finally it becomes dark. There will be the “first stars” of the night and then when dark it will be ideal for looking at galaxies, the moon, and planets. We will stay as long as all participants and astronomers are enjoying the night sky. Our return time to REI will be flexible, and estimated around 9:30-ish.

REVIEWS: on our return trip we will ask you to please write a review on Google-My-Business and/or Facebook Reviews to help others have an excellent experience on board The Nature Bus.

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 have a hand sanitizing station at the door of the bus. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever. Masks are suggested. We ride with all of the windows partially open for optimal air flow. 

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Venue:  

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


  • November 13, 2021
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

TOUR NAME: Virginia Beach History Tour 

DATE: Saturday, November 13, 2021

DURATION (ROUND TRIP): 10:30 – 2:30 Please arrive at 10:15 at REI to board the bus.

PRICE: $30 per person (purchase your ticket at TheNatureBus.com > Calendar) 

DESCRIPTION: An intimate sightseeing tour of Virginia Beach, interpreted by a historian. This is a rare opportunity. Retired Assistant Dean of students at the University of Virginia (UVA) dons a costume from past days, and spends a half-day with you sharing historical knowledge about this city. This experience also includes a visit to a natural area.

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, weather permitting. Please stay home if you are not feeling well or have a fever. On trains, planes, and buses it is Federal Law to wear your mask.

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Venue:  

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

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