Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Membership

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    View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Claytor Nature Center with flowers in the foreground
What benefits can I get with my membership?
Members are the backbone of the Claytor Community! By joining, you’ll receive free access to some of the best hiking trails in the Bedford area and limitless outdoor fun. Members receive discounts on events, facility rentals, and Claytor gear, and are recognized on social media and in our newsletter! Members pay no entry fees and get early bird alerts on new trails, guided hikes, special events, and more.

Members also support our mission to continue and grow our educational programs, land conservation and stewardship, and our outreach in the community.

How can I or my company join?
Contact us at [email protected].
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, or credit cards.
If I join halfway through the year, are my dues prorated?
No, memberships renew annually on the day you join. When you join, your membership is good for one year.
How can I contact staff about membership?
Contact us at [email protected].
Does membership include facility rental discounts?
Yes, Maple and Chestnut members receive discounts on renting the Eco-Lodge, seminar room, campground, and other spaces at Claytor!
How long does my membership last?
Memberships are valid for one year and can be renewed each year.
Who can use my membership?
Only those named in the membership application can use the membership card and benefits. Individuals cannot share their membership with others. Family memberships include access to Claytor for the entire immediate family, so each family member can use the membership card for entry to Claytor’s grounds. If a family member wishes to bring a guest, that guest will need to pay the entry fee.
Do I need to display my membership card when on grounds?
Yes, your membership card is your parking pass. Always display this on your dashboard when visiting Claytor.
Can members volunteer at Claytor?
Yes, Claytor relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission and greatly appreciates their contributions. Please fill out the Claytor Volunteer Survey. You may also contact [email protected] or Vicki Deppensmith with Friends of the Blue Ridge at [email protected] if you are interested in volunteering.
I would like to give a gift membership. How can I do that?
Gift memberships are perfect for holidays, birthdays, or other special occasions! Contact staff to inquire about setting up a surprise gift membership — email us at [email protected].
If my company joins, can my employees access Claytor with their families?
Yes, company memberships are a great way to incentivize well-being and healthy activities for your employees! Each Chestnut (company-level) membership includes free access to the grounds for up to four employees and their families.
Can I bring my dog to Claytor Nature Center?
Yes, but dogs must be leashed at all times and dog owners must clean up after their dogs. Other pets, including horses and livestock, are not allowed on the grounds.