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Bicycling the Eastern Shore of Virginia

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Program #18032RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Very Flat Terrain (coastal)

Equipment Requirements
Bicycling helmet, proper shoes (athletic shoes or bicycling shoes), athletic clothing, layers of clothing. The weather could get cool, so we recommend dressing in layers that can be removed or added as the temperature varies. Biking gloves and shorts/pants are recommended. Also recommended: Sun protection gear, sunglasses, insect repellant, towel, swim suit, beach clothing,

Itinerary for Jun 16 — Jun 19, 2014

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Type: Field Station

Description: The Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) of the Marine Science Consortium is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the CBFS' residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all CBFS guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that CBFS is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.

Contact info:
34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.cbfieldstation.org

Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage

Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).

Additional nights before: $35
Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, June 16 - Arrival & Check-In, Introductions and Orientation
Arrive To: Check in will be held in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Education Center from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Welcome to the program, group introductions and orientation.

Dinner: Get ready for a seafood feast! Sample local crabs and shrimp or if you choose, grilled chicken, or portabello mushrooms.

Evening: Our first evening will be spent getting to know each other. We will also orient you to our campus, the local area, and provide you with the tools you need for a safe and exciting cycling experience. Your leaders will present the program's schedule, providing detail route information.

Lodging: Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) of the Marine Science Consortium is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the CBFS' residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all CBFS guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that CBFS is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.

Contact info:
34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.cbfieldstation.org

Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage

Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).

Additional nights before: $35
Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, June 17 - Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague...
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore and History of Chincoteague Total Mileage: 20

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Our morning will be spent cycling on Chincoteague Island! View historical sites such as the Timothy Hill House, the oldest house on the island, which was built circa 1815. Also you will be riding by the Miss Molly Inn, where Marguerite Henry wrote the acclaimed story Misty of Chincoteague.

Lunch: Grill-out at Memorial Park! Weather permitting, we will be making burgers while we enjoy the view of the Assateague light house. Build your own burger or hot dog from our choice of toppings, and finish it off with cookies, fruits and other snacks!

Afternoon: Meet with local waterman Randy Birch and learn about the area's rich watermen traditions and heritage. Hear how watermen make their living off what's in season offshore. After that ride onto Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and tour the visitor center's excellent exhibits before embarking on a journey along Assateague's many well-kept bicycle paths and limited-access roads. Spring and fall are excellent times for biking in this area. As fall begins to settle on the region, the shore and wading birds leave, making way for our famous waterfowl. You will be amazed by the sheer numbers of majestic snow geese, as well as our beautiful ducks and swans! Spring catches new birth and amazing animals reappearing after their winter's rest.

Dinner: Dinner will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station Cafeteria.

Evening: This evening will be a wrap-up presentation and discussion about what we have seen throughout the program. A local historian will display old photographs of the local area and provide supplemental historical information pertaining to what we have seen on our rides, filling out the rich history of the region.

Lodging: Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) of the Marine Science Consortium is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the CBFS' residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all CBFS guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that CBFS is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.

Contact info:
34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.cbfieldstation.org

Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage

Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).

Additional nights before: $35
Availability for additional nights of lodging is based on field station capacity and other scheduled programs. Please call the CBFS at least 3 weeks in advance to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, June 18 - Trans-peninsula ride, Onancock, Musuems Total Mi...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: We will begin our ride at the Atlantic Ocean and head toward Onancock, Virginia. Onancock bills itself as the "Gem of the Eastern Shore," and thanks to a new generation of imaginative shop owners, it has achieved legitimate "must-see" status. Along the way we will stop by museums. Our first museum of the morning is the Locustville Academy. The Locustville Academy still stands in the 1859 building built to educate boys and girls headed for college. It’s the lone survivor of about a dozen schools of higher learning built in the 1800s. There’s a small museum inside, operated by the Society for the Preservation of Locustville Academy. Our second stop of the morning is Kerr Place, a 200-year-old home built in the Federal style by John Ker. Detailed finishing and vibrant colors reflect Ker's fine taste for his period. In the parlor stands a pianoforte, a musical instrument made in Vienna. On the second floor are interpretive exhibits, and on the first floor, a museum store with works by regional artists, crafters and authors. Outside are restored gardens.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the historical Hopkins & Brothers general store in the town of Onancock. It has been renovated into a restaurant that serves local and seasonal fare.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will bicycle from Onancock to Parksley. Parksely, in contrast to Accomac and most other Eastern Shore towns, was founded in the late 19th century as a planned community centered around the new railroad.Train tracks lead into Parksley’s quaint town square where tiny shops and picture-perfect Victorian homes give the town the look of a model train village come to life. We will end our day at Parksley Square.

Dinner: Dinner at a local Seafood Resturant.

Evening: This evening we will have a wonderful performance by a local musical group !

Lodging: Chincoteague Bay Field Station

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, June 19 - Ride to Wallops Island NASA/Navy base. Total Mil...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria from 7:30-8:30 AM. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: This morning we will ride from the Chincoteague Bay Field Station campus to Wallops Island, a NASA/Navy base. On the base is a very nice, restricted access beach with an intact dune system. There we will have time to explore the beach, and a naturalist will help you to identify shells and discuss barrier island dynamics. NOTE: Our access to Wallops Island will depend on the security level of the base at the time, which is influenced by a number of factors independent of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station and its actions.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the Chincoteague Bay Field Station cafeteria. Help yourself to a hot meal, sandwiches, and a salad bar.

Afternoon: After lunch, check out and say good bye. We hope that you will join us on another one of our programs!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Performances

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