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CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA

Island Adventure: Discover Chincoteague and Assateague Islands

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Program #10545RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.

Itinerary for May 19 — May 22, 2013

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Type: Motel

Description: The conference room is located on the second floor and is accessable by stairs only.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, and hair dryers. Free wireless internet access is available.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night must make arrangements with the motel. Price is determined by the time of year. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 19 - Registration/Introduction
Afternoon: Registration at the motel between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Maria's

Evening: Learn firsthand about the famous Chincoteague pony herd, from when they first landed on our shores to their current existence on Assateague. Your Group Leader, Cindy Oehm, will educate you about their fascinating history. She will enlighten you as to the care they receive from the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department and the mutual benefit reaped by the town. Afterward we will enjoy an ice cream social provided by the Island Creamery featuring local homemade ice creams.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The conference room is located on the second floor and is accessable by stairs only.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, and hair dryers. Free wireless internet access is available.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night must make arrangements with the motel. Price is determined by the time of year. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 20 - Local History; Birds; Museum of Chincoteague Isla...
Local History; Birds; Museum of Chincoteague Island; and Assateague National Seashore; Local Seafood.

Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Al Fresco Island Breakfast

Morning: Our small island has an outstanding museum, rated by Trip Adviser as one of the top 5 attractions on Chincoteague. With your expert guide, explore the museum's exhibits including a rare 1st order Fresnel lighthouse lens, surprising shipwreck finds, handmade artifacts from the past, and much more. A 5 minute drive takes you to the Assateague National Seashore, at 37 miles the longest stretch of wild, undeveloped beach on the mid-Atlantic coast. As you take a walk on the sandy shore, listen to your guide discuss dune ecology. Learn about horseshoe crabs, living fossils over 150 million years old, and their role in modern medicine.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant at noon

Afternoon: Uncover the unique 300 year old history of Chincoteague and Assateague as you learn how and why its resilient people survived and adapted despite isolation, storms, wars and changing economies. Later in the afternoon, immerse yourself in identifying some of the many bird species you will observe here, as a local bird expert, Paul Smith, leads you through the basics of color, shape and call.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: Chincoteague oysters and clams are world famous, but cultivating and harvesting them is extremely hard work, as local waterman Randy Birch describes in our visit with him. Learn how area watermen try to cope with the changing demands of Mother Nature and Uncle Sam, and hear what Randy has to say about the future of the shellfish industry.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The conference room is located on the second floor and is accessable by stairs only.

Contact info:
6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, and hair dryers. Free wireless internet access is available.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: N/A
Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night must make arrangements with the motel. Price is determined by the time of year. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 21 - Wildlife Art; Wildlife Safari; Three Sheets
Breakfast: Breakfast in a local restaurant at 8 a.m.

Morning: Explore the interior of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to look for wild ponies, petite Sika elk, nesting terrapin, otters, bald eagles, Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrels and other wildlife. Jenny Somers, a local birding expert, with over 30 years experience, will be our guide. We will be going into an area that is normally closed to the public, so be sure to bring your camera for this trip. Also carry along your binoculars if you have them.

Lunch: Box lunch from a local eatery at noon.

Afternoon: Study the techniques of local wildlife artist Nancy West, who is internationally recognized for her sensitive interpretations of this beautiful coast. Through slides and an actual painting session, Nancy will demonstrate how she captures the subtle patterns of color, light, and movement distinctive to the waterways, creatures, and skies of Chincoteague. Learn about bird banding and rehabilitation.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Evening: This evening's entertainment features "Three Sheets." This local trio will delight you with a mix of Celtic, nautical, and traditional music. They will entertain you with witty banter while teaching you about their songs and instruments.

Lodging: Rodeway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, May 22 - The Art of Bird Carving
Breakfast: Breakfast at a local restaurant at 8 a.m.

Morning: An award winning decoy carver, Roe Terry, will demonstrate the skills of his craft. He will share the tricks of his trade along with amusing stories while he carves a decoy. Be sure to get a front row seat to get the most of this activity. Our program will end after the morning demonstration at about 11:00 a.m..

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips

Ratings

4.9
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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