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CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, VIRGINIA

Wild Ponies, Culture, and History of Virginia's Eastern Shore

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Program #6619RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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.
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Our programs run rain or shine, bring rain gear. Bring a pair of closed toe shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Insect repellent and sun screen.

Itinerary for Sep 23 — Sep 26, 2013

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Type: Field Station

Description: The Marine Science Consortium (MSC) 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 MSC’s 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 MSC 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 MSC 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.msconsortium.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
Please call the MSC to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, September 23 - Check-In, Dinner, Guest Lecture on Regional Histo...
Afternoon: Check in at the Education Center from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Welcome to the program, group introductions and restaurant orientation.

Dinner: Dinner is from 6 pm at the MSC cafeteria.

Evening: Chincoteague Island and the surrounding area have a fascinating and unique history that sets them apart, even from the rest of the Eastern Shore! Learn the story of the settlement of Virginia's Eastern Shore from a local history teacher. Start the week with an introduction to some of the traditions and customs of our island that have evolved from hundreds of years of isolation and still remain. See them transpire during your stay here on The Island!

Lodging: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Field Station

Description: The Marine Science Consortium (MSC) 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 MSC’s 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 MSC 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 MSC 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.msconsortium.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
Please call the MSC to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, September 24 - Island Tour of Chincoteague and Assateague, Chinc...
Island Tour of Chincoteague and Assateague, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague National Seashore, Life as a Waterman

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served will be in the MSC Cafeteria. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Take a bus tour of Chincoteague to see local sites and popular places, follow the path the ponies travel during the annual Pony Swim, and learn stories behind street names. Tour ends at Assateague Island, home of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) and Assateague National Seashore.

Lunch: Lunch is on the island at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Hear a member of the Refuge's education system talk about the unique features and history of the National Wildlife Refuge system, focusing on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Time will be available to explore all the exhibits at the new, green visitor’s center.

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

Evening: What does it mean to be a waterman? Hear a local waterman talk about his lifestyle and the unique watermen heritage of the Eastern Shore area. Find out how watermen make their living off the water throughout the different seasons. Hear tales of crabbing, clamming, fishing, and other waterman trades.

Lodging: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium

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

Description: The Marine Science Consortium (MSC) 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 MSC’s 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 MSC 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 MSC 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.msconsortium.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
Please call the MSC to make a reservation.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, September 25 - Research Vessel Cruise, Wildlife Artist Demonstra...
Research Vessel Cruise, Wildlife Artist Demonstration, Dinner Out, Musical Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served will be in the MSC Cafeteria from 7:30 to 8:30. Each day will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.

Morning: Take a research cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth! We will employ oceanographic research methods to measure our physical and chemical environment; then we will otter trawl to sample the myriad organisms found in our estuary.

Lunch: Lunch is at the MSC cafeteria from 12:00- 1:00 pm.

Afternoon: Watch a painting come to life as a local, professional artist talks about and demonstrates the techniques used to render our natural world on canvas.

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner out on the island at a local restaurant!

Evening: Listen to local band Three Sheets as they perform rousing nautical tunes!

Lodging: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Thursday, September 26 - Hear the history of the world renowned Chincoteag...
Hear the history of the world renowned Chincoteague Ponies by one of the Saltwater Cowboys himself.

Breakfast: Breakfast is at the MSC cafeteria from 7:30- 8:30 am.

Morning: Hear the history of the world renowned Chincoteague Ponies by one of the Saltwater Cowboys himself. Tales of bucking broncos, photos, and record pony sales, from a man who experiences the excitement and flurry every year. After the program it's time to check out and say goodbye.

Lunch: Lunch is in the MSC cafeteria from 12:00- 1:00 pm.

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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9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
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1 Hands-on experiences
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