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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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.
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Our programs run rain or shine, bring rain gear. Bring a pair of sneakers or boots shoes you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Sun screen is strongly recommended. Insect repellent is also recommended.

Itinerary for Jul 21 — Jul 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: Sunday, July 21 - Arrival and Welcome/Orientation
Afternoon: Check in with your leader at the MSC Education Center from 3:00-5:00 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: Learn about the week ahead and meet the other program participants.

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: Monday, July 22 - Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge /Wild Ponie...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Marine Science Consortium Dining Hall 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 take a driving tour of the island to see the sites, revisit the history and learn some local trivia.

Morning: Our optional Pony Walk starts at 4:30AM when we leave to see the Saltwater Cowboys move the ponies from the northern corral, down the beach and along the Atlantic Ocean, and join them with the ponies in the southern corral. See the majestic ponies trot along the beach at day break. We will have a packed breakfast along the beach as well.

Lunch: .Lunch will be on the Island at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit the Chincoteagues National Wildlife Refuge's impressive visitor's center. Afterwards will take a tour of one of the little seen, restricted access areas of the Refuge. Here we will see Wild Ponies, Birds and Amazing Wildlife.

Dinner: Dinner will be served 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: 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: Tuesday, July 23 - Cruise aboard our research vessel / The Wild Poni...
Cruise aboard our research vessel / The Wild Ponies of Assateague/ Learn about the Life of a Waterman

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria.

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 will be served at an area restaurant.

Afternoon: Hear about the wild Chincoteague ponies from a colorful Saltwater Cowboy.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at an area restaurant

Evening: Discuss the local fisheries and life on the water with a local waterman!

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 Four: Wednesday, July 24 - Free Morning off to see the Pony Parade / Decoy D...
Free Morning off to see the Pony Parade / Decoy Duck Carving/ Artifacts of the Eastern Shore

Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria.

Morning: This is a free morning, on your own, to watch the popular Pony Parade. After the ponies swim to Chincoteague watch them trot along Main St. within an arm's length. Just watch your feet! Or explore some of the local sites, the quaint town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, or just sit on the beach reading a novel.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the MSC cafeteria.

Afternoon: A world-renowned carver will demonstrate his skill in creating a decoy. As he carves, learn this art's fascinating history that includes hunting, 1920's fashion and worldwide competitions. OR 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: Dinner will be served at an area restaurant

Evening: Rocks are hard to find here. So how did Native Americans make their tools? Learn this and much more as an expert in Eastern Shore artifacts shares his impressive breadth of knowledge and expansive collection of artifacts with us. Then watch a demonstration of knapping: the ancient technique used to fashion tools from stone.

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 Five: Thursday, July 25 - NASA Visitor Center/Wallop's Island Beach Visit/ ...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria.

Morning: We will have an exciting lecture about the history of Wallops Islands Space Flight Center! Then venture on the the restricted Wallop's Island NASA base. See where the rockets are controlled from as they blast into the sky when we go to Mission Control room. We will then take a field trip to the NASA visitor center.

Lunch: Lunch at a Local Restaurant

Afternoon: A field trip to the sand dunes of Wallops Island NASA base will allow you to see a pristine environment. This island is closed to the public, so this opportunity, exclusive to MSC, is a chance to see a natural beach ecosystem. While in the field learn about dune succession and collect shells. Also on the island we will catch glimpses of where rockets are launched from as well as battleship mock-ups.

Dinner: Dinner will at the MSC cafeteria.

Evening: Enjoy evening entertainment by very talented local musicians and storytellers.

Lodging: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 26 - Art Lecture by a Local Artist/Check out & Departu...
Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria.

Morning: A world-renowned carver will demonstrate his skill in creating a decoy. As he carves, learn this art's fascinating history that includes hunting, 1920's fashion and worldwide competitions. OR 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.

Lunch: Lunch will be in the MSC cafeteria.

Afternoon: Check out with your leader and say goodbye!

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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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Performances

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