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Discover the Islands of Virginia's Eastern Shore: Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops

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6 Days | 5 Nights
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.
Margaret from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
This was my first Roads Scholar experience and I am eager to look for another ! The description of " Easy " category was right on. However I think I will try an Average next time.

SONDRA from Plymouth, NC Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/09/14 - 11/14/14
A wonderful introduction to the Outer Banks, Chincoteague and Wallops Island with a locals perspective.

Anna from Meriden, CT Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
We were disappointed by the Wildlife Refuge being closed and a streak of bad weather, however a wonderful staff, cheerful group, and a "new schedule" brought sunshine and fun into a week which could have been otherwise a disappointment. Add good on the spot planning, wonderful food and plenty of information , we were prepared to meet each day and had a wonderful week which included daily surprise destinations.Thanks to Parker, Grant and Alyssa who provided us with info, food and never ending beverage supply!!

Sharon from Williamsburg, VA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
This was a magical trip, restful yet packed with learning and amazing sites. Rain and wind were with us each day, yet our instructors: Parker, Grant and Alyssa found activities that would fill our minds and our souls. The first day we went shell hunting on the beach and we saw the water's raw power. On the last day we were finally able to ride the research boat and trawl for marine critters. The water was so calm that it brought calm to all on the boat. We could see the nurturing aspect when we saw and touched the marine life we caught in our net. All too soon the wildlife was returned to the water and we returned to the center for lunch and good-byes. I want to go again to see the ponies and enjoy the quiet beauty of the land and sea.

Barbara from Buffalo, NY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
I enjoyed every aspect of this program! Grant and Alyssa were a treasure trove of information on all the creatures of the marshlands of Chincoteague; I had sea food every day, meals in and out were very good;the evening entertainments were great, people were friendly,accomodations are spartan but adequate-I learned a lot about ducks and now I know that the geese in my backyard are not "Canadian geese"-they are Canada geese.LOL I fell in love with the area and would like to come back to see the 'wild ponie swim' in July.

Leni from Reston, VA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/06/13 - 10/11/13
Just returned from this great vacation. Even though Assateague was closed (government shutdown), the trip was a wonderful experience! We enjoyed great speakers (for example, a man who makes his living duck carving talked about his life and work), wonderful concerts (for example, one by Bob Zentz and his wife http://www.bobzentz.com/ ) and excursions (including trawling and birding in a marshy inlet) - just to name a few of the many activities. Our lodging was quiet, clean, and comfortable. And almost all meals (including some wonderful seafood restaurant meals) were included! And…we made new friends from all over the US! Highly recommended!!!

Misty from Sanford, NC Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 07/21/13 - 07/26/13
Visiting Chincoteague Island during Pony Week was a childhood dream. Who knew I would also indulge my passion for space exploration, ecology, and beach walks on this trip too!

Barbara from Oak Ridge, NJ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/12/13 - 05/17/13
Misty of Chincoteague still lives. If you read the book as a child, you will love visiting the area. Not only will you see the ponies, but you will understand what it is to be an Islander. Even if you never read the book, you will learn and enjoy this trip. The Marine Science Consortium presents a wonderful program, full of learning experiences. The local speakers are varied and knowledgeable. You are immersed in local culture. The 3 sheetz music group is excellent and a fun evening's entrainment. You will not be disappointed if you go.

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