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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.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Susan from Columbus, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
Nice facilities and a wonderful group of classmates.

Jacqueline from Williamsport, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/08/15 - 11/13/15
Appreciating and collecting nature's artifacts, paired with creating my own sculptural basket makes for a joyful and satisfying experience - and I have a creation of my own to channel the memories.

Karla from Edgerton, WI Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/11/15 - 10/16/15
Great program! Jean is an excellent teacher with a real passion for sharing her expertise with all participants. Had lots of fun and completed 2 baskets and most of a third one. Great field trips also. Highly recommend this to anyone wishing to learn a new craft or add additional skills to your previous experiences. The week went too fast!!

Mickey from Monroe Twp, NJ Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 02/22/15 - 02/27/15
It is remarkable that even I could weave a basket with a lot of help from a very patient Jean. I was a wonderful learning experience meeting some bright educated people and having a good rest. Thank you all for sharing with me,my wife, and my daughter. Mickey

Linda from Yemassee, SC Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 02/22/15 - 02/27/15
What a fantastic week! As a coiler of eight years, I came for stimulation, to learn new techniques, and to share. I was not disappointed! The Coastal Basketry and Barrier Island Ecology Program is excellent. Jean Koon is an excellent teacher! She readily shared her techniques and encouraged our ideas. I have come away quite stimulated to pursue new ideas and forms for my baskets! Jean is also an excellent teacher for the beginner coiler. We all benefited by her direction and guidance. The Chincoteague Bay Station Staff were always friendly, helpful and always accommodating. It was truly a week well spent and a joyful break from the winter "blues" for me! Thank you all!

Hetty from Halifax, NS Number of programs attended: 0
Date attended: 02/22/15 - 02/27/15
The Coastal Basketry and Barrier Island Discovery Program exceeded all expectations for me. Jean Poythress Koon is an exemplary teacher and muse. She has a gift for encouraging and inspiring each participant, opening a world of possibilities using materials found in nature. With Jean's guidance, everyone made at least two baskets. The staff at the Field Station took care of our needs with generosity and excellent planning. Our days and evenings were filled with memorable experiences, great food and company. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in learning the art of making pine needle baskets that are unique and beautiful.

Nancy from Pasadena, MD Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 02/22/15 - 02/27/15
I highly recommend the Coastal Basketry and Barrier Island Ecology Program. The instructor, Jean Koon, was terrific! I completed three coiled baskets during the program and left with the confidence and that I could complete a basket in progress and create new ones in the future. The Field Station staff could not have been more friendly and attentive. The food was excellent. I would rank this program very high for overall value and educational enrichment.

Faith from Ventnor City, NJ Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
If you want to learn a "craft" that is useful and timeless, this is a great way to get your feet wet. The instructor took all levels and dealt with those of us with no experience while challenging some of the participants who had basket skills. We all learned something.

Cheryl from Fayetteville, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/19/14 - 10/24/14
Great class from instructor, field staff, location and other participants. Amazed at what I was able to accomplish and learn.

Gretchen from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
I can't say enough nice things about the basketry and barrier island ecology class. The staff at the field station were always cheerful, helpful and gracious. Jean was an excellent instructor and master basket maker. I was very happy with my finished baskets and enjoyed using different materials. Gretchen

Kate from Liberty, NC Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/13/14 - 04/18/14
Just returned from the April session of the GREAT program - excellent instructor, comfortable accommodations and very friendly and helpful Field Station staff. My wonderful fellow students and I learned a lot!

Phylis from Trenton, NJ Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This program was a wonderful break from the winter weather we have been having in the northeast this year. Jean is an excellent instructor. Her years as an educator have given her the experience to relax and enjoy her students. As a result, we all relaxed and enjoyed each other. Each person was able to visualize a basket which they wanted to make and Jean was able to guide them through any obstacles. Soon we were able to help each other problem solve as the baskets developed. The weather on our field trips was bright, sunny and warmer than home so it truly felt like a seaside vacation. The marshlands in this area are lovely. I plan to try to capture them in a watercolor. I will not forget this workshop or the people I met. Try it.

Mary from Searsport, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
With the guidance of a skilled teacher I was able to complete 3 baskets that I am very proud of. In addition to learning about coil basketry, there were wonderful field trips to beaches on Wallops Island and a tour of Assateague. I finally have seen some of the famous ponies! I had a fabulous week here.

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"Four baskets I made. Hetty" Uploaded By: Hetty

"Iris leaves wrapped around a coil of pine needles." Uploaded By: Hetty

"At age 83, Mickey inspired all of us." Uploaded By: Hetty

"Not deterred by a bit of snow! " Uploaded By: Hetty

"Possibilities are endless...oyster shell, dyed needles, grass" Uploaded By: Hetty

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"Gathering grass on a cold February day." Uploaded By: Hetty

"Gathered oyster shells ready to be incorporated into baskets" Uploaded By: Hetty

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
8 Hands-on experiences


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