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Kayak or Canoe Building and Coastal Ecology on the Chesapeake Bay

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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.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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.
Humans have known a truly peaceful and efficient means of waterborne transportation for more than 4,000 years, ever since the first boat was built. Create your own seaworthy craft as professional boat builders teach you the skills needed to create your own skin-on-frame boat, selecting from a canoe or two styles of kayak. When not constructing your boat, explore the Eastern Shore of Virginia with expert ecologists and biologists as you paddle along the Pocomoke River and the coastal creeks of the Chesapeake Bay. On the final day of your workshop, try out your newly completed kayak or canoe on Chincoteague Bay before taking it home to enjoy.


• Realize the dream of owning a kayak in the most cost-effective and personally satisfying way possible: by building one with your own hands.
• Achieve an unrivaled perspective on the plants and animals of the Chesapeake Bay region by paddling among them along the Pokomoke River.
• Learn about the famous wild ponies of Chincoteague during a field trip to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Program Notes

Bring a partner at a reduced rate to help you construct your boat. Contact Participant Services toll-free at (877) 426-8056 for more information.
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Kayaking from five to nine miles per day; walking up to two miles on sandy beach.

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KAYAK BUILDING - During this course date participants will have the option to build a beautifully crafted skin on frame Kayak.

Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.

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7 nights of accommodations
21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips
10 Hands-on experiences


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