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WALLOPS ISLAND, VIRGINIA

Exploring Coastal Habitats on Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Islands by Land and by Sea

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Program #14761RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
The barrier islands off Virginia’s Eastern Shore are protected from the effects of human habitation, their abundant ecosystems left to develop naturally amid the whims of tide and tempest. Through special access to three of these shifting masses of sand, swampland and coves — Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops islands — join biologists and naturalists on a quest for understanding these dynamic environments that are designated a World Biosphere Reserve. Collect specimens on research cruises and kayak for a day to study the islands’ complex ecology firsthand. Search for dolphins, identify shells, and scour the dunes and marshlands for birdlife along this remarkable stretch of the Atlantic Flyway.


Highlights

• Cruise through one of the most productive ecosystems on earth as you trawl for samples of the organisms found in the estuary.
• Catch glimpses of egrets and herons on a peaceful kayak paddle through Jane’s Island State Park.
• Explore Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge — more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh and forest.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles on uneven, soft, sandy surfaces.

Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.


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Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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