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Island Adventure: Discover Chincoteague and Assateague Islands

Program Number: 10545RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/20/2013 - 10/23/2013; 4/26/2015 - 4/29/2015; 5/10/2015 - 5/13/2015; 9/6/2015 - 9/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/21/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $398.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Come for a taste of island life! Tucked away on the eastern shore of Virginia is one of the most special places on the East Coast, evoking visions of coastal island charm and serving as a gateway to the second most visited wildlife refuge in the U.S. On Chincoteague Island, get to know the inhabitants, sample its famous seafood and learn about the dynamic beauty of this barrier island.




Highlights

• Meditate upon nature as you walk on part of the 37-mile-long beach on Assateague Island — the longest undeveloped beach in the mid-Atlantic — accompanied by an expert who teaches you about dune ecology.
• Spend a morning with an award-winning decoy carver who regales you with stories while the wood chips fly and a hunting decoy emerges before your eyes.
• Explore restricted sections of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in search of ponies, Sika elk, waterfowl and migratory birds.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing on this program. Conference is on the second floor, accessible by stairs.



You may be interested in a five-night version of this program (#2005).




Date Specific Information

4-26-2015, 10-18-2015

Waterfront resort. All rooms have sunset vistas over Chincoteague Bay. This program includes a cruise that shows dramatic evidence of changing barrier island topography as well instruction on growing aquaculture industries.



5-10-2015, 9-6-2015

Comfortable motel conveniently located within walking distance of historic downtown Chincoteague and its restaurants and shops. Lightning, a Chincoteague pony often makes the motel its home.



Coordinated by Museum of Chincoteague Island.




Chincoteague Island

One of several islands along Virginia’s Eastern Shore separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, Chincoteague Island is world-famous for its oyster beds and clam shoals, quaint Victorian-era villages and pristine beaches, and is the gateway to Assateague Island National Seashore and the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.



Accommodations
Varies by date. Several offerings include a waterfront inn. Please see date specific notes.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy West

Nancy Richards West has lived on Chincoteague Island for three decades, using this picturesque setting as inspiration for her paintings. The first resident artist chosen by the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, the thrill of painting en plein air often lures her out of the studio and into the field, where she captures the effects of changing light, weather and seasons. Nancy has extensive training in classical drawing and color theory, and her delicate treatment of oils is subtly elegant. Her work has won numerous awards and honors, including the Ward Foundation’s top award for painting, and she represented the Commonwealth of Virginia at the White House Easter Festivities in 1996. Nancy received her B.A. with high honors in fine arts from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.. Nancy has been sharing her artistic talents on Road Scholar programs with the Museum of Chincoteague Island for almost 20 years.
 
Meals and Lodgings
    Rodeway Inn
  Chincoteague Island, VA 3 nights
  Rodeway Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: The conference room is located on the second floor and is accessable by stairs only.
  Contact info: 6273 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 USA
phone: 757-336-6565
  Room amenities: All rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, coffee pots, ironing boards, and hair dryers. Free wireless internet access is available.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: N/A Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night must make arrangements with the motel. Price is determined by the time of year. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: N/A Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night must make arrangements with the motel. Price is determined by the time of year. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration at the motel 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. You will be staying at Rodeway Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00 am You will be staying at Rodeway Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
All parking is free at the motel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chincoteague Island, VA
  Nearest highway: Rt. 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury, Md.
  From End of Program
  Location: Chincoteague Island, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Norfolk, Va.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is about 120 miles from the airport to Chincoteague.

 

Salisbury, Md.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is about 55 miles from the airport to Chincoteague.

 

Washington, D.C.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is a 3 to 4 hour drive to Chincoteague, depending on traffic.

 

Baltimore, Md.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

Car rental is available at the airport. It is a 3 to 3 1/2 hour drive to Chincoteague from the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  Either north or south You will be traveling either north or south on Rte. 13. When you reach T's Corner, in Oak Hall, Virginia, turn east onto Rte. 175. This will bring you onto Chincoteague Island (12 miles).
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Introduction
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at the motel between 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner at 5:30 pm at a local venue. This program includes "A Taste of the Island."
 Evening: Welcome/Introductions/ Schedule Review/ Ice Cream Social
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Local History / Ponies / Birds/ Museum of Chincoteague Island / and Assateague National Seashore/"Watermen-clamming, crabbing, oystering"
(Monday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at a local restaurant
 Morning: The morning activities will include a local history presentation that will give you a fresh look at what island history is all about. A short break will be followed by a lecture entitled "The Birds of Assateague," given by a local expert. You will learn to identify some of the many birds that migrate through this area of the country.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: A visit to the Museum of Chincoteague Island will be our first stop this afternoon. Then we will take a short drive to Assateague National Seashore to enjoy the beach and talk about dune ecology.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Spend the evening with a local waterman. Hear first-hand about the problems that are faced by the watermen and become more aware of the future of the fishing industry in the United States.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Wildlife Art/Wildlife Safari/"More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Horseshoe Crabs"
(Tuesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in a local restaurant
 Morning: We begin our morning with "Wildlife Art." This presentation, given by an internationally known artist, will include both a slide presentation and a demonstration.
 Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant
 Afternoon: Travel into the interior of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to look for wild ponies and birds. We will be going into a section of the Refuge that is closed to the public. Bring your camera for this one!
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant
 Evening: Lecture in the motel conference room. This will be a fun evening that you will not forget for a very long time. What you learn will astound, delight, and amaze you.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Art of Bird Carving
(Wednesday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at a local restaurant
 Morning: An award winning decoy carver will join us this morning in the conference room. While he shares some tricks of the trade and tells some amusing stories, he will be carving a bird and the chips will fly. Front row seats are recommended. Our program will end after the morning demonstration at about 11:00 am.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Natural History of Quiet Waters


Author: Curtis J. Badger


Description: This is a wonderfully well-written, easy to understand description of the swamps and wetlands of the East Coast and their importance to our environment, history and culture. It is written from the perspective of someone who has experienced them first hand. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net)



A Walk on the Beach: Into the Field Guide


Author: Laurie Goldman


Description: For the kids; a portable easy to use guide to beach critters designed to get kids excited about exploring waterfront life. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).



Assateague/Chincoteague Seashore Life


Author: James Kavanagh


Description: Perfect compact guide to over 140 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and seashore life in this region. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.com).



Chincoteague and Assateague Islands (MD and VA) (images of America)


Author: Nan Devincent-Hays


Description: This book provides a short pictorial and narrative description of these two barrier islands, their history and relationship. One is a small town community catering to thousands of tourists who come almost year-round to enjoy the beach and view the wildlife on the other. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).



Misty of Chincoteague


Author: Marguerite Henry


Description: A Newberry Honor book, for children 8 - 12 years old. This is the story of Paul and Maureen Beebe and their quest to buy the elusive Phantom, a wild Chincoteague pony. On Pony Penning Day, they not only bring in the Phantom, but also her colt, Misty. It is a wonderful heart-warming tale of the efforts of two children to achieve their dream. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.com)



Seeds of Evidence


Author: Linda J. White


Description: This recently published novel involves an FBI Special Agent on leave at her Grandmother's home on Chincoteague, who becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of a young Latino boy. Available at Sundial Books on Chincoteague (www.sundialbooks.net).



Watermen and Wild Ponies, A Chincoteague Waterman Remembers Life on Chincoteague and Assateague


Author: Robert H. Mears and Lorna Gagneux


Description: An informative and touching chronicle of the life-long friendship of two business partners who catch and sell fish, oysters and clams for over 30 years until the early 1960's. It reflects the flavor of living and making a livelihood on Chincoteague and the early settlement of Assateague. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.com)





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