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Share a Marine Science Adventure With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 2579RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/4/2013 - 8/9/2013; 7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014; 8/3/2014 - 8/8/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Wallops Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 14 years of age.

Why’s the ocean blue? Is a sponge actually alive? Have questions like these answered when you share a week of fun exploration and learning with your grandchild. This course offers a chance for hands-on excitement as together you analyze creek water, pull in a net full of wriggling creatures or examine the life in a drop of sea water. Visit the picturesque Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, learn about local history and legends and experience firsthand the delicacy and beauty of these coastal environments.




Highlights

• Go close up on the prehistoric horseshoe crab to explore this amazing creature’s significance to modern medicine.
• Here’s something to sniff at — learn how to identify a Pig Fish and smell productive salt marshes.
• Climb aboard a pontoon boat and cruise through a beautiful salt marsh. Watch an otter trawl to collect fascinating marine organisms.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to half-mile over varied terrain, through water; climb bus stairs.



Coordinated by the Chincoteague Bay Field Station.




Wallops Island

Virginia’s Eastern Shore offers a historic and scenic combination of maritime heritage, wave-swept beaches, and both fresh and saltwater wetlands, as well as Wallops Island, a barrier island just off the coast in Chesapeake Bay.



Accommodations
New residential hall with university-style suites; two bedrooms per bathroom. Large lounge has television, Internet access.
Meals and Lodgings
   Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
  Wallops Island 5 nights
 Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
Type: Field Station
  Description: The Marine Science Consortium (MSC) is a residential environmental learning center and field station which provides hands-on educational programs on coastal and marine environments. Road Scholar participants will be housed in one of the MSC’s residence halls. The residence hall is two stories tall and has no elevator. This facility is set up like a college-style dorm or camp retreat center where bedrooms are grouped into sets of four bedrooms, accessed through one exterior locking door. Inside participants will find four comfortable bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bedrooms have single twin beds, no bunk beds. There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers with changing areas, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms but are shared by only two rooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two). All rooms are comfortable with central heat, and air conditioning. Each room has 2-4 beds, one night stand, a lamp and clothing storage. These accommodations give participants the private space they need, in private single bedrooms or shared with desired roommate, as well as great opportunities for socializing with others. Meals are served in a common dining room shared by all MSC guests. A hot meal option is provided along with cereal, fruit, and yogurt available at breakfast and a salad bar available at lunch and dinner. Some meals are also taken at area restaurants that feature a variety of local seafood specialties. While our address says that MSC is located on Wallops Island, participants will find that our campus is not actually on an island. We share a historic postal code with the nearby NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Navy base because of our common history and partnership. We are just a 5-minute drive away from three of Virginia's beautiful barrier islands- Wallops, Chincoteague, and Assateague.
  Contact info: 34001 Mill Dam Rd
Wallops Island, VA 23337 USA
phone: 757-824-5636
web: www.msconsortium.org
  Room amenities: A/C and Heat, Nightstand, Clothing Storage
  Facility amenities: The residence hall is located across campus from meeting spaces and cafeteria, with parking available nearby. A coin-operated laundry room is available. The campus has a large lounge for participants with comfortable chairs and sofas, tables to play games, and television. Wireless Internet access is available in the main Education Center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: There are two bathrooms per set of four rooms. Each bathroom has two sinks, two showers, and two toilets. Bathrooms are not connected to bedrooms. (There will never be more than 4 people sharing one bathroom. Usually there are only two).
  Additional nights prior: $35 Please call the MSC to make a reservation.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $35 Please call the MSC to make a reservation.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration and Check-In is from at 3:00-5:00 PM at the Marine Science Consortium Education Center. You will be staying at Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium that night.
  End of Program:
Program Check Out is at 9am before Morning Activity You will be staying at Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Three forms are required prior to the group starting: medical release, health history and participant acknowledgment of risk form. Bring photo ID (is required if the schedule is changed to include visiting the NASA base on Wallops Island). Foreign Nationals must complete the Foreign National Form 6 weeks in advance to access the NASA/Navy Base You may want to bring your Golden Age Pass/Golden Eagle Pass/Duck Stamp if you plan on visiting the National Wildlife Refuge on your own.
  Parking availability:
In front or near apartments.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Wallops Island
  Nearest city or town:  Chincoteague, VA
  Nearest highway: VA Rt 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury Airport (SBY)
  From End of Program
  Location: Wallops Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Norfolk International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price of rental + $12.00 toll for Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.3 

   

We recommend renting a car ahead of time for the week. As there is no public transportation at all in Chincoteague, participants would otherwise be confined to the downtown shopping area during downtime. The following companies have cars and desks at the airport: Alamo (800) 462-5266 Avis (800) 831-2847 Budget (800) 527-0700 Dollar (800) 800-3665 Enterprise (800) 736-8222 Hertz (800) 654-3131 National (800) 227-7368 Thrifty (800) 367-2277

 

Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

1.25 

   

Costs include both the arrival and return trips. Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Cost: $206 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 Cost: $199 cash $239 credit

 

Oak Hall / T's Corner

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Marine Science Consortium
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.25 

   

Please call the Marine Science Consortium and let us know in advance if you are arriving by bus to Oak Hall, Virginia. We will arrange a ride for you.

 

Salisbury MD ( Airport-Taxi-Greyhound Bus Station-Marine Science Consortium)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound Bus Lines
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00 (not including taxi from airport)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

From the Salisbury Regional Airport you can take the Greyhound Bus to the program. The bus station is a 7 mile ride from the airport by taxi. You will be traveling to the bus stop in OAK HALL, VA. Greyhound Station Address 350 CYPRESS ST Salisbury, MD 21801 IMPORTANT: Tickets are NOT sold at the location in Salisbury. You may get tickets by mail for trips departing from Salisbury if you buy at least two weeks in advance. Tickets may be purchased on Greyhound.com or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

 

Salisbury MD ( Airport-Taxi-Greyhound Bus Station-Marine Science Consortium)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Greyhound
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$33.00 (not including taxi from airport)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.3 

   

From the Salisbury Regional Airport you can take the Greyhound Bus to the program. The bus station is a 7 mile ride from the airport by taxi. You will be traveling to the bus stop in OAK HALL, VA. Greyhound Station Address 350 CYPRESS ST Salisbury, MD 21801 IMPORTANT: Tickets are NOT sold at the location in Salisbury. You may get tickets by mail for trips departing from Salisbury if you buy at least two weeks in advance. Tickets may be purchased on Greyhound.com or by calling 1-800-231-2222.

 

Salisbury Regional Airport to Greyhound Station

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Service
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

15 min ride from Airport to the Greyhound Station 

 

Distance:

 

7.5 Miles

   

Gene's Taxi: (410) 749-8888 Bailey's Taxi: (410) 546-4025 International Taxi: (410) 548-1008

 

From Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport to The Marine Science Consortium

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Marine Science Consortium
phone: 757-824-5636
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Shuttle cost: $25.00/one way and $45.00/round trip.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

The MSC offers limited Airport shuttle service on the first/last day of programs. On the first day the shuttle departs the airport at 1:00 pm and arrives at the MSC by 2:30 pm. On the last day the shuttle departs the MSC at 1:00 pm and arrives at the airport by 3:30 pm. Because shuttle service is limited and air travel unpredictable we advise scheduling your flight to arrive well in advance and to depart well after the scheduled shuttle times. Call at least 4 weeks in advance for reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  VA Rt 13 Follow Route 13 (Lankford Highway) to the traffic light at VA 175 (T’s Corner and Chincoteague Road). This is about 4 miles south of the MD-VA border on the Delmarva Peninsula. Take VA 175 E for approximately 2.5 miles. Past the junction of Rt. 679 in Wattsville there will be a traffic light. Make a left at the light, baring to the left when the road splits. The Center is located approximately 0.25 mile up on right across from the Goddard Flight Facility. Turn right onto Enterprise Street (the right after the blue and white Marine Science Consortium sign), the cafeteria will be on your Right (gray and blue building).
Elevation Note: Sea Level

Equipment Requirements: Multiple sets of clothing that you don't mind getting wet and one that you don't mind getting very dirty. Must have one pair of long pants. Bathing suit(s) and beach towel(s). Old sneakers that can get wet and muddy. Sunscreen, insect repellent and rain gear, and water bottles.
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: Check In and Campus Orientation/Welcome/Schedule Overview
(Sunday, August 4)
   
 Afternoon: Check in is from 3:00-5:00 PM at the MSC Education Center. Welcome to the program, group introductions and orientation.
 Dinner: Dinner will be served in the MSC cafeteria. Our dining staff will prepare and serve your meal cafeteria style, with options ranging from a hot meal to a diverse salad bar.
 Evening: Meet your group leaders and fellow participants and talk about what to expect from your week at MSC.
   
Accommodations: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge & Speaker/Chincoteague Island Tour & Assateague Island Beach/Campfire
(Monday, August 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: Hear one of Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge's educational staff talk about the refuge system and the unique qualities of the Chincoteague Refuge. Visit the refuge's impressive visitor's center.
 Lunch: Find out if ecologists can grill as your leaders heat up some burgers at the beach!
 Afternoon: Take a bus tour of Chincoteague NWR's Service Road, a restricted access road that goes into the northern part of the refuge. The Service Road area is home to the majority of the wild ponies living on the island and views are spectacular. Spend the afternoon pony and bird watching.
 Dinner: Dinner will be in the MSC cafeteria.
 Evening: Enjoy an evening of traditional campfire fare. MSC staff will entertain with a variety of fun skits and audience participation camp songs. Top off the night with a delicious s'more snack.
   
Accommodations: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Tom's Cove Intertidal Lecture and Field Trip/Saltmarsh Ecology Lecture and Field Trip/Research Cruise Training and Oceanographic Equipment Demonstration
(Tuesday, August 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: Learn about the tides, the changes that occur in the Intertidal Zone, and the effect that it has on the critters who live in these environments. Travel out to Assateague Island for a fieldtrip to collect creatures using seine nets and sieve boxes.
 Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the MSC cafeteria
 Afternoon: Learn how wetlands function and why they are so important to the environment as a whole through an in-lab discussion led by a MSC ecologist. Travel out to the salt marsh to experience and learn about the environments first hand. Experience the productivity of the saltmarsh by taking a dip in the mud.
 Dinner: Dinner is from 5:15 to 6:15 pm in the MSC cafeteria.
 Evening: A lecture on the equipment and techniques current scientists use in order to test water quality, tidal current properties and water sampling. Learn how to collect organisms using an otter trawl. We will put this talk to use on our monitor (flat-bottomed) boat research cruise.
   
Accommodations: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Pontoon Boat Trip/Free Afternoon/'Misty of Chincoteague' Movie Showing
(Wednesday, August 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: Venture out into the tidal creeks on a monitor vessel to collect data and creatures. Put your new knowledge to use doing water sampling, water quality tests, tidal current property measurements and watch organism collection using an otter trawl.
 Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the MSC cafeteria
 Afternoon: This is a free afternoon to visit some of the local sites, explore the quaint town of Chincoteague, walk the trails of the Wildlife Refuge, or just sit on the beach reading a novel.
 Dinner: Dinner is 5:15 - 6:15 pm in the MSC cafeteria
 Evening: Enjoy the classic film "Misty of Chincoteague" as you relax for the evening.
   
Accommodations: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Wallops Island Dune Ecology Lecture and Field Trip/Organism Lab and Activities/Talent Show and Skit Night
(Thursday, August 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: An in-lab discussion, led by a MSC ecologist, talking about barrier island formation and the unique pattern of life found these islands. A field trip to the sand dunes of Wallops Island NASA base will allow you to see a pristine environment. This island is closed to the public, so this opportunity, exclusive to MSC, is a chance to see a natural beach ecosystem. While in the field learn about dune succession and collect shells.
 Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the MSC cafeteria
 Afternoon: Get a closer look at the organism collected all week long during our organism lab. Help identify the organisms and learn more about their interesting characteristics.
 Dinner: Get ready for a last night feast! Sample local crabs and clams or if you choose, a juicy steak.
 Evening: Talent show and skit night! Bring along your guitar or favorite song to teach the group. Campers will perform lively skits taught to them by camp staff.
   
Accommodations: Residence Hall, Marine Science Consortium
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Check Out/Certificate Presentation and Memory Craft
(Friday, August 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the MSC cafeteria after our morning meeting at 7:30. Each day our cafeteria staff will present an array of fruits, hot and cold cereals, meats, breads/biscuits, eggs or pancakes for your choosing.
 Morning: It's time to check out and remember all the fun of the week! Hear from fellow participants and share what you've learned and your favorite activity. Create a craft project to remember your week at MSC.
 Lunch: Lunch is 12:00 - 1:00 pm in the MSC cafeteria
 Afternoon: Clean up apartment, turn in evaluation and goodbyes
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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 Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore: From the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras


Author: Kenneth L. Gosner


Description: More than 1,000 illustrations, arranged according to visual similarities, show plant and animal species of the Atlantic Coast from the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras. This guide includes information on how to locate each species by geographic range, tidal range, tidal level, season, topography, and climate.



Assateague: Island of Wild Ponies


Author: Andrea Jauck and Larry Points


Description: Children's Book- In a nature tour format, the authors portray the seasons of this famous island. They present facts about the area's ecology while focusing on the ponies. The tone is conversational, written in an informal style and defining equine terms in context. One or two full-color photos on each page show the animals in their habitat. Scenes show both the natural beauty of the island and the ponies in action, sometimes in humorous poses. Photos and text promote Assateague's wildness while cautioning readers about humankind's effects on the fragile environment. Suggest this as background for readers of Marguerite Henry's books, and as a supplement to Jack Scott's Island of Wild Horses



Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: An Ecological Treasure


Author: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto


Description: Beautiful photos of Chincoteague National Wildlife: birds, ponies, sunsets. Not a lot of detailed information but it is a photography book primarily and nice to look at and dream of being there.



Misty of Chincoteague


Author: Marguerite Henry


Description: On an island off the coasts of Virginia and Maryland lives a centuries-old band of wild ponies. Among them is the most mysterious of all, Phantom, a rarely seen mare that eludes all efforts to capture her--that is, until a young boy and girl lay eyes on her and determine that they can't live without her. The frenzied roundup that follows on the next "Pony Penning Day" does indeed bring Phantom into their lives, in a way they never would have suspected. Phantom would forever be a creature of the wild. But her gentle, loyal colt Misty is another story altogether. Marguerite Henry's Newbery Honor Book has captivated generations of boys and girls both with its thrilling descriptions of true incidents from the tiny island of Chincoteague, and its realistic yet wonderfully magical atmosphere. This story of an animal brought into captivity poignantly reveals the powerful opposing forces of humans and nature. Wesley Dennis's pen-and-ink ponies are masterfully depicted with rippling muscles, shaggy coats, and free spirits.



Off 13: The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook


Author: Kirk Mariner


Description: Kirk Mariner's book "Off 13 - The Eastern Shore of Virginia Guidebook" offers a highly informative and entertaining guide to an overlooked but tranquil peninsula bounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, not far from the Nation's Capital. Many people know of Chincoteague but may not be aware that the rest of the Virginia eastern shore is well worth exploring. "Off 13" is full of interesting anecdotes and historical information about the area and its many little towns as well as useful and practical information for travellers.





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