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Birding the Delmarva Peninsula by Kayak

Program Number: 20903RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/16/2013 - 9/20/2013; 5/18/2015 - 5/22/2015; 8/31/2015 - 9/4/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Price starting at: $848.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; Water Sports
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Kosher; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

The shorelines, bays, and inlets of Maryland and Virginia are prime habitats for a myriad of bird species and other wildlife. Add to your birding life-list as you explore the tranquil waterways of the Delmarva Peninsula via kayak and hiking trails with the help of a seasoned naturalist and kayaking instructors. Spot seabirds, Pileated Woodpeckers, Barred Owls, Bald Eagles, and more during field trips to the white-sand beaches of Assateague Island, the quiet waters of Nassawango Creek, and the baldcypress swamps of the Pocomoke River. Round out this exciting outdoor adventure with a series of lectures by local experts.




Highlights

• Paddle along the creeks of Sinepuxent Bay on Assateague Island and spot shorebirds, herons and the island's famous wild horses.
• Search for osprey, herons, and Bald Eagles and learn about saltmarsh ecology during your visit to a state wildlife refuge.
• Visit historic sites and experience some of this region's rich culture & heritage during field trips to the Rackliffe House and the Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum.



Activity Particulars

Paddling 3-5 miles per day on mostly flat water;hiking or walking up to two miles on generally flat but sometimes varied surfaces.



So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1.



Coordinated by Delaware Technical Community College.




Ocean City

This 2001 “All-American City” best known for its vibrant, turn-of-the-century boardwalk and white-sand beaches is also home to nearby Assateague Island National Seashore, a barrier island rich in wildlife and famous for its wild pony herd.



Accommodations
Classic hotel with pool and fitness room on the beach and overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Dunes Manor Hotel
  Ocean City, MD 4 nights
 The Dunes Manor Hotel
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 2800 Baltimore Avenue
Ocean City, MD 21842 USA
phone: 800-523-2888
web: dunesmanor.com/
  Facility amenities: All Guestrooms & Efficiencies are Oceanfront with a Private Balcony Each Guestroom offers a Refrigerator, Microwave and Coffee Maker Complimentary Wireless Internet Access Throughout Hotel All Efficiencies offer a Fully Equipped Kitchen Hair Dryers, Iron & Ironing Board, Clock Radio CATV with HBO and Disney Channels Individually Climate Controlled Handicap Accessible Rooms Complimentary Afternoon Tea Complimentary Coffee each Morning in the Lobby Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool with Jacuzzi and Sundeck Year Round Oceanfront Restaurant & Lounge Outdoor Café & Beach Bar (in-season) Room Service Exercise Room Jewellery Shop Complimentary Parking (1 space per room)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Approximately $84-$114 Please contact The Dunes Hotel directly at 800-523-2888 or visit their website dunesmanor.com/ for current rates and to make reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Approximately $84-$114 Please contact The Dunes Hotel directly at 800-523-2888 or visit their website dunesmanor.com/ for current rates and to make reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm You will be staying at The Dunes Manor Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 am You will be staying at The Dunes Manor Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Waiver for Kayaking.
  Parking availability:
1 space per room
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Ocean City, MD
  Nearest city or town:  Salisbury, MD
  Nearest highway: Route 50
  Nearest airport:  KSBY - Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional
  From End of Program
  Location: Ocean City, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Cape May/Lewes Ferry

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dart Shuttle Bus
phone: 800-652-DART
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free shuttle service from ferry terminal to downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Shuttle service operates seven days a week June 15 to September 30. In May, early June and in October, the shuttle service runs on weekends only. For taxi service call City Cab 302-227-8294 or Eastside Cab 302-645-6800.

 

BWI Marshall

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
BayRunner Shuttle
phone: 410-334-6440
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately First Person $104.00; Party of (2) $158.00; Party of (3) $206.00; Party of (4) $246.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~ 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110 miles

   

The above information is to the Park & Ride in Ocean City, MD; but then need to take taxi (Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 & Aaron Taxi ~ approx. $65.00 (410) 430-7728 to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE ) The Baltimore Washington International Airport does not provide commuter flights to the Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport. If you have chosen to fly into this airport, you must rent a car and follow driving directions from DC/Baltimore Area or use the BayRunner Shuttle.

 

Amtrak/Wilmington

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus
phone: 800-872-7245
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Rates vary please contact Amtrak
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Apprx. 2 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

108 miles

   

There is Amtrak service to Wilmington, DE. From train station there is the Greyhound bus station across the street. Please contact them on 800-231-2222 for rates.

 

Salisbury Wicomico Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Dave's Taxi
phone: 410-250-2400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approximately $50 Call for reservations & current pricing
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 to Ocean City, MD &/or Rehoboth/Lewes, DE; Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 ~ approx. $65 to Rehoboth/Lewes, DE &/or Ocean City, MD. Call for current pricing and reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  To the Dunes Hotel From Baltimore/Washington D.C. Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, on Route 50 East. Stay on Route 50 east into Ocean City, MD coming over the Route 50 bridge. Take a left onto Coastal Highway and a Right onto 28th Street. The Dunes Manor Hotel is on 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
  To the Dunes Hotel From Great Lakes Region Take I-70 east to the Baltimore, MD area. From I-70, take the Rt. 695, Baltimore Beltway, southeast to the Glen Burnie area, and Rt. 97 south. Take Rt. 97 south to Rt. 50 east (Annapolis and Bay Bridge) Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, on Route 50 East. Stay on Route 50 east into Ocean City, MD coming over the Route 50 bridge. Take a left onto Coastal Highway and a Right onto 28th Street. The Dunes Manor Hotel is on 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
  To the Dunes Hotel From New England Areas From the New England States, Take I-95 South, to the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue South to Route 1 South. Approaching Milford, DE follow Route 1 South/Shore Points to Rehoboth/Lewes area. Continue on Route 1 through Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach & Fenwick Island, DE. Route 1 enters Ocean City and becomes Coastal Highway at 146th St. Take a left onto 28th Street and The Dunes Manor Hotel is located at 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
  To the Dunes Hotel From New York State/ Canada Take I-81 south, through New York, to Harrisburg, take I-83 south to the Rt. 695, Baltimore Beltway, around Baltimore, MD. Take Rt. 695 to Rt. 97, south to Annapolis, MD. Follow signs for Bay Bridge to Rt. 50 east. Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, on Route 50 East. Stay on Route 50 east into Ocean City, MD coming over the Route 50 bridge. Take a left onto Coastal Highway and a Right onto 28th Street. The Dunes Manor Hotel is on 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
  To the Dunes Hotel From Phialdelphia/Charlotte Airports Fly into the Philadelphia or Charlotte International Airports and transfer to a commuter flight to Salisbury Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport in Salisbury, MD. Call US Airways Charter Services at 800-428-4322 to make reservations and for current schedule, or call Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport directly at 410-548-4827. The Baltimore Washington International Airport does not provide commuter flights to the Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport. If you have chosen to fly into this airport, you must rent a car and follow driving directions from DC/Baltimore Area or make reservations with the BayRunner Shuttle Service.
  To the Dunes Hotel From Points South/Norfolk, VA Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, on Route 13 North. At Pocomoke City, MD bear right onto Route 113 North. Take 113 N to Route 50 east into Ocean City, MD crossing the Route 50 bridge. Turn left onto Coastal Highway at light and proceed North to 28th Street. The Dunes Manor Hotel is on 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
  To the Dunes Hotel From all Points North From I-95, south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue South to Route 1 South. Approaching Milford, DE follow Route 1 South/Shore Points to Rehoboth/Lewes area. Continue on Route 1 through Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach & Fenwick Island, DE. Route 1 enters Ocean City and becomes Coastal Highway at 146th St. Take a left onto 28th Street and The Dunes Manor Hotel is located at 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
  To the Dunes Hotel Via Cape May/Lewes Ferry From NY/NJ Take New Jersey Turnpike to Garden State Parkway to Route 109 Cape May Ferry in Cape May, NJ. From Lewes, DE take Route 1 South to Rehoboth/Lewes area. Continue on Route 1 through Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island, DE. Route 1 enters Ocean City and becomes Coastal Highway at 146th Street. The Dunes Manor Hotel is on 2800 Baltimore Avenue 28th St.
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: Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Introductions & Orientation, Overview of Delmarva
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during the orientation session this evening.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: 5:30pm. Dinner is in the hotel's oceanfront restaurant, the Victorian Room by the Sea. Enjoy a relaxing dinner that includes choice of entrée, sides, and beverage while gazing at the water view through floor-to-ceiling windows.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

PRESENTATION: Overview of Delmarva. The Delmarva Peninsula, comprised of most of Delaware and the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia, is a fascinating region for nature lovers and birders in particular. The instructor will provide background information and share stories about the Peninsula's ecosystems, bird species and other wildlife, natural and human history to prepare you for your learning adventure of birding by kayak.

The remainder of the evening is free to explore the area on your own, make new Road Scholar friends, or settle in and relax before the full day tomorrow.

   
Accommodations: The Dunes Manor Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kayaking lesson, Assateague Island Birding Field Trip by Kayak, Visitor Center & Rackliffe House, Background on the Baldycypress Swamps of the Pocomoke River
(Tuesday, September 17)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 6:30am in the hotel dining room. On a daily basis, you can choose from a variety of breakfast options such as eggs with home fries and biscuit, fruits and juices, cereal, juice, coffee, tea, milk.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: 7:30am departure for Assateague Island National Seashore. Assateague is renowned for its white sandy beaches and wild horses. After a short walk to learn about barrier island ecology, a kayaking lesson will be given to participants with limited experience or in need of a refresher. More experienced participants will have the opportunity to explore independently. After the lesson, we will have our first field trip, paddling by kayak into the marshy creeks of Sinepuxent Bay for birding. In addition to shorebirds and most likely herons and egrets, you may also see some of the famous Assateague wild horses.
 Lunch: Lunch is a picnic at the Assateague Island Visitor Center.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Assateague Visitor Center & Rackliffe House. In addition to several exhibits, the Visitor Center includes marine aquariums, a touch tank, and a variety of other educational opportunities. You can also see a film about the island’s wild horses. Facilities include restrooms and a bookstore.

You will then hike a 1/2 mile to Rackliffe House, a restored 18th Century plantation house. The trail provides opportunities to see wild turkey, yellow-breasted chat, and indigo bunting.

We had an early morning, so after we return to the hotel, enjoy some "down" time before dinner.

 Dinner: Savor more of the local flavor in an area restaurant.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Get background on tomorrow’s paddle through baldycypress swamps of the Pocomoke River. Called the “Northernmost of the Southern Swamps,” the Pocomoke is one of the great Delmarva rivers traversed by Captain John Smith during his Chesapeake explorations in 1608.
   
Accommodations: The Dunes Manor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kayaking on Nassawango Creek, Furnace Town Excursion, Dinner and Free Evening To Explore On Your Own
(Wednesday, September 18)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 6:30am in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: 7:30 a.m. Departure. FIELD TRIP: Nassawango Creek. Our field trip by kayak takes us into this tributary of the Pocomoke river. Along its banks lie baldycypress swamps and upland forests that provide habitat for warblers, turtles, and beaver. During this field trip there will be numerous opportunities to search for the birds that inhabit the area.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in Furnace Town.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Furnace Town is an open-air, living heritage museum along Nassawango Creek. It re-creates a19th Century community that is part archaeological site and part craft village. Its historic buildings include the Nassawango Iron Furnace that smelted iron ore gathered from nearby bogs. A short nature trail may turn up black-and-white warblers and pileated woodpeckers. After the tour you will return to the hotel and the remainder of the afternoon is free time for your choice of activities.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. Ocean City has wonderful restaurants and the group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Continue enjoying this lovely seaside resort at the most beautiful part of the seaon.
   
Accommodations: The Dunes Manor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Janes Island Field Trip, Secret Birding Spots, Panel Discussion on Delmarva conservation
(Thursday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 6:30am in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: 7:30 a.m. departure. FIELD TRIP: Janes Island. During this kayaking adventure, we will enjoy the beauty and bounty of the Chesapeake Bay with miles of water trails coursing through the saltmarsh and remote isolated beaches. Janes Island offers paddlers an opportunity to learn about saltmarsh ecology and scan the horizons for herons, osprey, and bald eagles.
 Lunch: We will have lunch in the town of Crisfield, Maryland, famous for it's seafood packing houses.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION:On the drive back to Ocean City, we will stop at a few "secret spots" to search for birds not yet seen on the previous field trips and excursions. This will be our opportunity to push our total species' tally for the week to more than 100.
 Dinner: Enjoy cuisine and conversation with new Road Scholar friends in the hotel Dining Room.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Conserving Delmarva's Nature and History. Our instructor is joined by a guest panel of experts. Learn about the people and organizations dedicated to finding a balance between human activity and natural processes on this beautiful peninsula.
   
Accommodations: The Dunes Manor Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ocean City Inlet Birding Field Trip, Historic Ocean City Excursion, Program Concludes
(Friday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Available from 6:30am in the hotel dining room.

Please note that hotel check-out is by 11:00am.

 Morning: 8:00 a.m. departure. FIELD TRIP: Ocean City Inlet. This inlet was created during a hurricane in 1933. Shorebirds feed among the rocks that form the inlet jetty, and many species of gull and tern depend on the fish that live in the bay. After birding, stroll along the boardwalk and learn about the history of this sleepy fishing village turned resort town.

The program concludes with our morning outing. We hope you have enjoyed this new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
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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.

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