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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Service Work

Program Number: 2637RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/6/2014 - 4/11/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Chincoteague Island, Virginia
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning; National Parks
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Spend a week at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge providing much-needed help maintaining one of the most popular federal parks, and the home to the famous Chincoteague ponies. Work amidst the wild ponies, repairing the fencing that protects them as you enjoy the beauty and serenity of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Additional projects of critical need are determined each year by the refuge manager, and have included clearing marsh trails, repairing the visitor center, and making bird boxes and exclosures for fragile bird populations. Every job is carefully supervised by work team leaders, and contributes to preserving this precious habitat.




Highlights

• Learn about the many varieties of migrating birds of Assateague, their temporary home, from an experienced birding expert.
• Discover Chincoteague’s unique culture and history as you engage local saltwater cowboys, decoy carvers, and watermen who carry on island traditions and practices.
• Enjoy the sea chanteys and local lure of island musicians.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one half mile at a time over level ground.




Date Specific Information

4-6-2014

Spring is a marvelous opportunity to view bald eagles, herons and migratory waterfowl.



10-26-2014

Fall is a marvelous opportunity to view hawks, bald eagles, loon, winter shore birds and migratory waterfowl.



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
Motel within walking distance of historic downtown Chincoteague, shops and amenities. Only a short drive to Assateague Island. Conference room is located on the second floor.
Meals and Lodgings
   Rodeway Inn
  Chincoteague , Va. 5 nights
 Rodeway Inn
Type: Motel
  Description: The Rodeway Inn is located on Maddox Blvd., half a mile from the causeway bridge, walking distance to historic downtown Chincoteague, restaurants, shops and amenities. Assateague National Seashore and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge are a five minute drive away. The conference room is on the second floor of the motel. The outdoor pool is available during the warmer months. Bike rental is available on the island. Patios and a pavilion are available for your use. Lightning, a Chincoteague pony, makes the motel his home during the warmer months
  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, hair dryers,and Internet access.
  Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor pool. Guest laundry.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Determined by time of year. Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.
  Check in time: 2:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Determined by time of year. Participants wishing to arrive a day early or stay over an extra night should make arrangements directly with the motel. Be sure to tell them that you are with an Road Scholar program to get a special rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration is from 3:00 - 4:30 at the motel. You will be staying at Rodeway Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast. Check out by 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:
There is no charge for parking at the motel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Chincoteague , Va.
  Nearest highway: Rte. 13
  Nearest airport:  Salisbury, Md.
  From End of Program
  Location: Chincoteague , Va.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

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 from the airport to Chincoteague Island.

 

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 Island.

 

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 Island.

 

Washington, D.C.

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required

   

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

 
Driving Directions
  All points north or south You will be traveling either north or south on Rte 13. Turn east onto Rte. 175 at T's Corner at Oak Hall, Va. Rte 175 will bring you on to Chincoteague Island.
  Chincoteague Island The weather on Chincoteague Island is seasonal. It is usually cool in the early morning and evening, but warms up nicely during the day. Participants wishing more information about the area may contact the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce at 757-336-6161.
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/Introductions
(Sunday, April 6)
   
 Afternoon: Registration at the Rodeway Inn from 3:00 to 4:30 P.M.
 Dinner: 5:30 P.M. Dinner at a local venue. For your dining pleasure this program includes "A Taste of the Island." We will be enjoying a different local cuisine each evening.
 Evening: This is an evening to get to know one another and be briefed on what the week has in store. Take this opportunity to sign up for one of several interesting projects for your first full day. Adjustments may be made to the schedule based on weather forecasts, project needs and trail conditions. The central mission of the program will remain the same. The evening will end with an ice cream social at the Island Creamery.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to the Refuge and work activity/Local island history and tall tales
(Monday, April 7)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30A.M. Breakfast
 Morning: Travel to Assateague Island. Enjoy a welcome by U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff and a land tour of the Refuge into normally restricted areas.
 Lunch: 11:30 A.M. Enjoy lunch on the Refuge.
 Afternoon: Join your work crew and follow your work schedule.
 Dinner: 5:30 P.M. Dinner will be at a local venue.
 Evening: Sign up for Tuesday's work project. Enjoy an evening of local Chincoteague Island history and tales. A local expert will explain the charm and uniqueness of this island.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Work on Refuge/Museum tour
(Tuesday, April 8)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. Breakfast
 Morning: Travel to the Refuge and follow this morning's work schedule.
 Lunch: 11:30 A.M. Lunch on the Refuge.
 Afternoon: 12:30 A.M. Back to work to complete this afternoon's work schedule.
 Dinner: 5:30 P.M. Dinner at a local venue.
 Evening: Sign up for Wednesday's work crews. Spend an evening at the Museum of Chincoteague Island with guides who will interpret the Museum exhibits. Exhibits feature the original Fresnel lens from the Assateague lighthouse, the Beebe Ranch (including Misty and Stormy in their artfully preserved state), and the seafood and tourist industry.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Work on Refuge/Group discussion and review
(Wednesday, April 9)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. Breakfast
 Morning: Follow today's work schedule.
 Lunch: 11:30 A.M. Lunch on the Refuge.
 Afternoon: Follow this afternoon's work schedule.
 Dinner: 5:30 P.M. Dinner at a local venue.
 Evening: Sign up for Thursday's work project. Participate in group discussions about this weeks program. Participate in a review of your experiences.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Work on Refuge/Musical Entertainment
(Thursday, April 10)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. Breakfast
 Morning: Follow work schedule.
 Lunch: 11:30 A.M. Lunch on the Refuge.
 Afternoon: Follow this afternoon's work schedule.
 Dinner: 5:30 Dinner at a local venue.
 Evening: An evening gathering to enjoy some sea chanteys and Celtic music sung in the local way.
   
Accommodations: Rodeway Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, April 11)
   
 Breakfast: 7:30 A.M. Our program ends with breakfast. Participants will need to check out of the motel by 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 Naturalist Guide to the Virginia Coast


Author: Curtis J. Badger


Description: This book covers the beaches and tidal flats of the Virginia coasts and expands the experience of the natural diversity of the areas around Chincoteague, Back Bay and Cape Henry Trail. Good for the weekend birder, experienced naturalist or just plain interested observer. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundiabooks.net).



Assateague Island 2nd Edition


Author: William H. Wroten Jr.


Description: This pamphlet documents much of the unwritten history of Assateague. It gathers previously undocumented stories about the inhabitants activities and their thoughts from writings and interviews. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (www.sundialbooks.net).



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..



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).



The Assateague Ponies


Author: Ronald Keiper


Description: A factual book about these fascinating animals revealing all you would want to know about their social structure, diet, range and interaction with humans. Available on Chincoteague at Sundial Books (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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