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Birding the Delmarva Peninsula by Kayak

Program Number: 20903RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/18/2015 - 5/22/2015; 8/31/2015 - 9/4/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Ocean City, Maryland
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Birding; Water Sports
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Kosher; 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
   Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
  Ocean City, MD 4 nights
 Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Type: Resort
  Description: The Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel is the finest all Non-Smoking hotel in Ocean City, Maryland, featuring luxurious hotel rooms and a 40,000 square foot Conference Center. Located directly on the beach and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, you'll get the best in Ocean City resorts with unmatched comfort and convenience. For your comfort and enjoyment we feature luxury non-smoking, ocean-view rooms, two oceanfront restaurants, a nightclub, live entertainment both inside and on the beach (in season), a health club, year-round indoor pool, and heated outdoor pool (open in season). Free Wireless Internet Access throughout hotel.
  Contact info: 10100 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, MD 21842 USA
phone: 800-638-2100
web: www.clarionoc.com/
  Room amenities: • All Non-Smoking Rooms • Standing Oceanview Balcony • Free Wireless Internet Access • 37 Flat screen with Free HBO • Microwave • Refrigerator • Coffee Maker • Hair Dryer • Iron and Ironing Board • Room Service • In-Room Safe • Valet Dry Cleaning Service • Voice Mail • Wake-Up Service
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 69.00 Please contact Delaware Technical Community College to arrange for additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 69.00 Please contact Delaware Technical Community College to arrange for additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is at 4pm. Please meet the group at 5:00pm in the hotel Conference Room-consult with front desk for location You will be staying at Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM check out You will be staying at Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  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
 

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 or Aaron Taxi (410) 430-7728 ) 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 

   

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 Clarion From Baltimore/Washington DC Take Rt 50 over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Stay on Rt 50 east to Route 90 east into Ocean City (coming over the Rt 90 Bridge). Turn Left onto Coastal Highway at the light and proceed to 101st St to the Clarion Resort, Oceanside
  To the Clarion From NY/NJ Via Cape May/Lewes Ferrry Take New Jersey Turnpike to Garden State Parkway to Route 109 Cape May/Lewes 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 Clarionis on 101st Street Oceanside.
  To the Clarion From New England Area From the New England States, Take I-95 South, to the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover DE. Continue South. Approaching Milford DE follow Route 1 south /shore points. Follow Route One through Dewey, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island DE. Route One enters Ocean City at 146th St. The Clarion is on 101st St Oceanside.
  To the Clarion From New York Take I-81 south, through New York, to Harrisburg take I-83 south to the Rt 695 Beltway around Baltimore MD. Take Rt 695 to Rt 97 south to Annapolis MD. Follow signs for Bay Bridge to Rt 50 east. Take Rt 50 east to Rt 90 east, into Ocean City at 62nd St and turn left and proceed north to The Clarion on 101st St Oceanside.
  To the Clarion From Philadelphia/Charlotte Airport Fly into the Philadelphia or Charlotte International Airport 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.
  To the Clarion From the Great Lakes Region Take I-70 east to the Baltimore MD area. From I-70, take the Rt 695 Beltway southeast to the Glen Burnie area, and Rt 97 south. Take Rt97 south to Rt 50 east (Annapolis and Bay Bridge). Take Rt 50 east to Rt 90 east into Ocean City (coming over the Rt 90 bridge). Turn Left onto Coastal Highway at the light and proceed to 101st St to the Clarion, Oceanside.
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, May 18)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm. Road Scholar Group will meet at 5pm in the Conference Room- please check with front desk upon arrival for exact location. 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 restaurant. Enjoy a relaxing dinner that includes choice of entr้e, 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: "An Overview of Delmarva's Nature & History". 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: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Kayaking lesson, Assateague Island Birding Field Trip by Kayak, Visitor Center & Rackliffe House, Background on the Baldcypress Swamps of the Pocomoke River
(Tuesday, May 19)
   
 Breakfast: Available 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: 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: Dinner in the hotel restaurant
 Evening: PRESENTATION: "Seaside to the Swamp: An Introduction to Delmarva's World-Famous Birds & Wildlife." Delmarva's barrier islands, forests, fields and cypress swamps support incredible wildlife diversity. The instructor will highlight some of Delmarva's best-known natural wonders, including shorebird migration, horseshoe crab spawn, wild island horses, and the resurgence of once-endangered species.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field trip to coastal birding site and wildlife refuge in Delaware. Secret birding spot and historical sites. Dinner and Free Evening To Explore On Your Own
(Wednesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet available in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Coastal Delaware is home to many major flyways and wildlife refuges. Today you will travel north and explore a coastal birding site and refuge. During this field trip there will be numerous opportunities to search for the birds that inhabit the area and observe local wildlife in its natural habitat.
 Lunch: Lunch at a wonderful local restaurant.
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: On the way back to the hotel you will stop at a secret birding spot and visit one or two historical sites. 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 during a beautiful part of the season.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Paddle through the baldcypress swamps of the Pocomoke River. Visit to the historic village of Furnace town. Panel Discussion on Delmarva conservation
(Thursday, May 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet available in the hotel dining room.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Morning paddle in Nassawango Creek, a tributary of the Pocomoke and one of Delmarva's most pristine waterways. Along its banks lie majestic baldcypress swamps and upland forests. Much of the area is protected by the Nature Conservancy and the forest provides habitat for an abundant diversity of life including warblers, turtles, and beaver.
 Lunch: 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: Enjoy cuisine and conversation with new Road Scholar friends in the hotel Dining Room.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: After a week learning about Delmarva nature and history, it's time to test your knowledge during Delmarva Team Trivia! The instructor will serve as host for this fun evening of mildly competitive trivia. Road Scholars will be divided into teams who will have an opportunity to answer Delmarva trivia questions for prizes.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ocean City Inlet Birding Field Trip, Historic Ocean City Excursion, Program Concludes
(Friday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet available in the hotel dining room.

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

 Morning: 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
 
  Ocean City, MD Ocean City, MD
Vacation Guide-Information and Calendar of events for Ocean City, MD and surrounding areas. For additional information, visit www.oceancity.org
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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